Cinnamon Toast

SWEET DREAMS ARE MADE OF THIS

This is comfort food for comfort food. Does that make sense? When comfort food was invented this is what they came up with. Better? Who doesn’t have childhood memories of cinnamon toast?  It’s not that complicated, it’s very simple to make,  and it’s a little taste of sugary-apple pie cinnamon-buttery-toasted heaven.

My mother made cinnamon toast for me as a ritual when I didn’t want to go to bed because I was hungry. God forbid I went to bed hungry. At four years old what would you rather do? Go to bed or eat cinnamon toast?

Exactly.

It didn’t take me long to equate bed time with cinnamon toast.  Just smelling cinnamon is known to boost cognitive function and memory. Who knew? Who cared? As far as my mother was concerned after my cinnamon toast I was swept away to dream land. Probably dreaming of more cinnamon toast.

Being the culinary pioneer I was, I learned to make cinnamon toast at a very early age. Who knows, cinnamon toast might have been responsible for me paying attention to my mother’s other cooking classics. I know the next step up from making cinnamon toast was learning how to make French Toast. It all fell into place after that. Such humble beginnings.

Now, there are some who mix softened butter with the cinnamon and sugar and spread that mixture on the bread before toasting. And others that toast the bread that way and then place it under the broiler to carmelize and crisp the top. Both are notable techniques in making delicious cinnamon toast. My mother didn’t do it that way. Here is her technique.

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Before you begin, combine 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon with 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar and mix well.

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Take two slices of your favorite bread. Toast it.

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Butter the hot toast with plenty of butter. I prefer Kerry Gold Irish Butter. It’s made from grass fed cows and is the best tasting butter I ever had.

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Now sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the bread to cover the top evenly. Use about a teaspoon per slice or to taste.

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There you have it. Simple and a taste of childhood. If you never had cinnamon toast, now is your chance to give it a try. And if you can’t fall asleep one night, don’t toss and turn, get up and do as I do…make yourself some cinnamon toast. It puts me right to bed.

Sweet dreams!

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About Peter Bocchieri

Peter was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and is a second generation Italian-American. He has a degree in Journalism from Long Island University and is an avid photographer, gardener and pet owner. When Peter is not out selling, he is relaxing at his Rockland County home and cooking for his sons, Michael and Joseph, family and friends. Peter's passion for food was inspired by his Mother's and Grandmother's cooking, but at the age of 10 Peter felt he could do it better himself, so he did.
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