I love bread and butter pudding. We came across a recipe, and had plenty of ingredients, so decided to double everything, including double the cinammon.

This almost worked out perfectly, except that it suddenly felt like we had way too much cinnamon. It was almost as if we should have left the original quantity of cinnamon whilst we doubled everything else.

It seems to me there must be some scaling factor for cinnamon when doubling up a recipe. Something like 2x the recipe but just 1.1x the cinnamon.

My question is: What is the measure for scaling cinnamon if you double a recipe?

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    I bet you make the original recipe you will taste the same amount of cinnamon
    – paparazzo
    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:11
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    It's perfectly possible that the recipe author really likes cinnamon, or was using old/poor quality (especially if it's a reader-submitted recipe). Perhaps link to it.
    – Chris H
    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:39
  • What was the amount of cinnamon in the base recipe?
    – Paulb
    Jun 27, 2016 at 11:41
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    It may also be the type of cinnamon that was used -- there are two main types, cassia and ceylon. Ceylon was the first cinnamon brought to Europe, but over the centuries, Cassia has become more prevalent (in part, because it's cheaper) ... but Cassia is high in coumarin, which has led to EU restrictions on cinnamon: telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/10538172/…
    – Joe
    Jun 27, 2016 at 18:22

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If you never prepared the recipe as written (which appears to be the case), you have no basis to tie the way it tastes when doubled to doubling it, rather than to the proportions of the original recipe.

Based on many years of making many things in many sized batches, if I double a recipe and want it to taste the same as the original recipe, I double the cinnamon.

I conclude that the most likely case here is that the original recipe had a lot of cinnamon, and that what you tasted is simply the way it tastes.

Depending what travels the recipe might have had before you met it, there's also a not-uncommon error that occurs with US measurements sometimes - the confusing (by some transcriber in the past) of T and t in hyper-abbreviated notation, which can make a factor of 3 difference (T = Tbs =Tablespoon = 15 ml, t = tsp = teaspoon = 5 ml.) The copy of the recipe you are looking at need not be hyper-abbreviated for this to have happened to it at some point in its past

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