Ree Drummond Has Strong Feelings About How To Make Cinnamon Toast

When we say cinnamon toast brings on feelings of nostalgia, we aren't kidding. According to McCormick, cinnamon toast has been a favorite for youth since the 1600s. The spice site explains that's also around the time people started using cinnamon sticks for colds, which per NDTV, can help soothe sore throats and has qualities that help resist harmful viruses, bacteria, and fungi. But back to cinnamon toast. It's without a doubt, one of the easiest, and most delicious foods to eat for breakfast. What's not to love about bread, butter, sugar, and cinnamon? As it turns out, as simple as it is to prepare, there are some people who have some pretty strong opinions about how to make cinnamon toast

According to Thriving Home, the best way to make cinnamon toast is to generously butter the bread, give it a sprinkle of sugar, a dusting of cinnamon, and place it under the broiler until everything is toasty and caramelized. However, before you break out your ingredients, Ree Drummond is pulling on the reins and saying, "Whoa, Nelly." Drummond says on The Pioneer Woman blog that there's only one way to truly make cinnamon toast.  

Add some vanilla extract

Ree Drummond took to her blog to reveal that while there are plenty of wrong ways to make cinnamon toast, there's only one right way, and that's her method. So, what makes her technique so special? The celebrity chef shared that she starts by mixing plenty of sugar with a couple of sticks of butter and some cinnamon. Drummond then mashes all of this together until she has a beautifully blended spread. 

She also adds a secret ingredient to this mix: Mexican vanilla extract. But before you rush out in search of this flavoring, ABC News reports the F.D.A. has warned consumers to beware of bargain Mexican vanilla made from the extract of tonka tree beans. It contains a substance that has been banned from food in the U.S. since 1940 called coumarin because it can cause some serious health concerns. If you use Mexican vanilla for your cinnamon toast, make certain it's the real deal made with vanilla bean.

After Drummond spreads her cinnamon sugar butter spread onto her bread, she pops it into the oven and lets it bake for 10 minutes so the butter doesn't melt too quickly, which she says will make the bread soggy. She then finishes it off under the broiler to golden perfection. Drummond's final pro tip: experiment with different breads, such as a thick French bread, when you make your cinnamon toast.