Mixed spice, also known as English pudding spice is a typically British spice mixture that can be purchased ready-mixed, but some cooks prefer experimenting and emphasizing different flavours. It is used in a variety of cakes and puddings, such as fruit cake, gingerbread and Christmas pudding.

Make it up or buy it in small quantities as the mixture soon loses its full rich flavour. Allspice, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger are the usual blend of spices, but some cooks like to add a few cardamom and coriander seeds.

Recipe for Mixed Spice


1 teaspoon allspice
1″ (2.5 cm) piece cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground ginger

Preparation: Grind the allspice, cinnamon and cloves to a fine powder and mix well with the nutmeg and ginger.

Use at once or store in an airtight jar away from light.

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