eat….drink….and be merry….it makes life better!
When I found out I was having a girl, life as I knew it changed. My boys were the center of my universe and I was a full fledged hockey/lax mom. How was this little girl going to fit into the crazy lifestyle of carpooling with BOYS and their horrendous smelling bags of equipment? Well she fit right in, cheering them on at every game and becoming their #1 fan. But not before getting the invitation and confirmation of attendance to her “Tea Party” that would be waiting for us once we returned home. Did I happen to mention that declining the invitation was not an option. After all, she did sit through long practices and sometimes two or three games in one day so, it only seemed fair to make the boys put on their happy face and drink the tea and eat the crumpets. I thought she would eventually grow out of this tea party business…..but as she got older and started ballet, the whole princess thing just kind of took off! Before long our annual mommy and me day was spent at the Plaza Hotel having “real” tea with Miss Manners and ending with trying to find Eloise ;).
So, as my daughter matured, her tea parties became more elaborate and soon her brothers were replaced with her friends and required “real” tea and crumpets. Well, if you have ever had a crumpet, there is not much to it, it’s along the lines of an English muffin. And it wasn’t long before I started to notice that the girls would call the dog into the room and after awhile, even our dog Jinxy was refusing to eat the crumpet. So, doing what any mother in the same situation would have done……I completely changed the meaning and recipe of the “crumpet”. The new meaning of “crumpet” in our house was a delicious cinnamon breadstick.
Before long her collection of tea sets had grown to more than 25, and the grocery store teabags were not an option. Only loose tea in a tea steeper would be acceptable, after all that is what they served at the Plaza Hotel. So, I went along and made the “real” tea and was sure to water it down with lots of cream so it was basically de-caffeinated by the time it hit their cups. My daughter is now in High School and has become quit the tea SNOB! She only buys her tea from one vendor http://www.spicesandtease.com [Check them out! They have a sugar to compliment every tea and the spices are to die for!!!!!!!] which conveniently opened a booth at the Market located in Grand Central Station. But, one thing that never changed were the crumpets, the same recipe that my mom used when I was a little girl……..so so so so many years ago. Well, you don’t need a tea party to enjoy these delicious little treats! So make a cup of tea and enjoy “Chloe’s Crumpets”
8 Hearty Slices of Challah Bread
1 Stick of Butter
1/2 cup Finely Granulated Raw Sugar
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Sift together cinnamon and sugar and place in a shallow rimmed plate and set aside. Cut each slice of bread in to strips. Melt butter in small sauce pan on low heat stirring while making sure not to burn. Or you can melt butter in a microwave. Let butter cool for approximately 15 seconds and place in a deep dish and roll each bread stick (or use a brush) in the butter making sure all sides are coated and then roll bread stick in the sugar mixture. Place bread sticks on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Place in oven for approximately 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and turn each breadstick over and return to oven for another 8 to 10 minutes, or until sugar has turned golden brown. Be careful not to burn. Ovens vary in heat so be sure to check after 8 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for approx. 15 minutes. Transfer to your favorite serving dish and enjoy.
Helpful Hint…..sprinkle with powered sugar for a pretty crumpet.