My homemade British Mixed Spice Blend is a wonderful alternative when ‘mixed spice’ is called for in an English recipe.
This blend of warm, sweet spices is used for both sweet and savory cooking but is used heavily in cooking for the holiday season throughout England. Spices included are allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace (similar to nutmeg), ground cloves, ginger, and coriander.
The core spices are pretty fixed, but there is flexibility in additional or substitution of spices. Additional spices such as cardamom, star anise and even black pepper may also be used. I like to throw in a bit of candied orange peel when using my mixed spice for baking sweets, but like to stick to the traditional core spices. The addition of cardamom and star anise, to me, makes the spice blend more like our Homemade German Gingerbread Spice Blend (Lebkuchengewurz).
What is Mixed Spice?
If you’re still wondering what British Mixed Spice is, it’s similar to the gingerbread blend already mentioned, or to the pumpkin pie spice that is commercially and readily available here in the United States. It is used in popular British Christmas treats like Christmas Cake (or Twelfth Night Cake) so it is also called ‘cake spice’ and in English Christmas Pudding so it is also called ‘pudding spice’.
I’ve included all of the classic spices used in making mixed spice, in my preferred quantities to make the best British Mixed Spice Blend.
British Mixed Spice Blend
- 1 Tbsp ground allspice
- 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp ground nutmeg
- 2 tsp ground mace
- 2 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- Combine spices (allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, ginger, cloves and coriander) in a small bowl for immediate use.
- Store unused portion in an air tight container or plastic (ziploc) storage bag, preferably in a cabinet or pantry (kept away from light).