Cinnamon sticks are some of the most delicious spices that can be found out there. We always have a pot in our kitchen, and there’s no shortage of recipes that are improved by breaking a stick or two into them.
When using cinnamon, you’ll likely want cinnamon sticks for use in some kind of infusion, be it a sauce or a drink. The best way to allow our delicious cinnamon sticks to infuse into your food is to crush them slightly with the flat side of a knife. This allows more of the oils in them to be absorbed into your food, leading to a more powerful flavor. There are two types of cinnamon, true Ceylon and Cassia. We stock only cassia and use this in our recipes as the taste is not too over powering unlike other cinnamon.
Traditionally, cinnamon is used in lots of different desserts, perhaps cinnamon rolls most famously. One of our favorite classic cinnamon recipes, however, is for a delicious, warming herbal tea that’s sure to banish some winter blues.
Less traditionally, cinnamon sticks are brilliant for use in more savory meals. Personally, we like to add a cinnamon stick to the milk that we’re using when making macaroni cheese. We spotted this in an old cookbook, and realized that it was so weird it just might work!