Apple Pie Spice
When flavors are brought together, they frequently meld and blend into something that may be surprisingly different from the original ingredients. Apple Pie Spice, or Apple Pie Seasoning as it is sometimes called, is a delightful mixture of sweet spices made in many versions. It is of course most often used to season apple pie and other apple-based desserts, such as cobblers, dumplings, fritters and tarts. European settlers brought the first recipes for apple pie (as well as the first apples) to America. These first recipes dated back to Medieval times. Apples are not native to America and the first apple seeds were brought by the Pilgrims in 1620 and some of the earliest recorded plantings where in New Jersey beginning in 1632. The migration of apples into first Pennsylvania and then Ohio were delivered by the hand of John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed . Today there are more than 2500 varieties of apples grown in the US. Two of the most common spice mixes in American kitchens are apple pie spice and Pumpkin Pie Spice. The combination of spices that make up each blend is so common (because they are so perfectly balanced) when baking with apples and pumpkin that these blends are frequently packaged and sold next to the 'regular' spices in the baking aisle of the supermarket. Recipes frequently call for them without much explanation of what each spice blend is. While the sweet spice combination of Apple Pie Spice is most often used in apple recipes it's also delicious in just about any recipe that calls for cinnamon and nutmeg. We also like it topping our oatmeal, in waffle or pancake batter, sprinkled on French toast, as a crumbled topping on spice cakes, and even in BBQ mops and sauces. Our Apple Pie Spice is superior to store bought brands as ours is hand blended with Saigon cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger root and cardamom. Use approximately 2 teaspoons of Apple Pie Spice per 9 pie.