Posts made in November, 2019

Bready or Not Original: Cranberry-Orange Cookies

Posted by on Nov 27, 2019 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies | 0 comments

These Cranberry-Orange Cookies are packed with vivid, fresh flavor, and a sure way to brighten your day, whatever the season!

Bready or Not Original: Cranberry-Orange Cookies

The order of ingredients is important here. You take one orange and zest and juice it. The zest goes straight into the dough, while the juice is used to soak the dried cranberries.

Bready or Not Original: Cranberry-Orange Cookies

Not only does this plump up the desiccated berries, but it naturally amplifies their flavor, too. The tartness becomes stronger, in perfect complement to the citrusy freshness.

Bready or Not Original: Cranberry-Orange Cookies

Then, you add two tablespoons of the juice to the dough. The rest, do whatever with. It’s mighty tasty to drink!

Bready or Not Original: Cranberry-Orange Cookies

The white chocolate chips add sporadic sweetness to balance the tartness, and it goes so well with the orange flavor, too.

Bready or Not Original: Cranberry-Orange Cookies

Plus, these cookies are downright pretty on a holiday tray, packed as a gift, or eaten whenever, all the year long!

Bready or Not Original: Cranberry-Orange Cookies

These cookies boast of an incredibly fresh, fruity flavor, with just enough white chocolate chips to balance the tartness of the dried cranberries. Recipe makes 36 cookies using a tablespoon scoop.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Keyword: chocolate, citrus, cookies
Servings: 36 cookies
Author: Beth Cato

Ingredients

  • 1 orange
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
  • 1 cup unsalted butter 2 sticks, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cups brown sugar packed
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven at 375-degrees.
  • Zest then juice the orange. Place dried cranberries in bowl and pour orange juice over them, stir, then set aside to soak
  • In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugars. Add the egg. Stir in orange zest.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually blend with butter mixture. Measure 2 tablespoons of orange juice from the bowl, and add to the dough. Drain off the rest of the orange juice (discard it or save it to drink) and add the dried cranberries and white chocolate chips to the dough. Combine.
  • Use a tablespoon scoop or spoon to space out dollops of dough on baking sheet; cookies will spread. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, until cookies are golden and set. Let set on sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack to completely cool. Repeat with the next batch(es).
  • Store in a sealed container.

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    Forthcoming: a poem in THE BOOK OF DRAGONS next July

    Posted by on Nov 21, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

    This has been in the works for ages, but I’m still gobsmacked: I’ll have a poem in the hardcover, fully illustrated anthology The Book of Dragons edited by Jonathan Strahan, due out on July 7, 2020. The table of contents is like a full list of the best living authors in genre fiction… and then there’s me, like this.

    Every story and poem is illustrated by Rovina Cai, who just won the World Fantasy Award for best artist. The book will be a whopping 640 pages. I’m guessing this will be very much a treasury book to keep on a coffee table–beautiful to look and to read. Read the full announcement on the Barnes & Noble SFF Blog! Behold the authors involved!

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    Bready or Not: British-Style Gingerbread

    Posted by on Nov 20, 2019 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, british, cake | 0 comments

    I adore famed British baker Mary Berry, one of the original judges on the Great British Bake Off. This British-Style Gingerbread recipe is modified from her cookbook Cooking with Mary Berry.

    Bready or Not: British-Style Gingerbread

    She has published a ton of cookbooks in the UK, but this particular cookbook has the measurements translated to American standards! Click on the picture below to order a copy for yourself–but maybe try my take on one of her recipes first, as it’s a great example of what you’ll find.

    I’ve eaten and baked a number of American-style gingerbread recipe. This one is different in a lot of ways. First of all, the cooking method. It’s prepared on the stovetop, then baked.

    Bready or Not: British-Style Gingerbread

    The end result is tall, spongy, and cakey, with a solid ginger kick. And like chocolate recipes, this gingerbread actually improves after a day, as the flavors become deeper and more complex. Almost coffee-like, though it contains no coffee.

    Bready or Not: British-Style Gingerbread

    Oh yeah, and it’s REALLY REALLY GOOD.

    Bready or Not: British-Style Gingerbread

    The sporadic candied ginger pieces throughout add vivid pops of flavor, in an already ginger-filled cake.

    Bready or Not: British-Style Gingerbread

    This would be especially good paired with tea, coffee, or a good, stout beer (Guinness, in particular, comes to mind).

     

    Bready or Not: British-Style Gingerbread

    This recipe, modified from Baking with Mary Berry, produces a British-style gingerbread cake that is spicier and more complex than the usual American gingerbread. The flavors deepens and improves after a day.
    Course: Breakfast, Snack
    Cuisine: British
    Keyword: cake, gingerbread
    Author: Beth Cato

    Equipment

    • 9x13 casserole pan

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup unsalted butter 2 sticks
    • 1 cup brown sugar light or dark, packed
    • 1 cup molasses
    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 5 teaspoons ground ginger
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 2 large eggs
    • 3 pieces candied ginger coarsely chopped
    • 1 1/4 cups milk
    • 2 teaspoons baking soda

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven at 325-degrees. Line baking pan with aluminum and apply butter or nonstick spray.
    • In a large pot, warm the butter, sugar, and molasses until it is combined and smooth. Set aside to cool.
    • Mix the flour and spices into the big pot, followed by the eggs and the candied ginger pieces.
    • In a small saucepan, warm the milk--don't boil! Add the baking soda. Pour into the gingerbread mixture and mix together.
    • Pour everything into the prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour. When done, it will be spongy to the touch and pass the toothpick test in the middle.
    • Let cool in pan, either at room temperature or in the fridge. Once cool, use the foil to lift onto a cutting board and slice into bars.
    • Store in a covered dish with waxed paper or parchment between the layers. Flavor will grow deeper and more complex over the next day.

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      2019 Works for Award Consideration

      Posted by on Nov 18, 2019 in awards, Blog | 0 comments

      The end of the year is nigh. Time for a retrospective with the vain hope that I might garner some award nominations from my fellow writers.

      Short stories

      The major story I’m promoting for awards is “The Blighted Godling of Company Town H” published at Beneath Ceaseless Skies #268 the very first week of 2019. It can be read online and is also available for free in podcast form, read by Tina Connolly.

      My other new stories this year include:
      “Consider the Monsters” in Diabolical Plots;
      “The Wind Knows All” in Nature
      – “By Footpad and Clenched Paw” in Monarchies of Mau: Tales of Excellent Cats available in PDF and print at DriveThruFiction and in ebook at Amazon
      “Clouds Gleam Across Her Eyes” in Daily Science Fiction
      – Letter Z in F is for Fairy
      “A Picture is Worth” in Nature
      “The Peculiar Gravity of Home” in Future SF Issue 2; available in print and ebook
      – “Awaken My Bones Old and New” in Gorgon: Stories of Emergence


      Poetry

      If you’re a member of SFPA and reading works for consideration for the Rhysling and Dwarf Stars, please keep these poems in mind–but most of all, this first one, which is a dream publication for me!

      – “My Ghost Will Know the Way” in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction #744 July/August 2019

      – “Old Coyote” in Eye to the Telescope Issue 34: Tricksters
      “A Purring Cat is a Time Machine,” “Dollar Store Monsters,” and “Drought and Dryad” in Daikaijuzine
      “These Rocks, This Soul” in Sycorax Journal issue 3
      – “Stranger Danger” in Star*Line 42.3
      “Consequences of a Stolen Star” in Kaleidotrope
      “Childhood Memory from the Old Victorian House on Warner” in Uncanny Magazine #27

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      Bready or Not Original: Glazed Gingerbread Rolls

      Posted by on Nov 13, 2019 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, yeast bread | 0 comments

      Imagine cinnamon rolls that taste like gingerbread, and you have these incredible Gingerbread Rolls.

      Bready or Not Original: Glazed Gingerbread Rolls

      These things are a TREAT. Make them for a special holiday breakfast or brunch, or make them just because.

      Bready or Not Original: Glazed Gingerbread Rolls

      I had to make this twice to get it right. I followed another recipe closely at first and did a cream cheese frosting, which was delicious, but required the rolls be refrigerated, which made them end up pretty stiff before being eaten the next day.

      Bready or Not Original: Glazed Gingerbread Rolls

      So, take two. This time, I made up my own glaze, and that worked beautifully. The rolls could stay at room temperature, and stay nice and pliable.

      Bready or Not Original: Glazed Gingerbread Rolls

      One of my husband’s co-workers described these rolls as “not as soft as Cinnabon, but better flavor.” By golly, I’ll take that, especially since the rolls had been made the day before.

      Bready or Not Original: Glazed Gingerbread Rolls

      These rolls are as delicious as they look… and they look pretty good, don’t they?

      Bready or Not Original: Glazed Gingerbread Rolls

      Bready or Not Original: Glazed Gingerbread Rolls

      These delicious treats pack gingerbread flavor into soft, delicious cinnamon roll-like form! Store covered at room temperature. They are best eaten within a day or two.
      Course: Breakfast, Snack
      Keyword: gingerbread, yeast bread
      Servings: 12 rolls
      Author: Beth Cato

      Ingredients

      Dough:

      • 1/4 cup white sugar
      • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
      • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
      • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour divided
      • 1 Tablespoon dry active yeast
      • 1 cup whole milk or substitute 3/4 cup half & half and 1/4 cup water
      • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
      • 1 large egg
      • 2 Tablespoons molasses

      Filling:

      • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
      • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
      • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
      • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
      • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
      • all-purpose flour to dust work surface

      Glaze:

      • 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
      • 1 teaspoon molasses
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      • 1 Tablespoon milk or half & half, use more as needed

      Instructions

      Make the dough:

      • In a large bowl (such as a Kitchen Aid bowl), combine sugar, ground cinnamon, ginger, salt, and 1 3/4 cups of flour. Stir in yeast.
      • In a small saucepan, warm milk and butter. Cook until butter is melted and the milk/butter is between 105 and 110-degrees.
      • Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture. Stir. Add the egg and molasses, and stir well.
      • Use a dough hook on a stand mixer or arm power to beat the dough. Gradually add the remaining 1 3/4 cups flour, kneading until the dough is smooth and pliable. Using a dough hook, this will be 4 to 5 minutes.
      • Transfer dough to a lightly buttered or greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a towel. Let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

      Make the filling and assemble rolls:

      • After the dough has risen, butter or grease a 9x13 OR 8x8 OR 9x9 casserole dish.
      • In a small bowl, combine the filling ingredients: brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.
      • Prepare a clean stretch of counter or table with a dusting of flour. Roll out the dough to about a 12x16 rectangle. Spread the filling all over, but not quite to the edges. Starting with the long side, roll into a log.
      • If using a 9x13 pan, cut the rolls into 12 equal rounds; if using a smaller pan, cut into 9. A piece of unwaxed dental floss makes this easy; wrap around dough log, then pull two ends of floss opposite directions to slice through.
      • Once the pan is full of rolls, cover with plastic wrap or a towel and let rise again until doubled, about an hour.
      • Preheat oven at 375-degrees. Once it comes to temperature, place rolls inside. Bake for about 12 minutes then cover with foil to reduce browning, then bake about 8 to 12 minutes. Let cool a bit.

      Glazing:

      • Combine the glaze ingredients to each a thick yet loose texture. Add more milk or confectioners' sugar, as needed, to reach a good consistency. Spoon and spread over the rolls.
      • Eat immediately, or cover with foil and keep at room temperature. Enjoy right from the pan or warmed slightly in the microwave. Best within a day or two.

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