I have a mild obsession with the British. They have the best murder mysteries, fascinating history, beautiful landscapes, and amazing breads. One of our favorite Easter traditions is baking Hot Cross Buns, a wonderful British treat. Our favorite recipe is Jamie Oliver’s Chocolate Hot Cross Buns. A unique ingredient in many of these bun recipes is British Mixed Spice.

Of course you can buy it ready made but that’s not how I roll. I hadn’t even heard of it until the first time I made Hot Cross Buns. As usual when I come across a spice blend I’m not familiar with, I look up a recipe for it. It just so happened that I had all but one spice in my cabinet already so I whipped up a jar of Mixed Spice. I liked it just fine without the mace so that’s how I make it. Throughout the year I used it in lots of other baked goods so I thought I’d share the recipe with you.

Mixed Spice ingredients.

British Mixed Spice

  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons allspice
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon coriander

Measure all the spices into a small bowl or straight into the jar you’ll store it in. Stir or shake to combine. Pour it into the jar if you chose the bowl option. Put the lid on nice and tight and be sure to label the jar.

Mixed Spice.

A Note About Spices

As I have mentioned in other recipes like my Chili Powder or Garlic Herb Steak Seasoning, you will save so much money buying spices and dried herbs in bulk. You don’t need every spice known to man but as you bake and cook you will learn what you use most often. Buying spices at the grocery store is one of the most expensive ways to stock your pantry. Pay attention to what you like to make and what flavors go in those recipes and pick up a few when you can to build up your spice collection.

The original recipe called for 3/4 teaspoon ground mace. I rarely bake anything that calls for that so I don’t keep any on hand. Mace is a spice that grows around a nutmeg so I just add a bit more nutmeg. Speaking of nutmeg, I like to use whole nutmegs as you can see above. When I need some, I just grate it with a microplane zester . Feel free to use ground nutmeg if you don’t have to be fancy like me.