Holiday Mulling Mix, Apple Pie Spice Mix and Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix–all Gluten-Free

You know that I bake a lot and, for the holidays, I bake even more!  Did you know that New Years Day is just 10 weeks from today?  That seems like a long time but to me it just flies by.  There are a couple of things I put together to have available on my pantry or in my freezer to make all this possible and easier.  A couple of these things are the mixes of spices that I use when entertaining or baking.  I’d love to share these with you.

First, I make the Mulling Mix because it can be used in mulled wine but also in mulled apple cider.  I keep jugs of the cider (or good apple juice) in the pantry.  I put the spices and juice in the crockpot to simmer.  Couldn’t be easier and the house smells divine!  I’ll probably have this simmering while the kids are trick-or-treating next week. It is so good to come home to a warm cup of mulled cider!  I always have this on for Thanksgiving.  Since I make it non-alcoholic, all I have to be concerned about is the calories!

Then, I put together the Apple Pie Spice and Pumpkin Pie Spice mixes, each in its own bottle, to have them available as I get ready to bake for Thanksgiving and Christmas.      You would be surprised how many recipes use these spices–and I have them ready on the shelf!  Plus, I know they are gluten-free since I’ve made them myself, and tested them on my family.  This takes some of the stress out of my baking.

Next, I prepare one recipe of the gluten-free baking mix (recipe posted June 29, 2015) and one recipe of the gluten-free graham crackers (recipe posted August 21, 2015).  Once these are in the pantry, I feel I’m ready for anything!

I hope you will give some of these mixes a try.  I think that having them ready makes staying healthy and gluten-free easier.  I will be posting the recipes that I use these mixes in and hope you try them too!  Happy gluten-free baking!

Holiday Mulling Spice Mix
 
Ingredients
  • 8 1/- inch pieces of cinnamon sticks
  • 8 cardamon pods
  • 8 peppercorns
  • 6 whole allspice berries
  • 6 star anise pods
  • 4 teaspoons dried orange peel (Peel from 3-4 large organic Navel oranges)
Instructions
  1. Wash and carefully peel 3-4 organic Navel oranges. These are best because they don't have pesticides. Also they have a thick pith so you can get a thin strip of the orange skin, and leave most of the white pith (which is bitter). Cut the orange peel into thin strips and then crosswise into ½-inch pieces of orange peel. Place the peel on a parchment lined baking sheet and dehydrate in a 200 degree oven for 3 hours. Sir and check occasionally as you don't want to burn the peel. After 3 hours, turn the oven off and leave the orange peel in the warm oven overnight. Done.
  2. Combine the rest of the spices and the dried orange peel in an airtight glass container.
  3. To use, take about ½ of the mix and place it in a heavy plastic bag. Crush the spices with a mallet. Put the crushed mix into a cheesecloth square (I double the cheesecloth) and tie to make a pillow of spices. Place in 2 quarts of apple juice or apple cider and warm slowly. For mulled wine prepare the spice pillow and place in pot with 2 bottles of a good red wine and warm slowly. Makes about 1 cup of mix.
Notes
If you are making your own dried orange peel, start this recipe the night before you mix the spices.  It's really easy to do--so give it a try!
Apple Pie Spice Mix
 
Ingredients
  • 8 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons ground all spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
Instructions
  1. Mix all spices together in a bowl. Store in an airtight glass container. Makes about ½ cup of mix.
Notes
Cardamon and cloves are optional in this mix.  They may be hard to find, or they just may be too strong for you or your family.
Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix
 
Ingredients
  • 7 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ground all spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground mace
Instructions
  1. Mix all the spices together in a bowl. Store in an airtight glass container. Makes about ½ cup of mix.
Notes
Cardamon and mace are optional in this mix.  They may be hard to find, or they just may be too strong for you or your family.

 

 

 

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