Saturday, May 9, 2009

Cinnamon Toast

Spices were considered rare and expensive for the majority of our history. It is only within the last 100 or so years that spices have had a more commonplace presence in our cuisines and diet. Prior to that, they have been the cause of wars, sources of vast wealth and empires, and have held a certain sense of mystique and romance. We tend to forget that spices such as cinnamon, vanilla, and pepper have a colorful past considering their easy presence in all of our cupboards and our recipes. Let’s take, for instance, cinnamon toast – bread, butter, cinnamon and sugar. Simplest thing, right? Well, let’s remember that it has taken centuries for us to reach a place where we could enjoy exotic spices on our toast for breakfast. Recipe as follows.

Cinnamon Toast
2 slices of toast
Butter, softened
1 tbs vanilla sugar (or regular sugar works just fine too)
½ tsp cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, 175 degrees C.

Mix the cinnamon and the sugar in a small bowl. Butter your bread. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the bread slices and place the toast on a lined cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet in the middle of the oven. Toast for 5-6 minutes.

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