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Bready or Not Original: Blueberry-Gingerbread Loaf

Posted by on Dec 11, 2019 in Blog, blueberry, Bready or Not, breakfast, quick bread | 0 comments

Fresh blueberries and gingerbread! This combo never occurred to me before, and wow was I missing out. Find out how good it is when you bake this Blueberry-Gingerbread Loaf.

Bready or Not Original: Blueberry-Gingerbread Loaf

I’m growing increasingly convinced that blueberries can make almost everything better. Case in point: Wensleydale Cheese with Blueberries. DIVINE. This recipe ranks up there, too.

Bready or Not Original: Blueberry-Gingerbread Loaf

As any gingerbread should be, this loaf is packed with spices that sing of autumn and winter. Blueberries add an incredibly fresh note, a literal burst of flavor that stands apart from the usual tart cranberry.

Bready or Not Original: Blueberry-Gingerbread Loaf

This bread is very moist and tender. It is perfect to slice for breakfasts or snacks, and it doesn’t even need an additional pat of butter.

Bready or Not Original: Blueberry-Gingerbread Loaf

I’m sharing this recipe in December because of the gingerbread/Christmas association, but let me fervently remind you that delicious foods should not be confined to any season. Print this out and save it for when summer blueberries are bountiful and cheap. Heck, even bake the bread and freeze it for later.

Bready or Not Original: Blueberry-Gingerbread Loaf

This bread smells so good, though, I bet you’ll find it hard to resist a slice or two.

Bready or Not Original: Blueberry-Gingerbread Loaf

Fresh blueberries and moist, tender gingerbread make a perfect pairing in this loaf that combines the best of summer and autumn.
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Keyword: blueberries, gingerbread, holiday, quick bread
Author: Beth Cato

Equipment

  • 9x5 loaf pan

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries 6 ounce pack
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour or mix in whole-wheat, plus extra flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 stick, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions

  • Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Cut a piece of parchment to fit inside a 9x5 loaf pan, with paper extending up the two long sides to form a sling. Apply nonstick spray or butter to pan, place parchment inside to adhere, then grease paper as well.
  • Wash and pick through blueberries to remove any stems, smashed berries, or moldy ones. Dry blueberries and gently toss with a couple spoons of flour to coat. Set aside.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine the 1 1/2 cups flour, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and cloves.
  • In a big bowl, beat butter until creamy. Add both sugars, beating until combined and fluffy. Add applesauce, vanilla, and baking soda. Follow up with flour mixture, mixing until combined. Gently fold in the blueberries. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  • Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes, removing loaf only after middle has passed the toothpick test. Cool in pan no more than 20 minutes. THIS IS IMPORTANT, as otherwise the loaf can steam up and collapse! Let loaf continue to cool on a rack.
  • Keep stored in a plastic bag or plastic wrap for at least two days. Loaf can also be frozen for later enjoyment.

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    Bready or Not Original: Citrus Scones

    Posted by on Jul 17, 2019 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, quick bread | Comments Off on Bready or Not Original: Citrus Scones

    These citrus scones offer a bright way to start the day in portable and delicious form!

    Bready or Not Original: Citrus Scones

    I managed to score a container of candied citrus peel–the stuff usually used in fruitcakes–on an after-Christmas clearance. “Oh, what to do with us?” I wondered.

    Bready or Not Original: Citrus Scones

    Finally, it hit me: scones! An original scone recipe that my husband could enjoy before work.

    Bready or Not Original: Citrus Scones

    Of course, I had to add a glaze. Orange juice and confectioners’ sugar made that easy.

    Bready or Not Original: Citrus Scones

    Plus, I found that the scones freeze like a charm, even while glazed! They thaw quickly at room temperature, too.

    Bready or Not Original: Citrus Scones

    Unlike other scone recipes I’ve made, this one produces soft, fluffy results. Not dry or crumbly at all. I credit the sour cream for that. It sure works wonders in cakes and bars, too.

     

    Bready or Not Original: Citrus Scones

    Use candied orange peel--the stuff used in fruitcakes--to make a deliciously fresh breakfast treat! This recipe makes eight scones, and can be cut by hand or formed in a scone pan. The finished scones can be frozen after glazing for later enjoyment.
    Course: Bread, Breakfast
    Cuisine: British
    Keyword: citrus, quick bread
    Author: Beth Cato

    Ingredients

    Scones:

    • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 cup white sugar
    • 4 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tablespoon milk or half & half
    • 1/4 cup sour cream
    • 1/3 cup candied orange peel
    • 1 egg lightly beaten

    Glaze:

    • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
    • 3 teaspoons orange juice [or water]
    • sprinkle of additional orange peel optional

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven at 400-degrees.
    • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the butter until it resembles coarse crumbs.
    • In a different bowl, stir together 1/2 cup milk and sour cream. Stir into dry ingredients until it just holds together, adding more milk if needed. Fold in the candied citrus peel.
    • If using a scone pan, pack the dough into the triangular holes. If shaping by hand, transfer the cohesive dough to a large piece of parchment paper on a large cookie sheet. Shape into a large, even circle. Slice into eight wedges and separate them slightly.
    • Whisk egg and remaining tablespoon of milk and brush them atop each scone.
    • Bake until scones are golden brown, 15 to 17 minutes. Leave on pan to cool for 20 minutes.
    • To glaze, mix together confectioners' sugar and orange juice to create a thick, dribbly consistency. Spoon atop scones. Immediately sprinkle on more candied orange peel and gently press into tops of scones.
    • Scones are best eaten within the day, but they can be frozen even while glazed. Freeze on waxed paper then transfer to a freezer bag or plastic container. They thaw quickly at room temperature.
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    Bready or Not: Stuffed Churro Nuggets

    Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, cookies, quick bread | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Stuffed Churro Nuggets

    With Cinco de Mayo two days away, let’s revisit a classic Holy Taco Church recipe: Stuffed Churro Nuggets.

    Bready or Not: Stuffed Churro Nuggets

    This recipe is EASY. It uses store-bought puff pastry. (I mean, you can use a homemade version, but even the great Mary Berry of the Great British Bake Off says she prefers the store kind.) I haven’t tried it with gluten-free puff pastry, but I know that it exists; if anyone uses that with this recipe, let me know how it turns out!

    Bready or Not: Stuffed Churro Nuggets

    You can choose whatever filling you want. I like to make this and fill half with Nutella and half with Dulce de Leche, but you could try this with any kind of thick, spreadable delicious stuff.

    Bready or Not: Stuffed Churro Nuggets

    Maybe try peanut or other nut butters? Or maple butter? (OOOOOOOOH.) But trust me, you can’t go wrong with Nutella and Dulce de Leche (and if you can find the squeeze bottle Dulce de Leche, it’s especially convenient).

    Bready or Not: Stuffed Churro Nuggets

    These nuggets are best eaten the same day, but if you take this to any sizable gathering, that won’t be a problem. These are a perfectly-sized hors d’oeuvres, and I doubt that anyone will have just one!

    Bready or Not: Stuffed Churro Nuggets

    Stuffed Churro Nuggets are super-easy to make thanks to store-bought puff pastry and handy fillings like Nutella and Dulce de Leche. Nuggets are best eaten the same day.
    Course: Appetizer, Dessert, Snack
    Cuisine: Mexican
    Keyword: churros
    Author: Beth Cato

    Ingredients

    Nuggets

    • 1/2 package puff pastry 1 bag out of a 2 pack box
    • 1/4 cup unsalted butter 1/2 stick
    • 1/2 cup white sugar
    • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon

    Choose your stuffing! One of these or something else

    • Nutella
    • Dulce de leche squeeze bottle, can, etc

    Note that if your filling is stiff, you can make it more spreadable with a zap in the microwave. Make sure you do so in a microwave-safe container.

      Instructions

      • Let puff pastry come to room temperature. Preheat oven at 425-degrees.
      • Get out a large cookie sheet and line it with parchment paper. Unfold puff pastry onto the surface and use a pizza cutter to quickly cut the dough into 1-inch cubes.
      • Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until the squares are puffed and golden.
      • Set out whatever will be used to stuff the nuggets. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. In another bowl, melt the butter.
      • Remove the puff pastry from the oven. Pop open each cube by removing the top completely or opening it as if on a hinge--it's surprisingly easy, with those flaky layers--and add a dab of filling. Close the pastry, then roll it in butter and then in cinnamon-sugar.
      • Churro Nuggets are best eaten the same day. Store them in a sealed container, with parchment or waxed paper between layers.
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      Bready or Not: Stuffed Churro Nuggets


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      Bready or Not: Pumpkin Nutella Swirl Muffins

      Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, chocolate, muffin, pumpkin, quick bread | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Pumpkin Nutella Swirl Muffins

      Some foods are delicious but not particularly photogenic. These Pumpkin Nutella Swirl Muffins, however, have it all going on.

      Bready or Not: Pumpkin Nutella Swirl Muffins

      Chocolate and pumpkin are a fantastic pairing. Nutella works so well here, creating a shiny chocolatey cap to these bright orange muffins.

      Bready or Not: Pumpkin Nutella Swirl Muffins

      The texture of these is magnificent: cakey and fresh, with a light pumpkin taste. Plus Nutella. We can’t forget the Nutella.

      Bready or Not: Pumpkin Nutella Swirl Muffins

      Speaking of which… if your Nutella is older or you’re near the bottom of the jar, it can be lumpy and hard to spread. To fix that, put the Nutella in a microwave-safe dish and give it a zap in the microwave.

      Trust me, that lumpy Nutella may still be delicious, but you want it to be soft enough to create a beautiful swirl on these muffins!

      Bready or Not: Pumpkin Nutella Swirl Muffins

      Modified from The Novice Chef.

      Bready or Not: Pumpkin Nutella Swirl Muffins

      These muffins are cakey with a perfect complement of pumpkin and Nutella. If your Nutella is stiff, give it a zap in the microwave so that it's soft enough to swirl. Be careful about using organic canned pumpkin, as some brands are especially watery.
      Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
      Keyword: chocolate, muffins, pumpkin
      Servings: 12
      Author: Beth Cato

      Ingredients

      • 2 cups all-purpose flour
      • 1 teaspoon baking soda
      • 1 teaspoon baking powder
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt
      • 1 cup pumpkin puree
      • 1/2 cup white sugar
      • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
      • 1 large egg room temperature
      • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
      • 2 Tablespoons milk or almond milk
      • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
      • 1/3 cup Nutella or other hazelnut cocoa spread

      Instructions

      • Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Line muffin pan with liners and apply nonstick spray.
      • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
      • In large bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, white sugar, and brown sugar. Beat in the egg, vegetable oil, milk, and vanilla extract. Slowly mix in the dry mixture until it is just blended.
      • Add the batter to the muffin pan, filling each about 3/4 full. Top each muffin with about a teaspoon of Nutella and use a butter knife to swirl it into the batter.
      • Bake muffins for 14-16 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in a center muffin comes out clean.
      • Serve warm or at room temperature. Store in a sealed container.
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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

      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.
      Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
      Keyword: cardamom, coffee, quick bread
      Author: Beth Cato

      Ingredients

      For the cake:

      • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
      • 2 teaspoons baking powder
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt
      • 1 teaspoon cardamom
      • 1 cup vanilla low fat yogurt or vanilla or plain Greek yogurt, or sour cream
      • 1 cup white sugar
      • 3 eggs room temperature
      • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
      • 1 teaspoon espresso powder dissolved in 1 teaspoon water
      • 1/3 cup olive oil or vegetable oil

      For coffee infusion:

      • 1/4 cup brewed coffee
      • 1/4 cup white sugar

      For icing:

      • 1 cup confectioners' sugar sifted
      • 2 Tablespoons brewed coffee
      • pinch cardamom

      Instructions

      • 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: Baileys Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

      Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, cake, chocolate, quick bread | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Baileys Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

      Today we wrap up the Baileys Coffee Creamer theme with an amazing pound cake that’s perfect for breakfast or snack.

      Bready or Not: Baileys Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

      The original version of the recipe used alcoholic Baileys and also included it in a chocolate glaze. I decided to do without the glaze (I know! Gasp!) but I think it was a good call. The cake is perfectly sweet on its own, and the mini chips add the perfect amount of chocolate taste.

      Bready or Not: Baileys Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

      The combination of the nonalcoholic coffee creamer and sour cream lend this a tender yet dense crumb. It slices easily because of the mini chips.

      Bready or Not: Baileys Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

      The most impressive thing about this pound cake was that it was delicious fresh, and it was just as delicious five days later. We kept it shrouded in plastic wrap at room temperature.

      Bready or Not: Baileys Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

      This is a pound cake you’ll want to pound into your mouth, again and again.

      Modified from Lemon Tree Dwelling.

      Bready or Not: Baileys Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

      The addition of some Baileys (non-alcocholic coffee creamer or the hard stuff) does wonders for the soft texture and smooth taste of this delicious pound cake! This loaf is perfect for breakfast or snack.
      Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
      Keyword: chocolate, quick bread, sour cream
      Author: Beth Cato

      Ingredients

      • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 stick, room temperature
      • 3 eggs
      • 1/4 cup sour cream
      • 1/4 cup Baileys Irish Coffee Creamer or Irish Cream
      • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
      • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
      • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
      • 1 cup white sugar
      • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

      Instructions

      • Prepare the loaf pan by coating with nonstick spray, then cutting a sling of parchment paper to fit the width of the pan that can stick up on either side. Apply nonstick spray on that as well.
      • Preheat oven at 325-degrees.
      • In a mixing bowl, beat butter until it's creamy. Gradually add the sugar and continue to beat 4 or 5 minutes, or until it's light and fluffy. Stop and scrape the bowl a few times.
      • While that is beating, in a separate small bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. In another bowl, whisk together the Baileys and sour cream. It's okay if it's a bit lumpy.
      • In the butter-sugar bowl, add the eggs one at a time and mix well in between. Pour in the dry mix and the Baileys mix a bit at a time, going back and forth, until everything is just combined. Stir in the mini chocolate chips. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan.
      • Bake for 65-75 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test in the middle of the loaf.
      • Cool on a rack for 20 minutes then use the paper sling to lift it up to cool completely. Store in layered plastic wrap at room temperature. Keeps well for at least 5 days.
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