Bready or Not Original: Jammy Shortbread

Posted by on May 22, 2024 in Blog, Bready or Not, cookies | 0 comments

This Jammy Shortbread is a fun recipe that’s easy to customize with your favorite jam! Go for raspberry, cranberry, blueberry… something sweet and delicious.

Bready or Not Original: Jammy Shortbread

I had to make this recipe a few times to get it right. Specifically, shaping the dough was the issue. That’s why I give instructions to form the divided dough into a 12-inch stick that is 1 inch across. That makes the dough thick enough to form a trench that will hold the jam.

Bready or Not Original: Jammy Shortbread

What initially foiled me was that the dough was too wide, and then it spread with baking. I had these wide cookies with just a little bit of jam in the middle. Oops.

Bready or Not Original: Jammy Shortbread

Leave it to me to make the screw-ups so that your cookies can turn out great from the first batch!

Bready or Not Original: Jammy Shortbread

The dough is easy to work with in this classic-styled cookie with jam filling!
Course: Dessert, Snack
Keyword: cookies, jam
Author: Beth Cato

Equipment

  • food scale
  • plastic wrap or bags
  • parchment paper

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks) softened
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup thick fruit jam

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet to form a cohesive dough.
  • Use a food scale to divide the dough into four portions. Wrap them each in plastic wrap or in a sealable bag, and chill for at least an hour.
  • Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Pull out a portion of chilled dough. On a far side of the baking sheet, form it into a 12-inch-long stick, 1 inch across. Use fingertips to form a trench down the middle. Spoon jam to fill the trench. Repeat the process with the other three portions of dough, creating long lines on the pan.
  • Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, until dough looks set and is light golden brown. Let cool for 2 minutes. Slice each stick 3/4-inch apart to form individual cookies. Move them to a rack to completely cool. Store in a sealed container at room temperature.

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    New Book Deal with 47North

    Posted by on May 17, 2024 in Blog, house book | 0 comments

    Happy news! I’ll have another book published with 47North, the same wonderful people who published A Thousand Recipes for Revenge. The Cottage That Sways Between Sea and Sky (and that title may well change) is something different, a 1926-set cozy piece of historical fiction with a touch of fantasy and a lot of heart. It’ll come out in fall 2025.

    Book deal

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    Bready or Not Original: Easy Flatbread Crackers

    Posted by on May 15, 2024 in Blog, Bready or Not, cheese galore, cracker | 0 comments

    These Easy Flatbread Crackers are delicious, much better than anything you find in stores, and they are quick to make, too.

    Bready or Not Original: Easy Flatbread Crackers

    Anyone who knows me can figure out how I used these crackers: as a base for cheese. I need crackers to go with all kinds of cheese, so I don’t go heavy on savory flavors. The light seasonings here make for versatility. That versatility also makes these useful for dips, soups, or just eating straight.

    Bready or Not Original: Easy Flatbread Crackers

    A quick note on the cheese, too: whatever kind of Parmigiano-Reggiano or similar hard cheese you use inside these crackers, don’t get the pre-shredded kind if you can help it. Those shreds are coated with preservative, anti-stick stuff. That said, if you need to get shredded cheese for accessibility reasons, I understand–but be aware it can throw off recipes sometimes.

    Bready or Not Original: Easy Flatbread Crackers

    Bready or Not Original: Easy Flatbread Crackers

    These basic Flatbread Crackers are great to pair with cheese, dips, soups, and so many things! Adjust the seasonings and cracker thickness to your liking. They are best eaten within 3 days, but will keep for months in the freezer.
    Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
    Keyword: cheese, cracker
    Author: Beth Cato

    Equipment

    • baking sheet
    • parchment paper
    • Rolling Pin
    • pizza cutter or knife

    Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 cups bread flour plus flour for surface
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
    • 1 teaspoon white sugar
    • 1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano or a quality domestic version, freshly grated
    • 1 teaspoon celery flakes
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1/2 cup cold water
    • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • flaked sea salt to top

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven at 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    • In a medium bowl, toss together the flour, salt, sugar, and cheese. Add the herbs along with the olive oil and water, stirring until it just comes together as a dough. Add a touch more water if it’s too dry or flour if it is too wet.
    • Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead the dough briefly to smooth it out. It shouldn’t be sticky. Divide the dough in half.
    • Roll out a portion on the floured surface. Use a pastry brush to lightly coat the top with water. Sprinkle with flaked sea salt. Use a pizza cutter or other blade to portion the dough into rectangles or other shapes a few inches in diameter. Transfer pieces to prepared parchment. Repeat process with remaining dough.
    • Bake for 18 to 21 minutes, until lightly browned. Let harden and cool for at least an hour. Store in a sealed container for up to 3 days, or immediately freeze portions for later enjoyment.

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      Bready or Not: Cookie Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies

      Posted by on May 8, 2024 in biscoff spread, Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies | 0 comments

      I like to say that cookie butter makes everything better. I would also add that rainbow sprinkles make everything better. These cookies feature both cookie butter AND rainbow sprinkles, and will absolutely blow your mind.

      Bready or Not: Cookie Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies

      The recap, as there is always someone discovering cookie butter for the first time: it’s an addictive substance found near the peanut butter in most every grocery store in America; even my local Walmart has it in the main Biscoff brand or as a Walmart generic, and Trader Joe’s calls it Speculoos. It’s essentially pulverized cookies and oil. It has the exact same texture as peanut butter and can substitute for it in most any recipe. There is nothing healthy about it and it is incredibly delicious.

      Bready or Not: Cookie Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies

      Cookie butter makes things taste like cookie dough. That’s outright magical when paired with chocolate. These cookies are especially pretty as they include white and brown chips along with the sprinkles.

      Bready or Not: Cookie Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies

      Customize the sprinkles based on the season or reason. Red and green for Christmas, pink and/or red and/or white for Valentine’s, favorite sports team colors, whatever. Of course, basic rainbow sprinkles are always a great choice!

      Modified from Food Network Magazine December 2022.

      Bready or Not: Cookie Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies

      These big, festive cookies taste more inherently like cookie dough thanks to cookie butter. Customize the sprinkles based on the season, or go for classic rainbow sprinkles. Note that the dough needs to be chilled prior to baking. Modified from Food Network Magazine December 2022.
      Course: Dessert, Snack
      Cuisine: American
      Keyword: chocolate, cookie butter, cookies, sprinkles
      Servings: 32 cookies
      Author: Beth Cato

      Equipment

      • large cookie scoop
      • baking sheet
      • parchment paper

      Ingredients

      • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
      • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt
      • 10 Tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
      • 1/2 cup smooth cookie butter such as Biscoff or Speculoos
      • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
      • 1/4 cup white sugar
      • 2 large eggs room temperature
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
      • 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
      • 3 Tablespoons sprinkles plus more for topping

      Instructions

      • In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
      • In a large bowl, beat together the butter, cookie butter, and both sugars until they are light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla.
      • Gradually stir in the dry ingredients to form a cohesive dough. Fold in both kinds of chips along with the sprinkles. Cover the dough and chill in the fridge at least 2 hours, or up to a few days.
      • Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour some sprinkles into a bowl.
      • Use a scoop or spoon to shape the dough. Dip the top into the sprinkles and compress to coat. Place spaced out a few inches on sheet–they will spread!
      • Bake 11 to 12 minutes, until set and golden. Let them cool for about 5 minutes on the sheet, then transfer them to a cooling rack. Store them in a sealed container at room temperature.

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