Thursday, April 23, 2009

sugar & cinnamon tortillas

This is our own mixture of cinnamon and sugar. We filled an empty salt & pepper shaker, or spice jar with a shaker top, after we mixed it to our liking. We usually do about 1-2 Tablespoons of cinnamon per 1/2 cup of sugar. To figure out your preferred ratio, I would start by adding 1 teaspoon at a time to your 1/2 cup of white sugar. This mixture comes in handy for snickerdoodles, cinnamon toast, as a topping on vanilla ice cream, and of course, this recipe featured here.

I love this treat. I don't know if it's a Californian thing, a Mexican thing, a poor person thing, or if it's an everybody thing, but this is something from my childhood. When my mom had leftover pie crust or extra tortillas, she would make us sugar and cinnamon tortillas. Sometimes she would use cherry pie filling and make a cherry pie quesadilla (minus the cheese, of course). This is so easy and so good. It kind of reminds you of a churro.

tortillas (any size you want. We like starting with uncooked tortillas)
cinnamon & sugar mixture

Heat a medium to large pan on medium heat. Spray pan lightly with cooking spray. Place tortilla in pan and lightly brown. Flip over. Spread with butter (we do it very lightly, but it's up to you). Then sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture evenly over the entire surface of the tortilla. Continue to cook until the bottom has been cooked until lightly brown as well. The longer it's in the pan, the harder, or crunchier your tortilla will be. I prefer mine a little on the crunchy side. Roll up and eat, or you can also cut into little triangles like I did for the kids. (That's my daughter's little fingers in the photo above.)

These can also be baked in the oven for a crunchier texture, or microwaved if you are the impatient type. For the microwave you would spread the butter on one side and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Roll it up and then microwave for 20-30 seconds, just until slightly hot. Time probably differs per microwave.

This is a tasty and somewhat "healthier" dessert than many. It was also fun for the kids help. It was easy for them to do and it kept their interest.


Hannah said...

yum...kinda like a crepe, but crunchy.. and different

Texas Ghostrider said...

I know it's my kinda thing!