Today’s post is packed with awesome! I have stumbled upon something AMAZING and just couldn’t wait to share it with y’all! This one simple discovery has totally rocked my baking world! Every one of my recipes that I have used this in has improved a TON. And it is so so easy.
Homemade. Roasted. Ground. Cinnamon.
I know right?! I didn’t know you could make it either. I even dug around and couldn’t find much information at all on just making ground cinnamon from sticks.
You see, I fell in love with this cinnamon a while ago. It’s got a much richer, fuller fragrance and flavor than your regular store bought cinnamon. But it’s kind of expensive, and it’s not always in stock at our local store.
Earlier this week, we were out and about and I grabbed a pack of cinnamon sticks from Big Lots for $1! I didn’t know what I was going to do with them, but they were a really good price so I got them anyway.
When I got home I dug around some to try to find ideas of what to do with cinnamon sticks. And there are a lot of great ideas, but none of them were really calling to me. So I decided to look into making ground cinnamon from them. There’s not a lot of information out there, so I wasn’t sure they would turn out very good.
And then it came to me…
What if I roasted the cinnamon sticks BEFORE I processed them?
So I threw them on a cookie sheet, stuck them in the 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes (as soon as they smell fragrant, take them out!), and let them cool. They smelled amazing! Then I stuck them in my bullet type blender and ran it for a few minutes and
Voila! Fresh Roasted Cinnamon!
It’s amazing you guys! It smells so so good and makes any baked good that calls for cinnamon a million times better!
Speaking of which, I had just finished a loaf of dynamite pumpkin bread (recipe coming soon!) and I love to schmear it with butter.
And you know what I thought. If I can make my own cinnamon, I sure as heck can make my own butter!
So I did!
I followed this recipe from The Kitchn and used a pint of heavy cream to yield a little over half a cup of butter.
Fresh. Smooth. Butter.
After that, I decided to make it even more amazing! Take your butter and add 1/4 teaspoon of your roasted cinnamon and 1/4 cup of brown sugar.
Stir it together and spread it all over your pumpkin bread…or biscuit…or toast.