I had high hopes that my time under global Lockdown would somehow make a baker out of me. I was wrong.
It seems that even the abolition of free-movement as we know it wasn’t enough to force my savoury brain into understanding the mysterious life of yeast, much less her minions of flour variants. Indeed, this period of isolation has brought a great many things to an end, my self-delusion of baking grandeur among them. Sure, I can make a mean carrot cake and some killer chocolate brownies, but bread and pastries?
Alas, these are officially now beyond me.
Nonetheless, and despite being at peace with this, it is hard not to break out the KitchenAid when you live with a partner who is more sweet-tooth than human. At any rate, now more than ever, we all need an occasional pastry treat to help break the tension of the passing hours; a moment to have a cup of tea and indulge in a sweet delight. With that in mind, I couldn’t allow being a cosmically confirmed Anti-Baker get in the way of my desire to please through food, so I put away the dough hook (and those judgmental packets of instant yeast) and went back to basics.
Indeed, life under Lockdown has taught us all a great many things, and for some of us most of those lessons have been learnt in the kitchen. Caught between a grocery run and a global pandemic, we have all found ourselves short of an ingredient or two, but instead of grabbing our self-sown face masks and heading out the door, many of us have taken to making the most of what we have available at home. Thankfully, the bare necessities of a kitchen often results in the perfect recipe from almost nothing, and these cinnamon fingers are no exception.
Made with just four basic pantry ingredients, they are the prefect treat to beat the Lockdown blues. Crispy, buttery sweet, and ready in just 8 minutes, these moreish fingers make excellent use of those unwanted crusts from sandwiches and the ends of loaves. Best of all, they are virtually fool-proof and are the personification of a great treat, on the cheap.
Trust me, you’ll love this recipe so much you’ll be hoarding bread cut-offs in the fridge in no time!
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