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Old 10-10-2008, 12:47 AM   #1
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Ground clove in pumpkin pie

I recently went to the store to get ingredients for a pumpkin pie recipe I got from school. The store didn't seem to have one of the spices the recipe called for, which was ground cloves. I was wondering if having this spice makes or breaks a basic pumpkin pie...

I don't have a way to get back to the store quite yet, and honestly, if I don't need this spice, then I don't really want to bother.

Looking on recipe web sites, I've seen other recipes that don't call for this spice, so I'm kind of confused in that aspect.

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Old 10-10-2008, 01:25 AM   #2
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What other spices are you putting in? You could probably omit the ground cloves but it will affect the balance of the flavour. Do you have any whole cloves, you could grind yourself?
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Old 10-10-2008, 01:38 AM   #3
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It also called for ground ginger and ground cinnamon. These are the only two spices I have. Unfortunately I haven't been able to build up my spice-shelf with much yet. Would posting all of the ingredients required help at all?
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Old 10-10-2008, 06:27 AM   #4
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Cloves are not necessary. I dislike cloves a lot and make a recipe without them.

I use canned pumpkin for my pies. The recipe on the can provided by one manufacturer calls for cloves and another brand does not.

It's up to you.
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Old 10-10-2008, 08:41 AM   #5
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pumpkin pie can be as plain or spicy as you like. Various amounts of cloves cinnamon and nutmeg can be called for. On the other hand, I've had a country pumpkin pie that tasted of the squash, butter and sugar, with no spice ... (better use fresh pumpkin for that one.)

So I think you can certainly make a fine pie without that one spice.
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Old 10-10-2008, 08:55 AM   #6
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pumpkin pie spice is also available tho I have not used it, I prefer to use the spices separately.
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Old 10-10-2008, 02:48 PM   #7
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I think it changes the recipe but it doesn't make or break it. I am a fan.
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Old 10-10-2008, 02:49 PM   #8
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I don't use cloves OR ginger. Just cinnamon, nutmeg and mace. and a little grated orange zest.
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Old 10-10-2008, 03:37 PM   #9
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I sometimes use cloves and other times I don't. I also like to use a little maple syrup in my pumpkin pies.
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Old 10-10-2008, 04:55 PM   #10
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Pumpkin spice sounds a bit blah, I agree LadyCook, it doesn't allow you to get too creative, to have all the spices readily available in one shaker. I guess some people find it useful, but I would use them separately, like you.

marigene - I was thinking of doing something similar to your maple syrup addition, to make it festive. I want to decorate the top of the pie to look like an actual pumpkin face, and I was thinking of something along the lines of candy corn and cinamon sticks or something like that. :)

I never realized how much fun baking is...lol

Thanks everyone, I appreciate the help. I'm going to bake the pie over the weekend :)

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