Gluten-Free Cinnamon Buns

The smell of warm, sweet, buttery, cinnamony, yeasty buns baking in the oven is one of the most delightful and welcoming scents imaginable. These delicious gluten-free cinnamon buns have the added kick of being healthy and easy to make too. The following recipe is courtesy of one of our favorite trusted flour companies the King Arthur Flour Company. DOUGH 2 1/2 cups King Arthur Gluten-Free Multi-Purpose Flour 3 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon xanthan gum 2 teaspoons instant yeast 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) soft butter 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 cup warm milk, plus extra for brushing on the dough 1 large egg … Continue reading Gluten-Free Cinnamon Buns

What’s The Deal With Couramin?

Cinnamon evokes warmth, aromatic flavor associated with the holidays- sweet baked goods, spiked warm cider, and fragrant scented candles.  Besides its uses in food and aroma-enhancing agents, cinnamon has been used for millenniums in folk medicine and remedies. It’s beneficial health properties are widely recognized and accepted, but it has a hidden danger- couramin. Couramin is a fragrant organic chemical compound found naturally in some plants. It is what gives cassia cinnamon, sweet woodruff, sweet-clover, and freshly-mown hay their recognizable sweet scent. High concentrations of couramin from foraged plants can be appetite suppressing, Nature’s defense mechanism against predators. Couramin was … Continue reading What’s The Deal With Couramin?

Mexican Horchata (Cinnamon Rice Milk)

So refreshing! Cost pennies to make for multiple drinking pleasure. The following recipe is courtesy of Aaron Sanchez printed in Food Network magazine. Ingredients 1 cup long-grain white rice, rinsed 1 cinnamon stick, preferably Mexican, broken into pieces, plus more for garnish 1/2 cup sugar, or to taste 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, preferably Mexican, for garnish Directions Combine the rice and cinnamon stick with 4 cups water in a blender; pulse to coarsely grind. Transfer to a large bowl and add another 4 cups water; soak at room temperature for 3 hours. Puree the rice mixture in a blender in … Continue reading Mexican Horchata (Cinnamon Rice Milk)

Hair Growth Treatment

This may be the most amazing thing cinnamon can do as a beautifier. Since cinnamon improves blood circulation, applying it to the scalp can help improve blood circulation and allow the hair roots and scalp to get the nutrition it needs to grow strong, healthy hair. Mix 2 tablespoons of cinnamon and honey with half a cup of warmed olive oil. Crack an egg into the mixture and mix well to thicken up the hair mask. Comb the blend through damp or wet hair and let it set, roughly 10-15 minutes. Wash out thoroughly with shampoo. Use this treatment weekly … Continue reading Hair Growth Treatment

Cinnamon Lip Plumper

Cinnamon improves blood flow and can bring oxygen and blood to the surface of the skin, thus plumping the targeted area. You get instant, albeit temporary (*sigh), bee-stung smackers! Smooth some petroleum jelly on your lips. Then pat a little of ground cinnamon or a drop of cinnamon essential oil on top. Gently rub it in for a few seconds. Add another layer of petroleum jelly for more sheen and plumpness. Now pucker up! Continue reading Cinnamon Lip Plumper

Chicken Kapama – Greek Cinnamon Stewed Chicken

This is one of those comfort food every kid has nostalgic memory of their mom or grandma making growing up- if you’re Greek. For those of us unfortunate to not share these pleasant food memories, imagine subtle aromas of tomatoes, cinnamon, onions, garlic, butter and chicken slowing braising over the stove, steaming up the whole kitchen- the whole living space more likely- with its warm, comforting, uncomplicated ingredients to make this perfectly wedded dish. This particular recipe is Cat Cora’s take on chicken kapama and appeared in Oprah.com. Ingredients   1 chicken (2 1/2 to 3 pounds), cut into 8 pieces … Continue reading Chicken Kapama – Greek Cinnamon Stewed Chicken

Lamb Tagine

The “tagine” is an earthenware with a conical lid used to cook the stew of the same name. The tagine stew is a complex yet balanced sweet and savory one-pot dish from North Africa that would impress any guest. The following recipe is courtesy of the NY Times. The sweetness in this recipe is from dried apricots, onions, both cinnamon sticks and ground cinnamon, and nutmeg while the savory side is contributed by the lamb, stock, tomato paste, turmeric, ginger, and black pepper. The whole stew is brightened up by fresh cilantro and lemon juice. INGREDIENTS 3 pounds bone-in lamb stew … Continue reading Lamb Tagine

Cinnamon Roll Donuts

These super easy and fast “donuts” are actually cinnamon roll dough shaped into donuts using a donut pan (really inexpensive.) Our thanks to Buns In My Oven (what a cute name) for dreaming up this delight! For the donuts  1 cup flour  1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons white sugar  1 teaspoon baking powder  1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg  1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon  1/2 teaspoon salt  1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons tablespoons buttermilk (or regular milk with a teaspoon of white vinegar added)  1 egg, beaten  1/2 teaspoon vanilla  1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable or canoloa oil For the cinnamon topping  2 tablespoons … Continue reading Cinnamon Roll Donuts