Cinnamon rolls are a classic dessert and happen to be one of my favorites. The thought of cinnamon, brown sugar and butter is as attractive as a Reese’s peanut butter cup. The pairing of ingredients just works. The aroma takes over the house and sends an inviting welcome to visitors and even neighbors.
Their warm and fluffy texture acts as a pillow for the cream cheese frosting and you can taste cinnamon in every bite. In my house these delicious rolls are accounted for before they are finished baking. My family stands in line, waiting anxiously for the timer to end. Enjoy these delicious treats any time of day with a cup of coffee or tea.
Cinnamon is a one of the oldest and most popular household spices used in many homes today. The spice is found in forms such as powdered, sticks and leaves. It is a spice that my grandmother, mother, aunts and now I use for a variety of recipes.
Although cinnamon is well known and used as a spice it possesses a host of health benefits that many might be unaware of. Drinking it as tea is a great aid for various stomachs discomfort. I use cinnamon to treat nausea, vomiting, cold, diarrhea and digestive problems. I have also known people to use cinnamon to help regulate their blood sugar.
Cinnamon is so versatile and I incorporate it in an array of dishes, baked good or drinks. It is a spice that is commonly used around the holiday season due to its warm yet spicy smell. Next time your feeling cold, brew a cup of cinnamon tea with a teaspoon of honey or sweetener of choice and it will make you warm all over; inside and out.
“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” ― George Bernard Shaw
Love is one of life’s greatest gifts. It is universal and can be shown in different ways. Cooking and sharing tasty food with my friends and family is a display of my love.
My friends and family love and enjoy food as much as I do, so I always hear the questions “ what did you cook?” and “ what are you cooking?”. Someone is always asking me to either make them a dish or teach them how to make a dish. It can be a bit overwhelming at times, but it is also a lovely connection.
My process of cooking is thought out carefully as spices, herbs and ingredients are matched purposefully to create an unforgettable taste and ambiance; its look and presentation has to be right also to capture those hearts. Cooking is an intimate process to me and is similar to building a loving relationship. When I’m giving someone my food I am giving them a little piece of my heart.
Bread is one of my guilty pleasures, especially when it’s freshly baked. So today, I decided to imitate one of my favorite bread from the Cheesecake Factory. Cocoa bread as I like to call it, is served warm with butter and will fulfill your bread desire before your main course.
Rich in cocoa powder and molasses, it is sweet yet savory. It’s chewy texture allows the flavors to ignite your taste buds and demand more. Serve a slice of cocoa bread with butter to compliment any meal or eat a slice because it is so darn delicious.
Cocoa Bread Ingredients
◦ ¾ cup water, 105 degress
◦ 1 packet or 2 1/4 tsp dry yeast
◦ ¼ cup molasses
◦ 1 cup bread flour
◦ ¾ cups wheat flour
◦ 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
◦ 1 tbsp. sugar
◦ ½ tsp. salt
◦ 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
◦ 2 tbsp. old fashion oats
1. In a small bowl combine water, instant coffee, yeast and sugar. Whisk to combine and set aside so yeast will begin to bubble and activate. Let set for about 5 minutes.
2. Using a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment add the cocoa powder, salt, molasses, oil and yeast mixture and stir to combine. Slowly start adding in both types of flour a little at a time and mix until all flour is incorporated into the mixture. Do not over mix, you want the dough to be pulling away from the sides of the bowl and a little sticky.
3. Spray a large bowl with non stick spray. Add dough mixture to bowl and cover with a dish towel. Allow dough to rise and double it’s size, approximately 2 hours.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
5. Transfer dough to a greased loaf pan. Sprinkle the top of the loaf with the oats.
6. Bake 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
7. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before turning out from loaf pan.