The idea of cinnamon toast has been drifting in the back of my head since This American Life ran John Gravois’s story on the origins of four dollar toast. With his sleuthing cap on, Gravois traces the ultimate hipster food to Giulietta Carrelli and the Trouble Coffee & Coconut Club.
Not to give the end away, but cinnamon toast, coconuts, and coffee becomes a symbol and embodiment of love, tenacity, and comfort. So when I was feeling low and came upon some thick toast, I knew just what to do. I googled “cinnamon toast recipes.” The Pioneer Woman’s recipe is a head and shoulders above them all.
The sugar and butter sinks into the bread and a short broil caramelizes the top into a candy like crust. It smells heavenly and biting into it is the perfect crispness, crunchiness, chewiness, and the tiniest hint of french toast softness.
Crispy, Crunchy, Chewy Cinnamon Toast
YIELDS 1 slice of cinnamon toast
ADAPTED from Pioneer Woman Cooks
- 1 slice of extra thick bread
- 1 tablespoon of butter, salted or unsalted
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- several shakes of cinnamon or 1/4 teaspoon
DIRECTIONS Preheat the oven to 160C/ 350F. Mash up the butter, mix with sugar and cinnamon until a soft paste forms. Spread the paste evenly on the bread and let is toast for 10 minutes. After ten minutes, crank up the broiler and watch it for 30 seconds with the oven mitts ready.
This is essentially a game of chicken with your toaster oven. You want that perfect shade in between tan, gold, and brown. I’m a bit of a coward so I always pull mine a bit too son.
Serve with a nice mug of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.