Bready or Not Original: Mini Cookie Butter-Chocolate Babkas

Posted by on Jul 7, 2021 in biscoff spread, Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, chocolate, yeast bread | 0 comments

I hope it gets your attention when I say that these Mini Cookie Butter-Chocolate Babkas are among the best things I have ever made.

Really, these have it all going on. A tender enriched dough. Gooey chocolate. The sweet joy of cookie butter. Plus, the presentation is stunning with the dough coiled to reveal the layers of goodness.

Bready or Not Original: Mini Cookie Butter-Chocolate Babkas

Even better, this recipe is great about portion control. You don’t have a babka loaf to worry about. Each babka is muffin-sized. This makes it easy to take on the go, and they are also convenient to freeze.

Bready or Not Original: Mini Cookie Butter-Chocolate Babkas

If you’re unsure what cookie butter is, it is essentially sliced cookies pureed with oil to be the same consistency as peanut butter. It tastes like cookie dough in its purest form minus the risk of salmonella poisoning from raw eggs or flour. Find it near the peanut butter in a lot of stores; Biscoff is the most common brand, and it’s called Speculoos at Trader Joe’s.

Bready or Not Original: Mini Cookie Butter-Chocolate Babkas

You can, of course, substitute a smooth peanut butter in this recipe–which is what the original recipe in Bake from Scratch was all about. But me, nah, I’m a rebel. And my husband doesn’t like peanut butter, and he’s the one who needs to eat these things.

Bready or Not Original: Mini Cookie Butter-Chocolate Babkas

Modified greatly from Bake from Scratch Magazine July/August 2019; also online.

Bready or Not Original: Mini Cookie Butter-Chocolate Babkas

This recipe makes 12 miniature babkas within the convenience of a muffin pan! Cookie butter and chocolate chips are swirled together to create a decadent treat.
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, cookie butter, yeast bread
Servings: 12
Author: Beth Cato

Equipment

  • 12-cup muffin pan
  • nonstick spray
  • pastry brush

Ingredients

  • 4 1/4 to 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour divided
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast or one store-bought packet
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 cup plus 1 Tablespoon water divided
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter melted and divided
  • 2 large eggs room temperature and divided
  • 1 large egg yolk room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy cookie butter
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips plus extra

Instructions

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, stir together 4 cups flour, white sugar, yeast, and salt.
  • Using a saucepan or the microwave, heat 1 cup water and 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter until it is 120 to 130-degrees on an instant-read thermometer. Pour the water mixture into the flour mixture. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Add one egg and egg yolk, and beat for another 2 minutes. Beat in a 1/4 to 1/2 cup more flour until a soft, sticky dough forms.
  • Switch to the dough hook attachment. Beat at low speed until dough is soft, smooth, and elastic, 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Add nonstick spray to a large bowl. Shape dough into a smooth ball, and place in bowl. Roll it briefly to coat in oil. Cover the bowl and let the dough rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
  • Use nonstick spray on a 12-cup muffin pan.
  • In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt 1 Tablespoon butter. Add to it the cookie butter, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla, stirring until smooth.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into roughly a 20x12-inch rectangle. Spread cookie butter mixture onto dough. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Fold rectangle crosswise into thirds as if folding a sheet of paper for an envelope, forming a smaller rectangle, about 12x6 inches.
  • Cut rectangle crosswise into 12 (about 1 inch) dough strips. Gently stretch and twist one to coil it inside a prepared muffin cup, tucking the end inside edge of cup to create a rounded top. Repeat 12 times. If desired, press a couple of additional chocolate chips into the top of each babka, but try to place them so they won't melt off the pan during baking.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm spot until they are puffed, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 325-degrees.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the last egg with 1 Tablespoon water. Brush tops of dough with egg wash.
  • Bake until babkas are golden brown, about 17 to 25 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted in center should register 190-degrees.
  • Babkas are much better served warm--eat them fresh, or heat up later with a 20-30 burst in the microwave! This makes the dough soft and the chocolate gooey. They keep well sealed at room temperature for up to 3 days, but can also be frozen and thawed later.

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    FREE Virtual Cog Match Game this Saturday! Theme: CHEESE

    Posted by on Jul 6, 2021 in Blog, public speaking, whimsy | 0 comments

    cog match game

    If you follow me on social media, you may be aware that I have a deep and abiding affection for cheese. My reputation is leading to fun and interesting opportunities!

    A bunch of steampunkers, myself included, are taking part in a cheese-themed version of the classic game show Match Game this coming Saturday July 10th at 8pm Pacific. It’s free and online. When you sign up, you can indicate if you want to be audience or maybe participate. No pressure either way. You better brie-lieve this will be a game packed with hilarity and cheese wisdom you’ll want to share with everyone you meet in the coming days!

    Sign up over here!

    tillamook beth


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    Bready or Not Original: Roasted Lemon Garlic Shrimp

    Posted by on Jun 30, 2021 in Blog, Bready or Not, gluten-free, healthier, lemon, main dish | 0 comments

    This Roasted Lemon Garlic Shrimp recipe makes for a delicious supper! It’s super-easy and healthy, too.

    Bready or Not Original: Roasted Lemon Garlic Shrimp

    I’ve made this recipe for about, gosh, ten years now. I make it every month or so. I like to buy 2-pound bags of frozen shrimp of Costco and divide it to make this dish.

    Bready or Not Original: Roasted Lemon Garlic Shrimp

    One of the great things about this dish is that you can pair it with different foods depending on your own individual needs. Eat it on rice or egg noodles, or go gluten-free and low-calorie with some zoodles or cauliflower rice. The seasoned oil in this recipe makes everything taste good!

    Bready or Not Original: Roasted Lemon Garlic Shrimp

    On the side, I usually serve steamed broccoli or green beans. Whatever is in season and on sale!

    Bready or Not Original: Roasted Lemon Garlic Shrimp

    In all the years I’ve made this, we’ve never had leftovers.

    Bready or Not Original: Roasted Lemon Garlic Shrimp

    This healthy supper is fast and delicious. Serve it atop a carb or veggies!
    Course: Main Course
    Keyword: lemon, shrimp
    Author: Beth Cato

    Equipment

    • 13x9 pan

    Ingredients

    • 1 medium lemon
    • 1/2 cup olive oil or avocado oil
    • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1 sprig fresh rosemary or one teaspoon dry
    • 1 pound medium-sized shrimp cooked and deveined
    • 5 garlic cloves
    • salt and pepper

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven at 400-degrees. Wash and dry the lemon, then zest it; set aside lemon. If using fresh rosemary, shear leaves from the stem. Place zest in 13x9 pan along with olive oil, thyme, and rosemary. Bake pan in oven for 12 minutes.
    • While the zest is infusing the oil, thinly slice the lemon and remove seeds. If desired, remove tails from shrimp.
    • Pull out pan. Add shrimp and lemon slices--be wary, oil may pop from the dish! Mince garlic cloves into the pan; gently stir everything. Place back in oven to cook for another 8 to 10 minutes, until shrimp is heated through. Add sprinkle of salt and pepper.
    • Serve atop pasta, rice, zoodles, cauliflower rice, etcetera. The hot lemon oil is also great for dipping bread.

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      Find my signed books at Powell’s in Downtown Portland & Beaverton!

      Posted by on Jun 29, 2021 in Blog, breath of earth, call of fire, clockwork crown, clockwork dagger, roar of sky | 0 comments

      Last week, I made a trip to the Pacific Northwest. It was my first vacation in two years, and I had a great time! While I have been in Portland before, that usually involved blazing through on I-5. I never before had the chance to explore the place… or to see the wonders of Powell’s Books with my own eyes. I didn’t get to spend much time there, alas, (but I WILL be back), but I did sign my books that they had in stock!

      Powells Cato section

      I also stopped into the Beaverton/Cedar Hills Powell’s and signed their stock. I wish I’d had the chance to look in other bookstores in the area, but as is the nature of vacations, there simply was no time.

      Powells Beaverton Cato books

      Grab these books while they’re in stock!

      #SFWAPro

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