Why I Love Cinnamon
Cinnamon’s sweet and aromatic taste brings warmth to foods like granola, apple pie, cookies, breads, cappuccino, sweet potatoes, cinnamon rolls, oatmeal and wintery drinks.
It was a must have ingredient when I first began making granola. Loved the flavor and it always tastes like home when baked into foods. Nothing smells more welcoming to me than walking into a space with this delicious aroma.
Here's a favorite breakfast with Pat's Granola Tropical, Snowville Creamery yogurt and fresh sliced Rittman Orchard apples. All local Ohio brands.
And, who can resist a pie of warm apple pie made with fresh local apples? Paired with a dollop of fresh whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream, it’s a slice of heaven on a plate.
As a self professed scratch cook, I enjoy reading recipes and figuring out how to add my own personal touch. Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and sometimes cardamom (a highly underrated spice) are the spices I turn to when making apple pie, even if a recipe doesn’t call for these specific spices.
Here's a recipe I've made often and is well liked by family and friends. It's adapted from the Bravetart cookbook and it's easy. Apple Pie
Cinnamon also pairs well in beverages, especially with mulled apple cider, coffee drinks or chai latte. I even put a dash of cinnamon in my French Press every morning.
Here’s my suggestion for a delicious almond chai latte.
- 1 black tea bag (I use Earl Grey)
- 2 whole star anise pods
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 4 dried cardamom pods
- 11oz. container of almond milk
- optional: ½ inch knob of fresh ginger
- optional: sweetener (maple, honey, stevia, etc) to taste
- Place 1 black tea bag and a few whole spices into a mug.
- In a separate mug, heat the almond milk in the microwave for 1-2 minutes or heat in a small pan on the stovetop. Pour steaming almond milk into spiced-tea mug and steep for 5 minutes.
- Remove the tea bag and let the spices steep for 5 more minutes. (The longer they steep, the more flavorful your drink will be). Taste and add sweetener if you like. Scoop out the spices (or just drink around them).
I’d love to hear your favorite ways to include cinnamon in your cooking. Please do share.
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