I've been in a serious holiday season mood lately. We have less than a month until Christmas! And if you live in Paris, and if you have seen Le Bon Marche's Christmas window, you would be in a holiday season mood, too! This place deserves museum status. It is magical.
I saw these cinnamon sticks, and I knew that they were the perfect addition to my evening tea and/or apple cider routine. And, just saying, I still have a hefty amount of bourbon left over from the bourbon chocolate cake... and I'm pretty sure future holiday gatherings could benefit from some spiced hot beverages.
Since I am working on this whole "responsibility" concept, the idea of bourbon apple cider hasn't happened yet, but fear not... winter has just begun!
So far, I have only tried the cinnamon sticks in my morning coffee + milk. It was glorious. Definitely a mood booster to get your day going!
(Adapted from: http://www.sprinklebakes.com/2012/11/cinnamon-cider-sticks.html)
Holiday Cinnamon Sticks - What you need:
- 1/2 cup of simple cinnamon syrup (recipe below)
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 6 cinnamon sticks
- cooking spray OR melted margarine and a small cooking (i.e. paint) brush
Holiday Cinnamon Sticks - What you do:
Prepare the small chocolate molds by spraying them with cooking spray or applying the margarine. Set aside.
Add the syrup, sugar, and cinnamon in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Mix everything together until a thick paste forms.
Cover the paste with parchment paper or microwave-safe plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 3 minutes and 15 seconds. Remove from the oven and stir well. With a new piece of paper/wrap, cover the mixture again and microwave once more for another 3 minutes.
Pour the cinnamon mixture into the prepared molds. Allow the cinnamon - sugar bit to sit for a moment, and careful! It will be hot. After the cinnamon mixture has sat for a moment, add a cinnamon stick to each mold.
Allow to cool completely, then remove from the molds. Use in a hot beverage of your choice for added sweetness and spice!
The original recipe called for corn syrup. If you would like to follow that recipe, I posted the link above my recipe. However, corn syrup in France is terribly expensive and I have small qualms about using it for my baking. So! I made a REALLY easy, simple cinnamon syrup.
Cinnamon Syrup - What you need:
- 2 cups of sugar
- 3/4 cups of water
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1/4 teaspoon of tatar powder
- pinch of salt
Cinnamon Syrup - What you do:
In a medium sauce pan, add all of the ingredients together. Mix well, and bring to a boil. Whisk for a moment, then reduce the heat to a simmer, put the lid on the pan, and allow the mix to simmer for 3 minutes.
Remove the lid, and continue to simmer for 2 to 3 more minutes while whisking the syrup. Pour into a heat-proof container and allow to cool completely.
This syrup will keep well in the refrigerator for up to two months.
Even if you don't make it to the cinnamon stick part of this post - the cinnamon syrup would also work WONDERFULLY in a morning tea or coffee!
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