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Culinary Creations - Cinnamon

  • Clockwise from left to right: Cinnamon sticks, seeds, powder

    One of the world’s oldest known spices, cinnamon has been traditionally used for culinary and medicinal purposes. Across different ethnic groups, the bark of this tree is widely used, to season meats, for baking and even adding a dash of flavour to your favourite beverage (like that Starbucks latte).

    Cinnamon oil, extracted from the bark, is said to have anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Believed to be effective for conditions such as indigestion and nausea, it is thought to help in reducing bad cholesterol, moderating blood sugar, fighting inflammation and promoting circulation. Apart from this, mystics regarded the oil as having the ability to attract wealth, with grave-robbers even using it to protect themselves against the plague in the 15th century!

  • Cinnamon leaves (left) & bark of cinnamon tree (right)

    While I have personally never enjoyed the acute smell of cinnamon as a child, with this following me through early adulthood, I have slowly begun to appreciate the wonders this amazing spice brings to one’s senses and palette! How about trying your hand at this Apple and Cinnamon Pancakes recipe over the weekend to enjoy with your family?

  • Recipe extracted from Heritage Garden Plants and Recipes by Daniela C. Zappi


  • Apple and Cinnamon Pancakes

    1 ½ cups milk
    2 small eggs
    2 tsp vanilla extract
    2 cups self-raising flour
    ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
    ½ cup caster sugar
    2 tsp ground cinnamon
    1 apple, peeled and grated
    25g butter, melted
    2 tbsp brown sugar mixed with 1 tsp of cinnamon for topping
    Extra butter or cream to serve

    Makes 12-15 pancakes
    1. Whisk milk, egg and vanilla together in a jug. Sift flour and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl, stir in sugar.
    2. Make a well in the centre, add milk mixture, whisking until just combined. Stir in cinnamon and grated apple.
    3. Heat a pancake non-stick pan over medium heat. Brush pan with butter using less than ¼ cup mixture per pancake, cook 2 pancakes for 3 to 4 minutes or until bubbles appear on the surface. Turn and cook for 3 minutes or until thoroughly cooked.
    4. Transfer to a plate, cover with a tea cloth or foil to keep warm while you fry the rest of the pancakes. Serve warm with sugar topping, cream or butter.
  • Have all your senses awakened yet?



    This article is part of our Culinary Creations series.

Written by: Beverly Ho, Senior Manager (Volunteers, Programming)
In her down time, Beverly can be found immersed in craftwork and gardening, or eyes glued to a thriller/ sci-fi movie/ novel! She enjoys cooking, singing, photography, gaming on her PS4 and just that bit of simple sports… since the limbs are now a lot less flexible with age.

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