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The Pantry Quiz #65

Five spice powder

Multiple Choice

There really are five spices in Chinese five-spice powder. Four of them are star anise, fennel, cloves, and Szechuan peppercorns. What's the fifth?

1. Cumin
2. Coriander
3. Cinnamon
4. Curry powder


Please leave your answer in the comments, and let us know whether you have this ingredient in your pantry.

[Last week's answer: Kamut and fregula sarda are wheat; quinoa and kasha are not.]

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Strictly a guess; my memory is lacking: coriander.

I confess, I have no idea!

I think it's cinamon and yes, I always have it in my pantry.

Cinnamon, and I don't have any in my pantry. Although I love each spice individually, I've never enjoyed them in this combination.

I have a different brand (McCormick's)and the mix of spices are different. Their brand is made of Anise, Cinnamon, Star Anise, Cloves and Ginger....so I guess all brands are not alike.

Strangely enough I am eating (slurping) something with Penzeys 5 spice powder in it as I come across this post in my reader. What are the odds? lol (I use a bit of it quite often in chicken broth (among other things) to make an oh-so-fake-but-still-yummy quick bowl of 'pho' for lunch.)

The other ingredient is Cinnamon. I always have it in my pantry. I am an East Indian!!

2 more: Japan Food Corp. aniseed, licorice, clove, ginger, nutmeg -- an old bottle I have refilled with a recipe from Adriana's Spice Caravan: star anise, fennel seed, Szechuan peppercorns, cloves, stick cinnamon. I roasted and ground the whole spices, so it's amazingly fragrant. Always interesting to see the range in a mix. I assume it's one of those things where each cook had a 'secret blend.'


Cinnamon powder

I'm saying cinnamon. I have several forms of it in my pantry: Penzey's Vietnamese, Penzey's Ceylon (goes well with savory dishes), Penzey's cinnamon, smoked cinnamon. I also have five-spice powder in my pantry (realized that's what I should be answering!), which I love.


oh oh I have this in my pantry!! cinnamon! I use it in summer cry rubs for chicken skewers!!

the last ingredient is cinnamon.
I use five spice mixed with olive oil on green beans that are then roasted at about 450 degrees. Very tasty.

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