I’ll be honest with you; I’ve never really been all that savvy in the kitchen. I have always appreciated men who master culinary skills (and the ability to play an instrument, but that’s a topic for another time.) It’s one of my “things” this year, to get in there and work on it. Brandi got me a Cooking for Dummies (affiliate link) book a few years ago, and I’m determined to get some good use out of it, no matter the challenge.
There’s a couple of things I can already do pretty well, though. Like being able to make biscotti, flipping things in the pan, and I have always prided myself on cinnamon toast. I don’t remember the year, but I was in my tweens when I decided to perfect a cinnamon and sugar mixture for my morning toast. I spent a lot of time mixing, measuring, tasting, re-mixing… when I found the measurements, I was as proud as I could be.
Some 25 years later, I still use that same mixture, and my kids have always loved my cinnamon toast. As silly as it is, wild claims that “mom can’t make your cinnamon toast right” were made on several occasions over the years. Even using the mix, it was something only I could create for them. Maybe it’s the love that goes into it? Who knows? But it made me smile, regardless.
The Pioneer Woman said I was “absolutely wrong, terrible, and had no depth…”
If you’ve followed along with me over the last year, I’ve made a couple of references to being a little “peeved” with Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman) after being alerted to her post from April, 2010 called Cinnamon Toast the Right Way. I can’t believe I’m even linking back to her blog, but my pride is a little hurt, and my defenses are down this morning. You’re welcome Ree.
Anyway, she basically said that MY cinnamon toast method is the worst way to do it. Well, you know what? I disagree. I’m going to try her method soon, and while I don’t doubt it will be delicious, when you only have a smidgeon of time or need a quick breakfast snack (or lunch…or dinner, lol) then you don’t have time to be mixing things and firing up an oven. Her way would be fine for a weekend breakfast or showing off. Mine? You can use it all week.
I win, Ree. Sorry about your luck. 😉
The end of an era…
Back to my story – shortly after I got back from Iraq, I noticed there was an intruder in the house. The mention of toast was made one day, and I secretly looked forward to springing into action. To my dismay, I wasn’t asked to make my “World Famous” cinnamon toast. Instead, they used a tub of pre-mixed Land o’ Lakes cinnamon butter.
I was a little hurt. But, I figured maybe it was just what they were used to using while I was gone.
Not so much.
This weekend toast was made and when I asked our youngest if she wanted my cinnamon toast or the “other stuff”. She stated rather casually that she didn’t care.
I guess the magic is gone in our house, for now anyway, from my delicious cinnamon toast. So, I think it is time to pass it on to you. Hopefully you can make a little magic with your little ones with this very simple recipe. I need no credit. Own it and make it your own. Your kids will think you are the hero/heroine of the toast-making. (We all need a little status boost here and there, right?)
The recipe is yours
Brandon’s World Famous Cinnamon Toast
The mixture is super simple:
In a container
- Add 1 part ground cinnamon
- Add 16-18 parts sugar
- Put the lid on the container and shake the crap out of it.
That’s it! You will have to mix to taste. Not all cinnamon tastes the same, so start with 16 and work your way up. Use whatever size container will conveniently fit in your spice cabinet or pantry. Make sure it is as wide or wider than a slice of bread.
The method is also very easy:
Toast your bread and butter it immediately after it pops up. Be sure to get butter on the entire slice. Hold your toast at an angle over the cinnamon-sugar container and spoon the mixture generously over the bottom half of the toast. Let the excess slide off back into the container, flip your toast, and repeat.
Ree claimed that this method doesn’t allow the butter to soak into the bread and she makes an obvious, over-exaggerated mess with the cinnamon-sugar mix. Silly Pioneer Woman. She just didn’t know how to do it right! 😉
Can you do it better? Prove it!
Do you have a better mix or method than this? Let’s hear it! Add your take or a link to your post in the comments. I’ll do a cinnamon toast showdown in a couple of weeks, pitting PW’s preferred method, the most creative/interesting recipe from our comments, and mine.
We’ll see whose reins supreme!
Disclaimers: In the interest on not getting beat up by The Pioneer Woman, she did not actually say that I was “absolutely wrong, terrible, and had no depth…” – these are statements from her blog about the method I happen to use for making cinnamon toast. The Cooking for Dummies link will take you to Amazon.com.