Products and ingredients: quatre-épices (four spices)

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Quatre-épices (four spices)

Quatre-épices (4 spices) is a mix of: black pepper, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Sometimes a fifth spice is added, ginger or chilli.

[Translator's note: this mix is rather hotter and less sweet than British "mixed spice", and in France is often used in savoury dishes. If using British style mixed spice as a substitute in French recipes, you will need to add extra pepper to get the same effect. I use quatre épices in cakes, fruit puddings and mincemeat, and I've got used to it - give it a try, but use with caution at first. The French "mélange sweet" is based on the British mix, but only normally available from professional bakery suppliers.]

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Quatre-épices can be bought ground in supermarkets or from specialist grocers.
Quatre-épices (four spices)
Recipes which use it: 6, of which:
Home-made terrine of foie grasCrème de foie grasFoie gras cured in saltPâté de campagneTerrine of foie gras
Home-made terrine of foie grasCrème de foie grasFoie gras cured in saltPâté de campagneTerrine of foie gras

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Your 9 comments or questions on this page:

Is the rind edible once cooked, specifically oven baked?
By Juls january 14th 2012 at 22:41 (n° 1)
Rind of what?
By jh january 16th 2012 at 08:40 (n° 2)
what are the ingredients of a jar of griottines? are there any chemicals, additives, flavourings,aromas?
By trebor august 11th 2013 at 20:48 (n° 3)
No, there is nothing more than: cherry, sugar and alcohol (for good griottines of course :-).
By jh august 12th 2013 at 09:40 (n° 4)
Thanks for posting this Potato flour. I like it to prepare my indian dish.
By Anonymous january 22th 2015 at 12:44 (n° 5)
Can I use potentiometer mash powder to make cutlets?
By Emma january 29th 2015 at 13:46 (n° 6)

By "mash powder" do you mean mash potato powder?
If so, yes you can, see how to on this chicken recipe : chicken breasts in a potato crust.
By jh january 29th 2015 at 17:35 (n° 7)
What make is the popato and where can I buy it
By Jim january 28th 2018 at 21:36 (n° 8)
It's potato...
By jh january 29th 2018 at 11:42 (n° 9)
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