This week Matt Swaim of the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio, talked about cloves. Of course, cloves are an ingredient in pumpkin pie spice.Cloves are mentioned here in the Bible:Chronicles 9:9: When the Queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s fame, she went to him and gave him rare jewels and spices, including cloves.Cloves were a rare spice in Bible days. Cloves were a caravan import known to the Romans and were brought into Alexandria in the second century AD. By the fourth century AD this spice was well known around the Mediterranean and by the eighth century throughout Europe. The Arabs, who traded cloves from India and Ceylon, kept the origins of their precious cargo a closely guarded secret.Cloves were one of the first breath fresheners.People who addressed the Emperors held cloves in their mouths to sweeten the breath when addressing them.When did folks find out about cloves antiseptic qualities?During the Crusades in Europe, think of how much disease there was. Cloves could not only sweeten the air, they were found to have antiseptic qualities.Making pomanders is a fun tradition during the holidays today. But pomanders were used for something more important than a decoration during the 13th century.By then people were making pomanders – apples or oranges studded with cloves to help ward off disease.And some naturalist even today use cloves to help tame a toothache. You can’t use clove oil straight, it needs to be mixed with an edible oil, like olive oil.In many languages cloves translate as nails, and they do look like nails.If you buy pumpkin pie spice, cloves will be included.
RITA’S DO AHEAD COPYCAT FRISCH’S PUMPKIN PIE
How about a dessert for Thanksgiving that can be done ahead and uses lots of ingredients with their roots in the Bible? Well, here you go!
Here’s as close as I can get to Frisch’s Pumpkin Pie. I’ll add a half teaspoon or so of cornstarch if I’m using home canned pumpkin, as it’s a bit looser than purchased pumpkin.
1 pie crust (check out my “No Fail” pie crust recipe)
1 can, 15 oz, pure pumpkin puree
1 can, 12 oz, evaporated milk
3/4 cup sugar
2-3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Several dashes salt
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
Cinnamon Scented Whipped cream for garnish –
Whisk pumpkin, milk, sugar and spices together. Taste and add more pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon if you want. Add salt and eggs and blend. Pour into pastry-lined pan. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes; lower temperature to 350 and bake 30-35 minutes or until set. Serves 8.
Serve with cinnamon scented whipped cream:
Cinnamon Scented Whipped Cream:
Sweeten 1 cup whipping cream with powdered sugar to taste, about 2 tablespoons or so. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and whip.
PERFECT PUMPKIN PIE
From Jenn Segal, Once Upon a Chef. My daughter-in-law’s sister, Lottie, brought this to Thanksgiving last year. The recipe and photos are on Jenn’s site.