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Bready or Not Original: Cookie Butter Shortbread

Posted by on Jul 20, 2022 in biscoff spread, Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, british, chocolate, cookies | 0 comments

The Cookie Butter Shortbread is a new riff on my classic Shortbread recipe that I’ve also made with espresso powder and chocolate chips–and also with an infusion of lemon and a glaze. It’s a versatile base recipe.

Bready or Not Original: Cookie Butter Shortbread

Now, I bet some of you are asking–what is cookie butter? It’s essentially pureed spice cookies with oil, forming a spreadable consistency just like peanut butter. You can find it in stores by the nut butter; Trader Joe’s carries it under the name Speculoos. What cookie butter does is make cookies taste more… cookie. You’ll know what I mean when you try it.

Bready or Not Original: Cookie Butter Shortbread

This is not a crisp shortbread like the traditional Walker’s brand (which is delicious in its own right). No, this shortbread is cakey and soft, only crisp at the very edge.

Bready or Not Original: Cookie Butter Shortbread

Sometimes the first piece out of the pan can even be fussy and break in half; a metal pie spatula helps, but sometimes it can still happen. That’s no major problem, though, because of every bite of Shortbread is good, even if it’s not perfectly photogenic.

Bready or Not Original: Cookie Butter Shortbread

Enjoy this Cookie Butter Shortbread for breakfast or snacks, or in proper fashion at tea time.

Bready or Not Original: Cookie Butter Shortbread

This new twist on my classic Shortbread mixes cookie butter and chocolate chips into the dough! These are cookies with an extra oomph of cookie flavor.
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: British, Scottish
Keyword: chocolate, cookie butter, cookies, shortbread
Author: Beth Cato

Equipment

  • 2 pie plates

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter 2 sticks, softened
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup creamy cookie butter
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven at 375-degrees. Apply nonstick spray to both pie plates.
  • Stir together the flour, sugar, and salt. Add butter, egg yolk, vanilla extract, and cookie butter. Use hands to compress dough together. Add the chocolate chips and mix, bringing dough together again to form a ball. Divide in half, placing one in each pie plate. Flatten dough with palms to create an even surface. Prick surface all over with a fork then use a knife to slash dough into triangular wedges.
  • Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, until edges are golden brown and middle is set. Remove from oven and cut again along slash marks. Let shortbread cool completely, then cut again along existing marks.
  • Shortbread keeps for several days at room temperature. It can be stored covered in pie plates, or stacked in a sealed container with wax paper between the layers.

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    Bready or Not Original: Buttermilk Bread Rolls in the Bread Machine

    Posted by on Jul 13, 2022 in Blog, Bready or Not, yeast bread | 0 comments

    The blog is called Bready or Not, and today we’re decidedly bready with these Buttermilk Bread Rolls that are conveniently made in the bread machine!

    Bready or Not Original: Buttermilk Bread Rolls in the Bread Machine

    I can make bread by hand or use my KitchenAid, but the bread machine is my favorite way to mix dough. I never use it for the full baking process.

    Bready or Not Original: Buttermilk Bread Rolls in the Bread Machine

    This dough is soft and dreamy to work with. Buttermilk is great for baking because it not only adds dairy to enrich the dough, but acid that causes a chemical reaction resulting in a tender crumb and great flavor.

    Bready or Not Original: Buttermilk Bread Rolls in the Bread Machine

    If you don’t keep buttermilk around, no problem: look at the Note at the bottom of the recipe for advice on how to create soured milk as a substitute. I should also add that powdered buttermilk, which is reconstituted with water, also works well in recipes, though I haven’t tried it with this one in particular.

    Bready or Not Original: Buttermilk Bread Rolls in the Bread Machine

    These sandwich-sized rolls are great to eat fresh, and like so many breads, is also fantastic to freeze. Throw them in a gallon freezer bag and then thaw a roll as needed in the coming weeks.

    Bready or Not Original: Buttermilk Bread Rolls in the Bread Machine

    These Buttermilk Bread Rolls are tender and delicious, strong enough to hold sandwich fixings but soft enough to easily chew. The bread machine makes the mixing and rising process convenient and easy.
    Course: Bread, Main Course
    Keyword: yeast bread
    Servings: 6 rolls
    Author: Beth Cato

    Equipment

    • bread machine
    • food scale
    • parchment paper
    • baking sheet

    Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk lukewarm (100-110-degrees); can substitute soured milk, see NOTE
    • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted
    • 2 Tablespoons white sugar
    • 1 teaspoon sea salt
    • 3 3/4 cups bread flour
    • 2 1/4 teaspoon instant dry yeast

    Instructions

    • Place all of the ingredients in the bucket of a bread machine. Start on DOUGH cycle. Set out a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    • When the cycle is done, weigh the dough on a food scale. Divide it by six to create large sandwich rolls. Split up the dough, using hands form nicely rounded balls, with any rough bits tucked underneath. Place spaced out on baking sheet. When all of the rolls are formed, cover with plastic wrap or a towel to rise in a warm place until puffed, about 45 minutes.
    • Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Uncover the rolls and bake them for about 25 minutes. They should be golden brown and sound hollow when tapped. A digital thermometer discreetly plunged into the center should read about 190-degrees.
    • Cool rolls for at least 20 minutes before slicing open. Store in a sealed bag for up to 3 days. Rolls can also be frozen for later enjoyment.

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      Notes

      To make soured milk, pour 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar into a large liquid measuring cup. Pour in milk or half & half to reach the 1 1/2 cup mark as required for this recipe. Let it sit on the counter for about 10 minutes to curdle, then add it to the dough bucket to begin the recipe.
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      Bready or Not Original: Berry Frangipane Cake

      Posted by on Jul 6, 2022 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, cake, nutty | 0 comments

      This Berry Frangipane Cake is a lot of work, and it shows! This cake would make for a stunning breakfast, brunch, or dessert.

      Bready or Not Original: Berry Frangipane Cake

      Frangipane is a kind of pastry filling made from almond flour. It is absolutely delicious, imbuing treats with nuttiness and sweetness.

      Bready or Not Original: Berry Frangipane Cake

      In this cake, frangipane works alongside cake batter to form the base for a lovely topping of formerly-frozen fruit and sliced almonds. I used a pretty standard fruit mix with raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries, and it’d come from the dollar store.

      Bready or Not Original: Berry Frangipane Cake

      If you want to use a single frozen fruit or a more select mix, go for it. Just remember that it should be thawed, drained, and patted dry, and if the pieces are very large, they should probably be cut to be around bite-size.

      Bready or Not Original: Berry Frangipane Cake

      I found that this kept perfectly well in individually-wrapped pieces at room temperature for about 2 days. It was also great to freeze. I had pieces frozen for weeks and then thawed them, and it was impossible to tell they’d ever been in the freezer.

      Bready or Not Original: Berry Frangipane Cake

      Greatly modified from Bake from Scratch January/February 2021 issue.

      Bready or Not Original: Berry Frangipane Cake

      This gorgeous cake takes some work, but the final result is worth it! My recipe is written for a 9-inch springform pan; if your pan is 8-inches, reduce the amount of berries and sliced almonds.
      Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
      Keyword: almond, cake, springform pan
      Author: Beth Cato

      Equipment

      • 9-inch springform pan
      • parchment paper
      • offset spatula
      • 2 cookie scoops

      Ingredients

      Frangipane

      • 2/3 cup unsalted butter room temperature
      • 1 1/2 cups superfine almond flour sifted if thick or clumpy
      • 3/4 cup white sugar
      • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
      • 1 large egg
      • 1 large egg white
      • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
      • 1 teaspoon almond extract

      Batter

      • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 stick, room temperature
      • 3/4 cup white sugar
      • 1 large egg room temperature
      • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
      • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
      • 1 cup all-purpose flour
      • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
      • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
      • 1/4 cup milk or half & half

      Fruit topping

      • 3/4 cup frozen mixed berries drained, thawed, and patted dry
      • 3 Tablespoons sliced almonds
      • confectioners' sugar for dusting

      Instructions

      • Preheat oven at 325-degrees. Cut a piece of parchment to fit the base of a 9-inch springform pan. Spray pan with nonstick spray, place paper cut-out inside, then spray that as well. Set aside.
      • Make the frangipane. In a bowl, beat the butter until it’s creamy. Add the rest of the ingredients to combine well. Set aside.
      • Make the batter. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until they are fluffy. In a stand mixer, this will be 3 to 4 minutes. Add the egg followed by the extracts,
      • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the butter-batter alternatively with the milk. Scrape the bottom of the bowl often.
      • Scoop about 1 cup of the batter into the pan and even out with an offset spatula. Measure out about 1 cup of the frangipane. Use two spring-loaded cookie scoops (tablespoon or teaspoon-sized, or without those, use a normal tablespoon and get your fingers dirty), scoop from the 1 cup frangipane and the batter to create a checkerboard pattern of dollops atop of base. Continue to alternate in a second layer, using up the rest of the batter as well as the 1 cup frangipane. Use a butter knife to swirl through them to create a slight marbled effect. Tap the pan on the counter a few times to knock out bubbles.
      • Use a scoop to place the rest of the frangipane on the top of the cake. Even out with offset spatula. Place the berries atop the frangipane, then sprinkle the almonds all over to coat.
      • Bake until the cake has set edges, about 50 minutes to 1 hour. An instant-read thermometer plunged into the middle should read over 202-degrees. Let cool in pan 10 minutes, then release the side clasp. Continue to cool the cake on the metal base until room temperature. Add a sprinkle of confectioners' sugar to pretty it up for serving.
      • Cake will keep covered for up to 2 days at room temperature. It can also be individually sliced and frozen for later enjoyment.

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        Bready or Not Original: Quick German Chocolate Cake Bars

        Posted by on Jun 29, 2022 in Blog, Bready or Not, cake, cake mix, chocolate, cookies | 0 comments

        Don’t scoff at cake mix. These Quick German Chocolate Cake Bars are so tasty, no one will guess that a box mix was involved.

        Bready or Not Original: Quick German Chocolate Cake Bars

        I love from-scratch baked goodies, but cake mix has its uses, especially when there is a time crunch. The ‘chemical’ flavor of these mixes can be eliminated with some simple doctoring techniques.

        Bready or Not Original: Quick German Chocolate Cake Bars

        I created this recipe because my husband had a co-worker who requested German Chocolate Cake. There was no way an actual cake was going to be easily ported to his work, and since 2020, I’ve been individually packaging all the goodies that he takes.

        Bready or Not Original: Quick German Chocolate Cake Bars

        That meant a bar recipe was the way to go. The use of cake mix was a necessity as I had little time for fiddly recipes that week. I needed something I could throw together, fast.

        Bready or Not Original: Quick German Chocolate Cake Bars

        These things turned out to be delicious with a great mix of textures from the cakey base to the chewy coconut to the soft chocolate chips on top.. The bars were quite cohesive and stayed together well when sliced and individually wrapped, too!

        Bready or Not Original: Quick German Chocolate Cake Bars

        Do you need a fast-to-make German Chocolate Cake, and one that’s portable without a fuss? Then this recipe is for you! No one will be able to tell this is a doctored cake mix.
        Course: Dessert
        Cuisine: American
        Keyword: cake, cake mix, chocolate, coconut
        Author: Beth Cato

        Equipment

        • 9×13 pan
        • aluminum foil

        Ingredients

        crust

        • 15 ounce German Chocolate Cake Mix such as Betty Crocker brand
        • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder optional
        • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 stick, melted
        • 1 large egg room temperature

        filling

        • 14 ounce sweetened condensed milk
        • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
        • 1 large egg room temperature
        • 1 cup pecan pieces
        • 1 cup unsweetened coconut either shredded or flaked
        • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

        Instructions

        • Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Line a 9×13 pan with foil and apply nonstick spray or butter.
        • In a big bowl, mix together the cake mix, espresso powder (if using), butter, and egg. Press the dough into the bottom of the pan and even out. Bake for 7 minutes. While that’s cooking, prepare the filling.
        • In the same big bowl (no need to wash it), mix together the sweetened condensed mix, vanilla, egg, pecans, and coconut. Once the crust’s first bake is done, bring it out of the oven. Pour the filling over it and even out. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top.
        • Bake for an additional 24 to 30 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Remove from oven and cool completely, speeding the process in the fridge, if desired. Use foil to lift bars onto a cutting board to divide into slices. Store covered or individually wrapped at room temperature.

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          Bready or Not: Dutch Butter Cake (Boterkoek)

          Posted by on Jun 22, 2022 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, cake | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Dutch Butter Cake (Boterkoek)

          If you want a cake that is simple yet indulgent, this Dutch Butter Cake is for you. It’s a single-layer cake that is straightforward to make.

          Bready or Not: Dutch Butter Cake (Boterkoek)

          Really, the fussiest thing about this recipe is doing the crosshatch pattern on the top, and it’s not that bad. Look at my pictures–or others online–for examples of what to do.

          Bready or Not: Dutch Butter Cake (Boterkoek)

          The prettiness of the cake is what initially drew me in, and then when I saw it was called a Butter Cake, I knew I had to make it. I mean, butter. I’m of Southeastern American stock on both sides. I was raised with the philosophy that butter makes everything better except for things like sucking chest wounds.

          Bready or Not: Dutch Butter Cake (Boterkoek)

          This cake bakes up with a light, tender crumb. The fresh orange zest shines through along with the butter and vanilla. It’s rich even as it’s not heavily sweet.

          Bready or Not: Dutch Butter Cake (Boterkoek)

          Modified from Bake from Scratch March/April 2020.

          Bready or Not: Dutch Butter Cake (Boterkoek)

          This buttery one-layer cake is simple and delicious, a cozy snack or dessert if ever there was one. Enjoy with some coffee or tea! Modified from Bake from Scratch March/April 2020.
          Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
          Cuisine: Dutch
          Keyword: cake
          Author: Beth Cato

          Equipment

          • 9-inch springform pan
          • parchment paper
          • plastic wrap
          • pastry brush

          Ingredients

          • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter 3 sticks, softened
          • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
          • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
          • 1 orange zested
          • 2 large eggs divided
          • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
          • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
          • 1/2 cup unbleached cake flour
          • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
          • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

          Instructions

          • Preheat oven 350-degrees.
          • Cut a piece of parchment to fit in the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Apply nonstick spray or butter over the inside of the pan, place the parchment inside, then grease it as well. Set aside.
          • In a stand mixer, beat the butter, sugars, and orange zest together. Scrape the bottom of the bowl, then beat on medium until fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add 1 egg. Crack the 2nd egg, placing the yolk with the other ingredients and setting aside the white for later use. Add vanilla bean paste to other ingredients and combine.
          • In a separate bowl, stir together flours, salt, and nutmeg. Gradually add dry ingredients into the butter batter to create a thick dough. Scoop it into the prepared pan.
          • Use a piece of plastic wrap to press the dough into an even layer. Discard plastic wrap. Lightly beat the reserved egg white. Use a pastry brush to gently apply the egg white across the top of the cake. Use the tines of a fork to make a crosshatch pattern across the top.
          • Bake for 25 minutes. Rotate the pan. Continue baking until the surface is golden brown and the middle passes the toothpick test, which should be after an additional 5 to 10 minutes. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes, then release the side latch to remove the ring.
          • Let cake cool completely on a wire rack. Slice and enjoy. Cake keeps well covered at room temperature for at least 3 days. It can also be cut into slices and frozen for later enjoyment.

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            Bready or Not: Sharlotka (Apple Cake)

            Posted by on Jun 15, 2022 in apples, Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, cake, lemon | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Sharlotka (Apple Cake)

            As you might have noticed, I’ve been experimenting with many different kinds of apple cakes over the past while. This Sharlotka has a Russian name but British origins, because that’s the way of the world.

            Bready or Not: Sharlotka (Russian Apple Cake)

            I modified this from a recipe in Bake from Scratch’s October 2020 issue. There, they say the first Sharlotka was a very different kind of cake that was served for Czar Alexander during a London visit–and made by a French chef. Because of course.

            Bready or Not: Sharlotka (Russian Apple Cake)

            The cake that evolved after that became more of a basic apple cake. The batter is minimal, and beaten for a prolonged time to increase volume. It’s pretty much there to act like adhesive for the mélange of apples.

            Bready or Not: Sharlotka (Russian Apple Cake)

            The resulting cake is light and airy. The flavor of the apples really shines through.

            Bready or Not: Sharlotka (Russian Apple Cake)

            This cake is great for a breakfast, snack, or dessert. Eat it on its own, or with some ice cream.

            Bready or Not: Sharlotka (Russian Apple Cake)

            Bready or Not: Sharlotka (Apple Cake)

            This Sharlotka is more apple than cake. The batter asks as a mere adherence for the fruity, just-spiced goodness. Modified from Bake from Scratch October 2020.
            Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
            Keyword: apple, cake, citrus, springform pan
            Author: Beth Cato

            Equipment

            • 9-inch springform pan
            • parchment paper
            • fine mesh sieve
            • offset spatula

            Ingredients

            • 4 medium apples such as Granny Smith, Ambrosia, Fuji, or Golden Delicious; go for a mix!
            • 1 cup plus 1 Tablespoon white sugar divided
            • 1 large orange or 1 large lemon zested and juiced
            • 4 large eggs room temperature
            • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
            • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
            • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
            • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
            • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
            • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
            • confectioners’ sugar for dusting

            Instructions

            • Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Cut parchment to fit the bottom of the springform pan. Grease the pan, then place in parchment round, then spray that as well.
            • Peel and thinly slice the apples. In a big bowl, coat the apples with 1 Tablespoon white sugar, the citrus zest, and 2 teaspoons of fresh juice. Set aside.
            • In the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, beat eggs, vanilla, salt, and remaining 1 cup of sugar at medium high speed for about 7 minutes. It should turn thick and pale, the batter forming ribbons when the whisk is lifted up. Remove bowl from mixer.
            • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and cardamom. Use a fine-mesh sieve to sift the dry ingredients into the egg mix. Gently fold the flour in until it’s just combined and there are no white streaks.
            • Place half the apples in the prepared pan. Pour half the batter over them. Use an offset spatula to work the batter into nooks and crannies. Scatter the rest of the apples on top, followed by the rest of the batter. Again, use the spatula to spread the small amount of batter. For a couple minutes, thump the pan on the counter and tap the sides every now and then to cause bubbles to rise, smoothing batter again after.
            • Bake cake. Check it at 30 minutes to see if it is getting too brown; if so, cover it with foil. Continue baking 10 more minutes (40 total) then test the middle with a toothpick. If it comes out clean, the cake is done. Let it cool on a rack for 15 minutes before carefully releasing the sides of the pan.
            • Serve the cake warm, at room temperature, or cold from the fridge. Add a dusting of confectioners’ sugar on top for serving; if keeping cake for later, add fresh sugar each time, as it will gradually be absorbed. Store covered in the fridge or at room temperature.

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