A change in season calls for a change in menu. It’s always advisable to treat your customers to some seasonal dishes that coincide with the time of year. With Autumn well underway, we thought we’d take a closer look at some of the delicious seasonal favourites you could incorporate into your menu and how to give them that authentic autumnal taste with bulk spices – after all, spice is the secret to all those delicious flavours!
As a chef, cooking with the ingredients that are seasonally available ensures your food is always fresh and exciting. The availability of stock, depending on the time of year can really play to your advantage and set your food a cut above the rest. You just have to know the crowd pleasers. Herbs and spices really are the key to creating that warming food associated with Autumn. It’s worth investing in the likes of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves around this time of year to keep your restaurant (or personal kitchen) up to date with the change in season. Customers will surely expect it.
The great thing about buying bulk spices around this time of year is that they will most certainly pay for themselves. Not only will they be used and enjoyed but buying in bulk means it’s more cost effective than buying as you go. Your produce will be delivered on time and you will know the exact supply you have in stock – which is a necessity to any successful menu or planned dishes.
Additionally, bulk dried produce is actually a lot more potent and long-lasting than fresh! You won’t have to use as much and your food will always be full of flavour – win win! At World of Spice, our premium quality herbs and bulk spices are known for their exceptional quality - take a look for yourself. Whatever you require, we ensure that we always have the availability and choice to meet your business demands this Autumn.
Pumpkin Seed and Spice
We couldn’t write this blog without covering the go to spice around this time of year! Whether it’s in our coffee or in a pie, pumpkin seed and spice is most associated with Autumn. It’s loved all around the world, with sales increasing astronomically during the colder months. Did you know that pumpkin spice is actually made from simply blending together some of the best loved bulk spices? Pumpkin Spice uses cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves ginger and sometimes, allspice. It’s so simple to create and adds that seasonal spiced sweetness we all know and love.
Here are some of the best Autumnal bulk spices that you should have in the cupboard.
Let’s take a look at some of the most loved autumnal treats and the bulk spices that can be used to enhance their flavour!
Apple Pie - a classic dessert enjoyed in the colder months. Try baking in a sprinkle of cinnamon to the mixture. Not only will your pie become sweet, with a warm spice, but the cardamom will add a freshness. Add a dash of allspice to your custard for extra flavour.
Pumpkin Pie – Pumpkin spice is the key ingredient giving this American inspired dish its distinct flavour. As we mentioned, you can create your own pumpkin spice by using a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and allspice.
Maple and Pecan Tart - Sweet in nature, star anise is the perfect way to jazz up this classic dish. Let it infuse in the maple flavoured filling, for a fresh, liquorice like tang.
Carrot Cake - Bulk spices work wonders in carrot cake because you can use so many. Ground cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger can all be added to the mix (in moderation). Taste as you go to get the perfect, fragrant combination.
Hot Toddy - If you’re planning to serve a little digestif after dinner, a classic hot toddy is the perfect autumnal concoction. Add a cinnamon stick and a slice of lemon to your whiskey mix – you’ll smell the infusions before you taste them!
Hot Chocolate - Alternatively, why not spice up a classic hot chocolate? A pinch of cinnamon goes a long way when stirred into the chocolatey mix! The volatile oils in the ground cinnamon will be coaxed out and into the hot milk, infusing it, resulting in the perfect after dinner treat!
Get in Touch
At World of Spice, we understand the importance of traditional tasting, seasonal cuisine. Bulk spices are the key to that autumnal authenticity. Our service is cost-effective and fully reliable; we go above and beyond for each of our customers to ensure that you get the produce you need for business.
From bespoke blends to a choice of packaging, complete with custom private labelling, our comprehensive service can help you achieve your culinary goals. For more information about our services for trade and retail and what we can offer you, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or feel free to call our team on 01277 633303. We look forward to hearing from you.