Friday, October 22, 2010

Recipe: Decadent Cinnamon Crisp Toast

Alternate Title: This is the Reason Why My Kids Love Me

Cinnamon Toast is a favorite in our house.  Toasted bread with butter and a sprinkling of cinnamon scented sugar is comfort food for breakfast, afternoon tea or midnight snack.  But, I found an old recipe that turns these simple ingredients into a crispy cookie like pastry.
My girls love it and I serve to them when they are having a rough day...
This recipe uses sliced bread, but even stale bread would be delicious in this recipe.
The original recipe called for dipping the bread into a vat of melted butter. The bread then absorbs the butter.  I found this to be to greasy, so I changed this part of the recipe.
Instead, I melt the butter and spread it on the bread with a silicon brush.  This allows me to use just enough butter to moisten the bread, but not too much.
I spread both sides with butter and then sprinkle a cinnamon sugar mixture on both sides.
Place the slices on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, turning once.

Recipe: Serves 2 people
4 slices of bread
1/2 stick butter (or slightly less)
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon (or more to taste)

Heat oven to 375.
Mix sugar and cinnamon together and place in a soup bowl. Set aside.
Melt butter in a saucepan.  Do not brown butter.
Spread butter on each side of each slice of bread.  Be sure to spread the butter up to the edge of slice of bread.
Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture onto the bread and then tilt the bread so that the additional sugar runs off.  (You can save this sugar mixture for another day).  Be sure to do both sides.
Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
Bake for 6 minutes and then flip the bread.
Bake an additional 4 - 6 minutes.

The girls usually eat one piece of toast and take the second piece "to go" in a wax paper bag.
The sugar caramelizes and becomes brittle and the bread becomes crispy.  It kind of reminds me of a "poor man's palmier".

Here they are enjoying their favorite breakfast!

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