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Bready or Not Original: Golden Syrup Snack Cake

Posted by on Jun 17, 2020 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, british, bundt, cake, lemon | 0 comments

Golden Syrup Snack Cake! This delicious, sticky, sweet-but-not-too-sweet cake delivers a taste of the UK wherever you may live.

Bready or Not Original: Golden Syrup Snack Cake

I see golden syrup all the time in British recipes. I debated trying those recipes, but wondered if I could finagle some kind of American equivalent to golden syrup. Nope.

Bready or Not Original: Golden Syrup Snack Cake

Accept no substitutes. Golden syrup is kinda between honey and maple syrup, but has its own unique kind of sweetness. The good news is, if you’re in America, it can be found on the shelf in grocery stores. I live in the boonies on the far western fringe of Phoenix, and I can even find it here… though it is kind of expensive.

Bready or Not Original: Golden Syrup Snack Cake

The grocery gods did smile upon me, though. I scored TWO bottles of Lyle’s Golden Syrup for half off in the clearance area. I actually squealed out loud.

Bready or Not Original: Golden Syrup Snack Cake

This cake has a soft, tender crumb that is gently sweet throughout. The glaze of extra syrup brushed on top adds a perfect finish. This is the perfect treat to serve up for a binge-watch of British telly!

Bready or Not Original: Golden Syrup Snack Cake

Recipe heavily modified and converted in measurement from a recipe found at the BBC.

 

Bready or Not Original: Golden Syrup Snack Cake

Golden Syrup originates in the United Kingdom and can be found in American supermarkets on the international aisle. Accept no substitutes; it has a unique sweet taste.
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: cake, golden syrup
Author: Beth Cato

Equipment

  • 8x8 or 9x9 pan

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 cube
  • 1/2 cup turbinado or other raw sugar
  • 3/4 cup golden syrup such as Lyle's, but not the squeeze bottle version
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup milk or half & half

Glaze

  • 2 Tablespoons golden syrup

Instructions

  • In a large pot, heat butter, golden syrup, and turbinado sugar until melted and combined. Set aside to cool.
  • Preheat oven at 325-degrees. Line an 8x8 or 9x9-square cake pan with foil and apply nonstick spray or butter.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the egg and milk. Mix with the contents of the large pot.
  • Into this pot, add the baking powder, ground ginger, and salt, followed by the flour. Pour into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 40 to 50 mins, until the middle passes the toothpick test. Measure the golden syrup for glazing into a bowl and brush it atop the warm cake.
  • Let cool at least 20 minutes before slicing. Store covered by foil or sliced up in a sealed container at room temperature.

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    Surviving Tomorrow: An all-star charity anthology to fight COVID-19

    Posted by on Jun 16, 2020 in anthology:story, Blog | 0 comments

    I am genuinely proud to be part of this incredible new anthology in which 95% of profits are being donated directly to charities that are providing testing to communities in need–and you get to choose the charity.

    surviving tomorrow

    Surviving Tomorrow is a collection of 29 stories about survivors by writers like Neil Gaiman. Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Cory Doctorow, Robert Silverberg, Jonathan Maberry, Seanan McGuire, Andrew Mayne, Scott Sigler, Orson Scott Card, Alan Dean Foster, A.C. Crispin… and me! The book is available to preorder now to ship in the coming months. There is a special edition, a hardcover, a trade paperback, and an ebook.

    Preorder Surviving Tomorrow.

    Find out more about the charities here.

    #SFWAPro

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    Bready or Not Original: Blueberry Crumble Bars

    Posted by on Jun 10, 2020 in Blog, blondies, blueberry, Bready or Not, breakfast | 0 comments

    Nothing says summer to me quite like blueberry bars, and this version has a delectable crumb topping and loads of blueberries!

    Bready or Not Original: Blueberry Crumble Bars

    This is really the best kind of fruit and shortbread combo. The bottom and top acquire a buttery crispness as they bake, the perfect contrast for the oozy, sweet berries.

    Bready or Not Original: Blueberry Crumble Bars

    I am frustrated when recipes only list blueberries by cup measurement, which is useless when I’m in the grocery store trying to figure out how much to buy in pints or ounces. I can say that 4 cups or 20 ounces is what you need for this recipe.

    Bready or Not Original: Blueberry Crumble Bars

    Be careful at the final stage when it’s time to slice into bars. The blueberries can stick to the foil quite a bit. Therefore, be sure to generously grease the pan prior to baking, and gently pry the foil away when ready to slice.

    Bready or Not Original: Blueberry Crumble Bars

    The recipe makes a full 9×13 pan, so be sure you have a lot of people present to eat them. These would be very dangerous treats to keep around when home alone, just sayin’.

    Bready or Not Original: Blueberry Crumble Bars

     

    Bready or Not Original: Blueberry Crumble Bars

    This recipe makes a 9x13 pan full of delicious bars! The buttery shortbread-like crust is perfectly paired with a generous layer of oozy blueberries.
    Course: Dessert, Snack
    Keyword: bars, blueberries, shortbread
    Author: Beth Cato

    Ingredients

    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup white sugar divided
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • pinch ground cinnamon
    • 1 cup unsalted butter 2 sticks, room temperature
    • 1 egg
    • 3 teaspoons cornstarch
    • 4 cups fresh blueberries 20 ounces

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven at 375-degrees. Line a 9x13 pan with foil and apply nonstick spray. Wash the blueberries and remove any stems or smashed berries, then gently blot dry with a towel.
    • In a big bowl, mix together the flour, 1/2 cup white sugar, the brown sugar, and baking powder. Add the salt and cinnamon. Add the butter and mix until it forms crumbly dough.
    • Pat about 2/3 of the dough into the prepared pan. A piece of waxed paper and a heavy glass will help compress it into an even layer.
    • In another bowl, stir together the remaining 1/2 cup white sugar and cornstarch. Gently stir the blueberries to coat. Sprinkle the blueberries over the bottom crust, then crumble the remaining dough evenly over the top.
    • Bake for 45 minutes, but check at the 30 minute point. If it's looking golden on top, cover it with foil then continue to bake.
    • Cool at room temperature, then chill in fridge to make it even more cohesive to cut. Use the foil to lift the contents onto a cutting board. Carefully peel back the foil from the edges; a knife might help to hold the bars in place if the blueberry layer is being especially sticky.
    • Slice into bars. Store in a sealed container in the fridge, with waxed paper between the stacked layers.

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      Book Blog: The Sign of the Dragon by Mary Soon Lee

      Posted by on Jun 5, 2020 in Blog, book blog | 0 comments

      I review everything I read and post reviews on Goodreads and LibraryThing. That’s not enough. Good books are meant to be shared. Therefore, I’m spotlighting some of my favorite reads here on my site.

      The Sign of the Dragon by Mary Soon Lee
      out now in ebook; Google Play, B&N, and Amazon

       

      I love this book. It’s as close to perfect as a book can get, which is saying a lot, especially when I add that this is a novel-sized volume of fantasy poetry that truly reads like a novel.

      The central character is King Xau, a fourth son never intended to be king. He never wanted to be king. Xau is a good human being, and that is one of the intense joys of this book. Even though it often deals honestly, graphically, with war and depravity, the verses are embodied with an overall positive message that good things happen when people strive to do good. We take that in through various viewpoints–Xau’s, and those of dozens around him, from commoners in awe of a brief meeting to his avowed enemies to his beloved guards to the palace cat.

      As a poetry book, it is entirely accessible. The verses flow, and emotions with them. This is a book that will make you FEEL. I can’t even say how many verses brought tears to my eyes, and I had to fight sobs at the end.

      I had read the first 60 poems in Mary Soon Lee’s previous book Crowned (which I provided a blurb for), plus individual poems in a smattering of other publications. The Sign of the Dragon added 200 never-before-published poems to Xau’s tale.

      If you don’t normally read poetry books, please, read this one. If you do read poetry, you’ll be blown away at the beauty and flow of this novel told in verse. I already know this will be one of my favorites for the year. A favorite book, period.

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      Bready or Not Original: Cardamom Cashew-Walnut Butter

      Posted by on Jun 3, 2020 in Blog, Bready or Not, gluten-free, healthier, nutty | 0 comments

      This is a two-for-one Bready or Not posts: recipes for Cardamom Cashew-Walnut Butter, for both small and large food processors.

      Bready or Not Original: Cardamom Cashew-Walnut Butter

      For the past few years, I had an 8-cup Cuisinart food processor. The thing was great, but as I tried more recipes, I found that most were designed for a larger food processor. Darn.

      So when Costco advertised a Cuisinart double the size, I circled the ad and shoved it toward my husband, saying, “This is what I want for Christmas.”

      Bready or Not Original: Cardamom Cashew-Walnut Butter

      After overcoming my initial anxiety about operating the darn thing (blades and pieces galore! confusing!), I delighted in the increased capacity. Now I can make bigger batches of stuff like nut butter!

      Bready or Not Original: Cardamom Cashew-Walnut Butter

      This recipe is a particular favorite of mine. I created the original small batch recipe for my old unit, and then modified it for the shiny new machine.

      Bready or Not Original: Cardamom Cashew-Walnut Butter

      You can substitute other nuts in the recipe, but the mixing time may be different. Almonds are harder, and take longer to process.

      Bready or Not Original: Cardamom Cashew-Walnut Butter

      Also check out my Maple Nut Butter recipe!

      Bready or Not Original: Cardamom Cashew-Walnut Butter [Small Batch]

      If you have a small food processor (around 8 cup capacity), this is the nut butter recipe for you! This whips up in no time and is way better than the typical store stuff. Makes about 1 cup (8 ounces) of nut butter.
      Cuisine: American
      Keyword: cashews, nut butter, walnuts
      Author: Beth Cato

      Equipment

      • 8-cup food processor

      Ingredients

      • 1 1/2 cups cashews
      • 1 cup walnuts
      • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
      • 1 Tablespoon honey
      • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
      • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

      Instructions

      • If the nuts are unroasted, roast them first for a boost of flavor. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and preheat oven at 350 degrees. Spread cashews and walnuts in an even layer. Bake for about 6 minutes, whereupon they should smell pleasantly toasty. Let cool at least 30 minutes before continuing with next step.
      • Fit processor with an S-shaped blade inside. Pour in cashews, walnuts, and sea salt. Process for about 5 to 10 minutes, stopping sporadically to scrape sides. The nut butter is done when the mixture looks smooth and flows over the blades like a thick river.
      • Add the honey, ground cardamom, and vanilla. Process another two minutes to incorporate.
      • Place nut butter in a clean glass jar (or jars). Store sealed at room temperature for as long as a year. Some separation of nuts and oil is natural--just stir them together again, if needed. If the nut butter dries out, warm what is needed in a microwave-safe bowl to make it spreadable.

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        Bready or Not Original: Cardamom Cashew-Walnut Butter [Large Batch]

        If you have a large food processor (around 15 cup capacity), this is the nut butter recipe for you! This whips up in no time and is way better than the typical store stuff. Makes about 2 cups (16 ounces) nut butter.
        Keyword: cashews, nut butter, walnuts
        Author: Beth Cato

        Equipment

        • 16-cup food processor

        Ingredients

        • 3 cups cashews
        • 2 cup walnuts
        • 1 teaspoon sea salt
        • 2 Tablespoon honey
        • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
        • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

        Instructions

        • If the nuts are unroasted, roast them first for a boost of flavor. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and preheat oven at 350 degrees. Spread cashews and walnuts in an even layer. Bake for about 6 minutes, whereupon they should smell pleasantly toasty. Let cool at least 30 minutes before continuing with next step.
        • Fit processor with an S-shaped blade inside. Pour in cashews, walnuts, and sea salt. Process for about 5 to 10 minutes, stopping sporadically to scrape sides. The nut butter is done when the mixture looks smooth and flows over the blades like a thick river.
        • Add the honey, ground cardamom, and vanilla. Process another two minutes to incorporate.
        • Place nut butter in a clean glass jar (or jars). Store sealed at room temperature for as long as a year. Some separation of nuts and oil is natural--just stir them together again, if needed. If the nut butter dries out, warm what is needed in a microwave-safe bowl to make it spreadable.
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        Bready or Not Original: Soft Maple Sugar Cookies

        Posted by on May 27, 2020 in Blog, Bready or Not, cookies, maple | 0 comments

        Soft Maple Sugar Cookies! That’s right, this recipe combines two of the best things ever for an original treat.

        Bready or Not Original: Soft Maple Sugar Cookies

        It has been way too long since I offered up a maple-flavored treat. These are so good, they make up for that lapse in a major way.

        Bready or Not Original: Soft Maple Sugar Cookies

        These are soft, chewy cookies. Maple flavor is built into the dough, and the drizzle of glaze adds a touch more.

        Bready or Not Original: Soft Maple Sugar Cookies

        I wish I could say how long these cookies will keep, but I don’t know. They stayed delicious for at least one full day, then they went to my husband’s work and were goooooooone.

        Bready or Not Original: Soft Maple Sugar Cookies

        You’ll have to bake them yourself and see how long they last!

        Bready or Not Original: Soft Maple Sugar Cookies

         

        Bready or Not Original: Soft Maple Sugar Cookies

        These cookies combine classic chewy sugar cookies with lovely maple flavor. Recipe makes about 57 cookies using a teaspoon scoop.
        Course: Dessert, Snack
        Keyword: cookies, maple
        Servings: 57 cookies
        Author: Beth Cato

        Equipment

        • teaspoon scoop
        • parchment paper

        Ingredients

        Dough

        • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened 1 stick
        • 1/2 cup shortening
        • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
        • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
        • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
        • 1 teaspoon baking soda
        • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
        • 1/8 teaspoon salt
        • 3 egg yolks
        • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
        • 1 teaspoon maple flavor
        • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

        Glaze

        • 1/4 cup unsalted butter half stick
        • 2 cups confectioners' sugar plus more is needed for thickness
        • 1/4 cup half & half or milk
        • 3 Tablespoons maple syrup

        Instructions

        • Preheat oven at 300-degrees. In a large bowl, beat together butter and shortening. Add both sugars, maple syrup, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Beat for about 2 minutes, scraping bottle of bowl often. Add egg yolks one at a time, followed by vanilla extract and maple flavor. Mix in flour until just combined.
        • Use a scoop or spoon to dollop dough onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet, spacing out to account for spread. Bake for 11 to 16 minutes. Let set on cookie sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to a rack to completely cool.
        • Once all cookies are baked and cooled, move them back to the parchment-covered pan, close together, before mixing glaze.
        • In a small bowl, melt butter in microwave. Add the confectioners' sugar to bowl, followed by half & half and maple syrup. Stir. Add more sugar, if needed, to form a thick consistency. Drizzle all over cookies. Let set for 30 minutes to 1 hour before moving to sealed containers.

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