Chili Seasoning Mix

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¼ Cup All Purpose Flour

4 tsp Chili Powder

1 Tbsp Crushed Red Pepper

1 Tbsp Dried Minced Onion

1 Tbsp White Sugar

2 tsp Cumin

2 tsp Dried Parsley

2 tsp Salt

1 tsp Dried Basil

¼ tsp Ground Pepper

 

In a bowl, stir together flour, chili powder, red pepper, onion, garlic, sugar, cumin, parsley, salt, basil and pepper. Store in an air tight container.

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Apple Pie Spice

Apple Pie Spice

 

Apple Pie Spice 

1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon

1 ½ tsp Ground Nutmeg

¾ tsp Ground Allspice

¾ tsp Ground Cardamom

Mix cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cardamom together in an airtight container.

Pumpkin Spice

Pumpkin Spice

Sometimes, we don’t have certain spices in our spice rack.  Most of us have the basic spices for everyday baking.  I found myself in this predicament when I attempted to bake a Carrot Cake recipe that used Pumpkin Spice in the recipe.  Here is the recipe to make your own Pumpkin Spice:

  • 1/4 Cup Cinnamon
  • 4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 4 tsp Ginger
  • 1 Tbsp Allspice

Put all spices in a zip lock bag and shake until combined.  Use as the pumpkin spice in your recipe.  Label the bag ‘Pumpkin Spice’ and store with your other spices.

 

 

Carrot Cake (The Best Ever)

Carrot Cake

Ingredients

1 pound carrots

2 cups white sugar

1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice

3/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

4 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup flaked coconut

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup raisins

1 1/2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest

1 tablespoon fresh orange juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 3 – 10 inch cake pans with Crisco Shortening. Flour pans and tap out excess flour.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, salt, soda and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside. In a separate bowl, combine coconut, walnuts and raisins. Set aside.  If you don’t have raisins, you can use chopped dates.

Grate carrots (to make 3 cups). Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine sugar, pineapple with juice, oil and applesauce. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add vanilla and carrots.

Add flour mixture and beat on low speed until combined. Add coconut, walnuts and raisins and combine.

Put batter into 10 inch greased and floured cake pans.  Bake at 350 degrees F until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack. Invert onto serving plate.  After the cakes are cool, frost, and refrigerate one hour.

To make the frosting: In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, butter, confectioner sugar, orange zest and juice. Beat until smooth.