Back in the olden days, when we could enjoy a carefree visit to a cafe, Bettys was one of our top choices for a treat of a birthday breakfast. We've been going there as a family for over 30 years, and the thing from the menu that I love best hasn't changed: hot, buttered, cinnamon toast. I've been trying to recreate it for years and have finally come up with something that's satisfyingly similar. Sadly we don't have the same posh three-tiered plates, but never mind! We'd recommend that you make the cinnamon sugar in a jar so that you can save any leftovers for later. It makes a lovely treat for breakfast, or at any time of day.
- 100g sugar (we used light brown sugar, but caster sugar will work)
- 1 and a half teaspoons of ground cinnamon
- A pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon of softened butter for each slice of bread (slightly more if using large slices)
- 8 slices of bread (white, brown or granary)
1. Put on the grill to pre-heat.
2. Put the sugar, cinnamon and pinch of salt in a jar or small bowl. Shake/mix.
3. Spread each piece of bread with a teaspoon of butter right to the edges.
4. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over each slice of bread and spread gently to make sure that each one is well coated. Sprinkle a little sugar over the top of each slice.
5. Put each slice onto the grill tray (you may need to do two batches) and cook for 7 to 10 minutes. It should smell deliciously sweet and be toasted on both sides (take care not to overcook it - you don't want it to be dry).
6. Enjoy straight away!
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