Posts made in April, 2017

Sunday Quote agrees

Posted by on Apr 16, 2017 in Blog, Quote | Comments Off on Sunday Quote agrees

“I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of. ”
~Joss Whedon

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Bready or Not: Cadbury Egg Brownies

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, brownies, chocolate | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Cadbury Egg Brownies

Three years ago, I shared my recipe for Cadbury Egg Brownies. Today we revisit that glorious recipe–and double it.

Bready or Not: Cadbury Egg Brownies

Because it obviously didn’t deliver enough sweetness the first time around, right?

Bready or Not: Cadbury Egg Brownies

Here’s the thing about these brownies: they taste like Cadbury Eggs, but BETTER. That’s because they aren’t as cloying sweet. The brownie layer balances things out in a magical way.

Bready or Not: Cadbury Egg Brownies

This is a time-consuming recipe because of the layers and the refrigeration time involved, but it’s not hard. The first stage is the only one that requires baking.

Bready or Not: Cadbury Egg Brownies

I will forever be amazed at how the cream filling layer turns out, too. It’s eerily like the non-runny portion of the Cadbury Egg filling. But you make it yourself. It boggles the mind.

Even better, these brownies will keep as long as a week if sealed and kept in the fridge. Trust me, there is NOTHING healthy about these. You want to make these to share with a crowd!

Bready or Not: Cadbury Egg Brownies

I’ve modified this a good bit, but I must give credit to the original recipe from Love and Oil. They shared something amazing.

Bready or Not: Cadbury Egg Brownies

Bready or Not: Cadbury Egg Brownies

These Cadbury Egg Brownies taste like the candy, but better, as the brownie base balances with the acute sweetness of the top layers. This recipe produces a full 13×9 pan of goodness; make this to share with a crowd!

  • For Brownies:
  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder (optional)
  • 12 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • For Cream Filling:
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 4 tablespoons (half stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • yellow food coloring
  • For Glaze:
  • 8 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons (half stick) unsalted butter, cut into cubes

Brownie stage

Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Line the bottom and sides of a 9x13-inch pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, making sure to overlap the sides to create handles. Cover with nonstick spray.

Sift together flour, cocoa, and salt (and espresso powder, if using) in a small bowl and set aside.

Melt chocolate and butter together in a double boiler or in slow increments in microwave. Stir until smooth. Whisk in sugars and stir until dissolved and mixture has cooled slightly, then add eggs and vanilla extract until just combined.

Fold together the chocolate and flour mixes until just incorporated. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Transfer pan to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.

Cream filling stage

Beat together corn syrup, butter, vanilla, and salt on medium-high speed until smooth. Add powdered sugar, a little bit at a time, mixing until creamy.

Dump 3/4 of the cream mixture on top of cooled brownies and spread into an even layer. Add a drop of yellow food coloring to remaining cream mixture and stir until evenly colored. Drop dollops of yellow cream on top of white layer, and then swirl gently with a spatula. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until set.

Glaze stage

Slowly melt the chocolate and butter together in a double boiler or microwave bowl. Stir until smooth. Pour over cream filling, carefully spreading into a thin, even layer.

Chill in the fridge long enough for the chocolate to not quite harden, 15-20 minutes, OR let it chill for several hours and then let set at room temperature for about 15 minutes. The chocolate needs to be soft enough to cut through without cracking, but not soft enough to smear with each cut.

Use the foil/paper to lift the entire block out of the pan and onto a cutting board. Using a large sharp knife, cut into 2-inch squares. Keep in sealed container in fridge; brownies will keep upward of a week.

OM NOM NOM!

Bready or Not: Cadbury Egg Brownies

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Sunday Quote reads and reads and reads

Posted by on Apr 9, 2017 in Blog, Quote | Comments Off on Sunday Quote reads and reads and reads

“You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.”
~Annie Proulx

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Announcing my new book deal: ROAR OF SKY

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Blog, roar of sky | Comments Off on Announcing my new book deal: ROAR OF SKY

Yesterday, I finished writing the rough draft I began on March 1st.

94,555 words written in little over a month.

Today, I get to announce the details of that book: it’s the final volume in my Blood of Earth trilogy, Roar of Sky.

Roar of Sky

That means the full trilogy is:

Breath of Earth (out now)
Call of Fire (out on August 15th)
Roar of Sky (2018)

YAAAAAAAAAAYYYY!

Call of Fire

#SFWAPro

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Bready or Not: Hunter’s Cake

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, bundt, cake, chocolate | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Hunter’s Cake

It’s April. We’re overdue for a cake recipe, yes? How about some Hunter’s Cake?

Bready or Not: Hunter's Cake

This is a cake that’s designed for some fantasy-style questing. The crumb is tender to eat but dense, so it doesn’t crumble much.

Bready or Not: Hunter's Cake

There’s no frosting, no fussiness. Wrap up slices of this cake to go in a lunch box, a picnic basket, a backpack, or Hobbit’s leather pouch.

Bready or Not: Hunter's Cake

Use whatever kind of chocolate you want. I used milk chocolate, because that’s what I tend to keep around. Whatever kind you use, be sure to coat the chocolate chips in flour before you add them to the batter. That will prevent them from sinking.

Bready or Not: Hunter's Cake

This cake is perfect to eat right out of hand. No fork required.

Modified from Rescued Recipes by Jan D’Atri in the Arizona Republic.

Bready or Not: Hunter's Cake

Bready or Not: Hunter's Cake

This dense, pound cake-like cake is named Hunter’s Cake because it’s great to slice and pack for adventures. It doesn’t crumble much, and it’s delicious out of hand. Modified from Rescued Recipes by Jan D’Atri in the Arizona Republic.

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups flour
  • 8 ounces chocolate chips (any kind)
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped

Preheat oven at 325-degrees. Grease and flour a Bundt pan, tube pan, or angel food cake pan.

In a large bowl, beat together the shortening, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Add eggs one at a time until smooth, followed by most of the flour.

In a small bowl, stir together the chocolate chips and remaining flour; this is important, as it will keep the chips from sinking in the batter as it bakes.

Stir the floured chocolate and walnuts into the batter. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake for 55 minutes and use the toothpick test to check for doneness; bake longer if necessary. The top of the cake will be golden brown and will likely develop cracks.

Let cool in pan for about 15 minutes, then invert onto a rack to completely cool. Store covered at room temperature. Cake is great to slice and pack for adventures!

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Bready or Not: Hunter's Cake

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