Cinnamon Stick | Kayu Manis
You can use cinnamon sticks to enrich beverages and flavor desserts. This versatile spice is commonly found in grocery stores and plays a key role in various cuisines. You can use whole cinnamon sticks, or cinnamon quills, in a variety of dishes, from hot drinks and stews to pies, curries, and casseroles:
1. Stir into hot cocoa. Come wintertime, prepare some hot cocoa with marshmallows and milk. Use your cinnamon stick as a stirrer. After sitting in the hot chocolate for a bit, the stick will start to disintegrate, adding a pleasant cinnamon taste to your drink.
2. Grind for an apple pie. Fresh cinnamon sticks can help bring spice to a classic apple pie. Place three whole cinnamon sticks into your coffee grinder and pulse until ground finely. Measure out the cinnamon to your recipe’s instructions and mix in with your other ingredients. Top with vanilla ice cream when the pie is done and sprinkle with the remaining ground cinnamon.
3. Make homemade cinnamon tea. You can make tea simply with hot water and cinnamon sticks. In a small saucepan, combine one cup of water with one cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil, then let the mixture simmer for fifteen minutes. Remove the remains of the stick, then pour the tea through a strainer to catch any large chunks of cinnamon. Drink hot and add lemon, milk, or cream as desired.
4. Add to your phở broth. Cinnamon is key to many savory Asian dishes, including phở. When creating your broth, add in a cinnamon stick to flavor your phở. After the broth is done, remove the stick and any other added herbs (such as bay leaves or thyme) before serving.
5. Mix in with basmati rice. If you are creating a curry or a sweeter Persian rice dish with raisins or dried cherries, you can add a cinnamon stick into your pot of rice for a warm, woody flavor.
6. Garnish a hot toddy. Make this alcoholic beverage in the fall or winter, and add a cinnamon stick as a seasonal garnish. The cinnamon stick will slightly flavor this whiskey-infused drink.