Tag Archives: cinnamon

A Hybrid Breakfast Vehicle Ideal for Transporting Maple Syrup

25 Jul

It’s a lazy Sunday morning and ingredients are strewn about before you.  At your very disposal are the means with which you could make any perfectly carbolicious breakfast.  But…but…which carbolicious breakfast?  Suddenly your mind begins to swirl with recipe after recipe.  What to make?!  There are so many options that it’s tearing you to pieces.  A life decision couldn’t get much harder.

But…

Wait!

It comes to you on the brink of frustration.  On the verge of tearing your hair out and resorting to cold cereal.  On the very cusp of genius.

It must’ve been what Einstein felt like upon developing his theory of relativity.

And this morning, I was the Einstein of breakfast.

(Those brilliant Belgians are probably cursing the heavens for my bastardization of their waffle, but if they’re truly brilliant, they’ll see the wisdom in this…)

Cinnamon French Toast Belgian Waffle

Waffle:

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons Saco cultured buttermilk blend (or 1/2 cup buttermilk)
  • 1/2 cup water (omit if using buttermilk)
  • 2 Tablespoons applesauce
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Stevia (or sugar)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 + 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Egg Dip*:

  • 2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup skim milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons Stevia (or sugar)
  1. Preheat waffle iron.
  2. In one bowl, whisk together egg, vanilla, water (or buttermilk), and applesauce until well mixed.  In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, Stevia (or sugar), salt, cultured buttermilk (if not using buttermilk), and cinnamon.  Whisk together the dry and wet ingredients.
  3. Spray heated waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray.  Pour batter into waffle iron, close, flip, and cook until lightly browned.
  4. Once waffle is cooked, separate it into 4 sections.  Then place them on a aluminum-foil-lined (or greased) pan and broil them in the oven or toaster oven at 450 degrees F for about 1.5 minutes on each side, or until toasted.  Keep a close eye on them to ensure they don’t burn.
  5. If you unplugged or turned off your waffle iron, preheat it again.
  6. Next, to prepare the egg mixture, measure flour and salt into a mixing bowl.  Whisk in the eggs, cinnamon, vanilla, and Stevia until well incorporated.
  7. Spray waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray.  With the waffle iron open, dunk each of the four sections into the egg mixture.  The waffles should absorb some of the liquid, and leave pools of egg mixture in waffle’s wells.  Quickly place each section back into waffle iron.
  8. Shut waffle iron and cook for about 1.5-2 minutes or until done.  While it’s cooking, flip waffle iron 180 degrees occasionally.
  9. Remove waffle sections from waffle maker and plate.  Drizzle with maple syrup and/or sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired. 

*Note: I had plenty of left-over egg mixture, probably about 3 waffles’ worth.  The waffle recipe above yields 1 Belgian waffle.

The Most Fantastically Ginormous Cinnamon Roll Ever

23 Jul

Are you the type that likes to make things more complicated than they need to be?

I sure am.  And proud of it.

So, while pondering what to bake my dear grandmother for her 83rd birthday, regular ol’ cinnamon rolls just simply wouldn’t cut it.  No, sir.  I had to opt for the more intricate and impressive version that hails from Azerbaijan (no, I did not make that up; that’s a real country) in the Middle East: Noon Rogani.

But I couldn’t stop there.  Its giant cinnamon roll resemblance had me itching for a glaze.  And I couldn’t resist scratching that itch, so glaze it I did.  Vanilla glaze, to be exact. 

And it officially blows Cinnabon out of the water.

Noon Rogani (AKA “The Cinnamon Roll Mothership”)

Adapted from King Arthur Flour

Dough:

  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons dry active yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

Filling/Topping:

  • 2 Tablespoons softened, unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons softened, unsalted butter

Vanilla Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Combine dry active yeast, sugar, and 1/4 cup warm water in a small bowl.  Let sit for 8-10 minutes (it should have bubbles in it).
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, and oil.  Add yeast mixture once its ready.
  3. Use mixer to combine ingredients.  It may be a little dry; add a little water as needed.
  4. Turn out dough onto a well-floured surface.  Knead well for 8-10 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic.  Let rise until puffy, about 30-40 minutes.
  5. While it’s rising, combine cinnamon and sugar in a separate bowl.  Set aside.
  6. Gently deflate and shape dough into a square pillow.  Roll the dough into a large rectangle of 1/8-inch thickness, with the longest side being about 2 feet long.
  7. Using a frosting knife, spread softened butter evenly across dough rectangle, leaving about an inch of one of the longer sides unbuttered.  Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture evenly across buttered dough.
  8. Starting at longer buttered side, begin to roll up dough as you would a jelly roll.  Pinch seam well.
  9. Roll rope until it’s about 5 feet long (mine reached 3.75 feet).  Be sure to press along length of the dough to remove any air pockets that may form.  It is normal for a few small tears to develop in the outer layer of the dough.
  10. Loosely twist entire strand of dough as if you were wringing a towel.
  11. On a greased baking sheet or circular baking pan, coil rope into round spiral.  Don’t wrap too tightly, as there needs to be some room for it to rise and expand.  Tuck the end of rope under.
  12. With a frosting knife, spread remaining 2 Tablespoons of butter evenly onto coiled circle of dough.
  13. Set aside, covered, to rise until puffy for about 40-45 minutes.  When only 5 minutes are left, begin to preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  14. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until deeply golden brown.  Cool completely on a rack before glazing.
  15. Combine glaze ingredients in a bowl.  Pour into a Ziploc bag and cut a small piece from one corner.  Drizzle over bread. 

Messy Eats

12 Jul

Throughout our first years of life, most of us are messy eaters.  Take yours truly, for example:

Green birthday cake frosting really does make for great puckering-picture-material, doesn’t it?

But once we develop greater hand-eye coordination, and learn how to use a spoon, fork, and knife without flipping the bowl of Spaghettios over our heads, eating becomes a much less difficult task.  And yet there’s an exception to every rule.

There will always be foods that are messy for even the most hygienic gourmand, like sloppy joes (unless they somehow became un-sloppy, in which case their name would have to be changed).  There really isn’t a clean way to eat them.  But just because something’s difficult to eat doesn’t make it inedible!  One simply must find an alternative consumption strategy, such as attacking it from the side.  Which is how you might need to approach these…

Glazed Cinnamon Sugar Banana Roll-Ups 

  • 2 10-inch whole wheat tortillas
  • 1 medium ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 teaspoons Stevia (or sugar)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon to taste
  • Pam butter cooking spray
  • 5 toothpicks
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and grease a baking sheet.
  2. In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon together.  In another bowl, thoroughly mash banana.  Add mashed banana to cinnamon sugar and mix well.
  3. Lay out tortillas on flat surface, with one slightly overlapping the other.  It should look similar to a venn diagram.
  4. Spread banana mixture evenly across tortillas.  Spray some butter cooking spray on top of banana mixture.
  5. Carefully roll up tortillas, starting at the tortilla whose end is partially overlapped by the other.  This part will be messy!
  6. Place 5 toothpicks at even distance intervals across roll-up.  Carefully cut between toothpicks to make 5 roll-ups.
  7. Place roll-ups on greased baking sheet and bake for about 7 minutes.

Glaze

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon (1-1/2 teaspoons) milk
  • Ziploc bag
  1. Mix powdered sugar and milk.
  2. Pour glaze into Ziploc bag.
  3. Cut small tip from bag and glaze roll-ups.

Mmmmmm, messiness.