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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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    Bready or Not: Chocolate-Swirled Pumpkin Bars

    Posted by on Oct 9, 2019 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, brownies, chocolate, pumpkin | 0 comments

    Chocolate-Swirled Pumpkin Bars. Because I will never feature enough iterations of this perfect pairing.

    Bready or Not: Chocolate-Swirled Pumpkin Bars

    Yeah, every year I do a new take (or a couple) on this lovely Voltron-saving-the-galaxy team-up between pumpkin and chocolate. You know why? Because it’s AWESOME. Like Voltron. With a lot less death and destruction.

    Bready or Not: Chocolate-Swirled Pumpkin Bars

    This recipe gets extra oomph from cream cheese, but by no means do these taste like cheesecake bars. Here, the cream cheese adds umami richness rather than straight-out cream cheese flavor.

    Bready or Not: Chocolate-Swirled Pumpkin Bars

    I was amazed by how thick these bars ended up. Really, these are more akin to cake than standard blondies or brownies.

    Bready or Not: Chocolate-Swirled Pumpkin Bars

    Bake these up and brighten someone’s day. You don’t need to summon up Voltron to save a person’s world. Sometimes, baked goods can do the trick.

    Bready or Not: Chocolate-Swirled Pumpkin Bars

    Need more pumpkin X chocolate OTP? Check out past posts on Bready or Not!

    Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
    Pumpkin Nutella Swirl Muffins
    Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Bundt Cake
    Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Shortbread
    Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread (2 loaves)

    Bready or Not: Chocolate-Swirled Pumpkin Bars

    This perfectly autumn recipe pairs pumpkin and chocolate with the richness of cream cheese to create thick, moist bars.
    Course: Dessert, Snack
    Keyword: bars, chocolate, cream cheese, pumpkin
    Author: Beth Cato

    Equipment

    • 15x10-x1 jelly roll pan

    Ingredients

    Pumpkin base layer

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 4 eggs
    • 15 ounces pumpkin puree
    • 1 cup vegetable oil

    Chocolate swirl

    • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
    • 1/3 cup white sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 Tablespoon milk
    • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

    Topping

    • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

    Instructions

    Prepare the base layer

    • Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Line a jelly roll pan (15x10x1) with aluminum foil, making sure the edges are covered. Add nonstick spray or grease.
    • In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and cloves. Add the four eggs, the pumpkin, and oil. Pour into the prepared pan.

    Start the chocolate swirl

    • Microwave 1/2 cup of chocolate chips, zapping in short increments and stirring well between each pass, until it is melted. Set aside.
    • In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese with the sugar; it's okay if it's still a little lumpy. Follow up with the one egg, milk, and melted chocolate. Dollop the chocolate mixture atop the pumpkin batter. Use a narrow spatula or butter knife to swirl layers together in a marbled effect. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top.
    • Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until it looks puffed and the middle passes the toothpick test. Cool on a rack for at least an hour, then chill in fridge before cutting. This will make it easier to cut.
    • Use foil to lift onto a cutting board. Slice into bars then store chilled in a sealed container with waxed paper between stacked layers.

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      Bready or Not Original: Easy Blueberry Pie Bars

      Posted by on Sep 18, 2019 in Blog, blondies, blueberry, Bready or Not, breakfast, cookies | 0 comments

      These Easy Blueberry Pie Bars taste like blueberry cobbler in a tidier, more compact form. They are DELICIOUS.

      Bready or Not Original: Easy Blueberry Pie Bars

      Yeah, yeah, I share a lot of good recipes on here, but these are seriously amazing.

      Bready or Not Original: Easy Blueberry Pie Bars

      The recipe is pretty straightforward, too. Make the shortbread crust. Press it down. Bake. Mix up the middle ingredients, folding in the blueberries last. Sprinkle reserved crust on top. Bake. Enjoy.

      Bready or Not Original: Easy Blueberry Pie Bars

      I like that this recipe only requires a pint of blueberries, too. During the summer, I can often find a little 12 ounce clamshell container on sale for under a buck!

      Bready or Not Original: Easy Blueberry Pie Bars

      These bars keep well for as long as three days, maybe longer, in a sealed container in the fridge. They make for a great dessert, but they’d be great for breakfast, too.

      Bready or Not Original: Easy Blueberry Pie Bars

       

      Bready or Not Original: Easy Blueberry Pie Bars

      A Bready or Not Original. These delicious treats taste like a blueberry cobbler in convenient bar form!
      Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
      Keyword: bars, blueberries, pie
      Author: Beth Cato

      Ingredients

      Crust

      • 2 cups all-purpose flour
      • 3/4 cup white sugar
      • 1/8 teaspoon salt
      • 1 cup unsalted butter 2 sticks

      Filling

      • 2 eggs room temperature
      • 1 cup white sugar
      • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
      • 1/8 teaspoon salt
      • 1/2 cup sour cream or plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      • 1 pint fresh blueberries 12 ounces

      Instructions

      • Preheat oven at 350-degrees.Line a 9x13 pan with foil and apply nonstick spray.
      • Place flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Add the butter, and use a knife and fork to chop it into crumbles. Measure out 1 cup of this crumb mixture; set aside.
      • Place the rest of the crust mix into the baking dish. Distribute evenly, then compress into a thin layer; a piece of wax paper and a heavy glass work well for this.
      • Bake for 15 minutes. In the meantime, make the filling.
      • Beat eggs, then add in the sugar, flour, salt, sour cream/yogurt, and vanilla. Gently fold in the blueberries.
      • Pour the filling over the prebaked crust. Spread out evenly. Sprinkle the reserved crust mixture over the top.
      • Bake 55 to 60 minutes, until top is golden brown and passes the toothpick test.
      • Cool at room temperature, then chill in fridge to set more firmly. Use foil to lift onto a cutting board to slice into bars. Store in sealed container in fridge with waxed paper or parchment paper between layers. Keeps for at least 3 days.
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      Bready or Not: Coconut Bars

      Posted by on Aug 14, 2019 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, cookies | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Coconut Bars

      These Coconut Bars are easy to make and absolutely delicious!

      Bready or Not: Coconut Bars

      I say that, and I don’t typically like coconut. As a kid, I hated all candy bars with coconut. To me, the texture was the problem. It was chewy and dry in a horrible way.

      Bready or Not: Coconut Bars

      In contrast, these bars are chewy in a fantastic way. The shortbread base pairs well with the coconut top.

      Bready or Not: Coconut Bars

      They even look pretty, don’t they? That’s because the recipe holds back a quarter of the coconut to go on top. That way it ends up crisping up in a lovely way.

      Bready or Not: Coconut Bars

      I modified this recipe from Taste of Home Magazine, December 2015, where the original notes describe it as an American take on the Filipino coconut cake called bibingka. I don’t think I’ve ever tried that–if I have, it was like 20 years ago–so I can’t vouch as to how close it is.

      Bready or Not: Coconut Bars

      But what I can say is that this is a fantastic recipe by its own merits. This is the kind of recipe that would be bright and pleasant at the holidays, and also perfect for a summer cook-out.

       

      Bready or Not: Coconut Bars

      This easy recipe results in deliciously chewy Coconut Bars, perfect to indulge in year-round.
      Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
      Keyword: bars
      Author: Beth Cato

      Ingredients

      Crust:

      • 2 cups all-purpose flour
      • 1 cup brown sugar packed
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt
      • 1 cup unsalted butter melted

      Filling:

      • 3 large eggs
      • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk can
      • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
      • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
      • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
      • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt
      • 4 cups flaked coconut divided

      Instructions

      • Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Line a 13x9 pan with foil and apply nonstick spray.
      • In a big bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, and salt, followed by the melted butter. Sprinkle into the prepared pan and compress it to form an uneven layer. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until light brown. Cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes.
      • Reduce oven temperature to 325-degrees.
      • In a big bowl, whisk together the eggs, sweetened condensed milk, flour, brown sugar, butter, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir in 3 cups of coconut. Pour atop the crust. Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup coconut over the top.
      • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the coconut is turning golden brown.
      • Cool completely at room temperature. Lift onto cutting board using foil; slice contents into bars.
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      Bready or Not Original: Easy Apple Cinnamon Cake

      Posted by on Jul 24, 2019 in apples, Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, breakfast, cake | Comments Off on Bready or Not Original: Easy Apple Cinnamon Cake

      Easy Apple Cake! This delicious cake is great to bake up, slice, and store in the fridge or freezer to enjoy for weeks to come.

      Bready or Not Original: Easy Apple Cinnamon Cake

      If this recipe looks familiar, it’s because this is a rewrite of a recipe I posted back in 2016. The original version asked the baker to arrange the apple pieces in the middle and again on top.

      Bready or Not Original: Easy Apple Cinnamon Cake

      After making this cake many, many times, I realized that was an unnecessarily fussy step. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

      Bready or Not Original: Easy Apple Cinnamon Cake

      I started folding all of the apple chunks into the batter, and this saved a lot of time. The apples were perfectly distributed and the taste was the exact same.

      Bready or Not Original: Easy Apple Cinnamon Cake

      This cake remains a very favorite for both my husband and my dad. They’ll eat it for breakfast, snack, or dessert.

      Bready or Not Original: Easy Apple Cinnamon Cake

      When I travel back home to California, I always make this cake for my dad. Since my mom doesn’t stock baking ingredients, I measure up my own (one sandwich baggy with brown sugar and cinnamon; another with flour, baking soda, and salt; one more with white sugar) and whip him up a cake in no time!

       

      Bready or Not Original: Easy Apple Cinnamon Cake

      These dense, luscious apple cake squares are perfect for breakfast, brunch, snack or dessert! Use firm baking apples like Granny Smith.
      Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
      Keyword: apple, bars, cake
      Author: Beth Cato

      Ingredients

      • 3 medium apples peeled, cored, & chopped into small chunks
      • 1 teaspoon cinnamon heaping
      • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
      • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
      • 1 teaspoon baking powder
      • 1/8 teaspoon salt
      • 1 cup white sugar
      • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
      • 1/3 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      • 2 eggs room temperature
      • turbinado or maple sugar for topping optional

      Instructions

      • Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Line a 9×9 square pan with foil and apply butter or nonstick spray.
      • In a medium bowl, toss peeled and chopped apples with cinnamon and brown sugar.
      • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
      • In a larger mixing bowl, whisk together the white sugar, vegetable oil, sour cream/yogurt, and vanilla extract until it's smooth. Add the eggs.
      • Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until everything is just mixed. Fold in the apple chunks.
      • Pour batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle turbinado or maple sugar over top, if desired.
      • Bake 1 hour, until it passes the toothpick test in middle. Cool completely, chilling in fridge if desired. Use foil to list contents onto a cutting board. Cut into pieces.
      • These are great individually plastic wrapped and stored at room temperature or in the fridge; bars can be frozen and keep well for months. Eat from the fridge, or at room temperature, or warm in the microwave or oven. However you eat it, it'll be delicious!
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      Bready or Not Original: Chewy Oatmeal Apple Chip Cookies

      Posted by on Jun 5, 2019 in apples, Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, cookies | Comments Off on Bready or Not Original: Chewy Oatmeal Apple Chip Cookies

      Apple Chips are delicious to eat out of the bag, but they can also be used to make delicious baked goods like these Chewy Oatmeal Apple Chip Cookies!

      Bready or Not Original: Chewy Oatmeal Apple Chip Cookies

      If you recall last month, I shared a new recipe for Apple Chip Blondies as I searched for ways to utilize a Costco-bought gigantic bag of apple chips. I decided to find a way to use them in cookies as well.

      Bready or Not Original: Chewy Oatmeal Apple Chip Cookies

      This ended up being tricky. I tried one recipe, and while the result was tasty, the cookies were crumbly and turned hard within a few hours. That would not do.

      Bready or Not Original: Chewy Oatmeal Apple Chip Cookies

      I turned to one of my own old recipes for Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (which I need to bake again to post here, as I posted before on my old LiveJournal). I modified it to use apple chips instead of raisins, and to use one of my new favorite grocery store finds, caramel chips.

      Bready or Not Original: Chewy Oatmeal Apple Chip Cookies

      These cookies worked in the best kind of way. The apple chips soften, but remain chewier than raisins. The cookies themselves are chewy and stay chewy in a sealed container. The caramel chips–well, like liquid caramel, they pair perfectly with apples. The caramel flavor is at the forefront, followed by the sublime taste of the apple chips.

      Bready or Not Original: Chewy Oatmeal Apple Chip Cookies

       

      Bready or Not Original: Chewy Oatmeal Apple Chip Cookies

      This Bready or Not Original recipe uses apple chips, such as Bare brand, along with caramel chips for an innovative, delicious spin on oatmeal cookies. Makes about 45 cookies using a tablespoon scoop.
      Course: Dessert, Snack
      Keyword: apple, cookies
      Author: Beth Cato

      Ingredients

      • 2 cups all-purpose flour
      • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt
      • 3/4 cup butter melted
      • 1 cup brown sugar packed
      • 1/2 cup white sugar
      • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
      • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
      • 1 egg
      • 1 egg yolk
      • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
      • 1 cup caramel chips
      • 1 cup apple chips broken small

      Instructions

      • Preheat oven to 325-degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpat, or use seasoned stoneware.
      • Melt butter and let cool slightly.
      • Mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
      • In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the cinnamon, vanilla, egg, and egg yolk for 2 to 3 minutes until light and creamy. Mix in the flour mixture. Add the oats, caramel chips, and apple chip pieces. Mix until just blended.
      • Using a tablespoon scoop, place dough balls on pan. Bake for 10 to 13 minutes, until the edges are slightly brown and the middle is still soft. Let the cookies rest on the cookie sheet for 5 to 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
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