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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

twd: cinnamon squares



Monday
I was so wrapped up in my bagel bliss that I nearly forgot to bake these cinnamon squares! Late this afternoon I peered into the refrigerator to see if I had enough butter or if I would need to make a trip to the store...I decided, based on butter availability, to make half a recipe. I was sketchy about the combination of chocolate and cinnamon (although my famous chocolate cake features cinnamon buttercream...) so I checked out my never-fail other TWD bakers' insights. They reassured me that the flavors meld exceptionally well. I made the cappuccino variation, inspired by Nancy.

My house now smells warm and cinnamoney, which takes the edge off the chill of a late Spring/early Summer evening. I'm sampling a slice of unfrosted, still warm cake, and loving the coffee-cake texture and taste, bringing me back to Sunday mornings at Great Grandma's house some 20+ years ago...mmm. I'm not sure whether I'll frost this or not.

Tuesday
The cake tastes delicious this morning, heady with spices and just asking for a cup of coffee--I'm out of beans, so this morning I'll walk to the neighborhood cafe for my morning caffeination. It's a little chilly for an early constitutional, but the crisp air will shake off the somnolence better than anything else.

Thanks to Tracey at Tracey's Culinary Adventures for choosing this quick, easy cake. It was a nice antidote to my labor-intensive bagel making adventures.

15 comments:

  1. That would be a nice treat after making some bagels! It (and the bagels) looks great!!!

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  2. What a lovely brunch combination. Bagels and cinnamon cake. Mmmmm.

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  3. yums! what a great way to start the day :)

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  4. It was a fabulous cake.

    My filling sunk though.

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  5. You're right, this one cried out to be taken with coffee. It looks great with the crumb topping...I'm going to have to give that a try!

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  6. Im glad you enjoyed this cake. I think anything warm and cakey goes great with coffee! Your weather sounds like ours..cool and crisp!

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  7. Looks gorgeous. It did smell wonderful baking.

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  8. All of you bagel makers definitely need a break! Nice job on the cake. Your little swirl looks perfect.

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  9. YOUr sqaures look great. This would have been great with coffee, but it didn't last that long.

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  10. Love the texture of your Cinnamon Square! Mine asked for a scoop of ice cream though... =)

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  11. Beautiful photos with the sun coming in. I like your loss of chocolate on the top...as I am not a chocolate fan, so these look absolutely delightful with their crisp tops.

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  12. this cake was a nice change. yours looks great. i debated on frosting or not, but i used the frosting in the end.

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  13. Your cake is perfect! This was a tad easier to whip up than the bagels, no? I served this for dessert, but there is something very breakfast-y, coffee cake-ish to me. I think you had the right idea having a piece with your morning coffee!

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  14. Thanks for baking with me this week! The ease of this recipe was definitely a selling point. So glad you enjoyed the cinnamon squares :)

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  15. thanks, everyone! this recipe was super easy and satisfying amidst the bagel craziness.

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