5 Recipes with Peppers: Sweet Spice Blend

Sweet and savory blend that is perfect for a steak.

| October/November 1999

 Makes 1/3 cup 

Delicious in cakes, cookies, and fruit dishes. Try with roast chicken or turkey, dried fruit, or on baked sweet potatoes.

• 12 whole cloves
• 24 cassia buds, or 2 tablespoons cinnamon pieces
• 24 whole allspice berries
• 2 teaspoons grains of paradise
• 1 teaspoon whole cardamom seed
• 2 slices dried ginger
• 2 tablespoons coriander seed
• 2 teaspoons ground mace, or 1 tablespoon mace blades
• 2 tablespoons chopped dried orange zest

1. Grind each ingredient separately in a spice mill or mortar.

2. Combine and mix well.

3. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. Use 2 to 4 teaspoons to a large cake or batch of cookies. Sprinkle meats lightly so that the spice flavors do not overpower.

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