Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Cinnamon Baking Bits

I love my mix-ins for baking, be it chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips or mint chips, I love the different flavours they give. But I came across a type I hadn’t heard of before – cinnamon baking chips by Hershey. So onto the web I go and look where I can buy them in the UK. But alas, even Americans have a hard time getting them, so no chance here!!

However, when I was looking them up on-line, I found different recipes to try making your own. So I experimented and came up with what I found not to be chips, more baking bits. Little flat nuggets of a cinnamon toffee like substance. They are perfect for mixing through cookies and sprinkling on ice cream, that sort of thing.

170g granulated sugar
3 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
30g vegetable fat (like Cookeen)
2 Tablespoons of corn syrup (or golden syrup)
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

In a bowl mix all of the ingredients together with a fork. It will resemble a wet sand consistency. Now on a baking sheet, lined with baking paper and a spritz of veg oil spray, place the sand mix into a square about a centimetre thick and pop into an oven preheated to 180oC. 

Bake it for about 45 minutes. Mine’s didn’t seem all bubbly and melted like other recipes said, so I jacked up the heat for a while and left it in, until it melted. It looked yuck and I thought it was ruined, but no. It cooled, all the fat seemed to run away from it (which was good) and the block of cinnamon stuff broke up beautifully. I was left with yummy INTENSELY cinnamon flavoured nuggets.

I used them in a cookie recipe, which I will be blogging very soon! Stay posted.

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