Cinnamon is a sweet woody flavoured and intensely perfumed spice. Cinnamon is a key ingredient of (Chinese) five spice powder and (Indian) garam masala. It is one of the most widely used spices in the world. Cinnamon is most often associated with baking and dessert recipes (cakes, biscuits, fruit dishes and sweet cream based desserts) but is often used to add a fragrant earthy flavour to savoury dishes. Its woody sweetness and aroma makes it a favoured spice in Middle Eastern dishes.
Uses and Ideas! ©
- Make Cinnamon sugar - add 1 part ground cinnamon to 4 parts castor sugar - sprinkle over sliced apple, pears, plums, peaches, pineapple or grapefruit before caramelising under a grill. "Dust" the cinnamon sugar over French toast, beignets or banana fritters.
- Add to steamed chocolate or vanilla pudding recipes, pancake mix, chocolate fudge brownies, chocolate cake, or hot chocolate sauce spiked with coffee liqueur.
- Dust over breakfast yoghurt and hot oat based cereals.
- Add a hint to ham glazes, or a pinch to roast sweet potatoes, baby Dutch carrots, beetroots or sweet potato.
- Rub into a crumble mix to top apple/rhubarb crumble.