Mace is a spice derived from the aril of nutmeg, which is the outer layer that covers the seed of the nutmeg tree. It has a warm, aromatic, and slightly sweet flavor that is similar to nutmeg, but more delicate and complex.
Some of the ways you can use mace are:
- Grate it or grind it in a spice grinder or a mortar and pestle to make fresh mace powder. You can use the powder to season baked goods, desserts, sauces, soups, stews, curries, meat dishes, and more.
- Add it whole or in pieces to your milk, cream, or custard to infuse them with a rich and fragrant flavor. You can remove the mace before serving or leave it as a garnish.
- Sprinkle it over your coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or mulled wine for a cozy and festive drink.