One of my favourite memories growing up would be the early tea parties my Nanny. We spent many weekends at my Nanny’s house while we were “homeless” (between the selling of our old home and the completion of our new one). I can remember waking up at the crack of dawn and tip toeing downstairs to the living room where I would find my Nanny with her glasses perched on the tip of her nose, the newspaper in hand and a steaming cup of hot tea beside her. She would gaze over her newspaper and a smile would come to her face. We would move into the kitchen where she would make me a ‘tea” (more milk then water) and toast with a cinnamon spread. I loved the way the sweet spicy taste of the cinnamon as it melted into the cracks of my toast. Together we would eat, drink and read the paper until the rest of the house woke up.
This memory is one I’ll never forget! It has been over 15 years since my Nanny passed away and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of her, those early morning tea parties or that cinnamon spread. For years, I have searched for a product that would reproduce that satisfaction. Some would provide a powerful cinnamon flavour but wouldn’t melt quite right on toast and other would have the rich butter flavour but lack the spunk of the cinnamon. When I was present with opportunity to try the Gay-Lea Cinnamon & Brown sugar spreadables, I was hopefully to find a match. From the first bite of my gluten-free bread, I was brought to tears by the memory of the spread. The toast might be different and my Nanny is no longer with me, but the warm, fuzzy memory of eating the cinnamon spread with my Nanny is alive and well.
Gay Lea has been the brand that I turn to when baking or entertaining. I was thrilled to learn that I was chosen as a Gay Lea ambassador and had the opportunity to create fabulous dishes using new and traditional Gay Lea products. Gay Lea has been around for 55 years. They are known for their quality and tasty dairy products, but one thing you might know is that Gay Lea Foods is a co-operative owned by over 1,200 farmers. That’s approximately one quarter of Ontario’s dairy farmers, with five production facilities spanning Toronto, Madoc, Mississauga, Guelph, and Teeswater. They are well know for manufacture a range of wholesome dairy products including milk, dips, butter, sour cream, whipped cream, and cottage cheese.
All Gay Lea Products are GLUTEN FREE, Blue Cow, Kosher, Halal, Foodland Ontario. With this many call outs, you know its quality stuff!
Introducing Gay Lea’s newest addition: Cinnamon & Brown sugar spreadables
Gluten Free Cinnamon& Brown Sugar Spreadables Doughnut Muffins
- ¾ cup milk
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup of Gay Lea Cinnamon & Brown Sugar spreadables
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1½ tsp pure vanilla
- 1½ cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
- ¾ tsp xanthan gum (omit if already in your flour blend)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- ¼ tsp cream of tartar
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350
- In a saucepan over medium high heat, heat milk and cinnamon until the milk is reduced to ½ cup. Set aside to cool.
- Cream spreadable and sugar together, mix in eggs (one by one) and vanilla. Mix until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt, xanthum gum, cinnamon and cream of tartar. Slowly combine with wet ingredients.
- Pour in cooled milk in a steady stream and mix until dough is thick and elastic.
- Evenly divide it among 12 muffin lined cups and bake for 15-18 minutes or until knife comes out clean.
- Prepare topping of ½ cup sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon. Add to muffins when still hot.
- Completely cook and enjoy!
Recipe source: Living Without