I love cinnamon. It brings warmth, smells, and autumn.
We went to the amazing food festival on the weekend and bought some good looking vanilla. It was from a place called 'Little Pod'. I used some in the recipe and just the smell was different (good different).
Today it is Snickerdoodles. That cakey cinnamon taste is un-beatable. And although you can't taste the nutmeg, the thought is enough. Plus there is cinnamon sugar involved. Small fact, Cinnamon Sugar makes the kitchen smell amazing.
I totally thought that the snicker doodles would flatten. but they didn't so I ended up with tiny round balls of snickerdoodle. And then I forgot to take a photo. Let's ignore my failures and get to the recipe.
Recipe from Nigella Lawson's 'How to be a Domestic Goddess' .
250g plain flour
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
125g butter, at room temperature
100g plus 2 tbsp caster sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp cinnamon
2 baking sheets, lined or greased
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4.
Combine the flour, nutmeg, baking powder and salt, and set aside for a moment. In a large bowl, cream the butter with the 100g sugar until light in texture and pale in colour, then beat in the egg and vanilla. Now stir in the dry ingredients until you have a smooth, coherent mixture. Spoon out the remaining sugar and the cinnamon onto a plate. Then, with your fingers, squidge out pieces of dough and roll between the palms of your hands into a walnut-sized ball. Roll eat ball in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and arrange on your prepared baking sheets.
Bake for about 15 minutes, by which time they should be turning golden-brown. Take out the oven and leave to rest on the baking sheets for 1 minute before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
Makes about 32