Cinnamon

October 20, 2009

If you’re anything like me, you may have bought some cinnamon sticks or cinnamon powder thinking that they would come in useful one day or you may have needed some for that one recipe that you never repeated.

The problem now is that there are still plenty left over and that expiry date is fast approaching. If that is the case, I hope this post will give you some ideas for using your cinnamon in some creative ways.

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Photo credit: Kim Martel

Cooking

In baking, cinnamon can be used to flavour cakes, cookies, cinnamon rolls or blended with raisins to make a tasty sweet bread.

Cinnamon goes really well with apples, bananas, chocolate, coffee, egg dishes, lamb, pears, rice, almonds, apricots and pumpkins.

It’s also lovely sprinkled onto breakfast cereal, yoghurt or bananas on toast, just don’t go overboard with it and make sure you blend it in a bit otherwise you’ll end up coughing as the powder is very fine.

Use cinnamon sticks to stir hot chocolate or coffee or other drinks that you want to add a hint of cinnamon flavour to. It’s nice added to a hot milky slippery elm drink to soothe the stomach.

Cinnamon added to crab apple or redcurrant jelly is also good.

There are some more ideas here:

How to use Cinnamon in your meals

Make your own mulled wine

Cinnamon flavoured sugar is simple to make but if you want to buy it ready made, you can get it from Steenbergs here.

Cinnamon blends well with cloves, cumin, ginger, nutmeg and mace, turmeric, cardamom and coriander seed, so use it to make your own mixed spice blend or curry blend.

Crafts

spicegirl-landscape

If you have a few out of date spices, break them up, get creative and make a picture like the crazy looking spice girl in the photo aboveĀ  (made this with my daughters a few years ago). If you’re going to want to keep the picture, glue it onto some card or paper rather than using a plate.

A few cinnamon sticks tied with red ribbon and attached to some mulling spices make a pretty and useful gift.

You can also find out how to use cinnamon powder to create some great cinnamon scented candles here.

If you have any favourite uses for cinnamon, feel free to leave a comment below.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Matron 11.11.09 at 5:26 pm

I put a bowl of cinnamon, star anise, clove and nutmeg in a ceramic dish over my fire place – the aroma fills the room when I turn the heating on!

2 Elizabeth 01.13.10 at 8:36 am

Wonderful cinnamon, thanks for the ideas! I also tied some to my Christmas wreath which looked nice.

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