This ground mace spice comes from a red lacy membrane covering nutmeg seeds, so, as you would expect, mace and nutmeg have similar flavors. Where nutmeg is bolder and more grounded, mace is lighter, sweeter, and more delicate, with light citrus and cinnamon notes. The aroma is warm and spicy, like a mix of pepper and cinnamon.
Once dried, mace has a signature orange color that is retained in high-quality ground mace. Mace will color lighter dishes with a subtle orange hue.
You'll find mace called for in many savory European recipes that include potatoes, spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes, chicken, turkey, and meats. It works well as a subtle flavor in baked goods and desserts, like chocolate cake, lemon glaze, fruit salad, pastries, coffee cake, nut breads, and pudding. Add it to hot drinks like hot chocolate, eggnog, coffee, and spiced wine.
Mace has a delicate flavor that can be easily overwhelmed by bolder spices. To strengthen its flavor, try lightly toasting the spice before using it, and add it as close to the end of the cooking process as possible.
Whether you are looking to buy whole nutmeg or buy dried mace, Gourmet Food World has a wide selection of high quality, flavorful herbs and spices on hand.
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