Seasoning Essentials: British Baking Spice

Andy Anderson !


This is a very popular spice mix in Great Britain, and can be found in cookbooks dating back over 200 years. Brits use it in savory and sweet dishes; however, it is most loved in baked goods. The flavors are a combination of warmth, and sweet. Perfect for things like gingerbread cookies, Christmas pudding, pumpkin pie, and other similar recipes. Or, to spice up your tea or coffee.

If you ever hop across the pond, you will find it in most grocers; but why not make your own, and customize it to your individual tastes.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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5 Min
No-Cook or Other




  • 1 Tbsp
  • 2 tsp
  • 2 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp

How to Make Seasoning Essentials: British Baking Spice


  2. All of these spices need to be ground. If they are not, you will need a coffee, or spice grinder.
  3. And, do not forget that the quality of your spice mixes is determined by the quality of your spices. Fresh spices are the key.
  4. You will find variations of this recipe all over the internet. This one leans towards a more “traditional” recipe, as described in very early cookbooks. And, it is the one that I grew up with.
  5. Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  6. Mix all the ingredients together, and store in a glass container with a tight-fitting lid, in a cool, dark place.
  7. Chef’s Note: It should last three-to-four months.
  9. Use in any recipe that calls for spices, baked goods, pies, cakes, the lot. Enjoy.
  10. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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