Who says Halloween food only comes out at night? With a little creativity, you can transform everyday toast into a spooky, spiced, and sweet indulgence: ghost toast. While this buttery breakfast bite might look like it requires a supersteady hand or special tools, that's far from the case. Aside from four common ingredients (bread, butter, cinnamon, and sugar), all you'll need is a sheet of tinfoil, a pair of scissors (or, better yet, a utility knife), and a tiny bit of patience. Learn how to make ghost toast.
Cinnamon rolls are a prized breakfast possession in America, yet few families will attempt to make them from home. It's understandable why. Who wants to wake up before the crack of dawn to let dough rise for several hours? Ahem, well maybe me, but I'm in the vast minority. Luckily, I've included instructions to prep certain items the night before, so the cinnamon rolls will be ready to eat (the morning of) in one hour.
Like many Americans, I don't have childhood memories of anyone in my family attempting to make homemade cinnamon rolls — just memories of the Pillsbury canisters popping open to unleash the leaven dough. However, I learned the magic behind homemade rolls when I started a job at a bakery in high school.
Making the dough is fairly easy using a food processor. The hardest part is waiting the two hours to let the dough double. The moist, pliable dough rolls out to form a thin rectangular shape, which you slather with butter and cinnamon sugar. The cinnamon roll shapes are made by rolling the dough into a tight log, then cutting it into slices. As the dough bakes, your kitchen will be filled with the most excruciating scent that is sure to send even your farthest neighbors flocking. Once the buns come out of the oven, top them with the sticky cream-cheese icing. Watch it melt into every crevice of the steaming hot buns, and then get ready for everyone to take a dive for the spatula.
Nothing compares to homemade cinnamon rolls. It's mighty satisfying to unravel the seemingly infinite layers of the brioche-like bun to uncover the melted cinnamon sugar that has seeped into the buttery dough. While some people will add in nuts or top the buns with an orange glaze, I prefer to keep my cinnamon rolls this way — plain and simple — to evoke nostalgic memories of Winter mornings with my family.
One unintended consequence of this newfangled declaration? I've suddenly been eating far more meatless meals made from pantry staples (think beans, lentils, eggs, and grains). My favorite dish as of late has been a Mediterranean-North African twist on eggs in purgatory, prepared by baking eggs in a slow-simmered onion-and-tomato sauce spiced heavily with cinnamon, allspice, and cloves.
Baked eggs of any sort are often thought of as a brunch dish, but I actually love to eat this any time of day, dinner included; the faraway flavors of the sauce make this dish the perfect way to end a long day. Keep reading if you want a recipe for cinnamon-spiced eggs.
A simple way to spice up your life is to start with your daily cuppa joe. Instead of sugar, you can use spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, or a pumpkin spice mixture to help add some flair to your coffee. Research has shown that cinnamon can temper the blood sugar surge that follows a sweet treat, so get creative and add some cinnamon to your meals! Use it in fresh fruit salads, yogurt, or even this cucumber salad.
When it comes to really pungent cayenne, you can experiment by adding it to pasta dishes or sauces to give them a kick. The active ingredient in cayenne spice — capsicum — is said to be able to kill cancer cells without harming healthy ones and help with digestion and gas, so be adventurous when mixing it into dishes.
Some people have a serious hankering for cottage cheese. I like the white stuff alright, but it's the fixins that really make me crave the lowfat snack. Apples and oats are always a delicious addition, and avocado cups make me happy, but the easiest and perhaps tastiest treat I've found so far comes in the form of a cinnamon stick.
When your sweet tooth attacks, satiate it with a few sprinkles of cinnamon on a small bowl of lowfat or nonfat cottage cheese. The combination of the natural spice and cottage cheese will add just the right amount of kick to your taste buds while providing the benefits of calcium, vitamin D, and keeping your blood sugar levels in check. You'll be surprised you're not lapping up dessert!
One of my favorite perks of the holiday season are the homemade treats that my friends deliver to the house. To reciprocate the kind gesture, I considered doing some canning and cooking for their gifts, but then thought better of the little time I have and decided a jar full of tasty and toasty almonds was a better option. On their own, almonds offer up a bevy of health benefits with the loads of protein, vitamin E, and fiber, just to name a few. Add a dash of cinnamon and a bit of egg protein and you've got yourself a snack that is bursting with flavor and other healthy perks. So before you go buy a bottle of wine for that holiday party, remember to give this a try. It may be more memorable and tasty than any old merlot could hope to be.
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Cinnamon is one of those scents I never tire of. It's so warm and uplifting that almost everything is better with a dash of the stuff. If you love filling your room with spiced goodness, there's this pretty Aromatique Cinnamon Cider Fragrance Jar ($32). If, like me, you're more inclined to slather yourself in the scent, there's Kings And Queens Queen Isabella Cinnamon Orange Body Milk ($11) or L'Occitane Cinnamon Orange Shea Butter Soap ($7), both of which have such nice packaging that they'd make great stocking stuffers, too. And if you're the kind who likes to give sweet cinnamon sugar kisses, you've got plenty of options, from Philosophy Cinnamon Buns Flavored Lip Shine ($10) to CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain in Cinnamon Smile ($7) and Benefit Silky Finish Lipstick in Rocket Pop ($18).
Last night, a craving for a gooey cinnamon roll hit me. Given the amount of calories and fat in one, it was a craving I didn't want to indulge in. But when the taste of cinnamon and sugar wouldn't leave my brain, I trekked into the kitchen to find a healthier way to satisfy it. Usually when this sort of craving hits, I do a warm apple or pear crisp, but it's Summer and apples and pears are nowhere to be found.
Remembering a favorite from my childhood, I made a piece of cinnamon-sugar toast. I swapped out the white bread for whole wheat and barely put any sugar on it. Instead of a rich cream cheese frosting or butter, I opted for a small amount of nonfat cream cheese instead. The result tasted delicious and totally satisfied my craving for a cinnamon roll. It was warm, gooey, and had the perfect amount of sweetness. A friend of mine also does something similar whenever she craves a pastry. She warms up a whole wheat tortilla and gives it a light filling of honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Or, if she wants something more custard-like, she makes whole wheat cinnamon french toast minus the maple syrup. What healthy ways do you satisfy pastry and cake cravings?
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