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    What is "mixed spice"?

    DeSouter
    Tue Feb 22, 2005 12:44 am
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    While browsing these topics, I found the recipe for English Eccles Cakes recipe #21725 . It called for "mixed spice" and I have no clue what that might be.

    I work with a large group of Brits at Oxford University Press (in NYC) and would like to try this recipe along with Garibaldi Biscuits recipe #3405 at an upcoming day-long meeting. Since they travel home often enough and bring back lovely goodies, I'd like to treat them while we trudge through a day that's bound to become a bore.

    Thanks
    Judi
    JustJanS
    Tue Feb 22, 2005 2:13 am
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    It's similar to pumpkin spice, I'll get my tin out in a moment and check the ingredients, and I think there is a recipe on here for it too.
    Tasty Tidbits
    Tue Feb 22, 2005 2:18 am
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    I just looked at my bottle of mixed spice and it says it contains "cinnamon, coriander seed, caraway, nutmeg, ginger and cloves."

    This is the description of the spice on the bottle, "Mixed spice is the classic blend of sweet spices. Add it's warm spicy notes to fruit cakes and biscuits or to give extra flavour to apple pies, fruit crumbles and stewed fruit".
    ann teapot
    Tue Feb 22, 2005 4:13 am
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    How interesting this has become DeSouter, we also had Mianbo who worked with Brits and wanted to do something for them. You must go into ukfoodtv.co.uk for loads of recipes. They were making sticky toffee pudding yesterday on the tv, and Garibaldi biscuits...............we call them squash fly biscuits, for obvious reasons and you have to dunk them, for a moment and make them slightly soggy.
    also fantastic Brit. website
    nicecupofteaandsitdown.com

    Sorry but you could try my scones Ann
    all about biscuits and dunking
    1Steve
    Fri Feb 25, 2005 12:39 pm
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    MarieAlice wrote:
    I just looked at my bottle of mixed spice and it says it contains "cinnamon, coriander seed, caraway, nutmeg, ginger and cloves."

    This is the description of the spice on the bottle, "Mixed spice is the classic blend of sweet spices. Add it's warm spicy notes to fruit cakes and biscuits or to give extra flavour to apple pies, fruit crumbles and stewed fruit".


    I was suprized to find this answer. The same question was asked a few years ago at a site I used to visit that has since closed. At that time there was an Aussie recipe that called for mixed spice and when questioned what it was the recipe author said it was the same as what people in the US call "Allspice". But Allspice just tastes like a mixture of spices, it's really just ground from one berry. So now I'm a bit confused as to who was right icon_wink.gif

    http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/sr_allspice.htm
    ann teapot
    Fri Feb 25, 2005 1:37 pm
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    Steve................allspice is one spice on its own but whoever named it years ago when it was discovered confused things because I think it tastes like it a mixture of spices. We do have allspice in England cause of the Jamaican connection, but mixed spice is an actual mixture of different spices like cinnamon/cloves/nutmeg, a sort of Christmassy/mulled wine spice. Sorry Steve, did I just repeat what you said........ Ann
    1Steve
    Sat Feb 26, 2005 1:06 am
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    ann teapot wrote:
    Steve................allspice is one spice on its own but whoever named it years ago when it was discovered confused things because I think it tastes like it a mixture of spices. We do have allspice in England cause of the Jamaican connection, but mixed spice is an actual mixture of different spices like cinnamon/cloves/nutmeg, a sort of Christmassy/mulled wine spice. Sorry Steve, did I just repeat what you said........ Ann


    No, Ann you didn't just repeat what I said. You clarified things, making it clear to me that mixed spice is a blend, not allspice. Thanks for the explanation icon_smile.gif
    Heather Sullivan
    Sat Feb 26, 2005 5:36 am
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    Allspice is also known as pimento berries (although nothing to do with roasted red capasium/sweet pepper known as pimento!) .
    I've found there's a different spice mix in lebanese cooking, which is also called mixed spice and I believe garum masala is some Indian dialect for "mixed spice".
    I think the mixed spice blend can vary a little between brands anyway but this is what foodsubs.com says about it

    http://www.foodsubs.com/SpicemixEur.html

    mixed spice = British mixed spice = pudding spice To make your own: Grind together 1 small cinnamon stick and 1 tablespoon each cloves, mace, ground nutmeg, coriander seeds, and allspice berries Substitutes: pumpkin pie spice OR allspice

    Edit: there is a mixed spice recipe on here but it doesn't have every spice listed above.
    Mixed Spice by Felix4067
    ann teapot
    Sun Feb 27, 2005 6:43 am
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    It is very confusing isn't it. I added a little mixed spice to a lemon and honey drink yesterday cause Ive got a bad cold. I didn't know it had coriander in it. Ive just read the packet.

    Also really garam masala should not be be included in this confusion as that is really just for Indian cooking and indeed does mean a blend of spices that each cook makes up for themselves. Of course Indian cooks are just as busy as all other cooks so they buy their garum masala already blended and not individually done. Its quite time consuming getting everything together. Although a lot of Indian cooks have a big sort of tray with all their spices in little bowls and they add a little each time they cook.
    Allspice is interesting too with its names, its all the fault of whoever discovered the spice in the first place and should have named it better Ann
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