Sunday, March 28, 2010

Baking Spice...Cinnamon with an Attitude

     I love cinnamon. It's probably my favorite spice to use in baking year 'round. In addition to being incredibly tasty, did you know that cinnamon can help regulate blood sugar? It can also have a beneficial effect on LDL cholesterol, help relieve arthritis pain and boost cognitive function and memory. (Boy, do I need that one!) It's great to find out that something that tastes so good  has so many health benefits.

     While cinnamon is good all on its own, the addition of this mixture of spices gives it a little "kick". The spices work together to make a delicious blend you can use wherever you would use cinnamon (or any of the other spices in the blend). Try it on your oatmeal, in cinnamon rolls, cinnamon toast, in oatmeal cookies, or even add a spoonful to your coffee grounds in the filter. Try's good for you!

Cinnamon Baking Spice
6 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 Tablespoon ground allspice
1 Tablespoon dried orange peel (found in the spice section)
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container. Use in recipes in place of cinnamon or other baking spices.

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