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Bready or Not Guest Recipe from Author Wendy Nikel: The Grandmother Paradox Cherry Cupcakes

Posted by on Jul 10, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, cake, chocolate, guest recipe, healthier | 0 comments

Today I welcome Wendy Nikel! Her novella The Grandmother Paradox is out TODAY from World Weaver Press. This is the sequel to The Continuum. I’ve read both, and I can testify they are fun, fast reads that reminded me of old favorite shows like Quantum Leap and Sliders. Find out more about her new release below, and grab a recipe for some cupcakes that are loaded with cocoa and cherries!

When Dr. Wells, the head of the Place in Time Travel Agency, learns that someone’s trying to track down the ancestors of his star employee, there are few people he can turn to without revealing her secrets. But who better to jump down the timeline and rescue Elise from being snuffed out of existence generations before she’s born than the very person whose life she saved a hundred years in the future?

But Juliette Argent isn’t an easy woman to protect. The assistant to a traveling magician, she’s bold, fearless, and has a fascination with time travel, of all things. Can the former secret agent Chandler, with his knowledge of what’s to come, keep her safe from harm and keep his purpose there a secret? Or will his presence there only entangle the timeline more?


THE GRANDMOTHER PARADOX Cherry Cupcakes
by Wendy Nikel

Today is release day for THE GRANDMOTHER PARADOX, the second time travel novella in the Place in Time series. Which means, once again, it’s time to celebrate with cupcakes!
In this novella, which can be read as a sequel or as a standalone story, Chandler – a man from our present who’s been living in the future – is sent back to the year 1893 to protect the great-great-grandmother of the woman who saved his life. There, he joins up with a traveling magic show touring Michigan before heading down to the Chicago World’s Fair.

One of the many wonderful things that Michigan is known for is its cherries, which made cherry cupcakes an easy choice for this book’s recipe. Substituting fats like butter and oils with fruit in baking also makes for a healthier cake, which is something I’ve had to keep in mind since I’m still recovering from having my gallbladder removed. Fortunately, I happen to have a cherry tree in my backyard filled with sweet cherries just ripe for the picking.


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Bready or Not Guest Recipe: THE GRANDMOTHER PARADOX Cherry Cupcakes by Wendy Nikel

One of the many wonderful things that Michigan is known for is its cherries, which made cherry cupcakes an easy choice for this recipe inspired by Wendy Nikel’s novella The Grandmother Paradox. Substituting fats like butter and oils with fruit makes for a healthier cupcake.

  • Cupcake Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup cherries (pitted & pureed)
  • Frosting ingredients:
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 pkg cherry-flavored instant gelatin mix

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F

Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

In separate bowl, mix egg whites and vanilla.

Add honey, sugar, applesauce, and buttermilk.

Gradually add the dry mixture into the egg and milk mixture until well blended.

Add cherries

Fill cupcake liners half full and bake for 22-25 minutes. Let cool.

After cupcakes are cool, frost.

Sprinkle gelatin mix on the top and enjoy!

 

THE CONTINUUM (book #1) out NOW
paperback via World Weaver Press $9.99
eBook via iTunes
eBook via Barnes & Noble
eBook via Amazon
eBook via Kobo

THE GRANDMOTHER PARADOX (book #2) out TODAY
paperback via World Weaver Press $8.95
eBook via iTunes
eBook via Barnes & Noble
eBook via Amazon
eBook via Kobo


Wendy Nikel is a speculative fiction author whose short stories have appeared in Fantastic Stories of the ImaginationDaily Science FictionAE Sci-FiNature: Futures, and various anthologies and e-zines. She is a member of SFWA and Codex Writers Group and is a managing editor at Flash Fiction Online.

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Bready or Not: Blueberry Hand Cake

Posted by on Jul 4, 2018 in Blog, blueberry, Bready or Not, breakfast, cake | 0 comments

If you’re looking for a delicious way to use up summer blueberries, oh, do I have a recipe for you.

Bready or Not: Blueberry Hand Cake

These Blueberry Hand Cake Bars are really easy to make. Seriously, there are only 6 ingredients!

Bready or Not: Blueberry Hand Cake

That said, this is a recipe for a stand mixer or hand blender will come in handy. Eggs are the leavening agent, so they need to be beaten with the sugar for an extended period of time.

Bready or Not: Blueberry Hand Cake

So if you make this by hand, consider this your arm workout for the day.

Bready or Not: Blueberry Hand Cake

The baked bars are just downright summery and fresh. Cakey, light, perfectly sweet. I could come up with more adjectives, I’m sure.

Bready or Not: Blueberry Hand Cake

If you want more of my blueberry recipes, be sure to check out:
Blueberry Pound Cake with Lemon Glaze
Jumbo XXL Lemon-Blueberry Muffins
Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffin Breakfast Truffles
Guest Post: Pat Esden with Old Fashioned Blueberry Cake

Bready or Not: Blueberry Hand Cake

 

Bready or Not: Blueberry Hand Cake

Bready or Not: Blueberry Hand Cake

This simple recipe results in blueberry hand cake that is great for breakfast or snacks.

  • 12 ounces fresh blueberries (two pints)
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided

Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Line a 13x9 pan with foil and apply nonstick spray.

Gently rinse the blueberries, removing any stems or smashed ones, and set the clean berries in a small bowl.

Using a mixer, beat the eggs and sugar for about 5 to 7 minutes, until pale in color and almost doubled in volume. The eggs are the leavening agent in this recipe, so it's important they are beaten until thickened, with the batter forming a ribbon as the beaters lift up.

Add the butter and vanilla, and mix for another two minutes. Measure out 1/2 cup of flour and carefully stir it into the blueberries to coat them, which will reduce sinking into the batter during the baking process. Slowly stir the remaining 1 1/2 cup of flour into the batter. By hand, gently fold the blueberries into the batter.

Pour batter into the ready pan. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until lightly browned and the center passes the toothpick test. Let cool completely before lifting up contents by the foil to slice into bars. Eat within two days, or freeze for later enjoyment.

OM NOM NOM!

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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.

OM NOM NOM!

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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 | Comments Off on Bready or Not Original: Earl Grey Cheesecake Bars

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.

OM NOM NOM!

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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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Bready or Not Guest Recipe from Author Wendy Nikel: Continuum Coffee Cupcakes

Posted by on Jan 25, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, cake, chocolate, guest recipe, muffin | Comments Off on Bready or Not Guest Recipe from Author Wendy Nikel: Continuum Coffee Cupcakes

Today I welcome Wendy Nikel! Her novella The Continuum came out on Tuesday from World Weaver Press. Find out all about all the cool time-traveling twists in her new book, and grab a recipe for some cupcakes that are out of this world!

Elise Morley is an expert on the past who’s about to get a crash course in the future.

For years, Elise has been donning corsets, sneaking into castles, and lying through her teeth to enforce the Place in Time Travel Agency’s ten essential rules of time travel. Someone has to ensure that travel to the past isn’t abused, and most days she welcomes the challenge of tracking down and retrieving clients who have run into trouble on their historical vacations.

But when a dangerous secret organization kidnaps her and coerces her into jumping to the future on a high-stakes assignment, she’s got more to worry about than just the time-space continuum. For the first time ever, she’s the one out-of-date, out of place, and quickly running out of time.


January 23 marks the release day for my first book: a time travel novella entitled THE CONTINUUM. And what better way to celebrate a new book than with cupcakes?

My main character, Elise, is a professional time traveler and — like me — a big fan of coffee, so I knew I wanted something rich and delicious. Plus, I’d been seeing galaxy-swirl treats here and there online and wanted to give this colorful, space-themed frosting a shot. What I ended up with was a death-by-chocolate cupcake, filled with mocha pudding and swirling buttercream frosting.


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Bready or Not Guest: The Continuum Coffee Cupcakes by Wendy Nikel

A death-by-chocolate cupcake with galaxy-swirled frosting, inspired by THE CONTINUUM by Wendy Nikel

  • Cupcakes
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • Filling
  • Chocolate instant pudding
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon coffee extract
  • Frosting
  • 4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1-2 Tablespoons milk
  • Gel food coloring
  • Sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa, salt, and sugar.

In separate bowl, mix melted butter, eggs, and vanilla.

Alternate adding the flour mixture and 1 cup milk into the butter & egg mixture until well blended. Add chocolate chips.

Fill cupcake liners half full and bake for 15-17 minutes. Let cool.

Make instant pudding according to directions. Add 1 tsp coffee extract.

Fill pastry bag with pudding and place a filling tip on the end. Stick the filling tip into the center of each cupcake at a 90 degree angle and squeeze in the filling until you can see the top crust bulge.

Drop a bit of each color of food coloring into a bowl. Use a new paintbrush to "paint" the insides of the pastry bag or decorator with the food coloring.

After the inside is painted, add the frosting. Using a star tip, apply frosting in a swirling motion. Add sprinkles, and enjoy!

 

THE CONTINUUM out NOW
paperback via World Weaver Press $8.99 (regular $9.99)
eBook via iTunes
eBook via Barnes & Noble
eBook via Amazon
eBook via Kobo


Wendy Nikel is a speculative fiction author whose short stories have appeared in Fantastic Stories of the ImaginationDaily Science FictionAE Sci-FiNature: Futures, and various anthologies and e-zines. She is a member of SFWA and Codex Writers Group and is a managing editor at Flash Fiction Online.

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