Sweet cinnamon

Spice Route: Sweet cinnamon

This aromatic spice conjures up so many pleasant memories, bringing happiness and comfort to our dining tables

Cinnamon is a tree originating from Sri Lanka, which grows up to 10 m high. It is a tropical species and will not tolerate frost. It does best grown along the coast or in areas with a high rainfall and warm winters. The bark is stripped into fine layers then rolled into thin tubes and cut into cinnamon sticks.

Tip Keep cinnamon in a sealed container away from direct light to maintain its aroma and flavour.

Cinnamon buns

Makes: 24 buns
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Proving time: 45-50 minutes
Baking time: 35 minutes
Oven Temperature: 180°C
Total time: 105 minutes


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Cinnamon buns


  • 24 x 250 ml cups (560 g) cake flour
  • 125 ml (105 g) castor sugar
  • 2 ml salt
  • 10 g instant dry yeast
  • 200 ml warm milk
  • 100 g butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, extra large, beaten


  • 80 g pecan nuts, coarsely chopped
  • 80 g raisins
  • 60 g butter
  • 30 ml honey
  • 15 ml ground cinnamon
  • 5 ml fine lemon zest
  • 250 ml (130g) icing sugar
  • 30 ml boiling water
  • 2 ml lemon juice
  • Mint
  1. Sift the flour, sugar and salt together; mix in the yeast.
  2. Mix the warm milk, melted butter and eggs together. Add it to the dry ingredients and mix it together to form a soft dough.
  3. Knead for 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  4. Place the dough in a greased bowl covered with cling film. Allow to rise for 30 minutes or until doubled in size. Knock the dough down and then allow it to rise again for 15 minutes.
  5. Mix the pecan nuts, raisins, butter, honey, cinnamon and zest together.
  6. Flatten the dough into a rectangle of about 45 cm x 30 cm, spread the filling over the dough and roll up. Slice off 1½ cm slices from the roll and place onto a baking sheet.
  7. Allow the dough to rise for about 10 minutes before placing the buns into a preheated oven. Bake for about 35 minutes, until golden brown.
  8. Mix the icing sugar, water and lemon juice together and drizzle over the cinnamon buns. Serve with a sprig of mint.
Did you know? Cinnamon has anti-bacterial properties and in ancient times was used as a preservative. Cinnamon comes from the bark of the cinnamon tree. The cinnamon tubes are also known as quills.

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