Monday, April 23, 2012

Tea and Toast

I love mornings.  That's not completely true.  I love the potential that mornings have.  Before I fall asleep at night, I think of the next day; what I will make for breakfast, talking to my sons about the dreams they had, all the things that I will get done that day.  Of course, that's all the night before.  I am normally awakened way too early by either one of my sons, breakfast ends up being something out of a box with some fruit or yogurt to ease my mommy conscience, and by the time I've done dishes and gotten everyone dressed, I've given up on my To Do list.  Still, every night I lay down with my quixotic dreams for the next day.  I think of myself as an easily discouraged optimist.

There are two things that can provide calming on even the most hectic of mornings, tea and toast.  Whether you are drinking herbal, chai, green or black, whether you brew from loose leaf or steep a tea bag; there is something almost sacred about this simplest of breakfasts.  After the kids are fed and dressed, we come back downstairs; and for the three to five minutes that my tea is steeping and my bread is toasting, I'm somewhere else, or perhaps I've just turned my mind off for that time.  I pull the butter and strawberry jam out of the refrigerator; spread carefully to the edges of the slice.  I add my milk and sugar to my tea (if that's the way I'm taking it that day), and then sit and sip.  I might flip through a magazine, or read a book.  When my boys come shouting, "Look at me!" or "Mommy, Sam/Max is being bad," it's "Not right now, mommy's drinking her tea."  They seem to respect that, and it gives me those few moment of quiet time I need to regain my optimism from the night before.



If you want to really treat yourself, make this cinnamon toast.  I know, a recipe for cinnamon toast sounds ridiculous, but this is delicious.  I grew up baking my cinnamon toast in the oven.  My mom would spread (I use this term loosely.  My mother is a notorious globber, and she's comfortable with that) butter on a piece of white bread, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.  What normally happened was that the outer edges became dry and stale, but in the middle the bread would be soft and gooey with buttery clumps of cinnamon sugar.  I loved it.  This recipe just takes my mom's way a step further.

Cinnamon Toast

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.  Melt one stick (1/2 cup) of butter in a shallow dish.  In another shallow dish or plate, mix together 1/2 cup of sugar and 2 or 3 tsp of cinnamon.

Cut six slices of hearty white bread into triangles (for a pretty presentation, you can remove the crusts and cut into quarters).  Dip each side of the bread into the melted butter, and then coat each side with the cinnamon sugar.  Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 25 minutes, or until crispy.

The result is toast with a cinnamon-sugar crust.  It's very sweet, and may be hard to make a breakfast out of it, but it's a great snack and pairs very nicely with a cup of tea.

13 comments:

  1. Easily discouraged optimist...I like that. Shows that you are human and just like the rest of us supermom :-)Love you!

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  2. Mmm...I just finished my breakfast and now I wish I'd had tea and toast. Great post!

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  3. I ate cinnamon toast every day for two years of elementary school. Then I switched to cheese toast and stayed with that for quite a while.

    Lucy

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  4. Sounds delicious and probably a 'naughty but nice' treat for a weekend breakfast. I'll save the recipe and give it a go one long weekend - thank you.

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  5. Oh, man, that recipe sounds way too dangerous to try, but I'm tempted. Oh, I'm saving it. My kids will love it. That's right. It's for the kids.
    Tea & toast are comfort foods for me, too.

    Play off the Page

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  6. I feel the same way about my first cup of coffee each morning.

    That recipe sounds delicious. I'll definitely be trying it. Thanks!

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  7. Just reading this post's title made me want some warm buttered toast - one of my favourite morning starts...coffee and toast. I keep forgetting about the cinnamon - thanks for the reminder.

    Lovely "T" post.

    Jenny @ Pearson Report
    Co-Host of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

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  8. tea and toast, good for sny day and any situation.

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  9. When it comes to relaxation, tea is my beverage of choice. I myself like to have some quiet time as I enjoy my tea too. Your recipe sounds delicious.

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  10. Pray tell, how do you get them to "respect it". I might have already passed the point of no return on that one;) I do love tea, but mornings call for coffee, otherwise it's not pretty, then I usually have a smoothie. I make my kiddos the same cinnamon toast, your Mom's way, but that recipe looks amazing!

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  11. I agree; there is nothing like morning tea to get one's perspective in order!

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  12. I love mornings, too! And I love that you ask your kids what their dreams were about. So awesome!

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  13. mornings are a glorious time! and, this cinnamon toast recipe sounds delish...will be trying this weekend! :D

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