A friend gave me a recipe for cinnamon cake which I wanted to make today. So I strolled over to the grocery store all set to buy some cinnamon. I normally get my spices from Herb and Spice because they sell spices in bulk but I didn't have time to walk all the way over there so I decided to get some at the store around the corner instead. But when I got there and saw all the spices in their plastic bags and bottles, I just couldn't bring myself to do it.
Then I remembered that I had cinnamon sticks at home. I wondered if I could grind them up myself, decided to give it a try and turned around and walked back home.
I tried two ways of grinding:
1. with a zester/rasp
2. with a mortar and pestle
The rasp produced a very fine powder just like you'd buy at the store. But I have to admit that with every grate I felt like I was dulling or worse about to completely break my rasp. For the record, cinnamon sticks are hard as rocks! After making only about 1/4tsp of powder, I switched to the mortar and pestle.
The mortar and pestle produced a coarser powder and didn't take too much effort (only a few minutes of work). Because it was so easy, and because I wanted my rasp to live to see another day, I used the mortar and pestle for the rest of the 2tsp of cinnamon I needed.
I would definitely do this again. I love using up stuff I already have before buying something new, and also, freshly ground cinnamon smells amazing! Way better than the pre-ground stuff.
Here's what the finished cake looks like. I decided to throw some apples on top with the cinnamon sugar because I had some in the cooler. I just ate a piece and am v. happy with how it turned out. P'haps I need another piece just to be sure though.