Monday, March 18, 2013

A Little Trip Down Memory Lane - Cinnamon Twists

When I was little - a LONG time ago - Mom used to occasionally make Cinnamon Twists. In short, these are made from bread dough. Mom made some fantastic bread anyway, and making the Cinnamon Twists was a treat once in a while. I remember once our grade school was having a bake sale, and these were what I asked Mom to make. They were the first things that sold out!
Finished Cinnamon Twists
I had not thought of these for a very long time. I happened to see some pictures out on the 'net and it sparked the memory. I make all of our bread anyway, and I make Mom's bread recipe regularly. It makes such fantastic sandwiches or toast. So the other day I was making bread anyway and set aside a loaf worth of the dough to make these Cinnamon Twists. They are easy enough, though I am sure that I made the cinnamon mixture differently than Mom did. I mixed up some room temperature butter with sugar and cinnamon into a paste. I rolled out the dough to at least 2 feet wide by about 12 - 14 inches. I had one long end closest to me and spread the cinnamon mixture over that long half of the dough. I folded the top half of the dough down over the cinnamon mixture, making about a 7-inch by 24 inch piece. Using a bench scraper, I cut the strips. 

I prepared 2 baking sheets by spraying lightly with cooking spray. Each strip of the folded dough was twisted twice around, and placed about a dozen to a baking sheet. The twists were set aside to rise until nicely puffed, and then baked at 350 for about 12 to 15 minutes. I made a confectioners' sugar glaze and drizzled that over the top of the pastries and let them dry. And voila! Beautiful Cinnamon Twists. They are so good, we just devoured them.

Ah, memories.....

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