Cinnamon Toast the Pioneer Woman Way

I have a confession to make.  I strive to cook "real food". By that, I mean that I like to cook meals for my family, using fresh ingredients-- organic, as much as possible.  There are no processed foods in my kitchen. You will never find a tub of frozen fake whipped topping or canned cream soups in my pantry. I make all of my cakes and cookies from scratch. Sounds impressive?  So, here's my confession-- I still love "comfort foods"! I also have a sweet tooth (ya think?)   When I was in high school, I can  remember racing to the cafeteria to buy a slice of  their famous cinnamon toast.  It sold out in minutes, because most of the student body loved it as much as I did.   I can remember savoring that  crunchy piece of bread with a heavenly balance of cinnamon and butter.  I gave up trying to recreate it-- until the Pioneer Woman posted her version of making cinnamon toast.   Ree Drummond is evil.  She has no shame when it comes to ways of cooking and baking with butter.   That was it.  Saturday morning, this was destined to be made. Last night, I removed a stick of butter so it would be nice and soft... this morning, I preheated the oven to 350F.

Do you really need a recipe for cinnamon toast?  Butter? Check. Cinnamon? Check. Vanilla? What? That's Ree's secret ingredient-- vanilla. Brilliant!  Nutmeg, optional? Next time. I'll play it safe. Oh, and that's my DEMY Digital Recipe Reader. I had already copied and pasted Ree's recipe so I had it handy. I love this new toy of mine. I have all of my recipes at my fingertips-- literally.

Smush the butter, add the sugar and cinnamon and a teaspoon of vanilla.  Now, in the theme of keeping it real-- I'm using Nature's Price Whole Wheat Bread.   I was sent a couple of loaves of their bread, through the Food Buzz Taste Maker Program a few months ago.  I loved it, and have been buying it ever since.

Spread on slices of bread, completely covering the surface all the way to the edges.

Place toast on a cookie sheet. Place cookies sheet into the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Turn on the broiler and broil until golden brown and bubbling. Watch so it won?t burn!

 Slice in half diagonally.  Be sure to have hot coffee ready. Oh, and don't forget the newspaper!

I take my coffee with cream, sugar. 

Ahhhh.  For a fleeting moment, I could hear the school bells ringing that morning break was over. Bliss. Oh, wait a minute! I work at a high school! I hear those bells every morning, but they don't serve this cinnamon toast. They should-- it's much better than bagels and cream cheese, with smushed hot cheetos.  (I don't eat that stuff, but the kids do! )

VERDICT:  I also made this in a toaster-oven, which worked out perfectly. This comes pretty close to the flavors of homemade cinnamon rolls.  By the way, I made those, last weekend. I will blog those in the next few days. For now, make these.  Your kids (and husband) will thank you.

What a way to start my weekend!  Next-- water aerobics and something fresh and organic for dinner. Forgive me... 

I am linking this recipe to my sister blog, "Foodie Fans of the Pioneer Woman".  On Monday, I'll be posting a roundup of fellow bloggers who share my addiction appreciation of Ree's recipes.  Not all of them are loaded with butter... she uses heavy cream, pasta... and vegetables. Come check it out, and please submit your recipe from the Pioneer Woman. I'd love to have you join in.

Made with love (and sugar),

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