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cinnamon oil vs. ground cinnamon

MontBaybaker's picture
MontBaybaker

cinnamon oil vs. ground cinnamon

I was just looking up ingredients for Dave's Killer Bread bagels of assorted flavors.  Organic, nothing artificial,,,,The raisin bread lists "organic cinnamon drops", so I looked it up and found cinnamon oil and extract. 

Has anybody substituted oil or extract (non-stevia) in baking yeast bread or bagels?  If so, how much oil or extract vs. ground?  Flavor differences?  I'm not smart enough to figure oil the coumarin? compound amounts between oil/extract/ground.  Should I just stick to my good-quality non-cassia cinnamon?  Sometimes I grind my own (keep good high-oil sticks in the freezer).  I just bookmarked an excellent TFL post on cinnamon vs. yeast, and will read that in detail.  Thanks!

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ds99303

Cinnamon oil is used to make cinnamon candy.  It usually comes in 1 dram (3/4 teaspoon) size bottles.  It is very powerful.  One bottle is enough to flavor 3 to 4 pounds of candy.  It will choke you and burn you if you try to taste it.  I made cinnamon hard candy one time and the smell stayed in the house for several days.  Cinnamon extract is a few drops of cinnamon oil dissolved in alcohol.

MontBaybaker's picture
MontBaybaker

for the info!  I'll play with good quality extract; cinnamon is a flavor I've never bought. 

I've never done hard candy except for a wayward try at making lollipops with my younger sister when I was 13-14?  We didn't know about sugar temperatures (and had no molds; no clue what we were thinking).  Ended up with fine threads of spun sugar all over the kitchen, and barely got it cleaned up before Mom came home.  Live and learn.

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Mini Oven

and drag thru butter or dough is all it takes... strong stuff.  I've used for frosting.  2 dram bottles.  More than half full after 20+ yrs.  Flavco, Mansfield, OH

MontBaybaker's picture
MontBaybaker

It would take me forever to use a small bottle unless I start making cinnamon bears for my husband (not likely).  I'll stick to grinding the good stuff for breads & cookies.