Spice It Up – Cinnamon

Ever bought a spice for one dish and had it sit in your cupboard until it expires as you have no idea what to do with it? Fear not, this series is about introducing to either new spices to add flavour to old favourites, or show you new ways to use those spices in your cupboard

Cinnamon is a really versatile spice. It is quite a warming spice and can be used in traditional and surprising ways. It is found as a “quill” which is often used for infusions in liquids such as mulled wines or poaching liquids and ground form for flavouring baked items, traditional cuisines and drinks alike

Baking – cinnamon pairs well with apple and pears and is often found in muffins, tea cakes, pies and scrolls. Bananas also love cinnamon and it can be found in banana bread and muffins

Breakfast – a simple porridge or overnight oats dish can benefit from some cinnamon. French toast or yoghurt also enjoy a sprinkle of cinnamon for a warming boost

Beverages – as mentioned, mulled wine loves a cinnamon quill with apple cider and chai also featuring cinnamon to add depth. Banana smoothies can also be topped with either a cinnamon/sugar blend or just a sprinkle of cinnamon for something extra

International cuisines – Middle eastern and Indian dishes often flavour meat and savoury dishes with cinnamon adding a sweet and warm undertone

Nuts – candied nuts are often boosted with a sprinkle of cinnamon, it can also be used to make a savoury spice blend perfect for pairing with an afternoon drink or after dinner snack