Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread

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This recipe is a little different from the usual. I’ve been making cornbread for a couple years now as a delicious pairing to chilli. It’s crispy on the outside and crumbly on the inside, made perfect by using a cast iron skillet. Give it a try as an addition to chilli or another side dish. I made this non-dairy so it could be more versatile.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cup almond milk
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp kosher salt
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup unsalted margarine, melted
1 tsp vegetable oil

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425˚F. Place 9 inch was iron skillet in oven to warm it.

Mix almond milk and cornmeal – let soak for 10 minutes.

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Mix flour, baking powder, salt in large bowl.

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Add cornmeal and almond milk mixture, eggs, and melted margarine. Mix until smooth.

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Remove skillet and pour vegetable oil into the skillet. Brush around with a silicon brush or paper towel.

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Pour batter into skillet and bake for 18-20 minutes.

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Tiramisu

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Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis, this classic dessert involves no baking.

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Ingredients:

9 egg yolks, room temperature
5 tbsp. granulated sugar
474 g plus 237g (1 ½ containers) mascarpone cheese, softened
2 ½ cups strong espresso, cooled
3 tbsp. Italian espresso liqueur, divided
2 ½-3 boxes of package large lady fingers
Cocoa/bittersweet chocolate shavings, for garnish

Directions:

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg yolks and sugar until thick and pale, about 5 minutes.

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Add mascarpone cheese and beat until smooth.

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Add 1 tbsp. of espresso and mix until thoroughly combined.

In a small shallow dish, add remaining espresso and liqueur.

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Dip each ladyfinger into espresso for only 5 seconds.  Place each soaked ladyfinger on the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish. Spread evenly ½ of the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers.

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Arrange another layer of soaked ladyfingers and top with remaining mascarpone mixture.

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Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  Before serving, sprinkle with cocoa and/or chocolate shavings.

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Special Passover Edition (A Collection of Recipes)

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Passover Chocolate Hazelnut Ganache Cake With Macaroon Crust

Thank you to Chanie Apfelbaum of Busy in Brooklyn for this game changing Passover dessert.  I modified it to accommodate a 9×13-inch pan.

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Ingredients:

14 oz. unsweetened coconut flakes
35 pitted dates
4 cups hazelnuts
14 oz. can (400 ml) coconut milk, full fat
2  8 oz. bags chocolate chips
2 tsp. vanilla
Pinch of kosher/sea salt

Directions:

Toast the hazelnuts by placing them on a baking sheet for 12 minutes at 400F.

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Try to remove as much of the skins as possible by rolling them in a clean dish towel.  Set aside. Toast the coconut by spreading the flakes on a baking sheet for 10 minutes at 350F.

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Place the coconut and dates in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade.  Blend until the “dough” starts to come together. Spread the mixture on a parchment paper lined 9×13-inch baking pan and refrigerate until ready to use.

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Place the hazelnuts in the clean food processor bowl and blend until nut butter forms.

You will need to scrape down the sides of the bowl. This process will take 10-20 minutes as the nuts go from ground, to pasty, and finally to creamy.

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Add the coconut milk, chocolate chips, vanilla, and salt and blend until smooth.

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Spread the chocolate hazelnut ganache over the date/coconut crust and refrigerate until set.  Cut into squares.

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Passover Chocolate Fudge Cake

This one bowl, gluten-free, Passover friendly recipe comes from Chef Chaya. Anything that involves one bowl at this time of year will be welcome in our kitchen.  IMG_2784.jpg

Ingredients:

9 large eggs
2 ¾ cups granulated sugar
1 ½ cups olive/coconut/grapeseed oil
1 ½ cups potato starch
1 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp. baking powder (kosher for Passover)
1 tsp. baking soda

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F and spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together ALL of the ingredients until well combined.

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Transfer to the baking pan and bake for 60 minutes.

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It will be jiggly still in the middle when it comes out of the oven. Allow to cool to room temperature before slicing.

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Passover Rocky Road Brownie Cake

This recipe adapted from Daniella Silver and Norene Gilletz uses one bowl only in its preparation.

Ingredients:

4 large eggs
1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
1 cup potato starch
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa
Pinch kosher salt
4 cups mini marshmallows (kosher for Passover)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F and spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the eggs, sugar, potato starch, cocoa and salt.

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Blend until well combined and transfer to the pan.

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Bake for 35 minutes.

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Remove from oven and cover with all of the mini marshmallows. Bake for 5 more minutes, then remove to cool to room temperature.

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Passover Grain-Free Granola

This Passover friendly granola from Busy in Brooklyn is an easy low maintenance recipe that requires no flipping/tossing of the granola once it’s in the oven.

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Ingredients:

1 ¼ cups whole raw pecans
1 cup whole raw walnuts
1 cup whole raw almonds
½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
¼ cup coconut oil
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 tbsp. brown/coconut sugar
½ tsp. kosher salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 250F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade, pulse the pecans until they are chopped into small-medium pieces. Remove from bowl. Repeat with each of the walnuts and almonds. Combine the nuts (total 3 cups, chopped) in a bowl.

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In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the oil, maple syrup, sugar and salt until completely dissolved and pour over the nuts.

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Toss until well combined and coated then spread on the baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour without mixing.

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Allow to cool to room temperature before transferring to a sealed container.

Special Edition Easter Post

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Adapted from janespatisserie.com, eggs appear in two ways in this festive delight. There are eggs in the cookie dough batter as well as Cadbury Mini Eggs folded in and as a decorative topping.

Ingredients:

4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. kosher salt
2 tbsp. corn meal
2 sticks unsalted pareve margarine or butter
½ cup granulated sugar
1 ½ cups brown sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 ¾ cups Mini Eggs, divided
¾ cup white chocolate chips
¾ cup dark chocolate chip

Directions:

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Preheat oven to 350F and line a 9×13-inch baking pan with parchment paper sprayed with cooking spray.

In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the margarine/butter. Add the sugars and mix until the sugars are dissolved.

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Remove from the heat and add the eggs and vanilla, mixing until well combined. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and corn meal.

Transfer to the saucepan and fold until completely moistened.

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Fold in 2 cups of Mini Eggs and the white and dark chocolate chips.

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Press the batter down into the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle the remaining ¾ cup Mini Eggs over the top and gently press down.

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Bake for 30 minutes and allow to cool before slicing into squares/bars.

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Ginger Molasses Cookies

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These spiced cookies smell and taste great any time of year.

Ingredients:

2 ¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground cloves
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted pareve margarine, room temperature
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
¼ cup molasses
½ granulated sugar, to roll the cookie dough in

Directions:

 

Preheat oven to 375F. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, combined the flour, baking powder, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the margarine and sugar until creamy.

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Add the egg, vanilla and molasses and beat, scraping down the bowl as necessary.

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Add the flour mixture slowly and beat on low speed until just combined.

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Chill the dough for 1-24 hours.

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Using an ice cream scoop, form balls and roll in granulated sugar.  Bake for 10 minutes.

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Confetti Shortbread

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This recipe is originally from Mom on Timeout and it is is my second variation of this shortbread. I based it on the Cranberry Orange Biscotti from last month, although these ones aren’t vegan. You can easily swap the butter to make them vegan if you want!

Ingredients:

3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup butter, cut into small cubes
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup sprinkles
zest of one orange
2 tbsp milk
additional sugar for coating

Directions:

In a large bowl combine flour and 3/4 cup sugar. Cut butter into small cubes, add to dry ingredients and combine with a pastry cutter.

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Add vanilla, milk, and sprinkles. Combine with your hands until forms a dough.

Roll dough into a log (2 inches in diameter). Roll in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours and up to 3 days.

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Preheat oven to 325˚F.

Cut slices of cookie dough into 1/4 inch thick. Coat cookie slices in additional sugar.

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Bake for 12-15 minutes. Let cool and use royal icing if you wish.

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Cookies can be stored in a container on the counter or frozen for later.

Special Purim Edition: Hamentashen

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Here are two easy ways to bake hamantaschen cookies for Purim. Fill them with jam, chocolate chips, chocolate spread, prune/apricot or poppyseed filling. The first recipe is from kitchen-tested.com and the second is a cake mix hack with a unique taste from naomi_tgis. The folding technique is from toriavey.com. The latter site has multiple filling recipes from scratch.

Cake Mix Hack:

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Ingredients:

1 box Duncan Hines classic yellow cake mix
2 eggs
1 stick unsalted pareve margarine, room temperature
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
¾-1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the cake mix, eggs, margarine and vanilla until well combined.

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Add the flour and mix until the dough begins to come together.

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Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to ¼-inch thickness.

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Use a 3-inch cookie cutter to roll out rounds and place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Spoon not more than 1 tsp. of filling into the center and fold into a triangle.

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First, grasp the left side of the circle and fold it towards the centre to make a flap that covers the left third of the circle.  Grasp the right side of the circle and fold it towards the centre, overlapping the upper part of the left side flap to create a triangular tip at the top of the circle.  Grasp the bottom part of the circle and fold it upward to create a third flap and compete the triangle.  When you fold this flap up, be sure to tuck the left side of this new flap underneath the left side of the triangle, while letting the right side of this new flap overlap the right side of the triangle, creating a “pinwheel” effect.  Pinch each corner of the triangle gently but firmly to secure the shape using your fingers which you can lightly moisten with water. Bake for 13 minutes, rotating the racks halfway through.  Makes approximately 24 hamantaschen after the dough scraps have been rerolled as necessary.

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From scratch:

Ingredients:

2 eggs
½ cup grapeseed oil
½ cup granulated sugar
½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. kosher salt

Directions:

In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade, process the eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla until well combined.

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Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl and transfer to the food processor.

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Pulse until the dough begins to come together.

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Proceed as per the previous recipe with rolling, filling and shaping.

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Bake at 350F for about 15-16 minutes, rotating the sheets halfway through.  Makes approximately 20 hamantaschen.

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Vegan Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies

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This recipe is originally from Mom on Timeout and is absolutely delicious. I swapped the almond extract for vanilla extract and change the butter to be margarine – making these a great vegan treat.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 + 1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup margarine, cut into small cubes
1 tsp vanilla extract
zest of one orange
2 tbsp fresh orange juice
additional sugar for coating

Directions:

Put cranberries and 1/4 cup sugar in a food processor and pulse until cranberries are chopped into smaller pieces.

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In a large bowl combine flour and other 1/2 cup sugar. Cut margarine into small cubes, add to dry ingredients and combine with a pastry cutter.

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Add vanilla, zest, and orange juice. Combine with your hands until forms a dough.

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Roll dough into a log (2 inches in diameter). Roll in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours and up to 3 days.

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Preheat oven to 325˚F.

Cut slices of cookie dough into 1/4 inch thick. Coat cookie slices in additional sugar.

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Bake for 12-15 minutes. Let cool and use royal icing if you wish.

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Cookies can be stored in a container on the counter or frozen for later.

Lemon Crinkle Cookies

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Adapted from How Sweet Eats/Jessica Merchant, these cookies both look and taste great.  A terrific combination of tart lemon and sweet sugar.
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Ingredients:

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. kosher salt
½ cup grapeseed oil
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
Zest of one lemon
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tsp. lemon extract
Powdered sugar for coating

Directions:

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the oil and sugar until smooth.

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Add the egg, egg yolk, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla and lemon extracts and beat until well combined.

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In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt.  Transfer the flour mixture to the mixer and blend until just combined.

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Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-24 hours.

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Preheat oven to 325F and form 21 cookies by using a 1 ½-inch (4cm) ice cream scoop and shaping into balls. Coat them in the powdered sugar then bake on 3 baking sheets covered with parchment paper for 12 minutes.

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Homemade No-Rise Donuts

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I made these for a holiday party and they were a huge hit. Simple to make, don’t take time to rise and are lightly fried instead of deep fried. These will be a go to favourite that remind you of a classic bakery donut. Special thanks to VLK for being the master frier and helping make these donuts.

This recipe comes directly from Bigger Bolder Baking and is completely unchanged. It worked perfectly completely unchanged (I successfully doubled it)

Ingredients

For the donuts:

3 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup melted butter
2 eggs
vegetable oil for frying (I used Grapeseed oil)

For the Glaze:

Chocolate:
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Vanilla:
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 tbsp milk
1 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Cinnamon Sugar:
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp cinnamon

Directions:

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.

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In a separate bowl combine buttermilk, melted butter and eggs. Mix well and add to dry ingredients

Whisk or combine dough using your hands and transferred to a lightly floured work surface. Roll out the dough to be approximately 1/2 inch thick.

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Heat 1 inch of oil in a large frying pan. Should take 5-7 mins to heat on medium low.

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Prepare glazes (as instructed below)

Using a 1 large and 1 small circle cookie cutter (size of your choice) cut out donuts.

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Place donut (and donut hole) in the frying pan for approx. 2 minutes per side or until golden brown. Once flipped and fried on the other side remove from pan and place on rack to cool.

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Glaze donut. For chocolate glaze one side, and vanilla and cinnamon sugar glaze both sides.

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These keep well in a container for a day. They are best served immediately.

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For the Glazes:

Chocolate: Combine powdered sugar and cocoa powder in a bowl. Add milk and vanilla extract. Mix well.

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Vanilla: Combine powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract. Mix well.

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Cinnamon Sugar: Combine sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.

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