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Monday, December 5, 2016

Munchie Monday: Cinnamon Toast Roll-ups

Today is a snowy day in central Vermont.  It has been snowing for about five hours.  Snow is mounting up, to some extent.  It is a day when you want to do something productive but not necessarily outdoors.  What I decided to do was experiment with food!  Sometimes we get a winner, though more often, not!

Today I decided to make cinnamon toast roll-ups as a possible early morning food offering.
Cinnamon Toast Roll-ups--some with crusts on, some with no crusts.

This is the process:

Collect ingredients and tools.
--store bought "Wonder"-type bread, it can be on the stale side--though if it is colorful (i.e. moldy), probably set that slice aside to innoculate the birds from pneumonia...
--very soft butter
--shaker bottle of cinnamon and sugar (to make your own: mix 1/4 cup sugar with 1 Tablespoon cinnamon and shake well.  You can vary the proportion of sugar to cinnamon to suit your taste.)
--rolling pin
--cookie sheet
--parchment paper, if you like
--knife, or other "spreader" for the butter

Start to pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F.

On a clean counter top, use the rolling pin to roll out one slice of bread to flatten it. Leave the crust on, or take it off if you want.  With the knife,  spread the soft butter to the edges of the mashed slice of bread.  Sprinkle on the cinnamon sugar then roll up gently into a tight-ish roll.  Place "seam side" down on the parchment-paper-covered cookie sheet.  Spread more butter on the top of the roll-up.

Continue to do this until you have made all the roll-ups you want.

Bake in the preheated 350 degree F. oven for 10 minutes, but check after 5 minutes and 8 minutes to make sure they are not too brown.  The pictured roll-ups could have used more time in the oven, at least they were not as brown as I wanted them to be but I was too gutless to leave them in longer.  Experiments are fun but I am rather averse to food disasters...which can happen when food is in the oven even a little bit too long.  I prefer a little under-cooked to burned to a crisp.  These had a nice little brown seam side though.


One thing to remember:  these things go down really quickly.  Just remember that you are eating a whole slice of bread, maybe very fast....

I cannot give you a report on Dear One's opinion.  I can only say that I just checked the bowl (he has gone out for a walk in the snow) and found:  empty!  I do not think he realized that each roll was one slice of bread.  Note the previous paragraph about fast consumption.

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