Mrs Beeton’s Hot Spice


  • 40g ground white pepper
  • 25g ground nutmeg
  • 15g ground mace
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or chilli powder (or substitute all or part quantity with sweet paprika )


According to Mrs Beeton, Hot Spice is 'a delicious adjunct to Chops, Steaks, Gravies, etc.' Frustratingly, the recipe uses 'drachm' measures for this recipe, which, being 1/4 of a tablespoon, I have substituted with 5ml standard teaspoon. As with any spice blend, particularly those from past times, we cannot know the age, quality or pungency of the spices, so adjust to your liking.


Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in an airtight jar, allowing a few days for flavours to meld.

As with most pre-ground blends, if made with good quality spices, the mixture will keep for approximately 18 months before losing its flavour.

This recipe appeared in the post Peter Piper's pick of peppers on July 28, 2016.

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