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Bready or Not: Pumpkin Roll

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, cake, pumpkin | 0 comments

The Great British Bake Off inspired me to finally try making a cake roll of my own, and this is the result: a delicious, successful Pumpkin Roll.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Roll

No lie, these things have intimidated me for a decade. I was certain I’d try to roll it up, and it’d crack and be a total disaster.

In reality, I ended up with only a few minor cracks, and the roll maintained its shape without any issue.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Roll

But let’s talk about the taste. Cream cheese and pumpkin make for the perfect pairing. Both are mild and complement each other, and the amounts here are perfect. The filling doesn’t gush all over the place like some of the disastrous results on Bake Off.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Roll

The most time-consuming part of all of this was beating the whites to stiff peaks… which wasn’t helped by the fact that my hand mixer was dying and could barely beat at all. I like to think it met a noble end in the making of this recipe.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Roll

RIP hand mixer, a well-used wedding gift from the year 2000.

This cake is super-easy to store in the fridge because it’s small and narrow. The original recipe said it could be frozen, too, though I didn’t try that myself.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Roll

Be bold and crazy. Conquer your fear. Make a Pumpkin Roll. And salute the work of your noble hand mixer.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Roll

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Roll

This Pumpkin Roll is a fall classic, melding pumpkin and cream cheese in a compact, delicious form. Plan ahead when making this, as the rolled sponge must cool, and the whole cake should chill before being sliced. Modified from Chef in Training and Taste of Home.

  • Sponge
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs, with separated yolks and whites
  • 1 cup white sugar, divided in half
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin puree (not organic)
  • Filling
  • 8 ounces (1 box) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted, plus more
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven at 375-degrees.

Cut parchment paper to fit inside a 15x10-inch pan. Grease and flour the pan and the top of the paper.

In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks until they are thick. Slowly add 1/2 cup white sugar and the pumpkin puree. Beat until the sugar is completely blended in.

In another small bowl, use a hand mixer to beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually pour in the remaining white sugar, and continue beating until stiff peak stage. Fold the egg whites into the pumpkin mixture, then fold in the dry ingredients; be gentle and do not overmix.

Pour the sponge batter into the pan and use an uneven spatula to spread it to the edges.

Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, or until the cake springs back when touched. Lay a cotton kitchen towel out on the counter and sprinkle it all over with confectioners' sugar. After the cake has cooled for 5 minutes, turn it out onto the prepared towel. Peel away the parchment paper. Roll the cake up by the short side. Leave it rolled up and cool it completely on the towel.

To make the filling, in a small bowl beat together the cream cheese, butter, confectioners' sugar, and vanilla, until smooth.

Unroll the cake on the towel again. Spread the filling. Roll it up again.

Wrap the cake in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours. When ready to serve, cut thin slices off both ends of the cake to make for a pretty presentation. Dust confectioners' sugar all over the top.

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Bready or Not: Matcha Green Tea Bundt Cake

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, bundt, cake | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Matcha Green Tea Bundt Cake

During my book release months, I typically follow a theme of cakes and pies. This time around, we’re doing something different: baked goods featuring matcha powder, aka green tea!

Bready or Not: Matcha Green Tea Bundt Cake

My first recipe can’t help but follow the traditional cake theme, though: Matcha Bundt Cake.

Bready or Not: Matcha Green Tea Bundt Cake

The America in my books Breath of Earth and Call of Fire is heavily influenced by Japanese culture. That’s evident in architecture, nickel cinemas, the vernacular–and in baked goods, too.

Bready or Not: Matcha Green Tea Bundt Cake

Of course, in our timeline, the phenomenon of green tea in leavened sweets is a contemporary innovation.

Bready or Not: Matcha Green Tea Bundt Cake

The type of green tea you use may produce different results. I used a Rishi sweet green tea blend that includes sugar, making it ideal for lattes or baked goods.

Bready or Not: Matcha Green Tea Bundt Cake

This bundt cake naturally baked up with a lovely light green tint, but as you’ll see, in some of the forthcoming cookie recipes, the green is barely visible. If you want things to turn out VERY green, just add some food dye.

Bready or Not: Matcha Green Tea Bundt Cake

This is essentially a tender pound cake in both taste and texture, with a unique fresh flavor from the tea.

Bready or Not: Matcha Green Tea Bundt Cake

In other words, DELICIOUS.

Modified from Week of Menus.

Bready or Not: Matcha Green Tea Bundt Cake

Bready or Not: Matcha Green Tea Bundt Cake

This bundt cake with green tea has the texture and taste of a pound cake, and would be lovely for breakfast, brunch, or dessert! Note that different blends of matcha will produce different results with taste and green tint; it’s recommended to use a sweet matcha here, which has added sugar.

  • Cake
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sweet matcha powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • Topping
  • 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon sweet matcha powder, sifted

Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Grease and lightly flour a 10-or 12-inch bundt pan.

In a medium bowl, stir together the dry ingredients: flour, matcha powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the butter creamy. Gradually add sugar; continue to mix until it is light in texture and color. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition, followed by the vanilla extract.

Gradually add the dry mix and sour cream into the big bowl, going back and forth between the two, until everything is combined. Scoop batter into the ready pan.

Bake cake for 50 to 60 minutes, until it passes the toothpick test in the middle. Cool the cake for about 10 minutes, then invert it onto a rack to completely cool.

Sift the powdered sugar on top of the cake, followed by the matcha. Slice and serve. Keep covered on counter.

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Bready or Not: Blueberry Pound Cake with Lemon Glaze

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, bundt, cake, lemon | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Blueberry Pound Cake with Lemon Glaze

Blueberries are in season, so let’s get baking!

Bready or Not: Blueberry Pound Cake with Lemon Glaze

This cake is sheer perfection. This has the tender texture of a pound cake, with added sweetness from dapples of blueberries.

Bready or Not: Blueberry Pound Cake with Lemon Glaze

Oh yeah, and then there’s the glaze. When I was meddling with the base recipe, that version felt so… naked.

Bready or Not: Blueberry Pound Cake with Lemon Glaze

The lemon glaze adds a bit more sweetness, and a tartness that contrasts perfectly with the blueberries.

Bready or Not: Blueberry Pound Cake with Lemon Glaze

The glaze looks gorgeous, too!

This cake is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. Whenever the heck you want it, really.

Bready or Not: Blueberry Pound Cake with Lemon Glaze

Modified from Through Her Looking Glass.

Bready or Not: Blueberry Pound Cake with Lemon Glaze

Bready or Not: Blueberry Pound Cake with Lemon Glaze

Use your bundt pan to create a luscious blueberry-studded pound cake. The thick lemon glaze adds some lovely, delicious oomph.

  • Cake
  • 6 ounces blueberries, washed, drained, and patted dry
  • 3 cups flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Glaze
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1+ Tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract

Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Prepare a 10 or 12-cup bundt pan by applying Pam with Flour or buttering well and dusting with flour.

In a small bowl, gently stir the blueberries with 1/4 cup flour. This will keep the blueberries from sinking in the batter as it bakes. Set bowl aside.

In a medium bowl, stir the remaining flour with the baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla. Beat it until fluffy again.

Slowly mix in the dry ingredients until just blended. Follow that by gently folding in the blueberries.

Use a rubber spatula to pour the batter into the ready pan. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, until it passes the toothpick test.

Let the cake cool for about 10 minutes, then invert it onto a rack to completely cool. Once the cake is at room temperature, mix the glaze. Add enough milk to give it the desired pourable consistency. Drizzle it over cake.

Store cake in fridge.

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Bready or Not: Cardamom Bundt Cake with Coffee Glaze

Posted by on Jun 7, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, bundt, cake | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Cardamom Bundt Cake with Coffee Glaze

It’s June and hey, let’s eat cake! Cardamom Cake with Coffee Glaze. A bundt cake full of sugar and glory and cardamom-y goodness.

Bready or Not: Cardamom Cake with Coffee Glaze

I read a lot of books. I also read a lot of magazines. One of my favorite things to do is hit up a good used book store or library book sale and buy stacks of older food magazines to raid for recipes.

Bready or Not: Cardamom Cake with Coffee Glaze

That’s how I found the original recipe for this in an October 2013 issue of Country Living. I modified it, removing pistachios and tweaking here and there, and created a cake that earned the utter adoration of my husband’s co-workers.

Bready or Not: Cardamom Cake with Coffee Glaze

Coffee and cardamom is a fantastic flavor combination. You might remember the Cardamom Coffee Pound cake I posted last fall. This bundt cake is like that awesome loaf cake, and so much more.

Bready or Not: Cardamom Cake with Coffee Glaze

It’s bigger, for one, being a full-size cake. It has a kinda pound cake thing going, too. The sour cream does miraculous thing for cake texture, creating crumb that is dense, not crumbly.

Bready or Not: Cardamom Cake with Coffee Glaze

This is a cake you can eat out of hand, no saucer required. And you’ll want to lick your fingers clean, too, because the glaze includes espresso powder (one of my favorite ingredients to keep around) and sugar.

If the caffeine doesn’t boost your day, you know the sugar will!

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Bready or Not: Cardamom Bundt Cake with Coffee Glaze

Bready or Not: Cardamom Cake with Coffee Glaze

This amazing bundt cake pairs two fabulous flavors: cardamom and coffee! Eat this for breakfast or dessert. Modified from recipe in Country Living Magazine, October 2013.

  • Bundt cake
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more to grease pan
  • Fine, dried breadcrumbs to dust pan
  • cooking spray
  • 2 1/3 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Coffee glaze
  • 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tablespoon milk or half & half, plus more if needed

Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Generously butter a 10 or 12-cup Bundt pan. Dust the pan with fine bread crumbs; a toasted and pulverized half heel of bread will do. Apply cooking spray over the bread crumbs.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cardamom, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

In a large bowl, use a mixer on medium to beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time followed by the vanilla extract, beating until very pale yellow.

Reduce the mixer speed and alternate between adding the flour mix and the sour cream into the butter blend.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan, using a rubber spatula. Bake cake until a wooden toothpick inserted into the cake comes out dry with only a few moist crumbs attached, 45 to 50 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool for 30 minutes, then invert cake onto rack to completely cool. Once cool, move cake to cake plate and prepare glaze.

Whisk together sugar, espresso powder, and cocoa powder. Add milk and stir, adding more milk as needed until glaze is just thin enough to drizzle. Dribble over cake.

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Bready or Not: Hunter’s Cake

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, bundt, cake, chocolate | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Hunter’s Cake

It’s April. We’re overdue for a cake recipe, yes? How about some Hunter’s Cake?

Bready or Not: Hunter's Cake

This is a cake that’s designed for some fantasy-style questing. The crumb is tender to eat but dense, so it doesn’t crumble much.

Bready or Not: Hunter's Cake

There’s no frosting, no fussiness. Wrap up slices of this cake to go in a lunch box, a picnic basket, a backpack, or Hobbit’s leather pouch.

Bready or Not: Hunter's Cake

Use whatever kind of chocolate you want. I used milk chocolate, because that’s what I tend to keep around. Whatever kind you use, be sure to coat the chocolate chips in flour before you add them to the batter. That will prevent them from sinking.

Bready or Not: Hunter's Cake

This cake is perfect to eat right out of hand. No fork required.

Modified from Rescued Recipes by Jan D’Atri in the Arizona Republic.

Bready or Not: Hunter's Cake

Bready or Not: Hunter's Cake

This dense, pound cake-like cake is named Hunter’s Cake because it’s great to slice and pack for adventures. It doesn’t crumble much, and it’s delicious out of hand. Modified from Rescued Recipes by Jan D’Atri in the Arizona Republic.

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups flour
  • 8 ounces chocolate chips (any kind)
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped

Preheat oven at 325-degrees. Grease and flour a Bundt pan, tube pan, or angel food cake pan.

In a large bowl, beat together the shortening, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Add eggs one at a time until smooth, followed by most of the flour.

In a small bowl, stir together the chocolate chips and remaining flour; this is important, as it will keep the chips from sinking in the batter as it bakes.

Stir the floured chocolate and walnuts into the batter. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake for 55 minutes and use the toothpick test to check for doneness; bake longer if necessary. The top of the cake will be golden brown and will likely develop cracks.

Let cool in pan for about 15 minutes, then invert onto a rack to completely cool. Store covered at room temperature. Cake is great to slice and pack for adventures!

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A Bready or Not Original: Apple Snickerdoodle Bars

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in apples, Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, cake, cookies | Comments Off on A Bready or Not Original: Apple Snickerdoodle Bars

I have shared many takes on snickerdoodles and many versions of apple cake and pie. This time, I combine apple cake and snickerdoodles to make something especially awesome.

A Bready or Not Original: Apple Snickerdoodle Bars

These Apple Snickerdoodle Bars are incredibly straightforward to make. The most time-consuming thing is peeling and dicing the apples. The batter comes together fast, the apples mix right in, and you top the whole thing with a cinnamon-sugar layer.

A Bready or Not Original: Apple Snickerdoodle Bars

In under thirty minutes of baking, BOOM. You have created a masterpiece.

A Bready or Not Original: Apple Snickerdoodle Bars

Seriously, if you love apples and snickerdoodles, a piece of this will be like heaven. It is dense and tender, not crumbly at all. The topping crisps up in an amazing way.

A Bready or Not Original: Apple Snickerdoodle Bars

I store these cut-up between wax paper layers in the fridge. They also freeze well.

If you’re bonkers for these bars, freezing them might help with the matter of restraint.

A Bready or Not Original: Apple Snickerdoodle Bars

A Bready or Not Original: Apple Snickerdoodle Bars

If you love apples and snickerdoodles, one of these bars will be like heaven! This produces a full 13×9 pan of dense, tender, blissful bars. Store them in a sealed container in the fridge; bars can also be frozen.

  • Bars
  • 2 cups peeled & diced baking apples (2 medium apples)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted
  • 2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Topping
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon

Line a 13x9 pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Apply nonstick spray or butter. Preheat oven at 350-degrees.

Peel and dice the apples; stir in some flour to lightly coat to prevent browning as you prepare the batter.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, and cream of tartar. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix the melted butter and brown sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla. Slowly stir in the dry ingredients. Once that is just combined (it will be very thick), add the diced apples.

Dollop the batter into the prepared pan and spread it out evenly. In another small bowl, combine the white sugar and cinnamon. Use a spoon to cover the top of the batter with the cinnamon-sugar.

Bake for 28 to 32 minutes, until the top is set and the middle passes the toothpick test. Let cool at room temperature and then chill in the fridge. Use the parchment or foil to lift the bars out for easy cutting on a board. Store bars in a sealed container in the fridge.

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