Joy the Baker

Cinnamon: The Greatest Hits

October 8, 2010

Pear Spice Cake

Cinnamon.  It’s a constant in my cupboard.

Cinnamon is that spice that instantly makes baked goods feel extra warm and extra comforting.

The smell from the oven?  Pretty much perfect.

It feels like Autumn is trying to sneak up on us.  Cinnamon just makes sense these days.  Let me show you some things I’ve shown you before.  This seems like a good weekend for some baking.

Pear Spice Cake with Walnut Praline Topping. Rich.  Spiced.  Delicate.  Caution:  you will want to eat the praline topping by the fistful.  You’ll have to stop yourself.  Good luck.

Pineapple Coconut Vegan Banana Bread

Vegan Coconut Pineapple Banana Bread.

That’s a lot of words…. and there’s cinnamon in it too.

This is one of my favorite breads over.  I make it when there’s nothing left in my fridge but dying bananas.


Cinnamon Sugar Biscotti

Cinnamon Sugar Biscotti… like toast became a cookie.  Awesome.

Spiced Apple Cake

Ohmygosh.  This Spiced Apple Cake is so crazy yummy.  Maybe I’m just a sucker for baked apples and cinnamon.


Vegan Pumpkin Walnut Bread

It’s vegan.  It’s pumpkin.  It’s walnut. It’s cinnamon.  It’s maple syrup.  It’s super dang good.

Oh!  Apple Crisp!

If you’ve been here for a while and you haven’t yet made this Apple Crisp, I don’t know what to tell you… this recipe is a game changer.  Trust me.  Please.  Go.  Do.  Go.  Do.  Go.  Do.  Go.  Do!

Brown Rice Rice Pudding

I swear… cooking rice in sugar and milk has got to be one of the best things man has ever created.  Well…that and mouth breathing.  You know that feels good.

Brown Rice Rice Pudding.

Chai Spiced Pancakes


Tea inspired, Chai Spice Pancakes.  Because I will find any and every excuse to make up a new pancake recipe.

81 Comments Add A Comment

  • and THIS is why i love cinnamon…i’m pretty sure you could make something like corn smut pâté with it and it would taste fabulous.

    ok, fine, maybe not. but i do love cinnamon :)

  • Mmm that crisp…looks so amazing. I have a great apple and cinnamon recipe if you’d like to try another! its blondie, is apple, is caramel and cinnamon… is the best thing I’ve ever made…

    Love your blog SO much.


  • Cinnamon is my favourite.
    I usually double it in any recipe that calls for it, or add it to any recipe that doesn’t!

    I even add it to a lot of my savoury dishes

  • I’m thinking I need to bookmark this: I feel like eating so much cinnamon now :D

  • Woah. Nelly. Goodbye, cruel world. This is amazing.

  • I’m going to make those chai pancakes this weekend – spiced, warm, comforting. Yum! (And I make James Beard’s zucchini bread which is called Cinnamon Bread in my house – my daughters don’t even know there is a vegetable in it! hee hee)

  • I’ve died on gone to cinnamon heaven!

  • that apple crisp is calling my name- especially since i have apples and pears from costco taking over my kitchen

  • I agree – cinnamon is a comfort food, definitely!

  • I love cinnamon as well. I was wondering though, how do you feel about cassia bark? I love the earthiness it gives to a dish. I sometimes opt for it over cinnamon. One of my favorite herbal teas is cranberry with a hint of cassia, it reminds me of a nice fall cider. :)

  • I’d love to try the pancakes – I love chai!

  • Holy heck that’s quite the assortment of cinnamon recipes you have! Good thing too coz I love love love cinnamon and will pretty much try any recipe that includes it…

  • Wait! Did you spy on me? My last post was about cinnamon too. I’m so in for everything containing cinnamon. And apples. Oh, autumn is just the perfect time of the year. I love the apple cake and the biscotti! YUM!

  • and i find every excuse to make every recipe that has chai in it. it took everything in me not to drink that batter when i made these. you are a pancake god (dess?)

  • Joy, I found your blog the other day while looking for pan dulce recipes. I found out two things:

    1. It’s a beautiful site!
    2. You’re hilarious, interesting, and an exceptional baker. And a damn good photographer, I might add!

    I actually did an adaptation of your Chewy Ginger Chocolate Cookies the other day. I didn’t have any ginger so I substituted pumpkin spice for ginger and nutmeg for the cloves. They turned out really well! They were tasty and autumn-y.

    I really need to get to the store and actually buy some dang ginger already.

    And pumpkin puree. I am going to make that pumpkin bread. It looks so good!

    I’m so sorry your neighbor threw those cupcakes away! What kind were they?

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