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Bready or Not: Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Blog, Bready or Not, bundt, cake, chocolate, pumpkin | Comments Off

Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Cake created something of a sensation at my husband’s work. Imagine profanity-laden joyful proclamations about this being the best cake ever.

Bready or Not: Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

The thing that surprised me most about their feedback was that they didn’t even realize there was pumpkin in the cake. It was all about the chocolate and the sheer moistness of the cake itself.

Bready or Not: Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

Well, the secret to that tender crumb: canned pumpkin puree. Ta-da!

Bready or Not: Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

The chocolate IS the star here. I mean, there’s a reason the name starts with “triple chocolate.” You have cocoa and chocolate chips in the cake, and a chocolate glaze that is also topped with chocolate chips.

Bready or Not: Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

Does that mean this should really be called a “quadruple chocolate pumpkin cake?” Dang it. I’m a writer. Don’t expect me to do math.

Bready or Not: Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

Modified from A Dash of Sanity.

Bready or Not: Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

Bready or Not: Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

This bundt cake is loaded with chocolate and has an especially moist, tender crumb thanks to the inclusion of pumpkin puree. Some people don’t even realize the pumpkin is in there!

  • To Coat Pan
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa, sifted
  • Cake
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cocoa, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup milk (almondmilk works)
  • 15 ounce can pumpkin puree (NOT organic)
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • Glaze
  • 3 tablespoons butter, diced
  • 3/4 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons mini chocolate chips, for topping

Prepare the bundt pan. In the microwave, melt the tablespoon of butter. Stir in the tablespoon of sifted cocoa to make a paste. Use a pastry brush to completely coat the inside of the pan. Set aside.

Preheat oven at 325-degrees. In a large bowl, mix together sugar, oil, vanilla extract, and eggs.

In a separate bowl combine flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, sifted cocoa, and cinnamon. Gradually add the flour mix to the sugar mix.

Mix in the milk and pumpkin puree. Once everything is just combined, stir in the chocolate chips. Pour thick batter into the ready bundt pan.

Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until it passes the toothpick test.

Set pan on rack for about ten minutes and remove pan by upending the cake onto the rack. Let it completely cool.

Once the cake is cool, make the glaze. In a small microwave-safe bowl, place the butter, chocolate chips, and corn syrup. Heat for 30 seconds or so and stir thoroughly, then briefly heat again if needed to finish melting.

Use a spoon to drizzle the glaze onto the cake, spreading it around as needed. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips on top to finish it off. Set in fridge to set for several hours or overnight--chocolate cakes are better after a day (if you can restrain yourself that long)!

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Bready or Not Guest Pat Esden with Old Fashioned Blueberry Cake

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, cake, guest recipe, others books | Comments Off

I’m happy to welcome Pat Esden to Bready or Not again. You might recall she visited last year to share a recipe for Popovers as she celebrated the release of her first book, A Hold On Me. Today she shares a quintessential Maine recipe for Blueberry Cake! Her second book, Beyond Your Touch, is a new adult paranormal romance that came out August 30th. We’ll start things off with an interview to learn about her Dark Heart series.

BeyondYourTouch

You sent a lovely blueberry recipe. YUM. Can you explain how this ties into your books’ world?

Both A HOLD ON ME (Dark Heart book #1) and BEYOND YOUR TOUCH (Dark Heart book #2) are for the most part set on the Maine seacoast, a prime area for both commercial and wild blueberries. The main character, Annie Freemont, and her family often have blueberry muffins for breakfast. The cake recipe I’m going to share is something they’d have at teatime for sure.

Also Annie’s love interest, Chase, is a blueberry fanatic. He was born in Maine, but was kidnapped as a child and raised in the djinn realm until he escaped in his late teens. During his years of captivity, Chase often went hungry. As a result, having edible berries growing right outside his cottage is not only a tasty treat for him, it’s also emotionally comforting. In reality, he’s a bit of a blueberry glutton.

You do a great job of capturing the new adult voices in A Hold on Me and Beyond Your Touch. Do you have advice for other writers who are working on voice in new adult fiction?

New adult is a category of fiction where the main character and point of view are a person or persons between the age of nineteen and twenty-six. It’s not a novel written through the eyes and sensibilities of someone looking back on that stage of their life. It’s that sensibility that is most vital to remember when you’re writing new adult. The motivations and choices of people in that age range will vary, but they are not the same as a younger teenager who has less life experience in general or an older person who has more experience. It’s important for a writer to put themselves in the mindset of being that age and to look at each choice and reaction the character(s) make to be sure they are appropriate for a new adult.

What has been your greatest challenge in working on your Dark Heart series?

The Dark Heart series consists of three novels. The biggest challenge for me has been swapping between books during the various editing and marketing stages. For example: in the middle of drafting book 3, I received notes from my editor on book 2. I had to put book 3 aside for a month to do edits on book 2. Once book 2 was turned in, I went back to book 3. But I had to swap again and focus on book 1 when it was released. LOL. It’s crazy making!

Thanks again!

Thank you as well. I love visiting.


 

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Old Fashion Blueberry Cake

Ingredients:
2 eggs separated
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1-1/2 cups fresh blueberries

Beat 2 egg whites until stiff, and set aside.
Cream together shortening, vanilla, sugar, and two egg yolks.
Sift flour and baking powder together. Add to cream mixture alternating with milk.
Fold in egg whites and blue berries.

Pour into 9” pan (greased and floured) and sprinkle top lightly with sugar.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

This is a traditional New England dense desert or breakfast cake. Just a touch lighter than pound cake. No frosting needed.


 

BEYOND YOUR TOUCH (book #2 Dark Heart series) was released August 30th

She wants more than he can promise.
His desires could lead to betrayal.
But without each other, neither can survive the dangers ahead.

Annie Freemont knows this isn’t the right time to get involved with a man like Chase. After years of distrust, she’s finally drawing close to her estranged family, and he’s an employee on their estate in Maine. Though she never intended to stay on the estate for long, her father’s illness and the mysteries surrounding her family made leaving impossible. And now with the newfound hope of rescuing her long-missing mother, Annie’s determined to be involved with the family’s plans one way or another.

If only she could keep her mind off Chase and focus on the impending rescue. But there’s something about the enigmatic Chase that she can’t resist. And she’s not the only woman. Annie fears a seductive stranger who is key to safely freeing her mother is also obsessed with him. As plans transform into action and time for a treacherous journey into a strange world draws near, every move Annie makes will test the one bond she’s trusted with her secrets, her desires—and her heart.

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PAT ESDEN is an antique-dealing florist by trade. She’s also a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and the League of Vermont Writers. Her short stories have appeared in a number of publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, the Mythopoeic Society’s Mythic Circle literary magazine, and George H. Scither’s anthology Cat Tales.

Her new adult paranormal novels, A HOLD ON ME (book #1 in the Dark Heart series) and BEYOND YOUR TOUCH (book #2 Dark Heart series) are available from Kensington book. REACH FOR YOU (book #3 Dark Heart series) will be released in 2017.

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Bready or Not: Cardamom Coffee Pound Cake

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, cake, quick bread | 2 comments

Eat your morning coffee in this luscious Cardamom Coffee Pound Cake!

Bready or Not: Cardamom Coffee Pound Cake

Weird fact: I actually considered skipping the glaze on this because I figured it would be a delicious cake on its own. What was I thinking? The glaze makes this cake.

Bready or Not: Cardamom Coffee Pound Cake

My husband’s workplace lives on coffee. He brought this loaf cake and it was consumed almost instantly. Apparently, the loaf was practically divine when paired with a hot cup of coffee.

Bready or Not: Cardamom Coffee Pound Cake

This recipe has coffee going on all over the place, too. Espresso powder is in the cake batter. Brewed coffee is infused in the baked cake, and is also the primary liquid in the glaze. Plus, it uses one of my favorite spices: cardamom. Which happens to be perfect along with coffee.

Bready or Not: Cardamom Coffee Pound Cake

Modified from Relish Magazine.

Bready or Not: Cardamom Coffee Pound Cake

Bready or Not: Cardamom Coffee Pound Cake

Coffee and cardamom embody this loaf cake with spicy magic. This isn’t merely a “coffee cake,” as in a cake to eat with coffee–it has coffee laced into every layer. Start your morning off with a caffeine-sugar wallop! Modified from Relish Magazine.

  • For the cake:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 cup plain/vanilla low fat yogurt, Greek yogurt, or sour cream
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder dissolved in 1 teaspoon water
  • 1/3 cup mild olive oil or vegetable oil
  • For coffee infusion:
  • 1/4 cup brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • For icing:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons brewed coffee
  • pinch of cardamom

Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Cut a piece of parchment paper to act as a sling across the wide part of a 8 1/2 by 4 1/4-inch loaf pan. Grease the pan well, press in the parchment paper inside so it sticks up on either end, and grease the paper as well.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and 1 teaspoon cardamom. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine yogurt/sour cream, 1 cup sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, hydrated espresso powder, and oil; whisk well.

Gradually stir in flour mixture.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 50 to 55 minutes, until it passes the toothpick test in the middle of the loaf. Let it cool in pan for 10 minutes then lift out by the parchment and place on a wire rack over a sheet pan. You can reuse the parchment by placing it beneath the rack to make the next clean up stage easier, too.

While the loaf is still warm, use a chopstick or skewer to poke deep holes all over the top and sides. Use a saucepan to heat up the 1/4 cup brewed coffee and 1/4 cup sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Slowly spoon the coffee mix over the cake, giving the liquid time to soak in; use it all, with the excess dripping into the pan below.

When the loaf cake is completely cool, make the icing. Combine sifted powdered sugar, remaining 2 tablespoons brewed coffee, and pinch of cardamom. Stir until smooth. Add more sugar or a touch of coffee (or milk or water, in a pinch) if needed for consistency. Drizzle glaze over cake.

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Bready or Not: Cinnamon Coffee Cake with Maple Glaze

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, bundt, cake, maple | Comments Off

CAKE + PIE MONTH continues with another dose of maple–this time in the glaze atop this tender cinnamon-filled bundt cake!

Bready or Not: Cinnamon Coffee Cake with Maple Glaze

If you don’t have maple flavor around, worry not. This cake will be just fine if you use vanilla extract instead. You could always add more cinnamon into the glaze, too, just for a spicy boost.

Bready or Not: Cinnamon Coffee Cake with Maple Glaze

I love using sour cream in cake batter like this. It creates such a tender, moist texture. You can always substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream, too.

Bready or Not: Cinnamon Coffee Cake with Maple Glaze

I spied the original version of this recipe in the Arizona Republic one morning. I knew I had to make it… but I also knew it needed some modifications. How could it be called a cinnamon coffee cake if it only had one teaspoon of cinnamon? Nope, nope. And of course, I had to give it a maple glaze.

Bready or Not: Cinnamon Coffee Cake with Maple Glaze

If you’re getting burned out on maple (*cough*blasphemy*cough*), worry not. Next week, I finish off Cake + Pie Month with Cardamom Coffee Pound Cake! Unlike this week’s recipe, the pound cake actually includes coffee in the batter and in the glaze.

But, you know, I think this week’s recipe has a mighty fine glaze as it is.

Bready or Not: Cinnamon Coffee Cake with Maple Glaze

Modified from Sour Cream Cinnamon Coffee Cake in the Arizona Republic, March 16, 2016.

Bready or Not: Cinnamon Coffee Cake with Maple Glaze

Bready or Not: Cinnamon Coffee Cake with Maple Glaze

Use a bundt cake pan to bake up an easy and delicious coffee cake! The cinnamon flavor sings through the tender cake and perfectly complements the maple-infused glaze. Modified from Sour Cream Cinnamon Coffee Cake in The Arizona Republic, March 16, 2016.

  • For the cake:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • For the glaze:
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 Tablespoon milk or half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple flavor (or substitute vanilla)

Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Use nonstick spray with flour to thoroughly coat a 9 or 10-inch bundt pan, or use extra butter and a liberal dusting of flour. Discard any excess flour.

In a large bowl, beat together the 1 cup butter and the sugar until they are light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time followed by the vanilla and sour cream.

In a smaller bowl, combine the dry ingredients: the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Slowly combine the two bowls; don't overmix. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and spread so the top is even.

Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick deeply inserted into the cake comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes on wire rack, then flip the cake out of the pan to completely cool on the rack.

When the cake is completely cool, make the glaze. In a small bowl, stir together the powdered sugar, milk, and maple flavor (or vanilla extract). Add more milk, if needed, for desired textured. Set cake on a serving plate and dribble glaze all over top of cake.

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Bready or Not: Limed-Up Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, bundt, cake | Comments Off

For our second installment of CAKE/PIE MONTH, I present a tender, moist pound cake that’s embodied with a fresh lime flavor!

Bready or Not: Limed-Up Cream Cheese Pound Cake

To glaze this cake, I tested out a technique I saw on the Great British Baking Show. It worked like a charm, and it’s something I’ll do with all of my poke cakes in a bundt pan from here onward.

If you haven’t seen the Great British Baking Show (known in the UK by its original moniker of Great British Bake Off), GO SEE IT. It’s on Netflix, YouTube, and the PBS website. This is the show that helped me to survive my edits for Breath of Earth and to write Call of Fire in one month. Not only is it about creating lovely baked goods, it’s about achieving technical, chemical perfection in a reality show environment that is completely positive. No back-stabbing, no contrived drama.

Bready or Not: Limed-Up Cream Cheese Pound Cake

The bakers work under an extraordinary time crunch. In one episode, a baker needed to glaze a bundt cake very quickly. They poked the cake all over and put it back in the pan to pour the glaze. This way, most of the glaze went INSIDE the cake, as intended for a poke cake, and did not puddle the plate.

I watched. Mind. Blown.

Bready or Not: Limed-Up Cream Cheese Pound Cake

The technique totally works. My bundt cake was perfectly moist all the way through because the glaze had a chance to soak in from all angles.

This bundt cake has such a lovely flavor to go along with the moist texture, too. This is the kind of cake that is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert, and is great with fruit, ice cream, or a simple cup of coffee.

Bready or Not: Limed-Up Cream Cheese Pound Cake

It would be great to eat while watching the Great British Baking Show.

Modified from Relish Magazine.

Bready or Not: Limed-Up Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Bready or Not: Limed-Up Cream Cheese Pound Cake

This lime-fresh cream cheese pound cake is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert! If you use a special technique learned from the Great British Baking Show, the glaze will penetrate the cake and make it especially tender all the way through. Modified from Relish Magazine.

  • Cake:
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 limes, zested and juiced
  • Glaze:
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar, optional for garnish

Preheat oven to 325F. Thoroughly grease and flour a 12-cup bundt pan.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy.

Beat in eggs alternately with flour, mixing well after each addition. Add salt, vanilla extract, almond extract, and the zest and juice of both limes. Mix until combined, taking care not to overbeat. That could dry out the cake.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 1 1/2 hours, or until a tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool 10 minutes and then plop it onto a rack to cool some more. Don't wash the pan yet!

While the cake is still warm, use skewers or chopsticks to poke holes all over the top.

Mix the glaze ingredients (sugar, butter, lime juice) in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil for about one minute, then remove from heat.

Set the cake back inside the pan; poke more holes in the base of the cake. Slowly pour or ladle glaze over the holes. Let that soak in. Use over half the glaze, then carefully tip the cake onto a cake plate. Slowly drizzle the rest of the glaze into the holes.

Let the cake cool completely. Add dusting of powdered sugar before serving

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Bready or Not: Maple Sour Cream Bundt Cake

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in Blog, Bready or Not, bundt, cake, maple | Comments Off

IT IS BOOK RELEASE MONTH. IT IS CAKE AND PIE MONTH. Oddly enough, the emphasis will be on maple. Gee, you might think I like the stuff.

Bready or Not: Maple Sour Cream Bundt Cake

I am starting out with what might be the best bundt cake recipe I have ever made. Yes, it even rivals the infamous Tunnel of Fudge Cake.

This recipe is extremely close in flavor and texture to the holy-moley-amazing Maple Walnut Cake, minus the walnuts. The Maple Walnut Cake is stunning to eat but it’s also very time-consuming to make because it’s a layer cake.

Bready or Not: Maple Sour Cream Bundt Cake

This bundt cake is EASY. It whips together in no time.

The cake itself is like a moist pound cake–soft, tender, and sweet with maple.

Bready or Not: Maple Sour Cream Bundt Cake

I opted for a glaze rather than a frosting. Tweak the liquids to make that as thick as you want, but really, the cake is sweet on its own so you don’t need a big layer here.

Maple Sour Cream Bundt Cake

Some of these pictures look almost pornographic, don’t they?

Bready or Not: Maple Sour Cream Bundt Cake

Yes, the glaze is as good as it looks. You can’t go wrong with powdered sugar, cinnamon, butter, and maple flavor. Well. I guess you can go wrong if you’re diabetic.

Bready or Not: Maple Sour Cream Bundt Cake

CONSUME AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Modified from Overtime Cook.

Bready or Not: Maple Sour Cream Bundt Cake

Bready or Not: Maple Sour Cream Bundt Cake

This luscious, amazing cake has the texture of a tender pound cake with an added oomph from a thin maple glaze. This cake will blow your mind and your waistline!

  • Cake
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 5 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavor (optional but recommended)
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup (NOT flavored pancake syrup)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Glaze
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tb butter, melted
  • 3/4 tsp maple flavoring (or vanilla, if that's all you have)
  • 1+ Tb water

Preheat oven to 325-degrees. Spray a bundt pan with nonstick spray with added flour, or grease well and sift flour over the surface.

In large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Pour in the vanilla extract, maple flavor, and maple syrup.

In a small bowl, sift together the baking powder and flour. Add some of the flour mix to the big bowl, followed by sour cream, going back and forth until all of the cake ingredients are mixed together.

Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan. Bake for 1 hour, or until it passes the toothpick test. Let it cool for about ten minutes in the pan and then carefully plop the cake onto a wire rack to completely cool down. Once it is room temperature, it's time to glaze.

Mix together all of the glaze ingredients together EXCEPT the water. Dribble in the water. Stir well. Add more water if needed to achieve desired consistency.

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