The name cinnamon is correctly used to refer to Ceylon Cinnamon, also known as "true cinnamon" (from the botanical name C. verum). However, the related species Cassia (Cinnamomum aromaticum) is sold as cinnamon in most grocery stores. True cinnamon, using only the thin inner bark, has a finer, less dense and more crumbly texture, and is considered to be less strong than cassia. Cassia is generally a medium to light reddish brown, is hard and woody in texture, and is thicker (2-3 mm thick), as all of the layers of bark are used. The two barks when whole can be easily distinguished, and their microscopic characteristics are also quite distinct. Cinnamon sticks (or quills) have many thin layers and can easily be made into powder using a coffee or spice grinder whereas cassia sticks are much harder, made up of one thick layer, capable of damaging a spice or coffee grinder. It is a bit harder to tell powdered cinnamon from powdered cassia. When powdered bark is treated with tincture of iodine (a test for starch), little effect is visible in the case of pure cinnamon of good quality, but when cassia is present a deep-blue tint is produced, the intensity of the coloration depending on the proportion of cassia. Usage: Try these recipes from our collection: Frosted Cinnamon Rolls, Cinnamon Ice Cream, Cinnamon Bread for Toasting, Cinnamon Cake, Cinnamon Milk Shake, Cinnamon BBQ Sauce, Cinnamon Nut Rolls, Cinnamon Chicken, Cinnamon Curry Rice, Cinnamon Lamb Pasta Sauce, Cinnamon & Spice Beverage Mix.
Cinnamon Carrot Cake
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon powder (Add 1 tsp for stronger cinnamon flavor)
- 2 cups grated carrots
- 80 gm sultana raisins
- 4 eggs
- 11/3 cups of oil
- 2 cups white sugar
- 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg powder
- melted butter to grease
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- walnuts/almonds (optional)
- Beat together the eggs, oil, and white sugar. Blend mixture for thirty seconds.
- Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. Add the carrots and raisins. Pour egg mixture into dry ingredients, and mix well.
- Grease the 10" loaf pan and add the batter. Bake at 350 degrees F 60 minutes approx and check with a toothpick by inserting it in the cake. Let the cake cool down on the wire rack for some time and refrigerate.
- For frosting: Blend together confectioners' sugar, butter and vanilla. Beat until smooth and add walnuts and spread over cooled cake.
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 slices white bread
- 2 teaspoons butter or margarine
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
1.) Toast bread to desired darkness using a toaster.
2.) Spread butter or margarine onto one side of each slice.
3.) Stir together the cinnamon and sugar in a cup or bowl.
4.) Sprinkle generously over hot buttered toast.
Cinnamon is delicious when sprinkled into eggnog, hot chocolate and other beverages. Try some in your next smoothie or milkshake to add some pizzazz.