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Bready or Not Original: Macadamia Nut Caramel Chip Blondies

Posted by on Nov 14, 2018 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, chocolate | 0 comments

This original recipe combines salted caramel chips (my new favorite ingredient) with my beloved macadamia nuts to make something innovative and amazing.

Bready or Not Original: Macadamia Nut Caramel Chip Blondies

These Macadamia Nut Caramel Chip Blondies are soft, chewy, and nigh divine. Plus, if you’re in a hurry, they are fast to make and bake.

Bready or Not Original: Macadamia Nut Caramel Chip Blondies

That’s exactly what I needed when I created this recipe. I had another recipe result in total disaster (it happens to us all!) and I needed another platter of baked goods, fast, for my husband to take to work…

Bready or Not Original: Macadamia Nut Caramel Chip Blondies

… where these bars were declared a new kind of crack. All of the bars were scarfed up. Not bad for an emergency oh-crap-what-can-I-throw-together recipe.

Bready or Not Original: Macadamia Nut Caramel Chip Blondies

If you need to sub another kind of nut in this recipe, I think pecans and walnuts would work especially well. I do suggest sticking with the balance of 1 cup white chocolate and 1 cup salted caramel chips, though.

Bready or Not Original: Macadamia Nut Caramel Chip Blondies

Caramel chips are very strong–like butterscotch chips in that way. They are a great ingredient, but you don’t want to go overkill. Plus, this way you’ll still have half a bag for another recipe. Scroll back on Bready or Not for some suggestions!

Bready or Not Original: Macadamia Nut Caramel Chip Blondies

 

Bready or Not Original: Macadamia Nut Caramel Chip Blondies

Bready or Not Original: Macadamia Nut Caramel Chip Blondies

These delicious, fast-to-make bars utilize salted caramel chips, a fantastic new innovation on the baking aisle. These bars are chewy and sweet with a welcome crunch from the macadamia nuts.

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup salted caramel chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts

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

In a large bowl, stir together the butter and brown sugar until fluffy and smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla.

In a smaller bowl, sift together the flour, oats, salt, and baking powder. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet. Stir in the two kinds of chips and macadamia nuts until just distributed.

Smooth out the dough in the prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the center passes the toothpick test. Cool completely before using the foil to life the contents from pan to slice on a cutting board.

Store in a sealed container with parchment or wax paper between the layers.

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Bready or Not: Pumpkin Caramel Chip Bars

Posted by on Oct 17, 2018 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies, pumpkin | 0 comments

Caramel chips are a new and awesome thing in stores, and I couldn’t help but try pairing them with pumpkin in these bars. The result? YUM.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Caramel Chip Bars

This is modified from a recipe I shared about a year ago for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Caramel Chip Bars

I didn’t simply switch out the kinds of chips. I also decreased the spices. I wanted enough to add some flavor, but I didn’t want them to be spice cake-like as in the old version.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Caramel Chip Bars

The use of bread flour creates bars that are especially thick and cakey. Unlike a standard frosted cake, these travel very well. The bars are nice and cohesive.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Caramel Chip Bars

I like to place waxed paper between layers to prevent sticking and melting chips (because in Arizona, well, it’s still hot at this time of year).

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Caramel Chip Bars

 

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Caramel Chip Bars

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Caramel Chip Bars

These Pumpkin Caramel Chip bars are dense and cakey, with just the right amount of caramel chips to complement the pumpkin.

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups caramel chips, divided
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree

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

In a medium bowl, combine the flours, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, baking soda, and salt. Stir in most of the caramel chips; coating them with flour will keep them from sinking as they bake. Set bowl aside.

In a big mixing bowl, combine the butter and two sugars until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the egg, vanilla extract, and pumpkin puree. Once that's mixed, slowly blend in the dry ingredients until just combined.

Pour the batter into the ready pan and smooth out. Sprinkle the remaining caramel chips over the top.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until it passes the toothpick test in the middle. Cool completely. Lift up by the foil and place on a cutting board to cut bars. Store in a sealed container at room temperature or chilled. Since pumpkin can be a little sticky, use parchment or wax paper between stacked layers of bars.

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Bready or Not Guest: K. Bird Lincoln with Spicy Mocha Chocolate Mochi Cake

Posted by on Oct 16, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, brownies, cake, chocolate, guest recipe | 0 comments

I’m excited to welcome author K. Bird Lincoln with a special Bready or Not guest post! I’ve read over 130 urban fantasies and it’s hard to wow me these days, but the first book in her Portland Hafu series was a delight. She’s here today to celebrate the release of her second book, Black Pearl Dreaming, with a multicultural chocolate cake.

Plus, you can enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for her first book, Dream Eater! Read the recipe, and you might win yourself a great book to pair with this special chocolate cake.


The Portland Hafu Urban Fantasy series features a Japanese American young woman named Koi. She finds out her father isn’t entirely human and has to battle evil professors and dragons. The second in the series, Black Pearl Dreaming, has Koi traveling to Japan to seek answers for her father’s mental decline.

Chocolate is a huge part of Koi’s world. Like really important. So important that when love interest, Kitsune trickster Ken, wants to apologize for getting her in trouble in Tokyo, he gives her Oregon Chocolatier Dagoba’s Xocolatl Chocolate bar, invoking rosy childhood memories of the only chocolate Koi’s father ever deigned to consume.

So Xocolatl, possibly “bitter water” from the Mayan language, is the flavor I thought I’d play with for this recipe. Drawing on Koi’s happa haole heritage (she’s Japanese on her father’s side and Caucasian-Hawaiian on her mother’s) I thought it fitting to turn Hawaiian Butter Mochi into an homage to my favorite Oregon Chocolatier.

Butter mochi isn’t the same thing at all as Japanese mochi celebrated at New Year’s and used in making daifuku. Butter mochi is a Hawaiian cake incorporating Mochi flour (sweet rice flour or glutinous rice flour not to be confused with ye olde plain rice flour) milk, and butter to make a squishy, bouncy, chewy rich cake like deliciousness.

Don’t be scared off by the mochi flour. All the rest of the ingredients in this are pretty easy to get, and I even found Mochiko Flour (Koda Farms Brand) at my local Hy-Vee grocery store here in the Southeastern Prairie of Minnesota in the Asian Foods section. And of course, you can order Mochiko on Amazon.

This is Hawaiian soul food with a spicy chocolate twist, y’all. One bite, and you’ll be hooked, I promise.


 

Bready or Not Guest Recipe: BLACK PEARL DREAMING Spicy Mocha Chocolate Mochi Cake from K. Bird Lincoln

This recipe inspired by K. Bird Lincoln’s Portland Hafu Urban Fantasy series combines traditional Japanese and Hawaiian ingredients for a delicious result! Mochiko Flour isn’t hard to get in grocery stores worldwide and can also be ordered online.

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 (16oz) box Mochiko Flour (sweet or glutinous rice flour)
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 12 oz coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cup milk (if you don’t mind the sugar, use 1 cup condensed milk)
  • Cayenne pepper to taste (I used 1/4 tsp)
  • Cinnamon to taste (I used 1 Tb)

Grease or insert parchment paper into a 9×13 pan.

Melt the butter and chocolate together. Mix in sugar and vanilla. In a different bowl, mix Mochiko flour, cacao powder, baking powder, cinnamon, and cayenne. Beat in 1/2 of the Mochiko flour mixture, eggs, and coconut milk. Add in another 1/2 of the Mochiko flour mixture, 11/2 cup milk and beat until all flour and milk is added and mixed in until smooth.

Pour into pan and cook at 350 deg F for 45-55 minutes.

Let cool completely. Cut with a plastic knife or wet your knife between cuts.

 


 

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Koi visits Japan looking for answers and instead is forced to make an impossible choice.

With the help of powerful new friends, Koi defeated her dragon enemy in Portland. Now, no longer able to deny her dream-eating powers or the real reason for her father’s mental decline, she flies to Tokyo with her new Kitsune love, Ken, and the trickster Kwaskwi, seeking answers. But secrets from Ken’s past and Kind politics threaten to unravel their newfound trust and someone in Tokyo is desperate to kidnap a Baku. Koi must untangle a long history of pain and deceit in order to save her father, an imprisoned dragon, and herself.

“I absolutely got sucked in by the way several mythologies were mixed with modern-day and WWII history to form a cool, surprising, and action packed plot. ”
— Pat Esden, author of The Dark Heart and Northern Circle Coven series.

“In Black Pearl Dreaming, Koi is a delightfully watchable heroine in way over her head. She struggles to figure out whom to trust, where she can get good coffee, and what exactly she should do about this enormous sleeping dragon, in this fast paced paranormal intrigue set
in a vividly detailed contemporary Japan.”
— Tina Connolly, author of Ironskin and Seriously Wicked series.

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K. Bird Lincoln is an ESL professional and writer living on the windswept Minnesota Prairie with family and a huge addiction to frou-frou coffee. Also dark chocolate– without which, the world is a howling void. Originally from Cleveland, she has spent more years living on the edges of the Pacific Ocean than in the Midwest. Her speculative short stories are published in various online & paper publications such as Strange Horizons. Her medieval Japanese fantasy series, Tiger Lily, is available from Amazon. World Weaver Press released Dream Eater, the first novel in an exciting, multi-cultural Urban Fantasy trilogy set in Portland and Japan, in 2017 and will release the sequel, Black Pearl Dreaming, October 2018. She also writes tasty speculative fiction reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Check her out on Facebook, join her newsletter for chances to win chocolate and ebooks, or stalk her online at kblincoln.com

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Bready or Not: No-Bake Mummy Biscoff Buckeyes

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018 in biscoff spread, Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies, healthier | 0 comments

Here’s a great recipe to make with kids! These No-Bake Mummy Biscoff Buckeyes are quick, cute, and secretly healthy.

Bready or Not: No-Bake Mummy Biscoff Buckeyes

Buckeye treats typically include peanut butter and brown chocolate. I switched in Biscoff (aka cookie butter, available by the peanut butter in most American grocery stores these days) but you can use peanut butter instead.

Bready or Not: No-Bake Mummy Biscoff Buckeyes

What makes these secretly healthy, you ask, since I made them unhealthier with cookie butter? Well, the base ingredient of this recipe is… CHICKPEAS. Also known as garbanzo beans.

Bready or Not: No-Bake Mummy Biscoff Buckeyes

You cannot tell there are beans in this. All you taste is Biscoff and chocolate. They keep in the fridge for up to a week, too; they get a little sweaty, that’s it.

Bready or Not: No-Bake Mummy Biscoff Buckeyes

The white chocolate drizzle is pretty fun. There’s no art to it. Just drizzle every which way, then very quickly add the mini chocolate chip eyes. (Hopefully your mini chips won’t have bloomed like mine did! That means the chocolate has a white cast to it. Perfectly fine to eat, it just doesn’t look as pretty. FYI Mummies don’t care about being pretty.)

Bready or Not: No-Bake Mummy Biscoff Buckeyes

Modified from Cooking Light October 2017.

 

Bready or Not: No-Bake Mummy Biscoff Buckeyes

Bready or Not: No-Bake Mummy Biscoff Buckeyes

These one-bite treats secretly contain chickpeas, but all you taste is cookie butter and chocolate. You can substitute peanut butter for the Biscoff. Recipe makes about 24 mummies using a teaspoon scoop.

  • 1 15.5-ounce can of chickpeas/garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup cookie butter (Biscoff, Speculoos, store brand, etc)
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons mini chocolate chips

Pulse chickpeas in a food processor until smooth. Add cookie butter, honey, vanilla, and salt, and pulse more. Use a teaspoon scoop to measure out the dough; place on a wax paper-lined baking sheet that will fit in the fridge. Use hands to smooth out each ball. Chill until firm, at least 30 minutes.

Carefully melt white chocolate in the microwave at 20% power in 15 second bursts, stirring well between each pass, until it's smooth. Dip fork prongs in the chocolate and drizzle back and forth over the buckeyes to create a mummy bandage effect. Immediately place two mini chocolate chips for eyes on each mummy head. If need be, melt white chocolate again to use some dots of it as glue for the eyes.

Store in the fridge for up to a week, but expect them to sweat and get moister.

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Bready or Not: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies | 0 comments

Welcome to MACADAMIA NUT MONTH! Why is this Macadamia Nut Month? Because next month on the 23rd, the final book in my Blood of Earth trilogy comes out! Hawaii–with its groves of delicious macadamia nuts–is a major setting in Roar of Sky.

If you love macadamia nuts, get ready to bliss out. This month you’ll get recipes for:
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies (today)
Lemony Macadamia Nut Bars
Mini Fruit Cake Loaves to make now for the holidays (macadamia nuts optional)

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies. One of the best cookies in existence. There are a lot of recipes out there and I’ve tried many, but I say with no doubt that this is the best.

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

The melted white chocolate in the dough makes all the difference by adding slight sweetness and a smooth texture.

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Be cautious when you melt the chips, though. It can burn quickly in the microwave. Zap it on low power for short stints of time, and stay close.

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Did you know that macadamia nuts should always be stored in the fridge? They have a high fat content, and can go rancid at room temperature! Trust me, you’ll know by the smell when you open the bag. Voice of experience.

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

So don’t let good nuts go bad. Keep them chilled, and use them up in yummy recipes like this one! If you love this kind of cookie, this recipe will be a keeper for you.

Come back next week for a lemony bar recipe with macadamia nuts, and please preorder Roar of Sky!

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Original recipe from Betty Crocker Magazine #172 April 2001, page 8.

 

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Bready or Not: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

What makes these cookies so magical? White chocolate melted into the dough! These cookies are crisp, light, and chewy all at once. Be careful when you melt the white chocolate in the microwave–it can burn in a matter of seconds! Using a tablespoon cookie scoop, this makes about 35 cookies. Original recipe from Betty Crocker Magazine, April 2001.

  • 1 bag (10 ounces) white chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup (11 Tablespoons) butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts

Preheat oven to 325-degrees. Place 1 cup of white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on 50% power in short increments, 20-25 seconds, and stop to stir between passes until the chips blend smoothly. Set aside to cool.

In a large mixing bowl, beat together the sugar, butter, vanilla, and eggs until they're creamy. Mix in the melted chips. Stir in flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Add the remaining chips and nuts.

Use a tablespoon cookie scoop or spoon to place dough in rounded lumps on cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until the tops just begin to turn light golden brown. Cool on the sheet for several minutes, then move to a rack to cool.

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Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, pie | 0 comments

Welcome to MACADAMIA NUT MONTH! Why is this Macadamia Nut Month? Because next month on the 23rd, the final book in my Blood of Earth trilogy comes out! Hawaii is a major setting in Roar of Sky, and I did a research trip to Oahu and the Big Island last year. That included a stay at a lovely bed & breakfast on a macadamia nut farm near Kona. I’ve loved macadamia nuts my entire life, but there’s nothing like cracking through those double layers of shell to eat a macadamia nut fresh off the tree.

If you love macadamia nuts as well, get ready to bliss out. This month you’ll get recipes for:
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie (today)
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
Lemony Macadamia Nut Bars
Mini Fruit Cake Loaves to make now for the holidays (macadamia nuts optional)

Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie

Macadamia Nut Pie. This pie is unquestionably decadent, but it is so very worth it.

I looked at about five recipes to formulate my own original take on this recipe. I confess, I was pretty nervous about this experiment.

Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie

After all, I didn’t want to waste these delicious nuts, even if I did buy two big bags at a good price from the Kona Costco during my novel research trip. Not like I can fly back there to stockpile nuts again soon (alas).

Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie

For years now, I’ve loved white chocolate macadamia nut cookies–hence I am featuring that recipe again next week. To me, that pairing of chocolate and nuts is sheer perfection. I just wasn’t sure how it would translate to pie.

The results genuinely surprised me.

Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie

That’s because the white chocolate melded with the corn syrup and brown sugar during the baking process, creating a kind of smooth caramel sauce.

Caramel and macadamia nuts is an awfully good pairing, too. But a very sweet one. This pie necessitated the purchase of a tub of vanilla ice cream.

Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie

I then served the pie to my husband with ice cream on the side, and I spooned caramel from the pie plate over both. Oh yeah.

You won’t need big slices of this pie. It’s just too rich. The good news is, it keeps well in the fridge for up to a week.

Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie

Come back next week for one of my favorite cookie recipes, and please preorder Roar of Sky!

Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie

Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie

This incredible pie is loaded with macadamia nuts and goodness. The white chocolate melds with the other ingredients to create a kind of caramel sauce. Be warned: this pie is RICH. Cut small slices. Pair it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and use the extra sauce from the pie plate as a topping! Pie keeps well covered in the fridge for at least a week.

  • 1 (9-inch) unbaked deep dish pie crust, homemade or store-bought
  • Filling:
  • 2/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped raw macadamia nuts
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 400-degrees. Place a cookie sheet in the oven to heat up as well; this will help prevent a soggy bottom on the crust.

Place white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts in the unbaked pie crust, and place it in the fridge to chill.

In a mixing bowl, lightly whisk the eggs, then add the corn syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt. Pour the filling over the white chocolate and macadamia nuts. Cover the pie crust edges with foil.

Bake for 15 minutes at 400-degrees. Remove the foil.

Reduce the oven temperature to 350-degrees and bake for another 25 to 30 minutes, until the top is lightly brown and the filling is set. Cool to room temperature before cutting.

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