Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Autumn Spice Blend

I prepare lots of batches of this complementing blend to give as Christmas and hostess gifts. Not only does it transform the flavor of ordinary muffin, waffle and pancake batters but it's called for in so many of the guest-worthy recipes in my new cookbook, Planet Kitchen Table. The combination of flavors won't disappoint, I promise. The aroma? Unforgettable!

Worth noting: Autumn Spice blend is best kept stored in an air-tight container.

One 1-pound box (2¼ cups) light brown sugar
5 teaspoons cinnamon
4 teaspoons nutmeg
2 teaspoons ground cloves
2 teaspoons cardamom
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon lemon oil

Place brown sugar in large bowl, add spices and toss mixture until spices are well blended with the brown sugar. Add lemon oil and toss until ingredients seem fully incorporated. Yield: About 2¼ cups.