The Spice Trail: cooking with cinnamon

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Share your cinnamon recipes and win a Tasting Experience for two

Our next stop on The Spice Trail takes us to the world of cinnamon, one of the most evocative spices I know.

When I smell cinnamon, I immediately think of sweet, sugary things like apple pies and Danish pastries, or rich fruit cakes and mulled wine at Christmas time. But of course, cinnamon (and its close relative cassia) are also a glorious ingredient in many savoury dishes and you’ll find it widely used in Mexican, Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine.

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So this month I’d love to hear how you like to cook with cinnamon. Share your recipe posts by 30 December and at the end of the month I’ll bring you a round-up of sensational dishes celebrating cinnamon.

Win a Tasting for Two Voucher from Buyagift

And at the end of the cinnamon challenge, one lucky winner selected by our guest judge will receive an amazing Tasting for Two voucher from the good people at Buyagift.


With this tasting experience, our lucky winner and their chosen companion will get to discover a whole world of new tastes, textures and exciting flavour combinations. Whether you love sweet or savoury, great British grub or international cuisine, there’s a great selection to choose from – including refined afternoon teas, olive oil tasting, sushi making, cookery classes, brewery tours and wine tasting experiences. What’s more they are available at a wide range of venues right across the UK.

How to enter The Spice Trail

spice trail badge squareDisplay the The Spice Trail badge (on the left and also available here) on your recipe post, and link back to this challenge post.

You may enter as many recipe links as you like, so long as they feature this month’s key ingredient, cinnamon – be it stick or ground, and feel free to use cassia bark as well.

Send your recipe URL to me at vanesther-at-reescommunications-dot-co-dot-uk, including your own email address and the title of your recipe or post. The closing date this month is Monday 30 December 2013.

If you tweet your post, please mention #TheSpiceTrail and me @BangerMashChat in your tweet and I’ll retweet each one I see.

Feel free to republish old recipe posts, but please add the information about this challenge and The Spice Trail badge. As entries come in, links to these will be added to this page.

At the end of the month a guest judge will choose a winning recipe and the winner this month will receive a brilliant Tasting for Two choice voucher from Buyagift. The winner will be announced in a monthly round-up of all the entries.

All entries will be added to The Spice Trail Pinterest Board.

I can’t wait to see what dishes you come up with for The Spice Trail. Any questions, please tweet or email me.

December’s entries

  1. Low Sugar Parsnip Cake from Mamacook
  2. Wholemeal Apple Pancakes from Mamacook
  3. Spicy(ish) Lamb Meatballs from Mamacook
  4. Speculoos Shortbread from Blue Kitchen Bakes
  5. Christmas Trifle from How to Cook Good Food
  6. Cinnamon Butternut Squash and Chicken Stew from Recipes From a Pantry
  7. Leftover Turkey Chilli from Recipes From a Pantry
  8. Butternut Squash Muffins from Recipes From a Pantry
  9. Mince Pies with Spinach Pastry from Veggie Desserts
  10. Cinnamon Raisin Focaccia from The Lass in the Apron
  11. Festive Fruit Pies from Utterly Scrummy
  12. Chocolate Gingerbread Christmas Decorations from Eat Your Veg
  13. Cranberry & Cinnamon Swiss Roll from Blue Kitchen Bakes
  14. Jacki’s Moroccan Lamb Tagine from Jacki
  15. Snowflake Tear and Share Iced Buns from Bangers & Mash
  16. Gingerbread Cupcakes with Golden Syrup Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting from The More Than Occasional Baker
  17. Cinnamon and Date Cake from The More Than Occasional Baker
  18. Spiced Plum & Apple Eton Mess from Bangers & Mash
  19. Chocolate Brownies with a Hint of Orange & Cinnamon from Cook Eat Write
  20. Christmas Cupcakes from Caroline Makes
  21. Christmas Cinnamon Shortbread from Caroline Makes
  22. Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls from Caroline Makes
  23. Chewy Oatmeal Cran-Raisin Pecan Cookies from Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary
  24. Spiced Stollen Tray Bake from How to Cook Good Food
  25. Low Calorie Rogan Josh from London Unattached
  26. Orange and Cinnamon White Chocolate Shortbread from Chocolate Log Blog
  27. Poached Pears with White Chocolate Cream from My Golden Pear
  28. Slow Roast Lamb with Chicory & Winter Vegetables from Bangers & Mash
  29. Gingerbread, Bramble & Lemon Trifle from Vohn’s Vittles
  30. Mulled Cider from Bangers & Mash

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