Monday, October 4, 2010

Cinnamon Flop

As a child, I remember my mother making Cinnamon Flop on the days she hosted Neighborhood Bible Study. I was envious of the ladies, eating that lovely cake, while I went off to school.  The house always smelled good and looked extra nice as my mother got ready for the ladies to come over.  Recently my mother told me that she and her six siblings ate this cake a lot for breakfast when they were growing up (I ate things like ice cream and cold pizza for breakfast).

I was fondly remembering this with my mom, and she reminded me that the Cinnamon Flop recipe is in Mennonite Community.  It's a great read, full of stories of "Grandmother's day" and recipes from plain and simple to truly ethnically strange; the cake recipe under Cinnamon Flop is from Russian Mennonite refugees of World War II and includes bread, cottage cheese, and "raw oatmeal."   Check your library if you're curious - the Mennonite Community Cookbook is a seminal book.

Since Cinnamon Flop resurfaced in my life a few weeks ago, it's become our breakfast frequently. I suppose you could do it the night kitchen method, but so far, I've been up early enough to just make it on the fly and then hop in the shower. I serve it with applesauce or fruit on the side, milk for the kids and cafe au lait for the adults.

Cinnamon Flop - - from the Mennonite Community Cookbook, a few tweaks by me
In mixing bowl, mix:
1 c. white flour
1 c. WW pastry flour
1/3 c. sugar
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

Cut in:
1/4 c. shortening

Mix together, and then add slowly to flour:
1 egg
1 c. milk

Mix well.  Spread into greased 9x9 pan.

Brush top with 1-2 Tbs. melted butter.

Mix together and sprinkle over:
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon

Bake at 375 for 25 minutes.


beth said...

This looks good and fairly simple. I'm going to try it soon!

Jennifer Jo said...

You grew up with ice cream for breakfast? Are you serious?!

Margo said...

JJ, sort of. I ate crazy breakfasts in my unsupervised high school years.

A said...

If this were called "Cinnamon Coffee Cake" I would make a note to try it. With a name like "Cinnamon FLOP" I HAVE to have it!

Christian - Modobject@Home said...

Mmmmm! I wonder, oh how I wonder, what we'll be eating for breakfast one day very soon! Thanks for sharing, my mouth is watering.

Leila said...

Ice cream is never inappropriate at any meal, just throwing that in there.

Your flop looks yummy!

kim said...

Cake ice-cream and pizza for cornflakes lucky were you!
I love the name of that cake, cinnamon flop, sounds very whimsical and looks delicious.
florrie x

Deanna Beth said...

We had chocolate cake for breakfast yesterday. Sophie only turns eleven once.

Anonymous said...

You are fabulous, and I'm going to make this first thing in the morning.

P.S. Your fruit fly trap worked perfectly. You are my hero! (and savior of my sanity)