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Bready or Not Original: Apple Butter-Pecan Roll

Posted by on Jun 19, 2024 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, nutty, yeast bread | 0 comments

This Apple Butter-Pecan Roll is something special, a gorgeous and small round of braided bread jeweled with pecans. It’s perfect for a few people to share as a treat.

Bready or Not Original: Apple Butter-Pecan Roll

Honestly, I’d rather have this than most cakes. It is as delicious as it looks, but it does take time to make and dirties a lot of dishes in the process. Definitely a special occasion kind of thing.

Bready or Not Original: Apple Butter-Pecan Roll

I modified this immensely from a recipe called Sweet Potato-Pecan Sweet Roll in Bake from Scratch’s September/October 2023 issue. Obviously, I replaced the sweet potato, but I also extensively rewrote the recipe to try to clarify what should be used and when. I find it very confusing when, in an already complicated recipe, I need to divide things within the ingredient list.

Bready or Not Original: Apple Butter-Pecan Roll

I hope that some of you take on the challenge of this recipe and find my new version doable even if it is still daunting!

Bready or Not Original: Apple Butter-Pecan Roll

This recipe results in a gorgeous small coronet of braided bread, shining with glaze and jeweled by pecans. It is perfect for a few people to share.
Course: Bread, Breakfast, Dessert
Keyword: pecans, yeast bread
Author: Beth Cato

Equipment

  • instant read thermometer
  • nonstick spray
  • cake pan
  • Rolling Pin
  • kitchen shears or knife

Ingredients

Dry dough ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Wet ingredients for dough

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk or soured milk [see note]
  • 1/3 cup apple butter
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter softened

Filling

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar packed
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1/4 cup toasted pecan pieces

Topping

  • 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons milk or half & half
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter melted (5 grams)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoons pecan pieces

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the dry dough ingredients: flour, brown sugar, salt, yeast and nutmeg. Dig a well in the center.
  • In a small saucepan, gently bring to medium heat the wet dough ingredients: buttermilk/soured milk, apple butter, and butter. Stir until the butter is melted and an instant-read thermometer is over 100-degrees. (Don’t go over 120 or the heat may kill the yeast.)
  • Pour the saucepan contents into the well in the flour. Use a big spoon to stir until combined.
  • Heavily flour a clean surface. Turn out the dough onto it and knead until the mixture is elastic and only mildly tacky, about 8 to 10 minutes. Flour hands and surface more if necessary.
  • Apply nonstick spray inside a medium bowl. Place dough inside, turning to grease all sides. Cover and let rise in a warm spot for about 40 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, put nonstick spray in a round cake pan.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the first three filling ingredients: cinnamon, ginger, and brown sugar.
  • Punch down the dough and let it rest about 5 minutes. Turn the dough out onto the floured surface again and roll into a 14×8-inch rectangle. Spread the 2 Tablespoon softened butter over the dough, leaving a bare 1/2-inch frame around the edge. Sprinkle the cinnamon mixture over the butter, forming a thick layer. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of pecan pieces on top.
  • Roll up the dough, long-ways, and pinch the seam to seal it. Rock and roll the dough tube, stretching it out, evenly extending the length to 15 inches. Arrange it so the seam is on the side facing you.
  • Use kitchen shears or a knife to cut the log in half lengthwise, but leave it connected by an inch at one end. Turn the cut sides to face upward. Carefully twine them together in a simple braid, bringing the uncut end around to tuck underneath, forming a braided circlet. Place inside cake pan with the cut sides facing up. Cover again to rise in a warm place for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
  • Place bread in hot oven. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes; an instant-read thermometer plunged into the middle should be over 190 degrees. If it’s looking very brown near the end, cover it with foil for the rest of the bake.
  • Cool for about 20 minutes as the glaze is made.
  • Whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, milk, butter and salt. Dribble over warm bread so that the glaze cascades along the ridges. Sprinkle pecan pieces over the top.
  • Serve immediately. Any leftovers are best if warmed briefly in the microwave or oven.

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    Notes

    To make soured milk, place 2 teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar in a liquid measuring cup. Pour in milk or half & half to equal the 1/3 cup called for by this recipe. After about 10 minutes, the mixture should be thick and curdled.
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    Bready or Not Original: Big Batch Chocolate Chip Shortbread

    Posted by on Jun 12, 2024 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies | 0 comments

    Do you need a whole lot of cookies? This Big Batch Chocolate Chip Shortbread recipe has got you covered.

    Bready or Not Original: Big Batch Chocolate Chip Shortbread

    This recipe doubles my Pride O’ Scotland Shortbread Recipe (one of the first cookie recipes I ever called ‘mine’ back in my teens) and adds chocolate chips. I’ve reworked my basic shortbread recipe many ways over the years; check out versions with Cookie Butter, Lemon, and Chocolate Chip Espresso.

    Bready or Not Original: Big Batch Chocolate Chip Shortbread

    A few important things to mention here. Before the shortbread is baked, be sure to use a fork to poke holes over the top and then cut into the dough to form the shapes of the future cookies. Then, as soon as the pan is out of the oven, cut again along those lines. A lot of classic shortbread recipes produce cookies that are firm and soft, and if they are cut after being cooled, they may just fall apart.

    Bready or Not Original: Big Batch Chocolate Chip Shortbread

    Bready or Not Original: Big Batch Chocolate Chip Shortbread

    Need a lot of cookies, without a lot of fuss? This recipe makes that easy, though the sheer quantity of dough requires some hands-on work!
    Course: Dessert, Snack
    Cuisine: British
    Keyword: chocolate, cookies, shortbread
    Author: Beth Cato

    Equipment

    • jelly roll pan (15x10x1)

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups unsalted butter (4 sticks) softened
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
    • 4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup chocolate chips

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven at 375-degrees. Line jelly roll pan with foil and apply nonstick spray.
    • In a large bowl, beat together the butter, egg yolks, and vanilla. In another bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet. If using something like a KitchenAid, by the end, the thick dough will likely require setting the beater aside and using both hands. Distribute the chocolate chips throughout.
    • Press dough into prepared pan. Flatten evenly with palms. Prick surface all over with floured fork. Use a knife or bench knife to score the dough into finger-sized wedges.
    • Bake for at least 20 minutes; the tops should just be turning golden, with the middle set and dry. Remove from oven. Immediately cut again following slash marks.
    • Let shortbread cool. Cut again along slash marks. Use the foil to carefully lift the shortbread onto a cutting board to pull apart the pieces. Shortbread will keep in a sealed container for several days.

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      Bready or Not: Cider Pound Cake

      Posted by on Jun 5, 2024 in apples, Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, bundt, cake | 0 comments

      This luscious Cider Pound Cake, made in a tube pan, is great by itself or eaten alongside fruit and/or ice cream.

      Bready or Not: Cider Pound Cake

      There are no apples in this cake. That means it’s fast and easy to make, too. No peeling, or dicing or grating. Instead, the recipe relies on sparkling apple cider for sweetness and gentle flavor.

      Bready or Not: Cider Pound Cake

      “Sparkling cider” means nonalcoholic. That doesn’t mean you should use any old apple juice, though. Apple cider has more flavor and heft (i.e. not so watery). I used a seasonal version from Aldi that is all Honeycrisp, but any basic sparkling cider will do!

      Bready or Not: Cider Pound Cake

      Modified from Centennial Kitchen Fall Baking Magazine 2021.

      Bready or Not: Cider Pound Cake

      This recipe includes no actual pieces of apple, instead getting sweetness and fresh flavor from sparkling (meaning nonalcoholic) apple cider. The outside of the cake will form a crunchy crust, while the inside is tender and moist. Modified from Centennial Kitchen Fall Baking Magazine 2021.
      Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
      Keyword: apple, bundt cake, cake, cider, tube
      Author: Beth Cato

      Equipment

      • large tube pan
      • nonstick spray

      Ingredients

      Cake

      • 2 cups unsalted butter (4 sticks) softened
      • 2 cups white sugar
      • 6 large eggs room temperature
      • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
      • 1/4 teaspoon salt
      • 1/2 cup sparkling apple cider

      Glaze

      • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
      • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
      • 1 Tablespoon sparkling apple cider

      Instructions

      • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a tune pan with nonstick spray.
      • In a big bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until they are fluffy. Add the eggs in sequence, beating well after each addition.
      • In another bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Gradually add it to the large bowl along with the apple cider, going back and forth in increments. Scrape the bottom of the bowl to ensure everything is mixed. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth out the top.
      • Bake for 1 hour and 5 minutes to 1 hour and 20 minutes, until a toothpick plunged into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool in pan for 20 minutes, then invert onto a cooling rack to completely cool.
      • Once the cake is cool, in a small bowl, combine the three glaze ingredients to make a thick but moveable glaze. Dribble over cake so that it oozes over sides.
      • Let set at least 30 minutes before cutting. Store under a cake dome or cut into individual slices to encase in plastic wrap.

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        Bready or Not: Cookie Butter Pound Cake

        Posted by on May 29, 2024 in biscoff spread, Blog, Bready or Not, cake | 0 comments

        This Cookie Butter Pound Cake, topped with a Cookie Butter Glaze, is lush, indulgent, and oh so good.

        Bready or Not: Cookie Butter Pound Cake

        Because someone always asks, “What’s cookie butter?” The answer is: 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 Pound Cake

        Cookie butter makes everything taste more inherently like cookie dough. In this recipe, you have cookie dough in the cake batter, in the glaze, and actual cookies crumbled on top. If you love cookie butter, this is your recipe–and if you haven’t had it yet, prepare to be converted.

        Bready or Not: Cookie Butter Pound Cake

        Modified from Bake from Scratch September-October 2023 issue.

        Bready or Not: Cookie Butter Pound Cake

        This indulgent cake is ideal for cookie butter lovers–or will convert people to the ways of cookie butter! Modified from Bake from Scratch September-October 2023 issue.
        Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
        Keyword: bundt cake, cake, cookie butter
        Author: Beth Cato

        Equipment

        • large bundt cake pan (15 cups)
        • baking spray with flour
        • stand mixer

        Ingredients

        Cake

        • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks) softened
        • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
        • 3/4 cups brown sugar packed
        • 3/4 cup cookie butter
        • 5 large eggs room temperature
        • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
        • 3 cups all-purpose flour
        • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
        • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
        • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
        • 1 cup milk or half & half, room temperature

        Cookie Butter Glaze

        • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
        • 1/2 cup cookie butter
        • 1/4 cup milk or half & half
        • 2 Biscoff cookies crushed, for garnish

        Instructions

        Make the cake

        • Preheat oven at 325 degrees. Generously apply nonstick spray with flour to a large (15 cup) bundt pan.
        • In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat butter, sugars, and cookie butter until light and fluffy, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Follow up with vanilla.
        • In another bowl, stir together flour, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Gradually add the dry mix to the wet, alternatively adding in the milk as well. Scrape the bottom of the bowl to make sure everything is combined.
        • Spoon batter into the greased pan. Even out the batter over the top.
        • Bake for an hour to an hour and 5 minutes, until the middle of the cake passes the toothpick test. Let it cool in pan for 20 minutes, then invert it onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

        Make the glaze

        • In a mixing bowl, beat together the confectioners’ sugar, cookie butter, and milk. Beat for 1 to 2 minutes, until it is nice and smooth; if it is too loose, add more confectioners’ sugar, and if it’s too thick, add a touch more milk. Immediately drizzle over cake to form thick drizzles. Crush the two Biscoff cookies and crumble them over the top.
        • Store cake under a cake dome, or cut into individual slices to encase in plastic wrap.

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          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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            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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