~ Sugar 'n Cinnamon Toasted-Pound-Cake Sticks ~
This simply-delicious short-and-sweet, playful post is for anyone who loves cinnamon toast with their coffee or tea in the morning -- just looking at the cute little Domino Sugar 'n Cinnamon container makes me smile. This sweet 'n aromatic powdery concoction, when sprinkled atop a pat or two of sweet cream butter melting over a hot, crispy piece of toast is blissful.
My grandmother had a penchant for sweets, sometimes finding ways to make sweet things even sweeter. She had a "sweet tooth". One of the things my she did on occasion was treat a piece of 'Plain Jane' pound cake like a slice of bread. She would pop a slice into the toaster (later in life she placed it flat in a toaster oven), then butter it and sprinkle it with sugar 'n cinnamon.
Two days ago I made ~ A Sweet Cream Cake: A Dream of an Easy Cake ~. Sometimes called a whipping cream cake, the butterfat in heavy cream replaces butter in these cakes (which is why they don't technically qualify for pound cake status), but, the end result is essentially identical -- nothing fancy, just delicious and dense enough to make it suitable for toasting. I'm just following in my grandmother's footsteps!
This really isn't a recipe, so just follow along while I play with my cake:
Place the sticks on a rack in an appropriately-sized baking pan that has been lined with parchment. Get the Sugar 'n Cinnamon out of the pantry and bring 3-4 tablespoons salted butter to room temperature. The butter needs to be very soft -- to hasten the softening process, cut it into 1/4" slices or small cubes (it'll be ready in 5-10 minutes).
Sticks will be golden brown and bubbly. Flip the sticks over on their bottom sides. Repeat the buttering and sprinkling process. Return to broiler until golden, about 1 1/2-2 minutes on the second side. Remove from oven.
Repeat this same process with the third and fourth sides, knowing that they will brown much quicker, about 30-45 seconds per side. Remove from oven. Serve hot, warm or at room temperature.
Special Equipment List: cutting board; serrated bread knife; baking pan; parchment paper; cooling rack
Cook's Note: Another breakfast food I must have Sugar 'n Cinnamon on is oatmeal. You can find ~ It's a Mom Thing: My Mother's Perfect Oatmeal ~ recipe in Categories 9, 11 or 16. What a great way to start a cold day. And guess what? Crunchy Toasted-Pound-Cake Sticks go great with a big bowl of steaming hot oatmeal!
"We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti
(Recipe, Commentary and photos courtesy of Melanie's Kitchen/Copyright 2015)