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Dec 22, 2008 09:40 AM

About Spices

Is there a difference between all spice and five spice? Coz im looking for all spice at the store but all I could find is five spice powder. Is there a difference between the two or there just the same?

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  1. No, they're not the same. Allspice is a specific spice -- it's a round seed that looks sort of like a smooth peppercorn. Five spice is a mixture of five spices: star anise being the predominent one.

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      Allspice has a mild clove-cinnamon flavour. If you can't find allspice, you can use ground cloves & cinnamon as a substitute.

      1. re: Caralien

        What cloves? Should I combine both of them? By what ratio?

        1. re: Dark Wanderer

          Just mix equal parts of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. You can add a pinch of black pepper but do it a little at a time and taste it each time to be sure you've got it where you like it.

          1. re: Dark Wanderer

            allspice by itself--even freshly ground--is a mild spice compared to cinnamon and cloves. My personal recommendation: cut by half and use 1 part cloves to 3 parts cinnamon, ie
            recipe: 2t ground allspice
            conversion: 3/4t cinnamon + 1/4t ground cloves

      2. What are you making? If you're baking, that a substitution like Caralien's recommendation will be fine. If you're making a stew or something (Jamaican flavors come to mind), then you'd have very different results.

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        1. re: maestra

          Im actually trying to bake muffins, the recipe requires three types of spices: cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice. All spice is the only thing I need to make this one but I could'nt find it.

          1. re: Dark Wanderer

            In that case, you can just leave it out and add a bit more cinnamon and nutmeg (more cin.; less nutmeg). Ground cloves, about 1/4 t, would be good if you have them. There would certainly be more depth to the spices if you had allspice, clove, or even ginger in there. You could also use a t of pumpkin pie spice instead, if you have that lurking in the cabinet.
            Just play until the batter tastes/smells as spicy as you'd like it to.

            1. re: maestra

              Ah ok, i'll try that one. One question though, in baking muffins, should I turn the bottom heater as well or just the top of it? Coz my oven has option to turn the heat on the bottom as well as the top.