breakfast

Bready or Not Original: Apple Butter Bars

Posted by on May 30, 2018 in apples, Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, breakfast | 0 comments

Last month I shared a recipe for Apple Butter Oatmeal Bars. This time around, I’m sharing easy and straightforward Apple Butter Bars.

Bready or Not Original: Apple Butter Bars

This is a totally original recipe out of necessity. I tried another recipe, and ended up with a crumbly mess. Therefore, I decided to adapt my Lemon Cheesecake Bar recipe.

Bready or Not Original: Apple Butter Bars

That attempt turned out perfect. It’s fast to make, as you don’t have to bake in stages, and the end result was cohesive.

Bready or Not Original: Apple Butter Bars

Do note that these are best chilled. They will get softer if kept at room temperature for a while.

Bready or Not Original: Apple Butter Bars

The taste is phenomenal. The crumb layers taste like vanilla shortbread, with a sporadic crunch from nuts. The thin layer of apple butter adds just the right about of spice and flavor.

Bready or Not Original: Apple Butter Bars

This would be great with other fruit butters, too!

Bready or Not Original: Apple Butter Bars

Bready or Not Original: Apple Butter Bars

This easy recipe will produce a large dish of delicious Apple Butter Bars. The crumb topping tastes like vanilla shortbread, while the thin apple butter layer adds just the right amount of spice and sweetness.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped finely
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks (12 Tb) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups apple butter or other fruit butter

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

In a large bowl, blend together flour, walnuts, confectioners' sugar, butter, and vanilla, until it is crumbly. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of crumbs; press the rest into the ready pan.

Bake for 18-20 minutes, until the edges are turning golden brown and crust is set.

Pour apple butter over crust and smooth to edges. Crumble reserved flour mixture all over the top. Return the pan to the oven and bake for another 20 to 25 minutes.

Cool to room temperature then chill in fridge. Use foil to lift out bars to slice. Store in sealed container in the fridge for maximum flavor and cohesiveness.

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Bready or Not: Maple Pound Cake

Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, bundt, cake, maple | 0 comments

This bundt cake tastes just like a fluffy pancake with maple syrup. I am dead serious.

Bready or Not: Maple Pound Cake

On this date, my 18th anniversary, I celebrate by sharing this amazing not-a-pancake-but-tastes-like-pancake cake. It’ll blow your mind.

Bready or Not: Maple Pound Cake

The original recipe was from King Arthur Flour, but I turned it into a poke cake because I didn’t want all the glaze on the outside. I wanted to infuse it. I wanted the dough to marinate in glorious maple.

Bready or Not: Maple Pound Cake

If you love maple, this is your new favorite pound cake.

Bready or Not: Maple Pound Cake

This would be great for breakfast if you need to feed a crowd. Bake this up the day before, and slice this up in the morning. No fussing over individual pancakes! Just eat more cake!

Bready or Not: Maple Pound Cake

Plus, no worries about leftovers. Bundt cakes like this are awesome because you can cut them into slices, freeze them up waxed paper, then transfer them to a freezer bag or container. Thaw them to eat, or zap them in the microwave straight from the freezer.

Bready or Not: Maple Pound Cake

In case it didn’t come across, you should know that this cake is awesome. You should make it.

Modified from King Arthur Flour.

Bready or Not: Maple Pound Cake

Bready or Not: Maple Pound Cake

This easy-to-make bundt cake tastes just like pancakes slathered in maple syrup! It’s perfect for breakfast or dessert. Bake it the day before, and conveniently feed a crowd for breakfast.

  • Cake
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup real maple syrup
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple flavor
  • Glaze
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup water

Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Grease a 9-or-10-cup bundt pan.

In a medium bowl, sift together the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a big mixing bowl, beat together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, scraping sides of bowl in between. Pour in the maple syrup.

Mix in half the flour mixture. Then stir in the sour cream, vanilla, and maple flavor. Add the rest of the flour mix, until everything is just combined.

Pour into the prepared pan. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean. Let cool on rack for 10 minutes, then invert the cake onto the rack. Don't wash the pan! Set it aside for now.

After an hour and a half--or longer--begin making the glaze. In a medium saucepan, combine all three glaze ingredients. Bring it a rapid boil, then reduce to a simmer for 5 to 8 minutes, until it thickens to a syrupy consistency. Remove pan from heat.

Carefully invert the cooled cake into the pan again. Use a chopstick or skewer to stab all over the cake. Slowly spoon or pour about half the glaze into the holes and edges. Let it rest a few minutes. Invert the cake again onto the cake pan base or a storage plate. Again, stab the top of the cake to create holes, then spoon the rest of the glaze on. Can also use a basting brush to cover the exterior of the cake and sweep up any drippings.

Store cake covered at room temperature. Slices can also be frozen.

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Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies [Redux]

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, cookies, gluten-free, healthier | 0 comments

Cookies for breakfast. Healthy cookies. No refined sugars. Vegan. Also gluten-free, if you use GF oats.

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies

Even better: they taste delicious.

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies

This is one of my favorite breakfast recipes, one I’ve made at least once a month for the past five years. In fact, I posted it on Bready or Not back in 2014. Delicious as the cookies are, I couldn’t finagle the lighting then to do the recipe justice. Now, thanks to my Shotbox, I can.

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies

I customize these cookies based on my mood and what I have on hand. I’ve used macadamia nut butter, cashew butter, and almond butter–and combinations thereof. I’ve used apple butter, pumpkin butter, and date butter–and in a pinch, I’ve used applesauce and doubled the cinnamon.

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies

For the dried fruit, I often use a mix of golden raisins and dried cranberries, but I’ve thrown in dried blueberries, too. If you don’t have pepitas, use sunflower kernels or other chopped nuts.

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies

I usually whip up a batch and freeze 2/3 of it right away. The cookies keep perfectly fine in a room temperature sealed container for over a week. Two or three cookies make for a great breakfast prior to exercising!

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies

Did I mention they are also delicious?

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies [Redux]

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies

These delicious breakfast cookies can be customized in a myriad of ways. Use any kind or combination of nut butters, dried fruit, or seeds and nuts. All kinds of fruit butters work here, or use a single-serving cup of applesauce and double the cinnamon. The cookies keep perfectly fine in a room temperature sealed container for over a week, and can also be frozen for over a month. Makes about 28 tablespoon-sized cookies.

  • 2 cups quick oats (not whole or old-fashioned oats)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup nut butter
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or honey
  • 3/4 cup fruit butter (apple butter, date butter, etc)
  • 1 cup dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, etc)
  • 1/2 cup pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds) or other seeds or nuts
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ

Preheat oven to 325-degrees. Prepare cookie sheets with parchment or silicone baking mats, or use seasoned stoneware.

Combine all of the ingredients into a large bowl.

Using a tablespoon or tablespoon scoop, drop dollops of dough onto cookie sheet. Note that it won't spread. Use fingers to gently tamp down top and press in stray oats on the sides; it will be a little sticky.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the cookies are just set. Cool for several minutes before transitioning them to a rack to finish cooling.

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Bready or Not: Pistachio Cardamom Biscotti

Posted by on Mar 28, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, cookies | 0 comments

Bake up these biscotti, and your house will smell absolutely glorious!

Bready or Not: Pistachio Cardamom Biscotti

That’s the power of cardamom. It’s one of my favorite spices to use in baking AND in writing (heck, see my story in Uncanny last year, “With Cardamom I’ll Bind Their Lips.”)

Bready or Not: Pistachio Cardamom Biscotti

The combination of cardamom and vanilla here creates a very fresh taste. Really, these are a delight to the senses.

Bready or Not: Pistachio Cardamom Biscotti

There are just enough pistachios included to add pretty green dapples and some extra crunch, but they didn’t make the biscotti harder to cut (the almonds in my Chocolate Almond Biscotti were a lot more annoying in that regard).

Bready or Not: Pistachio Cardamom Biscotti

Store these biscotti for a few weeks. These are also great to ship because they do keep so well.

Bready or Not: Pistachio Cardamom Biscotti

Serve them up with some hot tea or coffee, and start the day off right!

Bready or Not: Pistachio Cardamom Biscotti

 

Bready or Not: Pistachio Cardamom Biscotti

Bready or Not: Pistachio Cardamom Biscotti

These biscotti taste and smell fantastically fresh thanks to the cardamom and vanilla, while the pistachios add some extra color and crunch.

  • 4 Tablespoons (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup salted, shelled, chopped pistachios
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat oven at 350-degrees.

In a large bowl, mix together the butter and sugar until they are light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Add the pistachios, cardamom, and vanilla extract. Stir in the flour and baking powder until just combined.

Divide the dough in half on the prepared baking sheet. Form each into a log about 4 inches wide and 10 inches long; make sure there is space between the two logs, as they'll grow in the oven.

Bake for 25 minutes, until the dough is slightly golden. Remove the baking sheet from oven, but leave the oven on.

Let the biscotti cool for 10 minutes. Use a large knife, such as a bread knife, to diagonally slice the logs 1/2-inch apart. Use a straight-down motion to cut; don't saw.

Arrange the biscotti spaced out on the baking sheet. Stand them up if possible, or lay them on their sides. Bake for another 20 to 25 minutes, flipping them over halfway if necessary, to equally crisp both sides.

Cool completely on the baking sheet. Store in an airtight container as long as a few weeks.

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Bready or Not Original: Earl Grey Cheesecake Bars

Posted by on Mar 14, 2018 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, breakfast, cake, cheese galore | 0 comments

Earl Grey tea and cream cheese team up in delicious bar form in these delicious Earl Grey Cheesecake Bars.

Bready or Not Original: Earl Grey Cheesecake Bars

Last August, I featured Matcha Cheesecake Bars. I decided to modify that recipe using Earl Grey.

Bready or Not Original: Earl Grey Cheesecake Bars

The result: WOW. Earl Grey has a slight heat to it when eaten in baked goods (like, say, Earl Grey shortbread).

Bready or Not Original: Earl Grey Cheesecake Bars

Here, that contrasts wonderfully with the smooth and creamy cheesecake swirls. I’m not a big cheesecake person, but I’m in awe of how good this basic recipe is.

Bready or Not Original: Earl Grey Cheesecake Bars

This is a recipe to make cheesecake haters love cheesecake. That’s not a statement I’d make lightly.

Bready or Not Original: Earl Grey Cheesecake Bars

I’ve been told these are excellent with coffee… but if I may, I suggest indulging while enjoying some Earl Grey tea. Hot. Captain Picard-style.

Bready or Not Original: Earl Grey Cheesecake Bars

 

Bready or Not Original: Earl Grey Cheesecake Bars

Bready or Not Original: Earl Grey Cheesecake Bars

This Bready or Not original recipe uses the pleasantly warm spices of Earl Grey to season cool cream cheese. The result is a memorable, delicious recipe that just might convert cheesecake haters to the ways of cheesecake.

  • Crust
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 10 Tb unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 Tb vanilla extract
  • Cheesecake layer
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tb unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 Tb all-purpose flour
  • 2 tea bags Earl Grey (scant 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven at 325-degrees. Line an 8x8 or 9x9 pan with aluminum foil and apply nonstick spray.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In a large mixer bowl, cream together the softened butter and brown sugar for about 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add 2 eggs and the vanilla extract, followed by the combined dry ingredients.

Use an uneven spatula to smooth out HALF of the batter in the prepared pan. Place the other half in another bowl for now. Clean the bowl before the next stage, if desired.

To make the cheesecake layer, beat together the softened cream cheese, sugar, butter, flour, and the contents of two bags of Earl Grey. Mix in the egg and vanilla until it is mostly smooth.

Pour about HALF of the cream cheese mix on top of the batter in the pan and smooth it out. Dollop the remaining crust and cheesecake batters over the top, and use a butter knife to swirl them together.

Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, until it passes the toothpick test in the middle. Let cool at room temperature for an hour, then place in fridge to continue to chill and set for another hour or two.

Lift it up by the aluminum foil and place on a cutting board to slice into bars. Store in a lidded container in fridge, with waxed paper or parchment between stacked layers.

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Bready or Not: Cinnamon Apple Bundt Cake

Posted by on Feb 21, 2018 in apples, Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, bundt, cake | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Cinnamon Apple Bundt Cake

Apple cake and apple pie are the favorites of the men in my family, and this Cinnamon Apple Bundt Cake met their full approval!

I try out different apple recipes on a regular basis; my apple tag on the site attests to that.

Bready or Not: Cinnamon Apple Bundt Cake

This recipe resembles another old favorite of mine, my basic apple cake that is made in a square baking pan.

Bready or Not: Cinnamon Apple Bundt Cake

The new recipe, however, makes more cake with an overall showier presentation. I love that sprinkle of confectioners’ sugar on top!

Bready or Not: Cinnamon Apple Bundt Cake

The most difficult thing about making this cake is peeling and chopping up the apples. After that, everything comes together quite quickly.

Bready or Not: Cinnamon Apple Bundt Cake

The end result is a tender, moist cake flecked with apple chunks. It’s the perfect breakfast, snack, or dessert, and is tasty hot or cold.

Modified from Taste of Home Sunday Best 2015.

Bready or Not: Cinnamon Apple Bundt Cake

This bundt cake is tender and moist, with chunks of apples throughout. Eat it hot or cold, or freeze some slices for later!

  • 3 medium apples, peeled and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • confectioners' sugar to sift over top, optional

Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Grease and flour a bundt cake pan.

In a large bowl, stir cinnamon to coat the chopped apples. Set aside.

In another big bowl, beat together sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Combine the flour, salt and baking powder in another bowl, then slowly add it into the liquid mixture. Stir in the apples.

Pour the batter into the ready pan. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes, until it passes the toothpick test. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes, then carefully invert the cake out of the pan and onto a wire rack to completely cool.

Keep stored in fridge. If desired, before serving, sift confectioners' sugar over the top. Slices may be eaten cold or warmed up in the microwave. Cake can also be frozen in slices for later enjoyment.

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