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Bready or Not: Chocolate Cherry Bundt Cake

Posted by on Feb 12, 2020 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, bundt, cake, chocolate | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Chocolate Cherry Bundt Cake

Chocolate and cherries team up to delicious results in this delicious Chocolate Cherry Bundt Cake!

Bready or Not: Chocolate Cherry Bundt Cake

I first encountered this lovely combo in the Queen Anne Cordial Cherries my parents would buy around Christmas. The combo is pretty amazing in cake form, too.

Bready or Not: Chocolate Cherry Bundt Cake

You use both cherries and cherry juice in this recipe. That infuses the crumb with cherry flavor, even if your bite lacks cherry chunks.

Bready or Not: Chocolate Cherry Bundt Cake

Chocolate is swirled throughout. Make sure you don’t swirl it too much–you want distinct layers of chocolate, not only for the flavor, but the lovely appearance.

Bready or Not: Chocolate Cherry Bundt Cake

This is a special kind of bundt cake, perfect for a birthday, brunch, special dessert, breakfast, and–of course–Valentine’s Day.

Bready or Not: Chocolate Cherry Bundt Cake

Bake up this beautiful thing and indulge. Plus, it can always be sliced up and frozen for later!

Bready or Not: Chocolate Cherry Bundt Cake

Chocolate and cherries team up to delicious results in this delicious Chocolate Cherry Bundt Cake! This is a special sort of bundt cake, but a very straightforward one to make.
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Keyword: bundt cake, cherries, chocolate, sour cream
Author: Beth Cato

Equipment

  • large bundt pan

Ingredients

  • 13 1/2 ounces maraschino cherries with juice
  • 3 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup unsalted butter 2 sticks, room temperature
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream or plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Drain juice from cherries into another bowl; reserve 1/2 cup of juice. Remove stems from cherries and roughly chop up the fruit. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Grease and flour a large bundt pan.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the flour and baking soda. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in eggs one at a time. Pour in the cherry juice, water, and almond extract. Start adding the flour mix and the sour cream in small amounts, going back and forth until everything is just incorporated. Fold the cherries into the batter.
  • In a microwave safe dish, heat the chocolate chips in short bursts until they can be stirred smooth.
  • Spoon some cherry batter into the base of the bundt pan. Add dollops of chocolate, then more batter. Keep going back and forth until all of the batter and chocolate is in the pan. Drag a butter knife through--without touching the metal--to swirl everything together a bit more, then smooth the top.
  • Bake for about 1 hour, until an inserted knife comes out clean. Set on a rack to cool for 20 minutes, then invert the cake and remove the pan so it can completely cool.
  • Store covered at room temperature. Slices can also be frozen for later enjoyment.
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Bready or Not: Ultimate Chocolate Cookies

Posted by on Jan 29, 2020 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Ultimate Chocolate Cookies

Ultimate Chocolate Cookies! Say that in a gravelly announcer-guy voice. ULTIMATE CHOCOLATE COOKIES!

Bready or Not: Ultimate Chocolate Cookies

These are loaded with chocolate–melted into the dough and with bonus chocolate chips, too! Oh yeah, and cocoa!

Bready or Not: Ultimate Chocolate Cookies

The addition of espresso powder (or instant coffee) amps up that chocolate flavor, too. If you don’t keep that around for your cookies and brownies, it’s a good habit to start.

Bready or Not: Ultimate Chocolate Cookies

I mean, amping up chocolate flavor is DEFINITELY a good thing.

Bready or Not: Ultimate Chocolate Cookies

You might even say it makes things… ultimate.

Bready or Not: Ultimate Chocolate Cookies

Modified from AllRecipes Magazine February/March 2015.

Bready or Not: Ultimate Chocolate Cookies

These cookies are a must for chocoholics! Note that the cookie dough needs to set for at least 30 minutes prior to baking. Makes 50 teaspoon-sized cookies.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, cookies
Author: Beth Cato

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips 1 bag, divided
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder Dutch process or regular unsweetened, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder or instant-coffee granules
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • On the stove top or in a microwave, melt 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, warming until smooth. Set aside to cool.
  • In another bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a big bowl, beat together the butter and two sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, scraping bowl to make sure everything is combined. Follow up with espresso powder and vanilla, then the melted chocolate. Stir in flour mixture. Fold in the remaining chocolate chips.
  • Cover mixing bowl and let dough stand for about 30 minutes so that the chocolate can set.
  • Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Use a teaspoon scoop to place dough spaced out on parchment-covered cookie sheet or seasoned stoneware.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let set on stove about 10 minutes before moving cookies to a rack to completely cool.
  • Store in sealed containers at room temperature. Cookies may crisp up more after 1 day, but keep quite well.
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Bready or Not: British Flapjacks

Posted by on Jan 22, 2020 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, british, chocolate | 2 comments

Time for flapjacks–British-style flapjacks, which are like American granola bars! This recipe, modified from British baking goddess Mary Berry, is super-easy and delicious.

British Flapjacks

In advance of my big trip to the UK last June, I wanted to make numerous British, Scottish, and French goodies so I could then find the legit thing over there to see if I did it right.

British Flapjacks

I ended up eating a lot of different flapjacks. Not only are they common to find at bakery counters everywhere, but in grocery stores I found a lot of what Americans call energy bars are labeled as flapjacks instead.

British Flapjacks

This particular flapjack is more like a bakery-style flapjack: like a toffee-rich granola bar. A drizzle of chocolate, I found, added some necessary contrast and balance.

British Flapjacks

My husband took these to work. A Scottish-born co-worker gave one a try and actually asked, “Is this a flapjack?” I cheered and danced when I heard that. I did it! I made a recognizable flapjack!

British Flapjacks

I found the original version of this recipe in Mary Berry’s cookbook Baking with Mary Berry. Unlike most (or maybe all) of her other cookbooks, this one is in American measurements, though it still features loads of British goods. Click on the picture below to find it on Amazon.

I modified another recipe from this book, too. Find my take on British-style Gingerbread here!

Bready or Not: British Flapjacks

What the British call flapjacks are more closely related to American granola bars. Chewy and delicious, they are perfect for breakfasts and snacks. Recipe modified from Mary Berry's recipe in Baking with Mary Berry.
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: bars, chocolate, granola
Author: Beth Cato

Equipment

  • 8x12x1-inch pan (small jelly roll pan)

Ingredients

Flapjacks

  • 9 Tablespoons unsalted butter 1 stick plus 1 Tablespoon
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 1/2 cups rolled old-fashioned oats

Chocolate Drizzle

  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon shortening

Instructions

  • Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Line pan with aluminum foil and apply grease or nonstick spray. Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, gently heat the butter, corn syrup, and sugar until everything is melted together with the sugar dissolved. Stir in oats to completely coat.
  • Scoop everything into the prepared pan. Use an uneven spatula to spread out evenly.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Let cool for about 5 minutes. Leaving contents in pan, slice into thin rectangular bars. Let completely cool.
  • Use foil to lift contents onto cutting board. Slice again to separate.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, heat up chocolate chips with shortening, cooking in 20 second bursts and stirring well between each time, until chocolate smoothly stirs together. Use a fork to drizzle over flapjacks.
  • Store in sealed container at room temperature.

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    Bready or Not Original: Millionaire Shortbread

    Posted by on Jan 8, 2020 in Blog, blondies, Bready or Not, british, chocolate | Comments Off on Bready or Not Original: Millionaire Shortbread

    Millionaire Shortbread. Gorgeous. Delicious. A little bit of extra effort to make, but SO WORTH IT.

    Bready or Not Original: Millionaire Shortbread

    I wanted to concoct the best-possible Millionaire Shortbread. This involved strenuous testing of recipes. Much baking. Much reliance on test subjects (husband and his co-workers).

    The resulting feedback? I wrote it down.
    “This shortbread is enjoyed, and feared.”
    “To call them excellent would be an insult to your wife.”

    Bready or Not Original: Millionaire Shortbread

    So yeah. The test subjects approved. I personally would rank this up there with my best all-time bakes, because it really combines the best of everything.

    Bready or Not Original: Millionaire Shortbread

    The shortbread layer is firm yet soft. THEN THAT CARAMEL. It is thick, luscious, and sweet. The chocolate provides the perfect balance, especially with the help of some Maldon salt flakes.

    Bready or Not Original: Millionaire Shortbread

    Do note that the ganache needs to be semisweet chocolate, or an even darker variety. Milk chocolate is just too sweet against that thick caramel. I say that, and I usually prefer milk chocolate.

    Bready or Not Original: Millionaire Shortbread

    I wish I could say how long this keeps in the fridge, but my test subjects were a bit too voracious to provide perspective on that point.

     

    Bready or Not Original: Millionaire Shortbread

    This Millionaire Shortbread is pure rich indulgence, and so worth the extra effort to make!
    Course: Dessert, Snack
    Cuisine: British
    Keyword: bars, chocolate, cookies
    Author: Beth Cato

    Ingredients

    Shortbread Crust

    • 1 cup unsalted butter 2 cubes, softened
    • 1/3 cup white sugar
    • 1/3 cup light brown sugar packed
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt

    Caramel

    • 2 14-ounce cans sweetened condensed milk
    • 14 Tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
    • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt

    Chocolate Ganache

    • 11 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
    • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter 1/2 stick
    • Maldon sea salt flakes for top, optional

    Instructions

    Shortbread base

    • Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Line a 13x9 baking pan with aluminum foil and apply nonstick spray or butter.
    • In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Add both sugars and beat until light and fluffy. Follow up with the egg yolk and vanilla extract. Scrape bottom of bowl to make sure everything is incorporated.
    • Gradually work in flour along with the salt. Don't overmix. It should still be crumbly. Drop dough into prepared pan and compress into an even layer. (A piece of waxed paper and a heavy glass make this easier.)
    • Bake shortbread layer for 20 to 25 minutes, until edges are turning golden brown. Set pan aside to cool while the next layer is made.

    Caramel

    • In a large saucepan at medium heat, stir together the condensed milk, butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup. Stir constantly as it rises to a boil. Immediately drop heat to low, and continue to stir nonstop for about 10 to 15 minutes, until mixture turns a deep caramel color and thickens up; watch out, the caramel can spit out of the pan at times!
    • Remove pot from heat and promptly stir in vanilla extract and salt.
    • Pour caramel over the shortbread, using an uneven spatula or knife if needed to smooth it into an even layer. Cool pan for several hours until it reaches room temperature, or set in fridge to chill.

    Ganache topping

    • In a microwave-safe bowl (or, alternatively, on the stove top in a pot) melt together the chocolate chips and butter. Once it can be stirred smooth, pour over the caramel. Spread out into an even layer. If desired, sprinkle Maldon sea salt flakes over the top.
    • Chill in fridge to let chocolate harden for at least 30 minutes. Use foil to lift contents of pan onto a cutting board. Let chocolate warm again, just a touch, perhaps for 5 or 10 minutes, before slicing into bars (otherwise, the chocolate will crack rather than be sliced through).
    • Store bars in fridge with waxed paper between layers. Keeps for days.

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      Bready or Not Original: Quick Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge

      Posted by on Dec 18, 2019 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, fudge, gluten-free, no-bake dessert | Comments Off on Bready or Not Original: Quick Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge

       Holiday time can be all kinds of hectic, but if you need a sweet treat in limited time, this Quick Peanut Butter Fudge will be adored by all chocolate and peanut butter lovers!

      Bready or Not Original: Quick Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge

      This thing literally comes together in under five minutes. Give it a couple hours to set in the fridge, and there you go. Plus, it keeps for weeks in the fridge (if you can make it last that long) and it can be frozen for ages.

      Bready or Not Original: Quick Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge

      I love using walnuts in this fudge, but any nut will do. Can you make it without nuts? Sure, but I find that a little bit of crunch is great for texture. Some seeds could work in this, too, if you need to avoid an allergen (keeping in mind, this already includes peanut butter chips!).

      Bready or Not Original: Quick Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge

      My husband had co-workers describe this fudge as “crack.” Consider yourself warned.

      Bready or Not Original: Quick Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge

      I’ve shared a number of quick fudge recipes over the years. Here are some others to try out!

      Cookies and Milk Quick Fudge

      Five-Minute Spicy Mexican Fudge

      Quick Maple Cookie Fudge

      Quick Cake Batter White Chocolate Fudge

      Gingerbread Cookie Dough Fudge

      Oreo Fudge

      No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Fudge

      Lemon Cake Batter Fudge

      Bready or Not Original: Quick Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge

      Bready or Not Original: Quick Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge

      This fudge come together in about 5 minutes thanks to the microwave, and results in a smooth fudge reminiscent of peanut butter cups. Cut the pieces small--they are decadent and addictive!
      Course: Dessert, Snack
      Keyword: chocolate, no bake, peanut butter, quick fudge
      Author: Beth Cato

      Equipment

      • 8x8 or 9x9 pan

      Ingredients

      • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
      • 10- ounce bag peanut butter chips 1 bag
      • 8- ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips about 3/4 bag
      • 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
      • 1 cup walnuts or other nuts, chopped

      Instructions

      • Line a small square pan with foil and apply nonstick spray or butter.
      • In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt butter with a zap or two in microwave. Add peanut butter, chips, chocolate chips, and sweetened condensed milk. Heat in a couple 30-second bursts, stirring well between each, and continuing until the mixture is smooth. Fold in nuts.
      • Pour into prepared pan. Smooth out using an uneven spatula, taking fudge to edges and pressing down to remove any bubbles.
      • Chill in fudge for at least two hours. Use foil to lift onto cutting board for easy slicing. Store in a sealed container with waxed paper between the layers; keep in fridge as long as a month, or freeze for longer.

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        Bready or Not Original: Cranberry-Orange Cookies

        Posted by on Nov 27, 2019 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies | Comments Off on Bready or Not Original: Cranberry-Orange Cookies

        These Cranberry-Orange Cookies are packed with vivid, fresh flavor, and a sure way to brighten your day, whatever the season!

        Bready or Not Original: Cranberry-Orange Cookies

        The order of ingredients is important here. You take one orange and zest and juice it. The zest goes straight into the dough, while the juice is used to soak the dried cranberries.

        Bready or Not Original: Cranberry-Orange Cookies

        Not only does this plump up the desiccated berries, but it naturally amplifies their flavor, too. The tartness becomes stronger, in perfect complement to the citrusy freshness.

        Bready or Not Original: Cranberry-Orange Cookies

        Then, you add two tablespoons of the juice to the dough. The rest, do whatever with. It’s mighty tasty to drink!

        Bready or Not Original: Cranberry-Orange Cookies

        The white chocolate chips add sporadic sweetness to balance the tartness, and it goes so well with the orange flavor, too.

        Bready or Not Original: Cranberry-Orange Cookies

        Plus, these cookies are downright pretty on a holiday tray, packed as a gift, or eaten whenever, all the year long!

        Bready or Not Original: Cranberry-Orange Cookies

        These cookies boast of an incredibly fresh, fruity flavor, with just enough white chocolate chips to balance the tartness of the dried cranberries. Recipe makes 36 cookies using a tablespoon scoop.
        Course: Dessert, Snack
        Keyword: chocolate, citrus, cookies
        Servings: 36 cookies
        Author: Beth Cato

        Ingredients

        • 1 orange
        • 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
        • 1 cup unsalted butter 2 sticks, softened
        • 1 cup white sugar
        • 1/2 cups brown sugar packed
        • 1 egg
        • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
        • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
        • 1/2 teaspoon salt
        • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

        Instructions

        • Preheat oven at 375-degrees.
        • Zest then juice the orange. Place dried cranberries in bowl and pour orange juice over them, stir, then set aside to soak
        • In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugars. Add the egg. Stir in orange zest.
        • In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually blend with butter mixture. Measure 2 tablespoons of orange juice from the bowl, and add to the dough. Drain off the rest of the orange juice (discard it or save it to drink) and add the dried cranberries and white chocolate chips to the dough. Combine.
        • Use a tablespoon scoop or spoon to space out dollops of dough on baking sheet; cookies will spread. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, until cookies are golden and set. Let set on sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack to completely cool. Repeat with the next batch(es).
        • Store in a sealed container.

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