What can I say, I am a cinnamon addict! A few years ago when I was making pizza, I decided to use my dough base and add cinnamon and sugar! I had to make a few adjustments, but it turned out to be an A-Mazing creation! I wanted to come up with something that would remind me of loukoumades, which are these amazing Greek doughnuts dipped in honey and topped with cinnamon. So, I added warm honey on top, and the rest was history, I mean, they were history! 😉 They are a wonderful lower fat treat, with an amazing honey and cinnamon flavor, that will leave you asking for more. Now that fall is close, I am pulling up all my warm and cinnamony recipes (OK, so it’s not a word, but is should be!). I wanted to re-share it with all my wonderful readers! Enjoy!
Sift the flour and cinnamon, and then add the sugar and salt. Stir well with a whisk and set aside. In a warmed mixing bowl, add the water and sprinkle the yeast on top. Let sit for 3 to 5 minutes and then ensure it is incorporated. Add the olive oil and flour mixture. If you are using a mixer, turn it on low, mix until it comes together for about a minute. Add extra flour if needed. Knead on low for an additional 3.5 minutes. The dough should not be sticky and should spring back when poked. Form a ball and place in an oiled bowl and lightly oil the dough on top.
Loosely cover with a towel or plastic wrap, and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in bulk in a draft-free spot. Gently remove the dough and place on a scantly floured surface. Pat into a rectangle and fold over three times into another rectangle. Cut into 2 pieces and form 2 balls. Place each in a greased bowl, and loosely cover and let rise for an additional 30 minutes in a draft-free spot.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a pan and set aside.
Turn the dough out on a floured surface, and flatten out until you reach 1/2 inch thickness. Cut the dough into 2 inch thick strips. Then cut each strip into 1.5 inch long ‘nuggets’. Place on a greased pan and in the 400 degree oven. Let bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the bottom and top just start to brown. Be careful not to burn them.
While the ‘nuggets’ are baking, add the honey to a pot over low heat and just heat through.
As soon as the nuggets come out of the oven, drizzle or toss them with warm honey. Serve immediately.
#1 Only put honey on the nuggets you are going to eat right away (freeze for longer storage). Add honey when you eat the remainder.
#2 Eat these without honey to cut down on sugar. They are a very nice lightly sweetened snack.
#3 Serve these to your little ones as a fun snack. My kids love them!