Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Tuesdays with Dorie—Cinnamon Squares

Cinnamon SquaresI was skeptical about the Cinnamon Squares this week. I love coffee cake and I enjoy chocolate, but I had never considered putting the two together. I've never been a fan of pain au chocolat and prefer my chocolate treats after dinner. However, I've been convinced this week that cinnamon, coffee and chocolate play well together. To prove the point, I made some of my squares without chocolate and some with. The chocolate ones were perfect and the plain version was missing this extra flavor boost.

I made some unintentional modifications when making this cake. I forgot to put the cinnamon/sugar/espresso powder in the middle so I sprinkled it on top. I think it would have been much tastier blended into the cake. I also lost track of time and didn't make the frosting.


Makes 9 servings

Cinnamon Squares Ingredients
For the Cake:
1¼ cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon plus 2½ teaspoons ground cinnamon (I ground up a cinnamon stick.)
1½ teaspoons instant espresso powder
1¾ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of salt
¾ cup whole milk
2 large eggs
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 stick plus 2 tablespoons (10 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled (I forgot to melt the butter and it worked too.)
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped,
or ½ cup store-bought mini chocolate chips

For the Frosting
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
2½ tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces

You can find the recipe for Cinnamon Squares in the book Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or here. To see how the rest of the TWD group fared with this week's recipe, click here and then click on each blogger! Thanks to Tracey of Tracey’s Culinary Adventures who chose the recipe for this week.

Cinnamon SquaresTasting Notes
A delicious coffee cake with a chocolate kick.

Recipe for Next Week (June 9)
Jessica of My Baking Heart picked Parisian Apple Tartlet on page 319.

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    Malak said...

    That's a handsome cinnamon stick! :) Your cake looks moist and yummy.

    vibi said...

    AH! Darn... Shari! Where's your head, I ask you!!!? LOL LOL

    I'm sure in the end it was still pretty good! And I can't believe you're back into your old habits of testing more than one way... geez, the courage and stamina you have, woman!

    Very cute minis!

    Kayte said...

    Your bars look lovely. I love the spin you always seem to give on the recipes...makes it exciting each week to come and see what you've done, imagined, created...always fun.

    Unknown said...

    Hi Shari,
    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving comments. I appreciate it! These cinnamon bars look amazing. I don't know if I dare to make them yet but kudos to you!

    Unknown said...

    Thanks for baking with me this week! I'm glad the squares surprised you in a good way :)

    Manggy said...

    Hmm, maybe you should have made the frosting on the side for simultaneous spooning and eating! Hee hee hee :) (okay, not the healthiest person, I am...) I'm glad you liked the unusual combination! :)

    natalia said...

    Well not as bad as forgetting the butter ! Wonderful shots and I'm sure it tasted so good anyway !!

    grace said...

    this is my favorite twd ever. i have so enjoyed seeing cinnamon square after cinnamon square after cinnamon square. yours are particularly lovely, shari. :)

    Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

    Frosting or no, it's gorgeous!! :)

    PheMom said...

    It still looks really great! I love the cinnamon sticks!

    foodcreate said...

    There's something particularly gratifying in that wonderful cinnamon stick your cinnamon look so :Delicous!

    Thanks for sharing your recipe:)

    And you can visit me if I can visit you!


    lisa is cooking said...

    Your cake looks tender and perfect. Somehow I missed the espresso part when reading other posts on this. That combination of cinnamon, espresso, and chocolate sounds great.

    Cathy said...

    Wow, your pictures are beautiful - love the cinnamon sticks! I'm so glad that you enjoyed these Shari! I'm still partial to the non-chocolate version, but I think this recipe is definitely a keeper!

    Stacey said...

    Coffee cake is one of my favorite things in the world... yours looks beyond delicious! And photographed beautifully too!

    Anonymous said...

    Your cake looks great with the filling sprinkled on top (unintentional or not). I'm glad you ended up liking it.

    karen said...

    i like the cinnamon and sugar mixture sprinkled on top. i have a major forgetting problem but i copied off of you and went out and bought little bowls for mise en place purposes. i have to say it is helping me so much. i should've done it ages ago when i first started reading your site. :)

    TeaLady said...

    That first pic with the focus on the cinnamon sticks is so lovely.

    This was easy to put together. Yours looks tasty.

    Jacque said...

    Oooh, what an interesting twist, with the goodies on top. It sure looks yummy anyway.

    Anonymous said...

    Your unintentional mods to your Cinnamon Square cake turned out beautifully! It looks mighty tasty and your photos are beautiful!

    Anonymous said...

    cinnamon and chocolate are a great combination! i love the photos with the cinnamon stick!

    Michele said...

    Your cake looks lovely, and as always, you photos are stunning.

    Leslie said...

    I love it when the recipe ends up winning me over! And how great is it that we now have a coffee cake to make that has chocolate in it?

    Di said...

    Gotta love those unintentional modifications. =) It still looks great.

    The Food Librarian said...

    Shari, how do you make such wonderful and beautiful food week after week?! You amaze me. This is stunning.