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Sweet Seasons Spice Blend

You will think of apple or pumpkin pie when you first smell this, but it is much more complex.

spices on flour

Photo: Patent and the Pantry (Flickr)

Don't reserve this spice blend only for dessert recipes. It's also great on pork, duck and autumn veggies.

You will think of apple or pumpkin pie when you first smell this, but it is much more complex.

It is good in many desserts, but it is also good on pork, duck and game and any of the autumn veggies like squash, sweet potatoes and beets. This is great to highlight the natural sweetness of your ingredients. I also use it as a dry rub on BBQs, in my granola mix, and even mixed with a bit of sugar on my cinnamon toast.

You can use a pumpkin pie spice in its place.

Sweet Seasons Spice Blend


  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 stick cinnamon (1/2")
  • 1/2 teaspoon annatto seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon pomegranate powder
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 2 pieces star anise
  • 2 pieces cloves
  • 1 piece mace
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground nutmeg
  • 2 bay leaves

Cooking Directions

  1. Grind fine in a spice blender.
  2. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.

Chef Daniel Orr

Chef Daniel Orr is the owner of FARMbloomington and the author of several cookbooks. He draws from a lifelong curiosity about individual ingredients combined with extensive training in the art of finding food’s true essence and flavor. The result is simple, yet sophisticated; the best of American food tempered by classic European training.

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