Cinnamon - Uses and Tips

Cinnamon has a warm agreeably sweet, woody aroma that is delicate yet intense, the taste is fragrant and warm with hints of clove and citrus.

Ground cinnamon is immediately aromatic. Quills tend to hide their aromatic properties until broken or cooked in liquid.

Cinnamon combines well with :
Cardamom, cloves, coriander seed, cumin, ginger, mastic, nutmeg and mace, tamarind and turmeric.

Culinary Uses
Cinnamon ‘s subtle flavor is well suited to all manner of desserts and spiced breads and cakes. 

  • It combines particularly well with chocolate, delicious in fruit puddings.
  • Use it in apple pie or with baked apples with bananas fried in butter and flavored with rum and in red wine used for poaching pears.
  • Rice pudding is transformed with the addition of cinnamon and cinnamon ice cream is Epicurean.
  • It is also makes an excellent flavoring for many meat and vegetable dishes in Middle Eastern and Indian cooking. 
  • In Mexico they are used cinnamon to flavor coffee and they are used to stir mugs of steaming hot chocolate.
  • In Asia, they are used in spicy meat dishes, often with star anise with which cinnamon has an affinity.Indonesian cooks use cinnamon in their famous spiced beef and coconut milk stew, Rendang.

Tips in buying and storing

Ground cinnamon – the paler its colour the finer its quality – it is widely available, but it loses its flavor quite quickly so buy in small amounts.

Whole quills - are available from spice merchants, delicatessens and some supermarkets. They keep their aroma for 2-3 years if store in an airtight container.

Pale brown or tan strips of dried bark are rolled one into another to form long, slender, smooth quills.

Other Uses of Cinnamon
Cinnamon is an antiseptic spice and relieves flatulence and nausea. It was a treatment for diarrhea and internal bleeding and has been given as a sedative for women in labor.The ancient Greeks prescribed cinnamon in hot rum as a cure for a cold, unbeatable remedy even today.

The spice is also used to flavor liqueurs and confectionery, soaps and toothpastes.The oil it contains is eugenol, an effective breath-freshener, so you can chew a stick of cinnamon for instant sweet breath.



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