Family: Lauraceae (Laurel)
Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices and can be dated back almost 7,000 years to the
Egyptians and Hebrews who used scented cinnamon oils as part of their worship rituals (why
did cinnamon need a scent?). Anyway, cinnamon is still the most widely used incense
scent in today's religious services.
True cinnamon trees grow only in Ceylon and India. When the bark is rolled, we
get cinnamon sticks and when ground, cinnamon powder. The cinnamon tree is small
and bushy and is ready to produce cinnamon after six years.
The majority of cinnamon used in America, however,
is from the bark of the cassia (Cinnamomum cassia blume),
stronger in flavor than true cinnamon. The branches are taken and carefully scraped; then
the bark is removed in long sections. The bark is then
sorted, peeled, and trimmed
into pipes, or quills. As the bark dries, the quills curl into small sticks about an
inch in diameter. They are then graded according to size, color, thickness, and
Comments from Your Host, Brad
One of my favorite thoughts of my Mom-mom Scobey
was smelling Snickerdoodles baking in her kitchen! I now bake these wonderful
cinnamon-topped cookies every Christmas at least; and believe me, those lucky enough to
find a batch under their tree wait in great anticipation! Some even drool,
but we're not sure if it's just because of the cookies. To me, one of the most welcoming
scents in your home is cinnamon. Whether it is cinnamon buns, a fresh-baked apple
pie or Snickerdoodles, the delightful aroma of cinnamon is comforting indeed! Please
try any, or all, of the recipes below to delight your family and bring kudos to the baker!
Recipes using Cinnamon:
Crisp (What a smell!)
Know someone who
would appreciate this?