Christmas Spice Mix

We asked Stuart and Marc from The Kitchen Table at the Seven Dials for a Christmas contribution and they came up with this simple recipe with many uses to bring the warm aromas of Christmas into your home.

1 cinnamon stick (broken into pieces)       Ÿ      1/4 teaspoon of cloves

1/2 teaspoon of allspice berries                   Ÿ      1 star anise

1/4 teaspoon of grated nutmeg                      Ÿ    1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger

200g caster sugar

  • Toast the whole spices in a dry pan for around a minute. Allow to cool.
  • Once cooled, add the nutmeg, ginger and caster sugar.
  • Place everything into a food processor (or better still, a spice mill or coffee grinder) and blitz to a fine powder.

Here are some examples of how to use your Christmas spice mix.

  • Add to mulled wine or cider, or warmed apple or cranberry juice for a non-alcoholic alternative
  • As a replacement for plain sugar in biscuit or cake recipes
  • Add to fruit fillings for pies and tarts
  • In a drink of honey and lemon (and possibly brandy) when feeling under the weather
  • In slow braised lamb and beef dishes
  • Stirred through your red cabbage for Christmas lunch
  • Mixed with honey to glaze carrots, parsnips, duck or ham
  • In your night-time hot chocolate or a glass of warmed milk

Happy Christmas!


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A: Your teeth


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