Tuesday, June 2, 2009
TWD - Cinnamon Squares
Cinnamon, coffee, chocolate. Three once exotic spices. Three delicious flavours. Each recalls its own traditional pastry. Cinnamon bun. Coffee cake. Chocolate chip cookie.
What happens when a recipe mixes these kitchen favourites together? A new and delightful taste is born. Surprisingly spicy, with a deep rich lingering taste. Call it a synergy, the whole being greater than the sum of the individual tastes.
The enjoyment of these Cinnamon Synergy Squares doesn't end with the taste. The cake is dense and satisfying like a muffin.
My family are nibblers and this is great dessert to nibble at. Those squares call out to have tiny slices and mini-squares carved out hour by hour throughout the evening.
I had only the usual glitches making this recipe. I didn't have an 8x8 inch pan, so I increased the recipe by 50% and used my 9x13 pyrex. This increased the baking time to just under an hour. I did not increase the amount of frosting from the original recipe and it covered just fine. The icing did seem to take a long time to set, so I added a tablespoon of icing sugar and it set up right away and was more the level of sweetness my family prefers. I also used soy milk instead of cow's and had no trouble with that.
This recipe, like every Tuesday here, comes from Dorie Greenspan's Baking From my kitchen to yours was selected by Tracey of Tracey's Culinary Adventures. The full recipe is available on her blog under today's date.
Go. Bake. Enjoy!