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Bready or Not Original: Macadamia Nut Caramel Chip Blondies

Posted by on Nov 14, 2018 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, chocolate | 0 comments

This original recipe combines salted caramel chips (my new favorite ingredient) with my beloved macadamia nuts to make something innovative and amazing.

Bready or Not Original: Macadamia Nut Caramel Chip Blondies

These Macadamia Nut Caramel Chip Blondies are soft, chewy, and nigh divine. Plus, if you’re in a hurry, they are fast to make and bake.

Bready or Not Original: Macadamia Nut Caramel Chip Blondies

That’s exactly what I needed when I created this recipe. I had another recipe result in total disaster (it happens to us all!) and I needed another platter of baked goods, fast, for my husband to take to work…

Bready or Not Original: Macadamia Nut Caramel Chip Blondies

… where these bars were declared a new kind of crack. All of the bars were scarfed up. Not bad for an emergency oh-crap-what-can-I-throw-together recipe.

Bready or Not Original: Macadamia Nut Caramel Chip Blondies

If you need to sub another kind of nut in this recipe, I think pecans and walnuts would work especially well. I do suggest sticking with the balance of 1 cup white chocolate and 1 cup salted caramel chips, though.

Bready or Not Original: Macadamia Nut Caramel Chip Blondies

Caramel chips are very strong–like butterscotch chips in that way. They are a great ingredient, but you don’t want to go overkill. Plus, this way you’ll still have half a bag for another recipe. Scroll back on Bready or Not for some suggestions!

Bready or Not Original: Macadamia Nut Caramel Chip Blondies

 

Bready or Not Original: Macadamia Nut Caramel Chip Blondies

Bready or Not Original: Macadamia Nut Caramel Chip Blondies

These delicious, fast-to-make bars utilize salted caramel chips, a fantastic new innovation on the baking aisle. These bars are chewy and sweet with a welcome crunch from the macadamia nuts.

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup salted caramel chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts

Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Line a 9x13 baking pan with foil and apply nonstick spray or butter.

In a large bowl, stir together the butter and brown sugar until fluffy and smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla.

In a smaller bowl, sift together the flour, oats, salt, and baking powder. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet. Stir in the two kinds of chips and macadamia nuts until just distributed.

Smooth out the dough in the prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the center passes the toothpick test. Cool completely before using the foil to life the contents from pan to slice on a cutting board.

Store in a sealed container with parchment or wax paper between the layers.

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Bready or Not Original: Glazed Earl Grey Maple Gingerbread Sheet Cake

Posted by on Nov 7, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, cake, maple | 0 comments

Let’s kick off the 2018 holiday season the right way: with cake! A Glazed Earl Grey Maple Gingerbread Sheet Cake, to be exact.

Bready or Not Original: Glazed Earl Grey Maple Gingerbread Sheet Cake

Earl Grey adds a lovely spice and kick that contrasts and complements the sweetness of maple. As you can see, tea flecks freckle the entire cake.

Bready or Not Original: Glazed Earl Grey Maple Gingerbread Sheet Cake

The cake is super-soft, moist, and cakey. I was amazed at how high it rose. It pretty much went to the top of my casserole dish.

Bready or Not Original: Glazed Earl Grey Maple Gingerbread Sheet Cake

The cake itself isn’t heavily sweet, which is why the thin layer of glaze is just what it needs. It provides a more potent sweet maple flavor.

Bready or Not Original: Glazed Earl Grey Maple Gingerbread Sheet Cake

This is a cake that pairs well with tea (Earl Grey, hot, Picard-style?) and also with coffee. Serve this to a crowd! There’s plenty of cake to go around.

Bready or Not Original: Glazed Earl Grey Maple Gingerbread Sheet Cake

 

Bready or Not Original: Glazed Earl Grey Maple Gingerbread Sheet Cake

Bready or Not Original: Glazed Earl Grey Maple Gingerbread Sheet Cake

Earl Grey tea and maple form a superhero duo in this lovely sheet cake topped with a thin glaze with (you guessed it) more maple flavor. This cake bakes up high and soft, so make this to feed a crowd!

  • Cake:
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups pure maple syrup
  • 2 cups sour cream (16 ounce container)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (1 cube) unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 packets (heaping Tablespoon) Earl Grey tea
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Glaze:
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon maple flavor
  • 2+ Tablespoons milk (almond milk works)

Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Line a 13x9 pan with aluminum foil and apply nonstick spray or butter.

In a medium bowl, stir together the eggs, maple syrup, sour cream, vanilla, and butter. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, Earl Grey tea, ginger, baking soda, and salt. Gradually stir in the egg mixture. Spread batter in the ready pan.

Bake 45 to 50 minutes, until the middle passes the toothpick test. Cake will have risen a great deal. Cool in pan on wire rack for a few hours.

Once the cake is room temperature, prepare the glaze. In a medium bowl, melt butter in microwave. Add confectioners' sugar, maple flavor, and two tablespoons milk. Stir until mixed and of spreadable thickness, adding more milk as necessary to loosen it or sugar to thicken.

Spread glaze atop cake. To slice, lift up by foil and set on cutting board. Store slices in sealed container(s) at room temperature; keeps well for at least 2 days.

OM NOM NOM!

 

Bready or Not Original: Glazed Earl Grey Maple Gingerbread Sheet Cake

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Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars

Posted by on Oct 31, 2018 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, cookies, pie, pumpkin | 0 comments

Happy Halloween! Today I bring you a major treat, no tricks. These Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars will boggle your mind in the best kind of way.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars

That’s because these bars really do, in fact, taste like a combination of Snickerdoodles and Pumpkin Pie. Crazy, right?

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars

And since those two things are delicious, that means these bars are REALLY REALLY GOOD. Not just the flavors, but the combination of textures.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars

That’s because these are soft and dense, easy to eat in hand or with a fork. The ones in the middle might end up a little gooier, though. Not necessarily a bad thing.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars

The list of ingredients looks long but it actually comes together pretty fast. The ingredients are so alike, I didn’t even bother washing the bowl and beater, which saved a lot of time and effort.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars

This makes a full 13×9 pan, so this is perfect for a potluck or family gathering. They might get softer after the two day point, but they will still be tasty.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars

 

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars

This recipe magically melds Snickerdoodle Cookies and Pumpkin Pie in a convenient, delicious bar. Make this treat to feed a hungry crowd!

  • Cookie Layer
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Pumpkin Pie Layer
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 heaping teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 15 ounce can pumpkin puree
  • Topping
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Line a 13x9 pan with foil and apply nonstick spray or butter.

To make the cookie layer, cream together the butter and brown sugar. Once they are smooth, add the eggs and vanilla. Next, mix in the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, and cream of tartar. Spread the mixture evenly in the pan.

Next up is the pumpkin pie layer. No need to wash the bowl. Cream together the butter and sugar followed by the eggs and vanilla. Add the baking powder, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and flour. Once they are just mixed, fold in the pumpkin puree. Spread the everything over the cookie layer.

Spoon together the topping and add it evenly over the top of the dough.

Bake for 38 to 41 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (though it may still be softer when cut). Cool at room temperature at least an hour, then chill in fridge for several hours. Use the foil to lift the contents onto a cutting board to slice up.

Keep stored chilled in a sealed container between waxed paper layers. Best consumed within 2 days; bars get mushier after that, but are still tasty.

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Roar of Sky Promo Post Round-Up

Posted by on Oct 30, 2018 in Blog, roar of sky | 0 comments

 

Here’s the promo round-up for Roar of Sky as of October 30th; there will be more posts to come!

Guest posts:
Scalzi’s Big Idea: Roar of Sky
My Favorite Bit from Roar of Sky
The Fantastical Food of Fantasy: Magic Made Real at Tor.com
An Excerpt from Roar of Sky at Liana Brooks’s site
Tweet thread: Beth Cato on research on Hawaii’s Big Island
Fantastic History: Geomancy from the Ground Up
The Page 69 Test: Roar of Sky

Interviews:
Beth Cato talks about Roar of Sky with My Life My Books My Escape
Poison Pen Bookstore Roar of Sky Release: Facebook Live with Sam Sykes

Roar of Sky is now out and available everywhere. If it’s not in your local store, don’t walk away! Simply ask them to order it. You can request your library buy it as well (libraries are awesome like that). Of course, it can be found at all the usual suspects on the internet, too.

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Bready or Not: Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Cookies

Posted by on Oct 24, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, cookies, maple, pumpkin | 2 comments

Do you like soft, cakey cookies? Do you like pumpkin? Oh, do I have the recipe for you!

Bready or Not: Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Cookies

These Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Cookies are stunning. The cookies are soft and tender in the mouth, and the maple glaze adds just the right touch of sweetness.

Bready or Not: Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Cookies

I’ve done this annual feature of pumpkin recipes for several years now, and I think this is one of my all-time favorite recipes. It’s not just that it tastes good–it’s textually pleasing, too.

Bready or Not: Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Cookies

Do note that the dough needs to chill for a while, and even when cold, it can be difficult to work with. Be patient and prepare to have sticky fingers.

Bready or Not: Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Cookies

Trust me, it’ll be worthwhile in the end.

Bready or Not: Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Cookies

Modified from a recipe included with ads for Reynolds Parchment Paper.

 

Bready or Not: Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Cookies

Bready or Not: Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Cookies

These cookies are like a pumpkin and maple version of soft, cakey Lofthouse cookies! Note that the dough will need to chill for at least a few hours, and even then, it will be sticky to work with. Makes about 30 cookies using a tablespoon scoop.

  • Cookies:
  • 2 cups + 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • Maple Glaze:
  • 1 1/4-1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple flavor
  • 1 Tablespoon water

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. Set aside.

In a big bowl, beat together the white sugar and butter until pale and fluffy. Scrape down sides of bowl, then mix in vanilla and egg, followed by the pumpkin puree. Slowly stir in the dry ingredients.

Cover dough and chill in fridge for at least two hours; overnight is fine.

Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Use a tablespoon scoop to place dollops of batter spaced out on the sheets; the dough will be sticky to work with.

Bake cookies until golden brown, about 13 minutes. Let cool completely on sheets.

To make the maple glaze, whisk together the confectioners' sugar, butter, maple flavor, and a tablespoon of water. Add more water or sugar, as needed, to reach a thick yet spreadable consistency. Use the back of a spoon to swirl a thin layer of glaze atop each cookie.

Store cookies, between layers of parchment or wax paper, in a sealed container up to 3 days.

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ROAR OF SKY is out today!

Posted by on Oct 23, 2018 in Blog, public speaking, publication process | 0 comments

TODAY IS THE DAY! Roar of Sky is out! The Blood of Earth trilogy is complete. Look for it on your local bookstore shelves–and if you can’t find it there, ask them to order it! You can also find it everywhere online. Poisoned Pen currently has signed copies in stock, too! Thank you to everyone who preordered there and elsewhere!

If you want to ask me questions about the series or my other books and stories or recipes, I am doing a reddit/Fantasy AMA today. Drop by and say hi!

After you read it, please leave reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and other sites, and talk about it on social media. Word of mouth means a lot, especially for a brand new release.

Again, thank you to everyone who has read this series. I hope you enjoy the finale of Ingrid’s adventures.

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