There are spices that make a season. Their pungent aromas permeate the air, enveloping you in sweet warmth and nostalgia. Those that make you say, “Ahhh, it’s beginning to smell a lot like (insert season here)!”
For Easter it’s the traditional trio of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, but there are others who join the spice party too. Cardamom, anise seed and allspice are all welcome additions, as well as ginger and citrus zests.
Cinnamon (sweet & spicy)
Great addition in recipes with fruit (apple, banana), or carrot and pumpkin cakes. Adds intensity and flavour to icing.
A sprinkle adds a hint of flavour and colour to baked goods.
Gives pastry sauces a warm and smooth flavour.
Cloves (a bit for a kick)
Pairs well with pumpkin, banana, apple and orange.
TIP: add just a bit of ground cloves to your baked goods. Too much will overpower your other flavours.
Especially complimentary in sweet breads, puddings, and fruit pies.
When making some seasonal dishes that require the use of spices, try to buy new stock. Don’t use the spices that have been sitting in the back of the cupboard for a while as they would have lost of some of their potency.
Zest is the outer skin of a citrus fruit (oranges, limes, lemons) where the natural oils of the fruit can be found.