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Old 01-09-2013, 05:29 AM   #1
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Cinnamon substitute?

I know this may sound odd to a lot of people, but I am looking for a good cinnamon substitute for sweet recipes. Sometimes nutmeg is too strong a taste.

I am deathly allergic to cinnamon (epi pen in bag with 3 inhalers, sent to the emergency room with anaphylaxis from someone chewing cinnamon gum in my office) so it is t even an option for me to reduce the amount. Been looking for something to make sweet buns with, and nutmeg has turned out horrible, even reducing it by half. Anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:39 AM   #2
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Allspice. it's just one spice, not a blend, but tastes like pumpkin pie spice.
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:02 AM   #3
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That's really hard. Start looking at what you like. Use something different.

What is it you want to make maybe we can help you that way.
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Allspice. it's just one spice, not a blend, but tastes like pumpkin pie spice.
Allspice is actually a single spice, not a blend. So that should be ok to use. Be wary of spice blends, such as pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice. Ground cardamom would be good. You could try a pinch of ground cloves, those those tend to be very strongly flavored.

Are you allergic to all cinnamon? Because ceylon cinnamon (true cinnamon) and cassia cinnamon (what we usually call cinnamon in the U.S.) are from two different species.
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Be very careful going into places like JoAnne Fabrics around Halloween. They have these extremely strong cinnamon brooms in the doorway. I love the scent but that send you to the hospital for sure
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:08 AM   #6
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Be very careful going into places like JoAnne Fabrics around Halloween. They have these extremely strong cinnamon brooms in the doorway. I love the scent but that send you to the hospital for sure
I cant go into craft stores from halloween through begining of January, have to use a surgical mask to go to the grocery store or send my husband during that period too.

I havent tested whether its cassis or true indian cinnamon, given that its been dropping me just smelling it, afraid to try it, and the allergist is afraid to give me a prick test, and says the blood test wouldnt be effective on foods like that. its not fun, really
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There is a great write up about this. I don't think I can link blogs, but google

Restricted gourmet, Ask the Gourmet: Cinnamon Substitutes

Some really good info!! Good luck.
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:32 AM   #8
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What a great blog. I'm allergic to many many foods and enviromental. Thanks.

Some of it is good some not.

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Old 01-09-2013, 12:59 PM   #9
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You have my sympathy. I have severe nut and seed allergies, eating out is always fraught. Sesame is the all time worst. Once I had a pizza and after a few bites felt the itching closing throat, nausea, asthma thing staring. I ran outside and upchucked in the street, not pretty. Turns out the pizza pan was greased with sesame oil. You are right, it isn't fun. Hope you find something you like.

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