Our extract-making pro Starlette created this extract for a cousin with sever cinnamon allergies. We are proud to share the recipe here in Starlette's words:
I created my Autumn Spice Extract specifically for my cousin because she has a severe allergy to Cinnamon. Seems every year she misses out on some fantastic recipes so with her in mind, I mixed and I mingled and came up with a great extract that she uses in place of cinnamon. I used Dried fruits for flavor and it surely does the trick.
AUTUMN SPICE EXTRACT
[contains no cinnamon]
I use a quart jar because I always want more, yum yum!
What I did to get this yummy flavor:
1/2 Cup Dehydrated Apples pieces.
1 Teaspoon Whole Cloves
1 Tablespoon Allspice Berries
1-2 Whole Nutmegs or Mace or both
1 Small Ginger Root, peeled
4 Dried Orange Slices, peel & pith removed
1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries (optional]
1/2 oz Vanilla Beans, tied in knots [I use Tahitians for the fruity undertones]
16 ounces Alcohol
This recipe is for 16 ounces of alcohol. I used Vodka [8 oz] and Dark Rum [8 oz], but you can use any kind of alcohol.
Add all ingredients to your jar, give it a mingling shake, and let it sit [shake frequently]. Remove apples after 1 month and add new apples, cut and split your vanilla beans. This is when I added the dried orange slices and cut my beans.
Extract time: 6-9 Months, or until it reaches the flavor you want. I let it steep long so the vanilla beans extract. I taste for flavor with a tablespoon of milk and a pinch of sugar.