What better way to warm our families on a cool Autumn day than with the rich flavors from the garden. My fondest memories are filled with the seasonal table filled with flavorful Autumn recipes. In this post, I share spices for Autumn Cooking and baking. You will love all the different herbs you can add to your home and garden.
Spices For Autumn
There are spices that just seem out of place when used during certain times of the year. I remember the summer I made Christmas spice cookies for a County Fair event. Something about baking up ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon on a hot July day made it hard to put the project together. It is hard to believe I won 2nd place for my Christmas basket at the county fair that year. Seasonal spices are not only added to bake goods but beverages and even home décor for their aroma.
Favorite Autumn Spices
Below are 4 favorite spices that are most popular this time of year.
- Cloves: one of the oldest spices with a familiar aromatic smell. This spice is easy to find at grocery stores in whole or ground form. I love using this spice in my mulling apple cider recipe.
- Ginger: Found in most any Autumn recipe in the dried or root form. Most commonly found as a key ingredient in hot tea, winter soups, and many Autumn desserts such as gingerbread. I used this in my Whoopie Pie Recipe.
- Turmeric: Turmeric is a flowering plant, but I keep missing mine when it blooms. Curcuma longa of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae, the roots of which are used in cooking. It is fairly easy to grow from grocery store roots.
- Cinnamon: may just be the first spice experience by most on their morning toast as a child. Cinnamon is a spice I go through regularly during the Autumn and Christmas baking season using it in bread recipes, beverages, and many back goods. Did you know that cinnamon is always a great way to keep mice away? My husband sprinkles cinnamon in his old Farm All tractor near the radiator for the past five years.
- NUTMEG: is one of my favorite spices to use in my homemade breads. One of my favorite tools is a nutmeg grinder I bought years ago which allows me to always have fresh ground nutmeg.
- Poultry Seasoning: it is always best to mix up your own blends using fresh spices. Poultry Seasoning is a key ingredient used in my stuffing, oven roasted turkey and chicken noodle soup. Sage, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, white pepper and paprika make this Autumn flavor spice mix.
Did I miss a spice? What do you enjoy using in your comfort food this time of year? I’d love to connect with you so please leave your thoughts in the comments below.