Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Yummies: We heart cinnamon!


Mmmmmmmmmmm....ding...scrape scrape...drip...lick....sprinkle...sprinkle...oopppss big sprinkle...spread...bite...AHHHHHH CINNAMON & SUGAR TOAST!!!!

The greatest thing in the world to begin a fantastical day is a cup o' coffee and cinnamon toast...


Ingredients-
Multigrain or sprouted wheat bread- toasted
Butter- the real deal (unless ur vegan)
Cinnamon
Sugar

Directions-
Slather toast with butter. Let it melt. Sprinkle toast heavily with cinnamon and sugar. DEVOUR! Repeat...repeat...repeat

That got us thinkin...we super heart cinnamon...what else do we love it in???

But first...the warm spice deserves a bit 'o history telling...



OK...just go here to find out...let's get down to the nitty gritty shall we?

And now for the amazing sweet ways cinnamon blesses our tummies...


No one can say they don't like cinnamon after diving head first into a warm and gooey (oh god we are drooling) cinnamon roll...

Shame on you Foodporn for tweeting this photo! There goes my diet!

Here is a ridiculously delish recipe for those gooey rolls of love stolen from Cinnabon!!!...No bread machine required!
Btw...did anyone keep or use their bread machine that was all the rage 10 years ago?

Anywhoo..
One night when Mr Twh was craving Ice Cream...his super amazing girlfriend (hee hee) pulled out a tiny tub of gourmet cinnamon ice cream. You would think she just gave him a new car!

Although that ice cream was store bought...we found the perfect recipe to make your own creamy yumminess! Here's how...

Ingredients

  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 12 large egg yolks

Directions-

Combine milk, 1 cup sugar, cream, cinnamon sticks, and salt in heavy large saucepan. Bring almost to simmer over medium-high heat.

Whisk egg yolks and 1/4 cup sugar in large bowl. Gradually whisk in hot milk mixture.

Return custard to saucepan and stir constantly over low heat until custard thickens, about 4 minutes (do not boil).

Transfer custard to large bowl set over another large bowl of ice water; let cool 30 minutes, stirring often. Cover and chill custard overnight.

Strain custard.

Process in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions. Transfer ice cream to container; cover and freeze.


PS Homemade ice cream will bring everyone to their knees!


Sometimes the smell of cinnamon makes us think of home...well home when we were kids...
Every fall mom would bake the most amazing baked apples. When you ate one it felt like...well home...soooo comforting and cozy...
Now we can make our own! Sorry mom...we still heart yours too!!!
If Martha thinks they are good, they must be....


Oh god! Deary deary my oh my.....WTF is this?!?!?!??!?!?!?!
Cinnamon Roll CHEESECAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Um...YES PLEASE!!!!!! That picture is TDF! We can't imagine how it must taste....


This next goodie is dedicated to my fake boyfriend (not Edward...yes he is still my FBF) AJD...
Cinnamon & Sugar Madelines....

Hopefully after Mr AJD eats these he will fall madly in heartville with me and we can run away together...in 15 years that is...

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (6 ounces)
2 tablespoons softened unsalted butter (for greasing pan)
3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
4 large eggs
a pinch fine-grain sea salt
2/3 cups sugar

1 teaspoon of cinnamon
zest of one large lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
powdered sugar

1 teaspoon of cinnamon mixed with 2 Tablespoons of sugar to sprinkle on top of cookie.

A madeleine baking pan

Use "cooking spray" with flour to grease molds

In a small bowl sift together flour, baking powder and ground cinnamon, set aside.

Cream butter and sugars and lemon juice in another bowl until light and creamy.

Add eggs and beat until combined.

Sift in flour mixture and fold until the flour has been incorporated into the wet mixture.

Place a heaped teaspoonful of the mixture in each mould

Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar mixture on top.

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the tops are golden.

Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes in tray.

Unmould Cool on racks and dust with more cinnamon and sugar



And speaking of cinnamon sprinkled cookies...the most famous amos's of them all...

The Snickerdoodle...This chewy spicy and sweet cookie is dying to be dunked into a cup o' coffee, tea or almond milk...


Love Snickerdoodles but they are not sweet enough for you and you love cupcakes???
Well then try a Snickerdoodle Cupcake!


They are easy breezy to make and unbelievable to eat! Now if we can only get ours to look as cute as the pic above...

Ingredients-

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup milk, room temperature

Directions-

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line regular and miniature cupcake trays with paper liners.
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Set aside.
In a mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium for about 2 minutes.
Add eggs, one at a time and mix until combined.
Add vanilla and mix until combined.
Add flour mixture to creamed butter and sugar in three additions. Alternate with milk in two additions.
Fill baking cups about 3/4 full.
Bake for about 15-20 minutes.
Remove cupcakes from trays and let cool.

To decorate, pipe on frosting, place one cookie on top and then pipe another dollop of frosting on top.

Sprinkle with leftover cinnamon and sugar from the Snickerdoodle cookie recipe.



P.S. Wanna smell good enough to eat...wait sounds dirty..but oh so yummy...


Demeter Perfume has a delicious scent dedicated to our fave way to toast...Cinnamon Toast!

P.P.S. We loooooove sprinkling cinnamon in our coffee for a great kick to start the day...try it!

P.P.P.S. Think cinnamon is only good for a bit o' flava? Think again. It has amazing healing properties...
  • Lowers blood sugar levels
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Anti-clotting qualities promote healthy blood
  • Acts as a natural preservative for food
  • The scent of cinnamon boosts your cognitive and memory powers
  • A great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium
  • Helps stop the growth of bacteria (has shown to aid in treating some yeast infections)
  • Soothes the stomach while helping with nausea and indigestion
  • Relieves congestion from colds and allergies
  • Helps alleviate joint, muscle, and arthritic pain
  • May prevent tooth decay and gum disease
  • Eases menstrual cramping
See sweet, smart and spicy! Just like girls are...



xoxo things we heart

2 comments:

Angie Rebennack - the Outfit said...

i know a certain someone who had a little friendly crush on another fictional someone and part of it was due to the fact that this fictional someone smelled like cinnamon. allegedly....

I'm with ya, girls, sprinkle on the hot!

Miss Me said...

Ohhh The Outfit! I know just what your talking about and I am still blushing!
Do Werewolves smell like cinnamon?

Speaking of that.. How is baby Esme doing?
:)