Bready or Not Original: Chewy Honey Graham Cracker Cookies

Posted by on Sep 7, 2022 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies | 0 comments

Today’s Chewy Honey Graham Cracker Cookies are a new twist on my original Chewy Honey Cookie base recipe.

Bready or Not Original: Chewy Honey Graham Cracker Cookies

This time around, crushed graham crackers are substituted for some of the all-purpose flour. This not only changes the texture, adding some pleasant grittiness, but also introduces a different sort of sweetness that pairs beautifully with chocolate.

Bready or Not Original: Chewy Honey Graham Cracker Cookies

Want to try some of my other original cookie recipes that use this same base? Here you go!

Chewy Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy Honey Maple Cookies

Chewy Honey Snickerdoodles

Chewy Honey Lemon Cookies

Bready or Not Original: Chewy Honey Graham Cracker Cookies

Bready or Not Original: Chewy Honey Graham Cracker Cookies

This fresh take on my classic Chewy Honey Cookies substitutes crushed graham crackers for some of the flour, resulting in a delicious cookie with a different texture and sweetness.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Keyword: chocolate, cookies, graham cracker
Author: Beth Cato

Equipment

  • plastic wrap
  • teaspoon or tablespoon scoop

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 Tb honey
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips add a variety!

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, beat the butter until smooth. Add the sugar and honey and beat until creamy and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then mix in the egg and vanilla extract.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients: bread flour, all-purpose flour, graham cracker crumbs, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Sift together.
  • Slowly stir together the wet ingredients and flour mix until just combined. Sprinkle in the chocolate chips. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and stash in the fridge for several hours or days; dough can also be frozen at this stage.
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven at 350-degrees. Use greased stoneware, parchment paper, or silpat mats. The cookie dough, even straight from the fridge, has a soft Play-Doh-like consistency, and will spread when it bakes; keep this in mind when spacing cookie dough.
  • Teaspoon-sized cookies need to bake 9 to 12 minutes; Tablespoon-sized take 11 to 13 minutes. Let set on cookie sheets for 10 to 15 minutes before moving to a rack to cool completely.
  • Store cookies will keep in a sealed container, between waxed paper or parchment layers, for weeks. They are excellent for travel or shipping.

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    Bready or Not: Sicilian Orange Bundt Cake

    Posted by on Aug 31, 2022 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, bundt, cake | 0 comments

    If you’re in need of a refreshing summer bundt cake, look no further. This Sicilian Orange Bundt Cake is it.

    Bready or Not: Sicilian Orange Bundt Cake

    This is a super-easy cake to make. The ingredients are minimal. It doesn’t make a massive cake. The oranges get used in the cake and in the glaze, so nothing is likely to go to waste.

    Bready or Not: Sicilian Orange Bundt Cake

    I love that the orange makes the cake look orange AND taste orange. There is something aesthetically pleasing about that. No surprises, no fake-outs. Orange cake tastes like orange. Got it.

    Bready or Not: Sicilian Orange Bundt Cake

    If you have any leftovers, no worries. I found that the cake freezes wonderfully, even glazed. Freeze those extra slices the first day and they’ll taste fresh when you thaw them later!

    Modified from Food & Wine September 2020 issue.

    Bready or Not: Sicilian Orange Bundt Cake

    This light bundt cake is orange in appearance and in flavor, with a sweet orange glaze for added oomph! Modified from Food & Wine September 2020 issue.
    Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
    Cuisine: Italian
    Keyword: bundt cake, citrus
    Author: Beth Cato

    Equipment

    • small bundt cake pan

    Ingredients

    Cake

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 3 large oranges zested and juiced
    • 1 1/2 Tablespoons baking powder
    • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
    • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
    • 3 large eggs room temperature

    Glaze

    • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
    • 3 teaspoons orange juice
    • orange zest

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Use a baking spray with flour (or alternatively, some extra vegetable oil and flour) to coat the interior of the bundt pan. Set aside.
    • In a small bowl, combine the flour, 2 Tablespoons of orange zest (the rest reserved for the glaze), and baking powder. Set aside.
    • In a big mixing bowl, beat together sugar, vegetable oil, and eggs on high speed until it becomes quite pale, about a minute and a half. Add 1 1/4 cups orange juice, beating until combined. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients, scraping bottom of bowl as needed.
    • Pour batter into the pan. Bake for 45 minutes, until the middle passes the toothpick test. Cool for about 20 minutes, then invert it onto a rack to completely cool, speeding the process in the fridge if desired.
    • Make the glaze. Measure out the sugar. Add orange juice and any remaining zest. If mixture is thick, add a touch more juice; if runny, add more sugar. It should be a thick texture as it is drizzled on the cake. Let glazed cake set at least 30 minutes at room temperature or in fridge before slicing in.
    • Cake is great kept sealed at room temperature for up to 3 days. It can also be sliced and frozen, glaze and all, and makes for a delicious treat even weeks later.

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      CoKoCon is this coming weekend!

      Posted by on Aug 29, 2022 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

      Note that this is updated from the previous post several weeks ago. I now have a signing on Sunday afternoon.

      I’m attending my first in-person convention in about three years this Labor Day weekend. CoKoCon is a small con in the Phoenix area. This year, it’s at a new location at the DoubleTree in Tempe. I’ll be there Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and early Monday morning. Feel free to talk, ask to have books signed (which I’ll gladly do unless I’m on the run to a panel!), and generally hang out. I’ll be in a black mask, channeling my old favorite Mortal Kombat ninjas.

      Panels are always subject to change; I’ll post any updates via Twitter and Facebook.

      Friday, September 2

      4:30pm Writing on the Spectrum

      Fiesta Ballroom 2, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

      Neurodiverse writers talk about how their unique filter on the world impacts their writing and about neurodiverse representation in books.

      Saturday, September 3

      10am Beth & Mike’s Book Club: The City We Became

      Coronado, 10am – 11am

      Michael Senft, who runs the Sci-Fridays Book Club at the Poisoned Pen, and Nebula Award®-nominated author, Beth Cato, will be leading a discussion on The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin. Read or listen to it ahead of the event or come in blind, but beware of spoilers!


      6pm Writing Speculative Poetry

      Fiesta Ballroom 2, 6pm – 7pm

      Join our award-winning poets as they discuss the craft and market for speculative poetry, and maybe even share some of their own award-winning work!

      Sunday, September 4

      1pm Literary Charcuterie

      Coronado, 1pm – 2pm

      Let’s talk about the glories of food in literature and reality and inspire everyone to scamper for the nearest cheese shop (and there are several near the hotel!)


      2:30pm Signing: Beth Cato

      Dealers’ Room, 2:30pm – 3:30pm


      6pm Author Self-Care: Not Post-COVID Yet

      Fiesta Ballroom 2, 6pm – 7pm

      We’re back in person, but are we really back to normal? This popular panel returns in a world that still hasn’t gotten through the COVID times.


      7:30pm Historical Fiction Meets Fantasy

      Fiesta Ballroom 2, 7:30pm – 8:30pm

      What is the proper proportion of facts with fiction when writing historical fantasy? What resources the perils and joys of research.

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      Bready or Not: Marble Sheet Cake

      Posted by on Aug 24, 2022 in Blog, Bready or Not, cake, chocolate | 1 comment

      I love frosting, so take it on my authority that this Marble Sheet Cake is delicious without need of any frosting on top. Plus, enjoying the cake in naked or near-naked form with just a sprinkling of confectioners’ sugar on top reveals that beautiful marbling to the world.

      Bready or Not: Marble Sheet Cake

      That marbling is delicious stuff, too. The base batter is vanilla-flavored, with the other portion including cocoa powder and additional goodness.

      Bready or Not: Marble Sheet Cake

      The texture of the cake is tender and soft. Since there’s no need for frosting, this is a good travel cake. When I made this for my husband to take to work, I individually wrapped pieces to-go in a plastic bin. They made the journey without issue.

      Bready or Not: Marble Sheet Cake

      Modified from One Bowl Baking Special Issue from Bake from Scratch.

      Bready or Not: Marble Sheet Cake

      This beautiful 9×13 cake features marbled cocoa and vanilla. It’s delicious enough (and pretty enough) to not need any frosting on top. Just a dusting of confectioners’ sugar will do!
      Course: Dessert, Snack
      Keyword: cake, chocolate
      Author: Beth Cato

      Equipment

      • 9×13 pan
      • aluminum foil
      • nonstick spray

      Ingredients

      Vanilla batter

      • 3 cups all-purpose flour
      • 1 3/4 cups white sugar
      • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
      • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
      • 1 1/2 cups milk room temperature
      • 3/4 cup unsalted butter melted
      • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
      • 3 large eggs room temperature

      Cocoa batter

      • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted
      • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder sifted
      • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

      Topping, optional

      • 2 Tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

      Instructions

      • Preheat oven at 325-degrees. Line a 9×13 pan with foil and apply nonstick spray.
      • In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer on low, pour in milk, butter, and vanilla, stopping a few times to scrape the bottom of the bowl. Add eggs one at a time. Batter should be smooth.
      • Measure out about 3 cups of the vanilla batter and pour it into the pan. Add the remaining three ingredients to the bowl, mixing until smooth. Dollop heaping spoonfuls of the cocoa batter onto the vanilla. Use a butter knife to swirl the colors to create a marbled effect. Tap the pan on the counter a few times to knock air bubbles free.
      • Bake for about 35 minutes. The middle should pass the toothpick test. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Use foil to lift the cake onto a cutting board for easy slicing. Sprinkle on confectioners’ sugar just before serving. Store in a sealed container.

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