Cinnamon Toast Memories
Cinnamon Smells Good After Any Busy Day!
It's Amazing How A SCENT Can Bring Back Memories
Sometimes, it sure seems that a familiar scent can bring back a flood of memories... much the same way that a song can bring back fond memories of other places and times.
Even today, whenever I smell breakfast cooking, I think back to my childhood days spent in the summer, back at my grandmother's home. The window would be open... she would cook HUGE breakfasts - and she was a spectacular cook! Just the smell of breakfast cooking, that wonderful scent wafting out of the open window would bring us running inside to eat. It was a heavenly aroma... bacon, eggs, pancakes, toast.. the works!
Now my Grandmother was kind of a rare woman back then, she was a very independent thinker even back in the 1960's and 1970's. She and a friend opened up their own restaurant, which was kind of unusual for women to do back in those days... to be a female entrepreneur was pretty much unheard of. Whenever I watch one of my favorite movies "Fried Green Tomatoes"... I think of my Grandmother Katie running that restaurant with her friend.
Another time, when I was a teenager, I was working in a restaurant and I had worn some cologne to work one day. One of the managers I worked with said "that cologne! My fourth grade teacher wore that SAME cologne, you just brought back memories of her!" That was kind of neat to hear!
But probably my favorite "scented" memory comes back to me whenever I smell cinnamon! Even walking through the mall can bring back this memory (mmmm... Cinnabon!) And I'm taken back to my childhood, watching excitedly out the window as the SNOW piled up, we'd put on layers and layers of warm clothing, and run outside to play in it! We'd sled, make snow forts, make snow angels and even ice skate out in back of the homes that were across the street from us. There was a creek that ran back there behind those houses, and what FUN we had when that creek froze over!
When we'd come back inside, we'd smell cinnamon toast cooking... hot, bubbly, crunchy cinnamon... the smell was wonderful! Now, my mother would make it by toasting the bread first, then putting the butter on it, then sprinkling the cinnamon sugar on it. She would then put it into the oven under "broil" and broil it for a few minutes to make the cinnamon all bubbly and crunchy... and we'd have hot chocolate to go along with it.
Since I've grown up, I found a new favorite way to make cinnamon toast ~ Here's the secret recipe, this is your mission, should you choose to accept it....
The BEST Cinnamon Toast Recipe EVER!
- 4 slices bread (whole wheat or while, both work)
- 1/2 stick butter, softened
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup sugar (depends on how thick you want to sprinkle it on)
- 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon (make sure it's a nice light brown color)
- 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract (or more to taste)
- "smidge"of "Allspice"... optional tastes great with or without
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix softened butter with a fork (smash it! Use a little "elbow grease"). Add sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and "Allspice", if using. Stir to completely combine. Spread on slices of untoasted bread, completely covering the surface - all the way to the edges. Place toast on a cookie sheet. Place cookie sheet into the oven and bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
THEN, turn on the broiler and broil until golden brown and bubbly. Watch so it doesn't burn! Nothing will spoil your day quicker than burned cinnamon toast!
Remove from oven and cut slices into halves diagonally. Recipe can be doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled!
Serve with steaming hot chocolate to make wonderful memories!
Right now, our grand-daughters are a bit young to fly out to Nevada to see Grandma and Grandpa, but when they are old enough to do that, Grandma hopes to make some wonderful memories for them by making them some hot cinnamon toast. Now, they won't be able to play in any snow here, but maybe after a busy afternoon of swimming in the pool a little cinnamon toast will be a good snack? Or, maybe we'll just have it for breakfast.
I know that if I make it, the house will smell wonderful, and they will have a beautiful memory to carry with them all of their lives... what a GREAT thing to be able to share with them! Maybe once they are all grown up, the simple smell of cinnamon will bring back fond memories of visiting Grandma and Grandpa in the summers of their childhood.