Aside from all the gift-giving, decorating, and overall mayhem, the scent of Christmas is a major component of Christmas for me. This might sound strange, but bear with me here: for me, Christmas smells like pine needles from the Christmas tree and a plethora of lovely spices like chai and cinnamon.
Just Ingredients sent me this beautiful, colourful infographic that shows ten various ways to use spices connected with the holiday season:
This year, I can’t wait to get started on my Christmas baking. The cinnamon-spiced cookies sound fantastic, and they remind me of my own Apple Cinnamon Raisin Cookie recipe:
Cinnamon is one of my favourite spices, and I use it often throughout the holiday season. It works well in both sweet and savoury dishes, but I like to use it in baking or sprinkled on top of porridge for a fast autumnal boost. Here are few more cinnamon-based recipes:
Pecan Maple Cinnamon Granola
Pancakes with apples, dates, and cinnamon
Cinnamon Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Banana Bread Chickpea Flour Muffins
The addition of star anise to the gravy is a brilliant concept that I’ll have to steal for my own Christmas meal. I’m terrible at preparing gravy, but this year I’m trying to make it perfect. It’s also a nice touch to add rosemary to the roast potatoes to make them more fun. I’m not a huge fan of roast potatoes, but I’m hoping that a sprinkling of fresh rosemary would help.
Are some of these suggestions for how to spice up your Christmas tempting to you? If you want to prepare and bake with a variety of spices?
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