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Bready or Not: Pride O’ Scotland Shortbread

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, cookies | 0 comments

The day after my anniversary, it seems only right to share the shortbread recipe I made for my husband the first day we met: Pride O’ Scotland Shortbread.

Bready or Not: Pride O' Scotland Shortbread

The original recipe is from one of my mom’s very battered cookbooks, which she gave to me a few years ago. The pages tenuously cling to the spiral binding. Back when I was a teenager, this shortbread recipe was one of the first I really declared ‘mine.’

Bready or Not: Pride O' Scotland Shortbread

Back in those dark ages before widespread internet shopping and Cost Plus World Market, my family was only able to obtain shortbread once or twice a year–at the Fresno Highland Games, and maybe at Christmas. Those red boxes of Walker’s Shortbread brought us great joy.

Bready or Not: Pride O' Scotland Shortbread

So when I found this recipe and my relatives declared that my shortbread was BETTER than Walker’s brand… whoa. I felt like I’d made something magical.

Bready or Not: Pride O' Scotland Shortbread

Maybe I did. It helped snare me a husband, after all.

Bready or Not: Pride O' Scotland Shortbread

Bready or Not: Pride O' Scotland Shortbread

Bready or Not: Pride O' Scotland Shortbread

This recipe produces two pie-rounds of firm-yet-soft and buttery shortbread. The wedges will keep well for a few days in a sealed container. Modified from the Beta Sigma Phi Cookbook from 1968.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven at 375-degrees. Grease two 9-inch pie pans.

Place dry ingredients in mixing bowl; add butter, egg yolk, and vanilla. Mix with fingers until dough holds together. Divide dough into two balls and press each ball into a pan. Flatten evenly with palms; prick surface all over with floured fork. Slash into wedges.

Bake for 17 to 22 minutes, until the edges are golden brown. Remove from oven. Immediately cut again following slash marks and carefully run the blade around the edge of the crust to loosen the shortbread.

Let shortbread cool. Cut again along slash marks and the crust, then remove wedges to eat. Shortbread keeps in sealed container for several days.

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Bready or Not: Jumbo XXL Lemon-Blueberry Muffins

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, lemon, muffin | 0 comments

You could made normal, piddly muffins. Or you can make ENORMOUS HONKIN’ MUFFINS like the kind you get in bakeries. These Jumbo XXL Lemon-Blueberry Muffins taste pretty darn good and will fill your belly, too.

Bready or Not: Jumbo XXL Lemon-Blueberry Muffins

These muffins pans are surprisingly cheap. Amazon has a couple different kinds. Search for “jumbo muffin pan” or “Texas muffin pan.” (Because everything is bigger in Texas).

Bready or Not: Jumbo XXL Lemon-Blueberry Muffins

Confession: one reason I like these muffins is because they are pretty. I add a couple blueberries on top to make sure they don’t all sink, and I add some turbinado sugar to make them glisten.

Bready or Not: Jumbo XXL Lemon-Blueberry Muffins

Then there’s the size. Look at the pictures here and you’ll see that silver cup for size contrast. That’s 1 cup. Yeah.

Bready or Not: Jumbo XXL Lemon-Blueberry Muffins

If that’s too much muffin for you to eat, you can easily cut one in half. Or you can do what I do and freeze most of the batch. Wrap’em up in a few layers of plastic wrap and they’ll keep well in the freezer for a few weeks.

Bready or Not: Jumbo XXL Lemon-Blueberry Muffins

That’s a perfect way to make these cakey lemon-blueberry bombs last a little longer!

Modified from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Shared another version of this recipe in 2013 on my LiveJournal.

Bready or Not: Jumbo XXL Lemon-Blueberry Muffins

Bready or Not: Jumbo XXL Lemon-Blueberry Muffins

Use a jumbo muffin pan to make delicious and ginormous lemon-blueberry muffins, just like the kind you get in bakeries! These muffins are best eaten within a day or two, but they can also be frozen to enjoy later. Eat at room temperature or warmed.

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk (almond milk and half & half work well)
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces fresh blueberries, washed and patted dry
  • sparkling or turbinado sugar for the top, optional

Preheat oven at 425-degrees. Use nonstick spray or butter on the muffin pan.

In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, lemon zest, and cinnamon. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar. Mix in the milk, oil, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Mixture will be pale and yellow.

Gradually stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, making sure to scrape the bowl, but don't overmix. The batter will be thick and somewhat lumpy.

Carefully fold in the blueberries, reserving some to place on top of the muffins.

Pour the batter into the greased muffin tins, filling just about to the top. Add the reserved blueberries and some turbinado or sparkling sugar, if desired.

Bake at 425-degrees for 5 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 375. Continue to bake for about 25 minutes. The tops should be lightly golden, and the muffins should pass the toothpick test. Allow them to cool for 10 minutes in pan, then remove to begin eating or to allow them to cool completely on a rack. (If you leave the muffins in the pan too long, they will steam and get soggy.)

Muffins are best eaten within a day or two, but they can also be frozen for later enjoyment. Eat at room temperature or zap in the microwave to warm up.

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Bready or Not: Maple Raisin Bars

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, breakfast, cookies, maple | 0 comments

If you like chewy maple goodness, then these Maple Raisin Bars are for you!

Bready or Not: Maple Raisin Bars

So you ever look at a recipe and think, “Hey, that looks good, but I want to change half the ingredients around?” That’s how this recipe came about. I look at another recipe and decided to give it an overhaul. Golden raisins instead of apricots. Honey instead of molasses. And so on.

Bready or Not: Maple Raisin Bars

The result? Chewy, cakey bars with delightful gems of golden raisins sprinkled throughout. The turbinado sugar on top adds a special sparkle.

Bready or Not: Maple Raisin Bars

They taste kind of like gingerbread just, well, without any ginger. That’s the closest comparison I can make.

Bready or Not: Maple Raisin Bars

Even better, these keep well for days at room temperature, and they can also be frozen for later enjoyment.

Bready or Not: Maple Raisin Bars

Yep, these will be greatly enjoyed. Now or later.

Bready or Not: Maple Raisin Bars

Bready or Not: Maple Raisin Bars

A Bready or Not Original! These Maple Raisin Bars are like chewy gingerbread bars, minus the ginger. The nommable crumb is made extra-chewy by the golden raisins spread throughout. Store them at room temperature, or freeze for later!

  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 3/4 cup maple sugar
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil or canola oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup milk (almond milk is fine)
  • 3 teaspoons turbinado sugar

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

In a large bowl, combine the flours, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Stir in the raisins. Set bowl aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together maple sugar, oil, honey, and milk. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry until fully combined. Scrape the dough into the prepared pan, making sure the raisins are well distributed. Sprinkle turbinado sugar all over the top.

Bake for 24 to 28 minutes, until the dough has puffed and it passes the toothpick test in the middle.

Let it cool completely. Lift out of pan with the foil and cut into squares. Store in a sealed container with waxed paper or parchment paper between the layers. Will keep well at room temperature for days, or can be frozen for weeks.

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Bready or Not: Yeasted Waffles

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, main dish, yeast bread | 0 comments

If you’re in need of a quick-fix breakfast, whip up a batch of these yeasted waffles! Chill the batter for at least 4 hours and you can start using it; the batter can stay in the fridge up to 3 days.

Bready or Not: Yeasted Waffles

I was really impressed with how this batter kept, too. I noticed no difference in the taste for day to day, and I kept it chilled for the 3 day max stated in the original Eating Well recipe.

Bready or Not: Yeasted Waffles

That said, these do taste different than normal waffles. There’s yeast in there! I found them to have a slightly sourdough flavor, which was not off-putting in the slightest.

Like any homemade waffles, the cooked waffles also keep very well frozen between layers of waxed paper. You stick the frozen waffles straight into the toaster like you would the store-bought version.

Bready or Not: Yeasted Waffles

No matter how quickly these waffles are cooked up, they make for a convenient and delicious breakfast!

Modified from the original from the March/April 2016 Eating Well Magazine.

Bready or Not: Yeasted Waffles

Bready or Not: Yeasted Waffles

This waffle batter needs at least 4 hours to chill and can stay in the fridge for up to 3 days. This makes for a super-fast breakfast (or breakfast-for-supper) for days in a row! The yeast lends these waffles a taste similar to sourdough. Recipe makes about 10 waffles using scant half cups of batter.

  • 2 3/4 cups almond milk or other milk
  • 6 Tablespoons butter cut into pieces
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour, or mix
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 packet active yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

In a small saucepan, heat milk and butter over medium until the butter is melted. Set aside to let cool until it's just warm, about 15 minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, yeast, and salt. Add in the milk mixture followed by the eggs and vanilla extract. Stir together until just combined.

Refrigerate the batter for at least 4 hours, or up to 3 days.

Preheat waffle iron. Gently stir the batter to reconstitute. Use about scant 1/2 cup of batter for each waffle; the waffles will expand as they cook, and the iron might overflow on the first attempts you get a feel for the right amount to pour in.

Return any unused batter to the fridge for later enjoyment. Cooked waffles can also be frozen.

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Bready or Not: Maple Cranberry Pecan Granola

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, gluten-free, healthier | Comments Off

Let’s start off 2017 with something delicious and healthy: Maple Cranberry Pecan Granola.

Bready or Not: Maple Cranberry Pecan Granola

It’s super easy to make granola at home, and wow, is it cheaper than buying the stuff at the store. If you have a nearby store that sells oats in bins, that’s the way to go–my Sprouts often puts their oats on sale, too.

Bready or Not: Maple Cranberry Pecan Granola

It’s easy to customize this to your preferences. Switch out the pecans for walnuts. Use raisins or dried blueberries for the cranberries. Whatever. Make it your own.

If you need gluten-free food, that’s easy, too–just use gluten-free oats! Ta-da.

Bready or Not: Maple Cranberry Pecan Granola

Eat this granola by itself, or with milk or almond milk as cereal, or as a topping for yogurt or ice cream. Heck, you could even use it in cookie or granola bar recipes.

However you eat it, know that it’s delicious–and good for you, too!

Bready or Not: Maple Cranberry Pecan Granola

Bready or Not: Maple Cranberry Pecan Granola

Bready or Not: Maple Cranberry Pecan Granola

A Bready or Not Original! This healthy granola is great by the handful, mixed into milk as cereal, or as a topping for yogurt or ice cream. Use gluten-free oats to make this gluten-free. Double or quadruple this recipe to jar it for gifts.

  • 2 cups rolled (old-fashioned) oats
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 Tb avocado or olive oil
  • sprinkle of salt
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven at 325-degrees. Line a large, rimmed cookie sheet with foil and apply nonstick spray.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together all of the ingredients EXCEPT the cranberries. Spread the mixture on the cookie sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes, gently stir the granola, and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes, until it's crisp and golden. Let set out on stove top to cool; it will continue to crisp up.

Once it is room temperature, gently stir in the cranberries. Store in a sealed container up to 1 month.

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Bready or Not: Coffee Marshmallows

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, gluten-free, no-bake dessert | Comments Off

Let’s end the year on an obnoxiously sweet note with homemade Coffee Marshmallows. If you want to send someone a late gift or sabotage a New Year’s resolution, here you go.

Bready or Not: Coffee Marshmallows

This recipe involves lots of beating. No, not with a stick. You’ll want a good stand mixer, or be ready for your hand to vibrate to numbness if you use a hand mixer. I don’t recommend doing this with a whisk in hand. Your hand might fall off.

Bready or Not: Coffee Marshmallows

Not recommended, unless your last name is Skywalker and you have access to cool prostheses.

Bready or Not: Coffee Marshmallows

Once I started the recipe, I had the bulk of it done in about an hour. My stove is reeeeaaally slow to heat up. I did the mixing in my valiant Kitchen Aid.

Bready or Not: Coffee Marshmallows

The results were fantastic: soft yet dense blocks of sugary goodness, coated in more sugary goodness.

Bready or Not: Coffee Marshmallows

This makes a 9×13 pan. That’s a lot of mallows. They’re supposed to stay fresh up to a week if they are well-sealed. Bag these things up! Eat them by themselves, or plunked in coffee or hot chocolate.

Originally posted at the Holy Taco Church.

Bready or Not: Coffee Marshmallows

Bready or Not: Coffee Marshmallows

This recipe makes a big batch of Coffee Marshmallows! Eat them straight or plonked in hot chocolate or coffee. They make for a lovely homemade gift.

  • Powder coating
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon Dutch-processed cocoa powder, sifted
  • Marshmallows
  • 3/4 cup warm water, divided
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso granules
  • 3 envelopes of Knox gelatin
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Later mixing stage additions
  • 2 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa powder, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Pam or oil for pan

Whisk together 1/2 cup warm water and the instant espresso. Let this cool in the fridge for a bit.

In a medium bowl, sift together the powdered sugar, corn starch and cocoa powder.

Grease a large casserole dish (like 9x13 or 10x8) with Pam or vegetable oil. Sift a small bit of the powdered sugar/cocoa mix over the bottom of the pan.

Pour the cooled coffee into the large bowl you will use for the mixing phase. Sprinkle the gelatin onto the coffee and let it sit for at least 10 minutes. Have a whisk attachment ready on your mixer.

In a medium sauce pan with an attached candy thermometer, combine the granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt and remaining 1/4 cup of water. Start heating this on medium until the sugar is dissolved and then crank it to high heat. Bring the mixture to a hard boil and cook for 1 minute, until the candy thermometer reaches 240 degrees. The color will start to change.

With the mixer on low, VERY CAREFULLY pour the boiling liquid into the gelatin/coffee mix. Once it's all in there, turn it to high and beat for 10-15 minutes, until it has doubled in volume and holds stiff peaks. Note that the color will change dramatically in stages.

Add in the remaining cocoa powder and vanilla extract and beat for another minute or so, until they are mixed in.

Pour the very sticky goop into the ready casserole dish. Use a well-greased spatula to even it out. Add a few tablespoons of the cocoa/sugar mix and use your fingers to dust that over the top. Cover the dish with foil or plastic wrap and let it firm up. Give it at least four hours, or overnight.

Run a knife along the edges of the pan to loosen the marshmallows. You can try inverting the whole block onto a large cutting board, or use a knife or pizza cutter to do basic rectangles and then remove portions at a time. Cut the marshmallows into 1-inch cubes and toss them in the cocoa/sugar mix.

Store the coffee marshmallows in an airtight container for up to one week. Enjoy them straight-up, or in coffee or hot cocoa.

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