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Ingredient Spotlight: Cinnamon


Cinnamon is an amazing spice.  Why?  Because it is perfect in both sweet AND savory dishes!

Sometimes, though, what we think of as Cinnamon is really Cassia.  This at least seems to be the case in the United States.  I would compare Cassia vs. True (Celyon) Cinnamon with Sparkling Wine vs. Champagne.  Champagne is champagne because it comes from Champagne region of France.  But both sparkling wine and champagne can be delicious and have their place.  True cinnamon, or celyon, comes from a cinnamon tree.  Cassia comes from, you guessed it, a cassia tree.  Both can be used whole (the bark) or ground.  Cassia is a little coarser and slightly less fragrant than celyon cinnamon.

Below are some great dishes that include cinnamon.  Simply click on the image to be taken to recipe!

Butternut Squash Risotto

Apple French Toast Bake

Sweet and Savory Almonds


Brandied Apple Butter

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

18 comments on “Ingredient Spotlight: Cinnamon

  1. I love cinnamon too…it just makes everything more lovely!! Have a great day!

  2. Cynthia
    March 21, 2013

    I love cinnamon and this was very interesting….

  3. cristinasandru
    March 21, 2013

    American Apple Pies is great with cinnamon! I love it! 🙂

    • Green Door Hospitality
      March 21, 2013

      Thanks Cristina!! 🙂

      • cristinasandru
        March 21, 2013

        You welcome 😀
        Have a lovely evening!

  4. Thanks for sharing, I did not know the difference.

  5. leaner by the lake
    March 21, 2013

    I find myself throwing cinnamon into most anything I can these days. I love it on roasted butternut squash, in nut breads, and most recently on top of my soy earl grey latte. She & nutmeg are best friends in my house. And yeah, I’m personifying cinnamon.

    Thanks for the links to recipes! I dig the spotlight posts.

    • Green Door Hospitality
      March 22, 2013

      Oh, lattes are another great place for cinnamon! I should do a coffee post at some point.
      Cinnamon should always be personified 🙂
      Glad you like the spotlight posts!

  6. Mmmm…I totally associate cinnamon with fall, but love it year round, especially on French Toast. I need to check out that apple french toast bake of yours. Looks so yummy!

    • Green Door Hospitality
      March 22, 2013

      Yeah, french toast happens around here quite a bit!! And I think you’ll really enjoy the apple french toast bake. They are the perfect little individual bakes and so yummy!

  7. petit4chocolatier
    March 22, 2013

    In full agreement! Loving the cinnamon.
    Love your picture on the sidebar! Beautiful 🙂

  8. thethingaboutjoan
    March 22, 2013

    One of the most interesting discussions about food I had at a dinner party was about choosing between cinnamon versus chocolate (a Sophie’s choice, to be sure!). Many at the table — even diehard chocoholics– chose cinnamon. Shocked me. Every once in a while, I’ll ask a new group of people to choose — it absolutely fascinates me how people answer. Some swear by chocolate, and others that you wouldn’t expect will pledge allegiance to cinnamon.

    Those recipes look wonderful, Kenley! That Apple French Toast Bake in the ramekins is calling to me!

    • Green Door Hospitality
      March 22, 2013

      Oh what a great debate!! I don’t know… I would be really torn. I mean, I love chocolate. But cinnamon. Cinnamon is so special! I am going to need to bring up this question at our next dinner party!
      And I think you’d really love the apple french toast bake! And the kids would pry love having their own personal one. 🙂

  9. gotasté
    March 22, 2013

    I have not been using cinnamon for a while. I think it is perfect for the apple french toast bake! Thank you for reminding me on this fantastic spice.

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