The baker cooks — well, roasts

Sometimes you can’t just eat baked goods for dinner. Sometimes, something a bit more substantial is required to fortify oneself. Particularly if you, like the baker, are planning to make your own dessert.

For what won’t be the last time, the Baker remembered this fact and decided to cook herself dinner. Preheating the oven to 420 F, the Baker prepared for some savory food to line her stomach before the inevitable addition of sweets.

She chopped a head of cauliflower, isolating the florets and cutting it up so that the pieces were all of approximately equal bite sized portions. She then painted them with olive oil and measured out a mix of Moroccan spices which she used to top them. Then she did the same with a bunch of mushrooms.

The Baker then spread both types of veggies across a baking sheet and let them roast in the oven for 20 minutes before pulling them out and serving them to herself. Unsurprisingly, one of the Baker’s usual, cinnamon filled desserts followed.

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Cinnaminies

The Baker loves one ingredient more than any other in the world. That ingredient? Cinnamon. The easiest way to describe these is that they’re like brownies, but with a cinnamon-oat base instead of chocolate and flour. 

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As she puts it: I love the sweet and spicy flavor of these delicious cookies. I love their crumble and the way they break apart when you try to pick one up. I love how every time I make them they turn out differently. They began as a dessert my dad threw together that he thought I would enjoy (because I would always put cinnamon sugar on my toast in the morning and I would get cinnamon morning buns at the bakery.) Over time, he taught me to make them and we would bake them together, perfecting them based on our moods — some days more oil, more sugar, less flour, a different type of flour, rolled oats, steel cut oats, no egg, etc. We named them cinnaminies after their main ingredient: cinnamon. Anyways, there’s really almost no wrong way to make them so I hope you play around with the proportions and ingredients and enjoy. Just remember to include lots and lots of cinnamon!

Approximate recipe:

one egg white
1/3 or so cup olive oil
teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cinnamon
1 cup oats
1/2 cup flour
pinch of baking soda
pinch of salt
 
Instructions: Mix together and bake at 350 for 10 to 15 minutes, or until they’ve begun to brown a little. The Baker loves her desserts under-baked and so will take these out of the oven as soon as they’ve set, but there’s some leeway for the total baking time needed.
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