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Bready or Not: No-Bake Maple Pecan Pie

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, maple, no-bake dessert, pie | 2 comments

I am never baking a pecan pie again. This will be my go-to recipe forever more: No-Bake Maple Pecan Pie.

Bready or Not: No-Bake Maple Pecan Pie

Depending on how fast your stovetop heats up, you may have your pie assembled in 15 to 20 minutes without ever having to heat up the oven.

Bready or Not: No-Bake Maple Pecan Pie

No worries about making a crust or pre-baking a crust or any of that. Every time I’ve made this, I’ve used a graham cracker crust from Wal-mart. You could make a from-scratch graham crust if you want, but I’m all about making this pie as quickly and conveniently as possible.

The way the filling solidifies once chilled is kind of amazing. It’s easy to cut but stays intact, with the exception of some graham cracker crumbles. My husband was able to cut slices and wrap them in plastic wrap to take with his lunch to work, then eat the pieces right out of hand. No need for a fork.

Bready or Not: No-Bake Maple Pecan Pie

This is the perfect holiday pie, to my way of thinking. It dirties almost no dishes. It doesn’t use the oven. It keeps perfectly well, tucked in the fridge.

Oh yeah, and it’s DELICIOUS. Sweet, slightly-crunchy, and decadent, just as a pecan pie should be.

Bready or Not: No-Bake Maple Pecan Pie

Modified from Southern Plate.

Bready or Not: No-Bake Maple Pecan Pie

Bready or Not: No-Bake Maple Pecan Pie

This recipe makes a no-hassle pecan pie with only 15 to 20 minutes of stovetop time, plus a few hours for the pie to chill. Use a store-bought graham cracker crust, and it’s all the more convenient. This is the perfect holiday pie–it’s fast to make, and absolutely delicious. Modified from Southern Plate.

  • 3/4 cup light or dark brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 Tablespoons milk, cream, or half & half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups whole pecans
  • 9-inch graham cracker crust, homemade or store-bought

Place the brown sugar, butter, maple syrup, and honey in a medium-sized pot. Set the heat to medium high and stir constantly as it comes to a boil.

Once it's boiling, add the pecans and milk/cream. Reduce to a low boil and keep it there for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract.

Pour everything into the graham cracker crust. Let cool on counter to set. Cover and place in fridge to completely chill for several hours before cutting.

Keep pie stored in fridge. Pie keeps well for at least a week.

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Bready or Not: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, pumpkin | 0 comments

Pumpkin and chocolate make for the perfect pairing in these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars!

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

I modified the original recipe to incorporate bread flour, creating bars that are fabulously dense and chewy.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

This is essentially pumpkin spice cake with freckles of chocolate chips.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Unlike a standard frosted cake, these travel very well. The bars are nice and cohesive.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

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

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

On the subject of chocolate chips, be sure to toss the majority of your chips in with the flour. This will prevent them from sinking to the bottom as it bakes!

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Modified from What’s Gabby Cooking.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

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

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chocolate 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 [not organic]

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 chocolate 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 chocolate 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.

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Bready or Not: Pumpkin Poppers

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, pumpkin | 0 comments

I first featured these Pumpkin Poppers on my LiveJournal four years ago. It’s time to revisit them, because these things are SO GOOD.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Poppers

My husband’s co-workers like to snicker and call them “pumpkin balls.”

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Poppers

You could also call them “pumpkin donut holes.” That’s what they are, really. You can make them in a donut hole or a mini muffin pan–I use the latter.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Poppers

This makes 24 of these tender balls of joy. Once they are baked, set up an assembly line with bowls of melted butter, and cinnamon and sugar. Slather those balls with butter, and roll’em in the sweet stuff!

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Poppers

Hey, I never claimed this was health food.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Poppers

The end result is an orange puff that is light and fluffy, and pretty much melts in your mouth.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Poppers

Make these to share, or they might prove dangerous.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Poppers

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Poppers

These Pumpkin Poppers are like light, fluffy donuts holes, bathed in butter and coated in cinnamon and sugar. The recipe makes 24 in a mini muffin pan or donut hole pan.

  • Dough
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree [not organic]
  • 1/2 cup milk [almond milk works]
  • Coating
  • 1 stick unsalted butter (or more), melted
  • 2/3 cup (or more) granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons (or more) cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Use nonstick spray on a mini muffin or donut hole pan.

Combine the dry ingredients. In another bowl, mix together the oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, pumpkin, and milk.

Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and mix until just combined. Fill the pan cavities about 2/3 full; the dough will poof up a lot in the oven.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. In the meantime, melt the butter in a bowl. In a separate small bowl, combine the topping sugar and cinnamon.

Remove poppers from oven. Give them a few minutes to cool, then start the assembly line. Use a spoon to roll them in the melted butter, then roll them in the cinnamon sugar. (Note: topping bowls may run low near the end, but it's easy to melt an extra tablespoon of butter or mix up some more sugar and cinnamon.)

Store in a sealed container at room temperature. The cinnamon-sugar mix will absorb into the balls over time and make them darker, but they taste great for several days.

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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: Pumpkin Pucks

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, chocolate, gluten-free, healthier, main dish, muffin, pumpkin | 0 comments

I continue to revisit old favorite pumpkin recipes to incorporate more experience and better photography. This week’s recipe is for Pumpkin Pucks.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pucks

These happen to be gluten-free and paleo, if you follow those diets. More to my needs, they are high-protein, avoid processed flours, and are DELICIOUS.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pucks

They are rather like mini pumpkin pie custards with a slightly nutty taste. Do note that this can be made with whole wheat and/or all-purpose flour, if you don’t care about it being gluten-free… but I by far prefer the taste with almond flour.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pucks

I have also used different nut butters. Almond butter tastes the strongest–in a very good way–though cashew butter was fantastic, too.

Once, I only had 3/4 cup of pumpkin, so I made up for the difference with applesauce. I found no major difference in taste or texture.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pucks

I find that two of these make for a delicious breakfast. The size makes them very kid-friendly. I have kept them in the fridge for upwards of a week. Also, these are fantastic to freeze. Just be sure to remove the muffin cup liners and use waxed paper between layers.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pucks

You can alter the flavor with different toppings, too. Mini chocolate chips are my favorite! Pepitas and dried cranberries work well, too; note that the cranberries are tart but mellow after time in the fridge.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pucks

Enjoy this healthy recipe, and be warned that next week takes a decidedly sugary turn with a recipe for Pumpkin Roll!

Modified from Paleo Parents.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pucks

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Pucks

This delicious recipe makes a kind of gluten free, paleo-friendly dense pumpkin custard in a muffin pan. Store these in the fridge for upward of a week; they can also be frozen, with the muffin liners removed, and kept between waxed paper.

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree [canned, NOT organic]
  • 1 cup almond or other nut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup almond flour [or wheat or all-purpose flour]
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Topping choice: 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips, OR chopped nuts or pepitas, or dried cranberries

Place muffin cup liners in pan, then spray the insides with nonstick spray. Preheat oven at 350-degrees.

If your almond butter is very stiff, measure it out, place in a microwave-safe bowl, then zap it for 15 seconds or so to soften it. Mix pumpkin puree and the almond butter together.

Add honey and maple syrup. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add the dry ingredients until everything is just combined.

Fill the muffin cups to 3/4 full; a tablespoon scoop makes this easy, as it's almost exactly 2 tablespoons to fill the cups. Top with mini chocolate chips or nuts or cranberries, if desired.

Bake at 350-degrees for about 20 minutes. Pumpkin pucks will not rise much. The tops of some may start to crack. Remove them from pan and allow to cool, then store in fridge.

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Bready or Not: Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, cookies, pumpkin | 0 comments

It’s pumpkin time! That’s right, the annual traditional continues. Through November 1st, each Wednesday will feature a new pumpkin recipe! This week: Pumpkin Snickerdoodles.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Not all of these recipes will be totally new, though. I revisited several of my old favorite pumpkin recipes that I first shared on Live Journal.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

I had to start out with Pumpkin Snickerdoodles because, well, SNICKERDOODLES. Snickerdoodles are a year-round theme on here!

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

These cookies are snickerdoodles foremost, too. The pumpkin flavor is pretty mild, but its presence is undeniable, as these cookies are vivid orange.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Pumpkin goes so perfectly well with cinnamon and sugar. Quite simply, these cookies embody autumn in appearance, flavor, and smell.

Be sure to return next week when I share one of my personal favorite seasonal breakfast recipes: Pumpkin Pucks! They are gluten-free, sugar-free, and amazing.

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Bready or Not: Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

These Pumpkin Snickerdoodles only feature 3/4 cup of pumpkin puree, but they are vivid orange. The primary flavor is all Snickerdoodle–cream of tartar and cinnamon–with the pumpkin very much there but mild. [Note that I recommend avoiding canned organic pumpkin puree here, as it tends to be watery.]

  • Dough
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • Topping
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375-degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice; set aside.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and the 1 1/2 cups white sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg, then the pumpkin puree. Add the dry ingredients last, scraping down the bowl as needed.

Combine the two topping ingredients in a small bowl. Using a tablespoon, form dough into a ball and roll in the sugar and cinnamon. Space out the dough balls on the cookie sheet so that they have room to spread.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until edges are set; since the cookies are tinted orange, it will be harder to judge doneness, but Snickerdoodles always finish cooking outside of the oven. Cool the cookies on baking sheet about 10 to 15 minutes before moving to rack.

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