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Herbs And Spices For Christmas Cooking And Baking

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December 8, 2017 / International / By
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Winter holidays are perfect for cooking and baking numerous delicious dishes for your friends and family and the best way to make the holiday dishes delicious is to use the right herbs and spices. Now here’ a list of the herbs and spices for Christmas you should be using this year  and also some recipes for each spice and herb that we included on our list:

Christmas Spices

  1. Cinnamon

Nothing says Christmas like cinnamon-flavored treats so you cannot skip this spice if you want to prepare an amazing Christmas meal. Whether you like cinnamon or not, you have to admit that you know someone who cannot live without cinnamon treats during Christmas time.

Cinnamon can be used in various baked goods but also in warm drinks, applesauce, and some cooked dishes. Cinnamon is also amazing for those who suffer from nausea or indigestion. A cup of cinnamon tea will definitely make them feel a little bit better. We recommend sweetening the tea with honey instead of sugar because the taste will be better.

Here are three cinnamon recipes you can try at home but stay tuned for more because this amazing spice is the key ingredient in numerous Christmas dishes and we will dedicate an article to the wonderful sweet cinnamon treats.

Cinnamon Recipes To Try

30 Minute Cinnamon Sugar Knots from I Heart Eating

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Crunch Banana Bread from Savory Nothings

Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins from The Salty Marshmallow

  1. Nutmeg

Often used in cake, pies and other baked goods, nutmeg is another Christmas spice favorite that cannot miss from your festive treats. Nutmeg is also great for digestion problems, all you have to do is add a pinch of nutmeg into a ginger tea and your stomach will feel better. Besides treats and tea, nutmeg is also great in a glass of milk before bedtime. People claim that milk with a pinch of nutmeg makes them settle down before going to sleep.  

Nutmeg Recipes To Try

Spinach Ricotta Rolls from RecipeTin Eats

Caramel Apple Bread from Butter With A Side Of Bread

No-Bake Eggnog Cream Pie from The Domestic Rebel

  1. Ginger

Ginger is a spice that makes baked goods warm and interesting, however, the star of gingerbread is also amazing in various medical problems such as nausea, bad circulation, and inflammation. For these problems, you can make ginger tea or you can enjoy ginger in baked treats if the tea is too spicy for you.

Ginger Recipes To Try

Honey Lemon Ginger Chicken from The Recipe Critic

Ginger Turmeric Vanilla Cookies from Nest & Glow

And take a look at these Gingerbread treats too!

  1. Cloves

Cloves are used in baked good, in cooked dishes but also in mulled wine and other warm beverages. They are also great for decorating various treats and drinks and they can make your breath fresh if you chew them.

Cloves Recipes To Try

Paleo Chai Spiced Cookies (grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free) from Texanerin

Mulled Wine from Gimme Some Oven

Christmas Herbs

  1. Rosemary

Rosemary is a culinary herb that makes roast meat better but can also be used for making delicious oven baked potatoes, stews or various soups. Rosemary is great for your hair and skin, it is a mild diuretic and it also helps reducing headaches. You can use a rosemary bush to decorate your Christmas table as well.

Rosemary Recipes To Try

Slow Cooked Lamb With Garlic And Rosemary from Donna Hay

Fig and Rosemary Sticky Glazed Roast Chicken from Country Cleaver

  1. Sage

Sage is not only perfect for roasted meats, it also has anti-inflammatory properties and it helps to reduce the irritation of the intestines and the stomach. Combined with honey, sage is amazing for a sore throat.

Sage Recipes To Try

The Best Roast Turkey - Christmas Or Any Time from Jamie Oliver

Pumpkin Baked Ziti with Sage Sausage from Vodka&Biscuits

  1. Mint & Peppermint

Mint and peppermint are great for main dishes, side dishes and also sweet treats. Mint tea is known for aiding digestion, peppermint alleviates headaches that can occur during the holidays due to stress and lack of sleep. A temples massage with peppermint essential oil might get rid of that headache you don’t need when you have so many things to do.  

Mint & Peppermint Recipes To Try

Peppermint Macarons from Cook with Manali

Slow Cooker Peppermint White Hot Chocolate from Mom On Timeout

Chocolate Mint Balls from Living Well Mom

 


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