Just in time for the silly season, lets have a look at some seasonal herbal gifts and decorating ideas.
This first one seems to make the rounds every so often, but I had not tried it before. Who had the idea to make a dough out of cinnamon and apple sauce? Were they cooking/baking and the cinnamon slipped?
I looked through the myriad of recipes online and grabbed the one that made the most sense to me. Then I stopped by my local Indian spice store where I bought way too much cinnamon – powdered & quilled.
The process is easy enough: Equal amounts of ground cinnamon and applesauce are mixed into a cookie like dough. Some recipes add a couple of spoonfuls of white glue, I didn’t. I did however play with the scent. Crushing up a few allspice berries, cloves and a good grind of fresh nutmeg was a wonderful idea, but a complete waste of time. The large amount of very fragrant cinnamon overpowered the smell of the other spices.
Roll the dough out between two sheets of baking paper. Don’t make it too thin, they will be impossible to lift off and may shatter after they have dried.
From here it is just a matter of using for favourite cookie cutters. Get the kids involved too. Do not be tempted to eat the dough. I may have been that silly to test it in case the kids wanted a nibble, and as much as I love cinnamon…..burning the flavour into my tongue was not fun *laughs*
I liked the idea of letting the ornaments air dry for a few days, but with our ridiculous humidity at the moment (heatwave didn’t you know?) it became necessary to dry them in the oven instead. In case you think that they look a little too tanned, yes….I may have overcooked them.
Recipe I used:
- 1 c. cinnamon
- 1 t. nutmeg
- 1 t. allspice
- 1 t. ground cloves
- 1 c. applesauce
Combine dry ingredients. Add applesauce a little at a time, mixing thoroughly. Roll out and cut shapes. Allow to dry 4-5 days. Or dry in a slow oven for 2 hours. Paint after completely dry.
Given all the cinnamon supplies I still have, I’ll have to come up with more seasonal cinnamon ideas for you.