Month: November 2017

Maple Bacon Scones

Maple Bacon Scones by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a sweet and savory breakfast and brunch recipe. Maple syrup sweetens up these smoky bacon filled scones. This is a butter and heavy cream scone with a tender crumb and golden brown edges. Find the recipe for this fall favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

This is it, the eye of the proverbial hurricane. We are in the midst of those few short days sandwiched in between turkey feasts and Christmas morning- that time of year when the to-do lists are lengthy and daylight is fleeting. To help us survive, I’m sharing these maple bacon scones, a simple and comforting dish that we all can rally behind.

Maple Bacon Scones by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a sweet and savory breakfast and brunch recipe. Maple syrup sweetens up these smoky bacon filled scones. This is a butter and heavy cream scone with a tender crumb and golden brown edges. Find the recipe for this fall favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

Last week was basically a grotesque parade of meals and cocktails and leftover turkey sandwiches. Don’t get me wrong- I like to eat just as much as the next person, but at some point, my gullet (and the button on my blue jeans) just scream, “NO MORE!” We started the week with a few dinners out with friends, and on Thursday morning, we fulfilled our American duty by demolishing the annual Thanksgiving feast. We ate an array of biscuits and green beans and casseroles, and because Thanksgiving lunch is the meal that keeps on giving, we later enjoyed turkey and bacon sandwiches. By Friday, I felt like I had eaten a baby or an entire bucket of KFC chicken. I felt like I had devoured three meals back to back at a Walt Disney World buffet and at any moment could burst in a disgusting explosion of gravy and cream of mushroom soup. My mother tells me this is a normal post-Thanksgiving feeling, but my Spanx would say otherwise. 

Maple Bacon Scones by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a sweet and savory breakfast and brunch recipe. Maple syrup sweetens up these smoky bacon filled scones. This is a butter and heavy cream scone with a tender crumb and golden brown edges. Find the recipe for this fall favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

Following our two-day binge fest, we traveled to Auburn, AL on Saturday to watch the Iron Bowl. For anyone who doesn’t live in Alabama or who couldn’t give two craps about college football (raises hand), the Iron Bowl is an annual football game between the University of Alabama and Auburn University. Being married to a rabid Auburn fan means that I participate in the festivities by eating chicken wings in my tailgate chair, drinking Crown Royale and Sprite from a gas station cup, and cheering at the game. While I am no more interested in football than I am, say, Nascar or an international chess match, I do enjoy attending with Brett because he loves it so much. Sometimes it’s fun to scream and clap and cheer like I know what I’m doing. Plus, someone has to be there to resuscitate Brett if he loses his mind on a poor call from the referee. 

Maple Bacon Scones by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a sweet and savory breakfast and brunch recipe. Maple syrup sweetens up these smoky bacon filled scones. This is a butter and heavy cream scone with a tender crumb and golden brown edges. Find the recipe for this fall favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

So that brings us to today. Bloated, tired, and scratchy-throated, this girl is wiped out. I’m sticking with soup and salad for the foreseeable future, unless of course someone wants to bring me another turkey and bacon sandwich on some pumpkin bread, because that mess is delicious. But I digress. Before we dive head first into a powdered sugar cloud of cookies and cocoa and carols, let’s celebrate the last of this fall season with some warm and cozy maple bacon scones. 

Maple Bacon Scones by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a sweet and savory breakfast and brunch recipe. Maple syrup sweetens up these smoky bacon filled scones. This is a butter and heavy cream scone with a tender crumb and golden brown edges. Find the recipe for this fall favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

With a tender crumb, crisp edges, and a delightfully sweet and salty flavor, these maple bacon scones are a dream of a breakfast food. My husband always says that everything is made better with bacon, and when it comes to these scones, I couldn’t agree more. The recipe was adapted from a new favorite, these chocolate coffee almond scones, and I was delighted that the butter-based treat transitioned from sweet to savory so seamlessly. I made and froze several batches throughout the testing process, and for weeks these maple bacon scones were toasted for a delightful breakfast that tasted fresh from the oven.

Maple Bacon Scones by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a sweet and savory breakfast and brunch recipe. Maple syrup sweetens up these smoky bacon filled scones. This is a butter and heavy cream scone with a tender crumb and golden brown edges. Find the recipe for this fall favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

To make these maple bacon scones, we start with the meats. Fry up some thick bacon of your choice (I prefer applewood smoked bacon) until crisp. Save the grease for another day and chop up the rest for the scones. Combine the dry ingredients, flour, seasoning, and baking powder, in a large bowl and cut in cold chunks of unsalted butter. Stir in the diced bacon before pouring in the heavy cream and maple syrup. Work quickly to combine the dough, but be sure to not overwork it. Pat it all out into a 1″ thick round and slice it into 8 wedges. Brush the whole thing with a little more heavy cream before baking in a hot preheated oven.

Maple Bacon Scones by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a sweet and savory breakfast and brunch recipe. Maple syrup sweetens up these smoky bacon filled scones. This is a butter and heavy cream scone with a tender crumb and golden brown edges. Find the recipe for this fall favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

Fresh from the oven, these maple bacon scones are fragrant. Imagine the glorious smoke of bacon combined with the smell of homemade bread and maple syrup- it’s almost too good to describe. These maple bacon scones are indulgent and crowd-pleasing, the kind of thing you’ll want to serve at breakfasts and brunches in the coming months. Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think! They’re certainly worth making room in your belly for. 

If you like these maple bacon scones, you should check out:

Chocolate Coffee Almond Scones

Funfetti Scones

Maple Oatmeal Biscuits

Maple Apple Cake

Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwiches with Pepper Bacon and Cheddar

 

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Maple Bacon Scones

Maple Bacon Scones by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a sweet and savory breakfast and brunch recipe. Maple syrup sweetens up these smoky bacon filled scones. This is a butter and heavy cream scone with a tender crumb and golden brown edges. Find the recipe for this fall favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

These maple bacon scones are a sweet and salty favorite to serve at breakfast and brunch!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups (260 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, cold and chopped
  • 1 cup cooked, finely chopped crispy bacon
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) maple syrup
  • ¾ cup (180 mL) whipping cream, plus additional for brushing

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, pepper, and onion powder. Use a pastry cutter or the back of two forks to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until pea-sized clumps are throughout. Stir in the bacon. Combine the maple syrup and the whipping cream in a separate bowl and then stir into the dry ingredients, just until evenly incorporated. If a lot of dry ingredients remain in the bottom of the bowl you can add an additional tablespoon of cream, but be sure to not add too much liquid.
  2. Pat the dough out in a ¾” thick circle and place the dough round on a parchment lined baking pan in the freezer to chill for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Once the dough is chilled, cut the dough into 8 wedges but leave the circle of pieces together. Use a pastry brush to brush a thin layer of whipping cream over the scones. Bake in the oven until golden brown around the edges of each scone, about 35 minutes.

Notes

Chilling the dough ensures the scones will rise well. You can skip this step but it isn’t recommended for best outcomes.

Loosely adapted from King Arthur Flour

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake and a Giveaway!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a recipe for a cocoa powder and creamy peanut butter cheesecake prepared easily in a Wolf blender. With an Oreo chocolate cookie sandwich crumb crust and a creamy filling, this cheesecake is simple and feeds a crowd. Topped with chopped peanuts and a creamy peanut butter dark chocolate ganache. Find the recipe and the how to as well as a review for the Wolf blender on thewoodandspoon.com

Okay, I know what you’re thinking. “Peanut butter chocolate cheesecake?!?! The day after Thanksgiving?!? Are you crazy!?!” 

Yes, I hear you. Like the rest of America, I gorged on turkey legs and cornbread dressing yesterday, and yes, there was lots of dessert involved too. I’m officially wearing stretchy sweatpants and my husband’s t-shirts until further notice, because I don’t see myself shimmying into anything not categorized as loungewear any time soon.  But as you know, the holidays wait for no one, so I’m going full-throttle Christmas baking mode from now until New Year’s Eve. Let’s just expect the expected and make the most of our holiday baking okay? Starting with this peanut butter chocolate cheesecake! 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a recipe for a cocoa powder and creamy peanut butter cheesecake prepared easily in a Wolf blender. With an Oreo chocolate cookie sandwich crumb crust and a creamy filling, this cheesecake is simple and feeds a crowd. Topped with chopped peanuts and a creamy peanut butter dark chocolate ganache. Find the recipe and the how to as well as a review for the Wolf blender on thewoodandspoon.com

Cheesecake can be scary, and I’ll be the first to admit that. There’s all that business with the water bath and the creaming of the cheese and the room temperature ingredients. There’s the epic debate of whether or not the crust should extend up the sides of the pan or simply pat into the bottom. We have to worry about cracks in the crust and cheesecakes that fall, and honestly, sometimes cheesecakes just don’t seem worth the hassle. 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a recipe for a cocoa powder and creamy peanut butter cheesecake prepared easily in a Wolf blender. With an Oreo chocolate cookie sandwich crumb crust and a creamy filling, this cheesecake is simple and feeds a crowd. Topped with chopped peanuts and a creamy peanut butter dark chocolate ganache. Find the recipe and the how to as well as a review for the Wolf blender on thewoodandspoon.com

But what if I told you that you could make an incredibly decadent, ridiculously rich, out-of-this-world delicious peanut butter chocolate cheesecake in a blender? What if you knew that you could throw all of the ingredients into the jar of a blender, press the start button, and all would be well in the world of cheesy cakes? Would you leave this site immediately and head to the grocery store for ingredients to make the best cheesecake of your life? Yep, that’s what I thought. 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a recipe for a cocoa powder and creamy peanut butter cheesecake prepared easily in a Wolf blender. With an Oreo chocolate cookie sandwich crumb crust and a creamy filling, this cheesecake is simple and feeds a crowd. Topped with chopped peanuts and a creamy peanut butter dark chocolate ganache. Find the recipe and the how to as well as a review for the Wolf blender on thewoodandspoon.com

My new friends at Wolf Gourmet sent me a stunning blender to test out. With a sleek yet classic design and easy-to-function buttons and dials, the Wolf Gourmet High Performance Blender was absolutely beyond anything I could have hoped for. I gave a quick test run of some of the blender’s capabilities (helllllo, homemade nut butters and crushed ice cocktails!) and studied up on a few others- soups, chopped veggies, and whipped cream, to name a few. The world is literally your oyster with this blender, and I’m thrilled to add it to my modest collection of necessary small kitchen appliances. 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a recipe for a cocoa powder and creamy peanut butter cheesecake prepared easily in a Wolf blender. With an Oreo chocolate cookie sandwich crumb crust and a creamy filling, this cheesecake is simple and feeds a crowd. Topped with chopped peanuts and a creamy peanut butter dark chocolate ganache. Find the recipe and the how to as well as a review for the Wolf blender on thewoodandspoon.com

With cheesecake on the week’s menu, I decided to recipe test in my new kitchen prize, and I was really pleased with the outcome. I took care to adhere to some of the common laws of cheesecake, and found that the process of making the dessert in the blender was way easier than my traditional method in the stand mixer. My finished peanut butter chocolate cheesecake was creamy, without clumps, and had zero cracks in its smooth top. Even better, the whole prep process took me less than 10 minutes from start to finish which is record time in my house. Hasta la vista, stand mixer cheesecake. 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a recipe for a cocoa powder and creamy peanut butter cheesecake prepared easily in a Wolf blender. With an Oreo chocolate cookie sandwich crumb crust and a creamy filling, this cheesecake is simple and feeds a crowd. Topped with chopped peanuts and a creamy peanut butter dark chocolate ganache. Find the recipe and the how to as well as a review for the Wolf blender on thewoodandspoon.com

To make this gem of a baked good, we start with the crust. I dumped precisely 31 chocolate sandwich cookies into the blender and let it whiz away until the cookies were reduced to crumbs. I added the crumbs to a bowl of melted butter and stirred to combine the two. The crust gets pat into the bottom of a 9″ springform pan and baked briefly in a preheated oven. Meanwhile, rinse out your blender and start adding cheesecake ingredients. Cream cheese, peanut butter, eggs, sugar, and cocoa powder are added first and blended on medium speed for 15 seconds. Scrape the sides of the blender jar and add some heavy cream. Allow the machine to run for an additional 10 seconds, or until the cream is incorporated. Pour the contents of the blender onto the baked cheesecake crust and bake in the oven for an hour.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a recipe for a cocoa powder and creamy peanut butter cheesecake prepared easily in a Wolf blender. With an Oreo chocolate cookie sandwich crumb crust and a creamy filling, this cheesecake is simple and feeds a crowd. Topped with chopped peanuts and a creamy peanut butter dark chocolate ganache. Find the recipe and the how to as well as a review for the Wolf blender on thewoodandspoon.com

I do like to use a waterbath for this peanut butter chocolate cheesecake because I have had so much past success in doing so. Waterbaths help to regulate the temperature of your cheesecake while in the oven which can prevent cracks, so if you’re at all concerned about that, don’t skip that step. Other than that, making this cheesecake is a cinch, with most of the thanks to the Wolf Gourmet blender. 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a recipe for a cocoa powder and creamy peanut butter cheesecake prepared easily in a Wolf blender. With an Oreo chocolate cookie sandwich crumb crust and a creamy filling, this cheesecake is simple and feeds a crowd. Topped with chopped peanuts and a creamy peanut butter dark chocolate ganache. Find the recipe and the how to as well as a review for the Wolf blender on thewoodandspoon.com

Because the holidays are the time to love and give and share, Wolf Gourmet is going to provide one of these dreamy blenders to one lucky reader. To enter the contest, leave a comment in the comment section below, and tell me what is your favorite flavor of cheesecake. I will randomly select one winner in the US by Friday, December 1st and contact them by email. This is a seriously awesome prize and I am SO EXCITED to see all the goodies someone gets to make with it. Many thanks to my generous friends at Wolf Gourmet and to you all for supporting brands that make this site possible. The contest is now closed. A winner will be contacted shortly.

If you’re into this peanut butter chocolate cheesecake, be sure to check out:

Peanut Butter Pretzel Shortbread Brownies

Peanut Butter Pie

S’mores Cheesecake

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Butterscotch Sauce and Oatmeal Cookie Crust

Meyer Lemon Cheesecake

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a recipe for a cocoa powder and creamy peanut butter cheesecake prepared easily in a Wolf blender. With an Oreo chocolate cookie sandwich crumb crust and a creamy filling, this cheesecake is simple and feeds a crowd. Topped with chopped peanuts and a creamy peanut butter dark chocolate ganache. Find the recipe and the how to as well as a review for the Wolf blender on thewoodandspoon.com

This peanut butter cheesecake has a chocolate cookie crust, a peanut butter chocolate ganache and is made with a blender!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 90
  • Total Time: 360
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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 12 ounces (about 31 cookies) chocolate sandwich cookies (like Oreo’s)
  • 5 tablespoons (70 gm) unsalted butter, melted

For the cheesecake:

  • 11/2 pounds/ 3 blocks (680 gm) of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup (130 gm) creamy peanut butter (I used Jif)
  • 1 cup (200 gm) sugar
  • ¼ cup (20 gm) cocoa powder
  • 3 large eggs (170 gm), room temperature
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) heavy cream, room temperature

For the ganache:

  • 3 ounces dark chocolate, chopped (semisweet, if you prefer)
  • 3 ounces heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup roasted peanuts, chopped

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a 9″ springform pan by wrapping it in sheets of aluminum foil. I use 3 layers of extra wide, heavy duty foil wrapped to the top lip of the pan. Spray the inside walls and bottom of the pan with cooking spray.
  3. Process your chocolate sandwich cookies in the blender on medium speed until they have been reduced to crumbs. Combine the crumbs with the melted butter in a small bowl until the crumbs are well moistened. Gently pat out your mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan and up the sides if desired. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes.

 

To prepare the cheesecake:

  1. Begin boiling some water in a kettle or saucepan for your water bath.
  2. Place the softened cream cheese, peanut butter, sugar, cocoa powder, and eggs in the base of your blender. Process on medium speed until well combined, about 10-15 seconds. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the cream to the mixture. Turn the blender on for another 10 seconds or until the mixture has been well combined.
  3. Strain the cheesecake batter through a mesh strainer (if desired) into a reserved bowl. Pour the strained batter on top of the crust. Gently rap the pan on the counter to help any air bubbles escape.
  4. Place your springform pan into a slightly larger baking dish/pan and fill the larger pan with the boiling water you prepared for the water bath until the water reaches about halfway up the sides of the springform pan.
  5. Carefully place both pans in the preheated oven and bake for 1 hour. After an hour of baking, the edges and top of the cheesecake should be set but still slightly jiggle in the center. Turn the oven off and allow the cheesecake to bake for an additional 30 minutes in the oven. Prop the door of the oven open slightly with a wooden spoon and continue to cool the cheesecake for another 30 minutes in the cooling oven.
  6. Discard the water bath, remove the foil and then place the cheesecake in the fridge to chill for several hours or overnight. The cheesecake can be stored in the fridge for several days.

 

To prepare the ganache:

  1. Place the chopped chocolate in a large bowl. Heat the cream over the stove over microwave until just barely bubbling. Pour the cream over the chocolate and cover the bowl tightly with a sheet of plastic wrap. Allow to rest for five minutes and then stir. If the chocolate has not melted completely, place the entire bowl back in the microwave for 15 seconds and stir again. Stir the peanut butter into the ganache. Spread the ganache evenly over the top of the cheesecake and sprinkle with the peanuts. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Notes

  • I wrap my springform pan with three layers of heavy duty aluminum foil. This is to protect your crust from any water leakage of your springform pan. Many pans will claim to be waterproof but your crust will get soggy and inedible if water leakage happens. Don’t take any chances!
  • I use a 11″ round cake pan for my water bath but you can use any oven-safe dish that you have. Once of my readers used a roasting pan and that works just fine!
  • The cooling process seems lengthy and unnecessary, but it helps to prevent drastic temperature changes that can cause structural issues with your cake.

 

Pumpkin Yeast Bread

Pumpkin Yeast Bread Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a fluffy, simple, sandwich yeast bread seasoned with cinnamon, pumpkin puree, and seeds. Perfect for the holidays, thanksgiving and christmas leftovers, this bread is excellent for toast and snacking and makes and excellent idea for hostess host gift. Find the recipe and more info on how to make bread without a bread machine maker on thewoodandspoon.com

In America, we’re on the verge of Thanksgiving. In just two days, we will roll up our sleeves to stir and boil, grate and grease our way to a table filled with the faces of people we love (and love to irritate). While everyone has their own traditions, must-eat dishes, and turkey day activities, there are a few universal truths that should be closely followed to ensure the best possible holiday. I’ve arranged them in list form for your convenience.

Pumpkin Yeast Bread Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a fluffy, simple, sandwich yeast bread seasoned with cinnamon, pumpkin puree, and seeds. Perfect for the holidays, thanksgiving and christmas leftovers, this bread is excellent for toast and snacking and makes and excellent idea for hostess host gift. Find the recipe and more info on how to make bread without a bread machine maker on thewoodandspoon.com

The Universal Truths of Thanksgiving:

  1. Thanksgiving is not the time to diet. This is well-pondered, sound advice coming from your friendly neighborhood dietitian. Am I suggesting that you should require 12 sticks of butter in your creamed corn? No. Do I think it would be wise to drink straight from the gravy boat? Sweet mercy, absolutely not. If you are established in a diet regimen already, I encourage you to stick as close as possible to the path of righteousness, but if not, just know that Thanksgiving is not the time to start cutting carbs. Your cabbage soup cleanse can wait until Friday.
  2. Don’t be that guy. Don’t be the guy who tells the taboo story at the dinner table. Don’t be the jerk who makes Nana cry. Don’t make off-color comments or bring up touchy family subjects. Just don’t be a Thanksgiving turd, okay?
  3. Show up on time. There is a time to be fashionably late. For example, if it’s your birthday, you are expected to show up to your surprise party late. If you’re a Kardashian, you are welcome to walk the red carpet as late as you darn well please. But let me say this- if I spend 12+ hours basting and sweating over a giant bird in the oven, you had better make sure your sorry behind is there to help carve it. I will not wait for you to start dinner, and no one will feel sorry for you when all that’s left to eat is the congealed salad. 
  4. Be grateful. How about we thank the crap out of this Thanksgiving? What if we opened our heart and poured sincere, intentional gratitude on everyone around the table? If saying thank you or expressing love is hard for you, consider Thanksgiving your invitation to be unabashedly and enthusiastically thankful about the good things in your life.  
  5. Two words: cornbread dressing. Listen, I grew up in a Yankee household and have all the love in the world for the classic seasoned “stuffing.” But if 12 years in Alabama have taught me anything, it’s that cornbread dressing is the bomb.com, and if you’re not making it, you’re just plain sorry. My mother-in-law gave me a terrifically delicious recipe, and yes, I am starving just thinking about it. 
  6. Help the host. I mean it. Text them right now and say, “What can I do to be helpful at the Thanksgiving meal?” Ask if you can pick up ice or bring a few extra bottles of wine. Offer to set the table or write out place cards. This post from Williams-Sonoma showcases a few other ways to be a great Thanksgiving dinner guest.
  7. THAW. THE. TURKEY. This will take longer than you think. If it’s not out of the freezer already, Godspeed, my friend. 
  8. Share a dessert! Dessert is a great way to contribute a make-ahead dish to a Thanksgiving feast. Might I suggest a few of my favorites? How about chocolate chess pie, brown sugar cheesecake, caramel apple pie, or pumpkin cheesecake tartlets.
  9. Bring a gift to share with your host. Serving up a spectacle like Thanksgiving dinner requires a ton of time, money, and planning. Thank your generous host by bringing a happy parting gift that says, “YOU ROCK!” For a homerun gift, you should try…
  10. PUMPKIN YEAST BREAD. What better way to serve up leftover turkey and cranberry sauce than adorning it on a piece of fluffy, slightly sweet, and seasoned pumpkin yeast bread. This is the gift to beat. YA WELCOME.

Pumpkin Yeast Bread Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a fluffy, simple, sandwich yeast bread seasoned with cinnamon, pumpkin puree, and seeds. Perfect for the holidays, thanksgiving and christmas leftovers, this bread is excellent for toast and snacking and makes and excellent idea for hostess host gift. Find the recipe and more info on how to make bread without a bread machine maker on thewoodandspoon.com

This pumpkin yeast bread is the perfect thing for the season. Honey, all-purpose flour and pumpkin puree are combined with a few other ingredients to make the fluffiest autumnal bread that your Thanksgiving leftovers have ever seen. Sturdy enough for thick slices of turkey, but soft enough for a spread of cinnamon butter, this pumpkin yeast bread is a diverse treat that practically begs to be made this time of year.

Pumpkin Yeast Bread Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a fluffy, simple, sandwich yeast bread seasoned with cinnamon, pumpkin puree, and seeds. Perfect for the holidays, thanksgiving and christmas leftovers, this bread is excellent for toast and snacking and makes and excellent idea for hostess host gift. Find the recipe and more info on how to make bread without a bread machine maker on thewoodandspoon.com

To make the pumpkin yeast bread, we start in the bowl of a stand mixer. Dissolve some active dry yeast in some warm water. Add a bit of milk, oil, and honey, stirring to combine. Next comes the pumpkin puree. A single cup gets stirred into the wet ingredients and is followed up by all-purpose flour and the remaining dry ingredients. Knead the dough in your stand mixer (or by hand if you’re skilled like that!) and then allow it to rise in a warm spot in the kitchen.

Pumpkin Yeast Bread Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a fluffy, simple, sandwich yeast bread seasoned with cinnamon, pumpkin puree, and seeds. Perfect for the holidays, thanksgiving and christmas leftovers, this bread is excellent for toast and snacking and makes and excellent idea for hostess host gift. Find the recipe and more info on how to make bread without a bread machine maker on thewoodandspoon.com

Once doubled in size, divide the dough in two and form into loaves. Check out this video on shaping loaves if you’re unfamiliar. Allow the dough to rise again, this time until the loaves dome just an inch over the top of your bread pan. Brush each loaf with an egg wash and sprinkle with tiny pepitas for some added pumpkin flair.

Pumpkin Yeast Bread Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a fluffy, simple, sandwich yeast bread seasoned with cinnamon, pumpkin puree, and seeds. Perfect for the holidays, thanksgiving and christmas leftovers, this bread is excellent for toast and snacking and makes and excellent idea for hostess host gift. Find the recipe and more info on how to make bread without a bread machine maker on thewoodandspoon.com

These loaves bake up tall, fluffy, and outrageously delicious. Pumpkin yeast bread, while a far cry from your run-of-the-mill sandwich bread, is the delightfully familiar and cozy baked good you’ll want to share with your friends and family all season long. Give this recipe a try and have a terrific Thanksgiving holiday. I’m incredibly grateful for these pumpkin yeast bread loaves and YOU. 

Pumpkin Yeast Bread Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a fluffy, simple, sandwich yeast bread seasoned with cinnamon, pumpkin puree, and seeds. Perfect for the holidays, thanksgiving and christmas leftovers, this bread is excellent for toast and snacking and makes and excellent idea for hostess host gift. Find the recipe and more info on how to make bread without a bread machine maker on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this pumpkin yeast bread, be sure to check out:

Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread

Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

Honey Oat Bread

Flaxseed Bread

Raisin Swirl Bread

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

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Pumpkin Yeast Bread

Pumpkin Yeast Bread Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a fluffy, simple, sandwich yeast bread seasoned with cinnamon, pumpkin puree, and seeds. Perfect for the holidays, thanksgiving and christmas leftovers, this bread is excellent for toast and snacking and makes and excellent idea for hostess host gift. Find the recipe and more info on how to make bread without a bread machine maker on thewoodandspoon.com

This recipe makes two loaves of fluffy, lightly sweetened and seasons pumpkin yeast bread, perfect for making sandwiches or cinnamon toast!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 165
  • Yield: 2 1x
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Ingredients

  • ½ cup (120 mL) warm (not hot) water
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • ¾ cup (180 mL) milk, room temperature (I use whole)
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) honey
  • 2 tablespoons oil (I use canola)
  • 1 cup (225 gm) pumpkin puree
  • 41/2-5 cups (595650 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 21/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup raw pepitas

Instructions

  1. Pour the warm water into the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast over top of it. Allow the yeast to dissolve, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the milk, honey, and oil. Add the pumpkin puree and stir to combine. Add two cups of flour, the salt, and the pumpkin pie spice to the wet ingredients and stir until well integrated. Add an additional 2-1/2 cups of flour and, using the dough hook, knead the bread on medium speed for about 5 minutes or until the bread starts to become stretchy. Add additional flour to the bowl during the kneading process to get the dough the right texture. You are looking for a wet dough that pulls away slightly from the sides of the bowl.
  2. Grease a large bowl and place the dough in it, covered with a piece of plastic wrap, to rise until doubled in size, about 1-1/2 hours. If the dough seems to have a hard time rising, move the bowl to a slightly warmer area of the kitchen. I like to let mine rise next to a warm oven.
  3. Once doubled in size, dump the dough out onto a floured surface and divide into two equal pieces. Gently pat each piece of dough into a loaf-pan shaped rectangle and fold the two long edges to meet in the center of the dough. Rotate the dough 90 degrees and repeat. Fold the dough once more and gently form it into a loaf-shaped log. Place the dough into a greased loaf pan (8.5″ X 4.5″ X 2.75″) and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Allow each loaf to rise a second time for about 45 minutes until the dough has domed an inch above the top of the pan.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk the egg with 1 teaspoon of water. Brush a thin layer of this egg wash over top of each loaf and sprinkle with the pepitas. Place dough pans in the oven and immediately decrease the heat to 375 degrees. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the top of each loaf is golden brown and sounds a bit hollow when tapped. Cool in the pan on a cooling rack for ten minutes and then remove each loaf from the pan to continue cooling on their own. Once cooled completely, wrap in a bread bag or a large sheet of aluminum foil to keep fresh! Loaves can be frozen after baking if desired.

Notes

  • Beware of using a small pan. This recipe requires a large enough pan to accommodate the dough.
  • If your bread is not rising well, place loaves in a slightly warmer spot in your kitchen. I let my bread rise next to a warm oven.
  • Allow bread to cool completely prior to slicing.
  • Bread will keep on the counter for several days but will keep best in the refrigerator for up to 6-7 days. There’s no preservatives in this stuff so it won’t last as long as your supermarket bread- eat fast!
  • Wrapped securely in aluminum foil, bread will keep in a freezer for up to four months.

Chicago

A few weeks ago, Brett and I traveled to Chicago to celebrate my 29-ish (ok, 30th) birthday. The weekend was packed with SO MUCH FUN AND DELICIOUSNESS that I knew I just had to tell you guys all about it. Oh, and we’re going to talk about chocolate budino too, so happy birthday to everyone apparently.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

Have you been to Chicago? It’s literally the best. The town is clean and beautiful with amazing restaurants, architecture, and shopping to boot. If cool food, professional sports, and really nice locals are your thing, Chicago is where it’s at.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

We stayed downtown at the Loews Hotel and spent pretty much every waking moment eating and navigating the city. Although the shopping and tourist attractions were all pretty stellar, the hands-down highlight was the architecture tour along the river. Taking in the city from a boat on a sunny day was a treat I won’t soon forget.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

Another day was spent with my dearest friend, Trisha, and her husband who drove from Indianapolis to surprise me for my b-day! This girl has a brand new baby boy at home and still made the trek to hug my neck and celebrate- isn’t that golden? We had a few meals, shopped, and experienced the view from the 96th floor of the John Hancock building during our time together. Let’s raise a glass to the besties that love us well.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

In the evenings, we hung out with my brother, Blake, who lives in downtown Chicago. While together, we visited some of my very favorite restaurants in the city and spared no calorie to make sure that we enjoyed the full culinary experience. My brother is a super adventurous eater and really appreciates good food, so it was next-level amazing to have him join our dining squad.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

On our last day in Chicago, we had brunch at one of my favorite restaurants, Little Goat Diner, and went to see the Broadway musical Hamilton. If theatre or American history or hip-hop or ridiculous musical talent is your thing, THIS SHOW IS FOR YOU. I laughed, I cried, I danced in my seat- this show literally blew my mind and I’m dying to go again. If you have the opportunity to see this show, DOOOO IT.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

Be sure to check out my list of Chicago faves below. In a city with a thousand wonderful things to do, I hope you’ll make time for at least one or two of these on your next trip.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

While in Chicago, we ate dinner at Monteverde, a 2017 James Beard Award winning chef’s restaurant. We ordered things like pesto gnocchi and pumpkin ravioli, but the winner for me was the butterscotch budino. If you’re not familiar, budino is basically a rich Italian take on pudding, sometimes smooth and creamy like a custard, other times light and eggy like a souffle. Always wanting to appease my pudding-loving husband, I started tinkering with a chocolate budino recipe a few months ago, and I am thrilled to share the outcome with you today.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

This chocolate budino is not your average Snack Pack. There’s no artificial chocolate powder flavor here; this thing doesn’t taste like a Yoo-Hoo. This version of chocolate budino tastes like CHOCOLATE- rich and buttery with the perfect amount of sweetness, but otherwise decidedly chocolate in flavor. Making chocolate budino is quite similar to making a homemade pudding, and once you know the base recipe there are three different topping variations that you can try. Seriously, I see this coming to an intimate dinner party near you.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

To make the chocolate budino, we start at the stove. Gently heat some whole milk and cream while you mix together the dry ingredients- cocoa powder, cornstarch, and sugar. A few egg yolks are whisked into the dry ingredients before the steaming dairy is added to the mix. We add the hot liquids in a slow and careful stream, whisking vigorously the whole time to ensure that we don’t scramble our egg yolks in the process. Once the milk and cream have been added, we pour the whole lot of it back into the saucepan on the stove and cook, continuing to whisk, until the mixture has thickened slightly to the consistency of a thick and creamy salad dressing. Next, we lower the heat and add the remaining ingredients of chocolate, salt, vanilla, and butter, stirring to combine. Immediately divvy the pudding into small heat-safe containers and rest a piece of plastic wrap on the surface of each one to make sure that the pudding doesn’t form a skin (yuck).

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

This chocolate budino can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge just until the time of serving. I like to let mine warm up on the counter for a few minutes prior to serving so that you can realllllly taste the chocolate. While they sit out, you can begin assembling the toppings for these treats! Fresh whipped cream is a must, but from there you have some choices to make. I’ve included instructions for a berry topping, a chocolate crumble (adapted from this cake!), and hazelnut praline. All options are terrific, so pick how you want your chocolate budino and get to work! You won’t be disappointed.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

Thanks for always letting me jabber on about desserts and traveling. If you have any must-see spots in Chicago, PLEASE, tell me about them! And if there’s another city you think I need to eat my way through, please inform me so that I can begin negotiations with Brett. Ha! Enjoy these chocolate budinos and cheers to you!

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

Where We Ate in Chicago:

Fun/ Casual Bites:

Little Goat Diner
My favorite dish (This Little Piggy Went To China) is from here!
Girl and the Goat
Global food served in a family-style setting.
Au Cheval
The best burger and garlic fries in Chicago.
Fat Rice
A mix of Asian, African, and Indian cuisine served in the COOLEST atmosphere.
Pequod’s
Perfect Chicago deep-dish pizza. We called ahead and ordered carry-out to avoid a wait!
The Purple Pig
Highly acclaimed Chicago favorite serving New American cuisine in a shared-plate atmosphere.
Duck Duck Goat 
Stephanie Izzard’s take on Chinese food. It’s RIDICULOUS GOOD.
Rooh
A seasonal Indian menu in a chic setting.

Nicer Vibes:

Monteverde
Italian cuisine with house-made pasta and loads of global influence.
Avec
Rustic Mediterranean small plates and home of the best Chorizo-stuffed dates.
Bavette’s
A classic steakhouse with French flair.
Nico Osteria
A daily-changed menu serving housemade pasta and Italian seafood.
RL Restaurant
American food served in a unique club atmosphere.
RPM Italian
Modern Italian cuisine in a sassy atmosphere.
Gilt Bar
Contemporary American cuisine and small plates in a dark dining setting.

Dining Experiences:

Alinea
Consistently ranked among the best restaurants in the WORLD, Alinea is a fine dining experience that is equally parts meal and show. Expect modern American cuisine, impeccable service, and a bunch of surprises throughout the evening.

Sweet Bites:

Sweet Mandy B’s
Buy as many cookies as you can fit in your carry-on.
Floriole
A fantastic bakery with some of the flakiest, most buttery pasties I’ve ever had.

Where We Drank in Chicago:

Three Dots and A Dash
The coolest tiki lounge in The Loop!
The Signature Lounge
Cocktails from the 96th floor of the John Hancock Building!
Velvet Hour
A moody bar with a speak-easy vibe.
Cindy’s Rooftop
My favorite spot for day drinking in Chicago.
Intelligentsia Coffee
A Chicago-born coffee company with a terrific brew.
Lost Lake
A tiki bar with and island aesthetic.
The Fox Bar at Soho House
A cheeky late-night spot to grab a drink.

Things We Did in Chicago:

Millenium Park to check out The Bean!
Shopping on Michigan Ave.
River architecture tour
Hamilton– the best broadway show I’ve ever seen.
Shopping on Armitage
Took in the view from the top of the John Hancock Building

Places I’m Dying to Try Next Time in Chicago:

Three Arts Club Cafe
Bohemian House
Velvet Taco
Big Star Tacos
Publican Quality Meats
Milk Room

For more posts like this, check out:

Cookie Butter Pretzel Mousse
Banana Coconut Chocolate Cream Pie
Chocolate Coffee Almond Scones and Our Time in Portland
BBC Popsicles and Our Time in St. Barth’s

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Chocolate Budino: Three Ways

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

Chocolate budino, a rich pudding-like dessert, can be prepared in three ways- with a chocolate crumble, with a berry topping, or with a hazelnut praline!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 90
  • Yield: 4 1x
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Ingredients

For the budino:

  • 11/4 cup (300 mL) whole milk
  • 1/3 cup (80 mL) heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup (30 gm) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup (50 gm) sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the whipped cream:

  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

For the chocolate crumble topping:

  • ¼ cup (55 gm) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 21/2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons (60 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 tablespoon water

For the berry topping:

  • 1 cup mixed berries (I prefer blackberries and raspberries)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water

For the hazelnut praline:

  • ¼ cup (40 gm) chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons butter, melted

Instructions

To prepare the budino:

  1. Combine one cup of the whole milk and the heavy cream in a 6-quart saucepan on the stove. Turn the heat to medium-low while you assemble the rest of the ingredients.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the cornstarch, cocoa powder and sugar. Add the egg yolks and the remaining milk, whisking to combine.
  3. Once the milk and cream on the stovetop are warmed and barely steaming, carefully remove one cup of the mixture and add it to the cornstarch mixture, whisking quickly all the while. Once combined, add the cornstarch and milk mixture back to the saucepan on the stove, whisking together constantly until the mixture begins to thicken. You’ll want the mixture to become a viscous consistency, similar to the texture of a creamy salad dressing. 
  4. Turn the heat to low and add in the salt, chocolate, butter, and vanilla. Whisk quickly to combine and melt the chocolate and then remove from the heat immediately. Pour into four heat-safe containers and place a small sheet of plastic wrap on top so that a skin does not form on the top of the pudding.

To prepare the whipped cream:

  1. Place the cold cream in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat at medium speed until slightly thickened and frothy, then add the sugar. Increase the speed to high and beat just until medium stiff peaks form. Keep in the fridge until you plan to serve the budino.

To prepare the chocolate crumble topping:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar on medium low speed until creamy, about 1-2 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and beat on low until large crumbs begin to form. Chill the crumbs in the freezer for about 5 minutes to set the crumbs.
  3. Spread the crumbs out onto a quarter sheet pan and bake in the oven, tossing occasionally for about 15-20 minutes, or until crumbs are baked and set. All to cool completely.

To prepare the berry topping:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Mash larger berries to release juices and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has thickened and is bubbling. Remove from heat and cool completely.

To prepare the hazelnut praline:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all three ingredients and spread out on a small sheet pan.
  3. Bake for about 5 minutes, then stir and bake for an additional 4-5 minutes. The nuts should be fragrant and crunchy with melted sugar. Allow to cool completely.

Notes

  • If desired, add 1/4 cup Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread) to the pudding.
  • As an alternative to the hazelnut praline, consider making cookies to top the pudding! Check out my recipe for butter pecan cookies. Substitute hazelnuts for pecans and crumble baked and cooled cookies over top of the pudding.
  • Switch out these toppings for some of your favorites. Salted caramel, pretzels, shortbread cookies, toffee sauce and bananas, and any other number of items would taste delicious here! Change according to your preferences.

Recipe for the budino adapted from Nigella Lawson

Chocolate Budino// Guide to Chicago

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

A few weeks ago, Brett and I traveled to Chicago to celebrate my 29-ish (ok, 30th) birthday. The weekend was packed with SO MUCH FUN AND DELICIOUSNESS that I knew I just had to tell you guys all about it. Oh, and we’re going to talk about chocolate budino too, so happy birthday to everyone apparently.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

Have you been to Chicago? It’s literally the best. The town is clean and beautiful with amazing restaurants, architecture, and shopping to boot. If cool food, professional sports, and really nice locals are your thing, Chicago is where it’s at.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

We stayed downtown at the Loews Hotel and spent pretty much every waking moment eating and navigating the city. Although the shopping and tourist attractions were all pretty stellar, the hands-down highlight was the architecture tour along the river. Taking in the city from a boat on a sunny day was a treat I won’t soon forget.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

Another day was spent with my dearest friend, Trisha, and her husband who drove from Indianapolis to surprise me for my b-day! This girl has a brand new baby boy at home and still made the trek to hug my neck and celebrate- isn’t that golden? We had a few meals, shopped, and experienced the view from the 96th floor of the John Hancock building during our time together. Let’s raise a glass to the besties that love us well.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

In the evenings, we hung out with my brother, Blake, who lives in downtown Chicago. While together, we visited some of my very favorite restaurants in the city and spared no calorie to make sure that we enjoyed the full culinary experience. My brother is a super adventurous eater and really appreciates good food, so it was next-level amazing to have him join our dining squad.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

On our last day in Chicago, we had brunch at one of my favorite restaurants, Little Goat Diner, and went to see the Broadway musical Hamilton. If theatre or American history or hip-hop or ridiculous musical talent is your thing, THIS SHOW IS FOR YOU. I laughed, I cried, I danced in my seat- this show literally blew my mind and I’m dying to go again. If you have the opportunity to see this show, DOOOO IT.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

Be sure to check out my list of Chicago faves below. In a city with a thousand wonderful things to do, I hope you’ll make time for at least one or two of these on your next trip.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

While in Chicago, we ate dinner at Monteverde, a 2017 James Beard Award winning chef’s restaurant. We ordered things like pesto gnocchi and pumpkin ravioli, but the winner for me was the butterscotch budino. If you’re not familiar, budino is basically a rich Italian take on pudding, sometimes smooth and creamy like a custard, other times light and eggy like a souffle. Always wanting to appease my pudding-loving husband, I started tinkering with a chocolate budino recipe a few months ago, and I am thrilled to share the outcome with you today.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

This chocolate budino is not your average Snack Pack. There’s no artificial chocolate powder flavor here; this thing doesn’t taste like a Yoo-Hoo. This version of chocolate budino tastes like CHOCOLATE- rich and buttery with the perfect amount of sweetness, but otherwise decidedly chocolate in flavor. Making chocolate budino is quite similar to making a homemade pudding, and once you know the base recipe there are three different topping variations that you can try. Seriously, I see this coming to an intimate dinner party near you.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

To make the chocolate budino, we start at the stove. Gently heat some whole milk and cream while you mix together the dry ingredients- cocoa powder, cornstarch, and sugar. A few egg yolks are whisked into the dry ingredients before the steaming dairy is added to the mix. We add the hot liquids in a slow and careful stream, whisking vigorously the whole time to ensure that we don’t scramble our egg yolks in the process. Once the milk and cream have been added, we pour the whole lot of it back into the saucepan on the stove and cook, continuing to whisk, until the mixture has thickened slightly to the consistency of a thick and creamy salad dressing. Next, we lower the heat and add the remaining ingredients of chocolate, salt, vanilla, and butter, stirring to combine. Immediately divvy the pudding into small heat-safe containers and rest a piece of plastic wrap on the surface of each one to make sure that the pudding doesn’t form a skin (yuck).

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

This chocolate budino can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge just until the time of serving. I like to let mine warm up on the counter for a few minutes prior to serving so that you can realllllly taste the chocolate. While they sit out, you can begin assembling the toppings for these treats! Fresh whipped cream is a must, but from there you have some choices to make. I’ve included instructions for a berry topping, a chocolate crumble (adapted from this cake!), and hazelnut praline. All options are terrific, so pick how you want your chocolate budino and get to work! You won’t be disappointed.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

Thanks for always letting me jabber on about desserts and traveling. If you have any must-see spots in Chicago, PLEASE, tell me about them! And if there’s another city you think I need to eat my way through, please inform me so that I can begin negotiations with Brett. Ha! Enjoy these chocolate budinos and cheers to you!

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

Where We Ate in Chicago:

Little Goat Diner

My favorite dish (This Little Piggy Went To China) is from here!

Monteverde

Italian cuisine with house-made pasta and loads of global influence.

Girl and the Goat

Global food served in a family-style setting.

Au Cheval

The best burger and garlic fries in Chicago.

Avec

Rustic Mediterranean small plates and home of the best Chorizo-stuffed dates.

Bavette’s

A classic steakhouse with French flair.

Nico Osteria

A daily-changed menu serving housemade pasta and Italian seafood.

Fat Rice

A mix of Asian, African, and Indian cuisine served in the COOLEST atmosphere.

Pequod’s

Perfect Chicago deep-dish pizza. We called ahead and ordered carry-out to avoid a wait!

The Purple Pig

Highly acclaimed Chicago favorite serving New American cuisine in a shared-plate atmosphere.

RL Restaurant

American food served in a unique club atmosphere.

Sweet Mandy B’s

Buy as many cookies as you can fit in your carry-on.

Floriole

A fantastic bakery with some of the flakiest, most buttery pasties I’ve ever had.

 

Where We Drank in Chicago:

Three Dots and A Dash

The coolest tiki lounge in The Loop!

The Signature Lounge

Cocktails from the 96th floor of the John Hancock Building!

Velvet Hour

A moody bar with a speak-easy vibe.

Cindy’s Rooftop

My favorite spot for day drinking in Chicago.

Intelligentsia Coffee

A Chicago-born coffee company with a terrific brew.

Lost Lake

A tiki bar with and island aesthetic.

 

Things We Did in Chicago:

Millenium Park to check out The Bean!

Shopping on Michigan Ave.

River architecture tour

Hamilton– the best broadway show I’ve ever seen.

Shopping on Armitage

Took in the view from the top of the John Hancock Building

 

Places I’m Dying to Try Next Time in Chicago:

Three Arts Club Cafe

Bohemian House

Velvet Taco

Big Star Tacos

Publican Quality Meats

Milk Room

 

For more posts like this, check out:

Cookie Butter Pretzel Mousse

Banana Coconut Chocolate Cream Pie

Chocolate Coffee Almond Scones and Our Time in Portland

BBC Popsicles and Our Time in St. Barth’s

 

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Chocolate Budino: Three Ways

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

Chocolate budino, a rich pudding-like dessert, can be prepared in three ways- with a chocolate crumble, with a berry topping, or with a hazelnut praline!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 90
  • Yield: 4 1x
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Ingredients

For the budino:

  • 11/4 cup (300 mL) whole milk
  • 1/3 cup (80 mL) heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup (30 gm) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup (50 gm) sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the whipped cream:

  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

For the chocolate crumble topping:

  • ¼ cup (55 gm) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 21/2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons (60 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 tablespoon water

For the berry topping:

  • 1 cup mixed berries (I prefer blackberries and raspberries)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water

For the hazelnut praline:

  • ¼ cup (40 gm) chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons butter, melted

Instructions

To prepare the budino:

  1. Combine one cup of the whole milk and the heavy cream in a 6-quart saucepan on the stove. Turn the heat to medium-low while you assemble the rest of the ingredients.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the cornstarch, cocoa powder and sugar. Add the egg yolks and the remaining milk, whisking to combine.
  3. Once the milk and cream on the stovetop are warmed and barely steaming, carefully remove one cup of the mixture and add it to the cornstarch mixture, whisking quickly all the while. Once combined, add the cornstarch and milk mixture back to the saucepan on the stove, whisking together constantly until the mixture begins to thicken. You’ll want the mixture to become a viscous consistency, similar to the texture of a creamy salad dressing. 
  4. Turn the heat to low and add in the salt, chocolate, butter, and vanilla. Whisk quickly to combine and melt the chocolate and then remove from the heat immediately. Pour into four heat-safe containers and place a small sheet of plastic wrap on top so that a skin does not form on the top of the pudding.

To prepare the whipped cream:

  1. Place the cold cream in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat at medium speed until slightly thickened and frothy, then add the sugar. Increase the speed to high and beat just until medium stiff peaks form. Keep in the fridge until you plan to serve the budino.

To prepare the chocolate crumble topping:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar on medium low speed until creamy, about 1-2 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and beat on low until large crumbs begin to form. Chill the crumbs in the freezer for about 5 minutes to set the crumbs.
  3. Spread the crumbs out onto a quarter sheet pan and bake in the oven, tossing occasionally for about 15-20 minutes, or until crumbs are baked and set. All to cool completely.

To prepare the berry topping:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Mash larger berries to release juices and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has thickened and is bubbling. Remove from heat and cool completely.

To prepare the hazelnut praline:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all three ingredients and spread out on a small sheet pan.
  3. Bake for about 5 minutes, then stir and bake for an additional 4-5 minutes. The nuts should be fragrant and crunchy with melted sugar. Allow to cool completely.

Notes

  • If desired, add 1/4 cup Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread) to the pudding.
  • As an alternative to the hazelnut praline, consider making cookies to top the pudding! Check out my recipe for butter pecan cookies. Substitute hazelnuts for pecans and crumble baked and cooled cookies over top of the pudding.
  • Switch out these toppings for some of your favorites. Salted caramel, pretzels, shortbread cookies, toffee sauce and bananas, and any other number of items would taste delicious here! Change according to your preferences.

Recipe for the budino adapted from Nigella Lawson

Chocolate Chess Pie

Chocolate Chess Pie by The Wood and Spoon Bly by Kate Wood. This gooey fudge pie is a take on the classic Southern recipe. Make with a flaky pie crust and a cocoa powder fudgy filling, this pie is topped with chocolate whipped cream and chocolate curls. Definitely the prettiest pie you'll see this holiday season. Make this pie for Christmas or Thanksgiving as it serves a crowd and is great for sharing. Find the recipe and other old South recipes on thewoodandspoon.com

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I figured y’all might need a sure thing. A dessert that is rich enough, easy enough, pretty enough, and able to feed enough mouths at your dinner soirees. A dessert whose plate gets cleaned and leaves party guests licking their forks and asking, “Who brought that?” This chocolate chess pies is most certainly a sure thing and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

I’m guessing that a lot of you are puzzled about chess pies right now, and I’d bank that most of the confused folks reside somewhere north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Prior to moving to the South, I didn’t have a clue either. Ten years in Birmingham wasn’t long enough for me to dig up the deep Southern roots of chess pies, but upon marrying into my husband’s Alabama family I learned quickly that chess pies are king.Chocolate Chess Pie by The Wood and Spoon Bly by Kate Wood. This gooey fudge pie is a take on the classic Southern recipe. Make with a flaky pie crust and a cocoa powder fudgy filling, this pie is topped with chocolate whipped cream and chocolate curls. Definitely the prettiest pie you'll see this holiday season. Make this pie for Christmas or Thanksgiving as it serves a crowd and is great for sharing. Find the recipe and other old South recipes on thewoodandspoon.com

Prepared with a single crust and a custardy filling made primarily of butter, sugar, and eggs, chess pies are rich, dense, and ultra-sweet. Although a number of variations of chess pies exist (Buttermilk! Pecan! Citrus!), anyone who is anyone knows that chocolate is the one to beat. If you disagree, we can’t be friends. Just saying.

A few years ago, I ran across my husband’s grandmother’s box of recipes. They were beautiful, worn with stains and torn edges, and spoke to the culture my husband grew up in. Brett’s Nana was a hard worker and spent a lot of time loving her tribe through the food she prepared- fried pork chops, skillet cornbread, and warm banana pudding. One of my husband’s favorites has always been his Nana’s chocolate chess pie, so finding that recipe was nothing short of a treasure. 

Chocolate Chess Pie by The Wood and Spoon Bly by Kate Wood. This gooey fudge pie is a take on the classic Southern recipe. Make with a flaky pie crust and a cocoa powder fudgy filling, this pie is topped with chocolate whipped cream and chocolate curls. Definitely the prettiest pie you'll see this holiday season. Make this pie for Christmas or Thanksgiving as it serves a crowd and is great for sharing. Find the recipe and other old South recipes on thewoodandspoon.com

I adapted her time-tested notes to create this chocolate chess pie recipe. Using a bit less sugar and a tad more cocoa, I wound up with a pie that was nostalgic and special for my hubby, yet suitable for my own tastes. Even better, this chocolate chess pie is a cinch to make and bakes up terrifically every time. 

Chocolate Chess Pie by The Wood and Spoon Bly by Kate Wood. This gooey fudge pie is a take on the classic Southern recipe. Make with a flaky pie crust and a cocoa powder fudgy filling, this pie is topped with chocolate whipped cream and chocolate curls. Definitely the prettiest pie you'll see this holiday season. Make this pie for Christmas or Thanksgiving as it serves a crowd and is great for sharing. Find the recipe and other old South recipes on thewoodandspoon.com

To prepare it, we start with the crust. Sure, you could buy a crust from the freezer section of the store, but GUYS, we are cool and proficient enough to make them ourselves. Check out my favorite recipe here or choose one of your own. A single crust is all that is required for this recipe, so save the other half of your double crust for later. Roll the dough into a shallow 9″ metal pie plate and crimp the edges. Give it a brush of an egg wash for color and gloss, and set it aside in the fridge while you prepare your filling. Cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and the tiniest bit of flour are whisked together in a large bowl before the liquid ingredients are added. Melted butter, eggs, and evaporated milk are stirred in next, whisked in until the mixture is uniform throughout. Pour the filling into the prepared pie pan and allow it to bake in the oven.

Chocolate Chess Pie by The Wood and Spoon Bly by Kate Wood. This gooey fudge pie is a take on the classic Southern recipe. Make with a flaky pie crust and a cocoa powder fudgy filling, this pie is topped with chocolate whipped cream and chocolate curls. Definitely the prettiest pie you'll see this holiday season. Make this pie for Christmas or Thanksgiving as it serves a crowd and is great for sharing. Find the recipe and other old South recipes on thewoodandspoon.com

The hardest part of this chocolate chess pie is identifying when it’s done. After about 35 minutes, you should find that the pie has risen slightly and is only barely jiggly in the center half of the pan. The pie will definitely look underdone when you remove it from the oven, but just cross your fingers, say your prayers, and all will be well. Chocolate Chess Pie by The Wood and Spoon Bly by Kate Wood. This gooey fudge pie is a take on the classic Southern recipe. Make with a flaky pie crust and a cocoa powder fudgy filling, this pie is topped with chocolate whipped cream and chocolate curls. Definitely the prettiest pie you'll see this holiday season. Make this pie for Christmas or Thanksgiving as it serves a crowd and is great for sharing. Find the recipe and other old South recipes on thewoodandspoon.com

Once the pie has chilled to room temperature, you will have created the most perfect chocolate chess pie! Truly, you could stop there. You could give it a dust of powdered sugar or just throw it on the Thanksgiving table and call it a success. But I know you. Like me, you love to take things too far. So lucky for us (read: everyone who eats this pie), we instead go overboard and add a super fluffy, perfectly sweetened chocolate whipped cream. The billowy clouds of cream and air add another layer of flavor and a whole lot of flair to an otherwise dull-looking pie. Who doesn’t like whipped cream!?! Trust me on this one, okay? Chocolate Chess Pie by The Wood and Spoon Bly by Kate Wood. This gooey fudge pie is a take on the classic Southern recipe. Make with a flaky pie crust and a cocoa powder fudgy filling, this pie is topped with chocolate whipped cream and chocolate curls. Definitely the prettiest pie you'll see this holiday season. Make this pie for Christmas or Thanksgiving as it serves a crowd and is great for sharing. Find the recipe and other old South recipes on thewoodandspoon.com

I’m sure you’ve already got a stellar lineup of treats for this Thanksgiving, but I want to encourage you to give this pie a shot. It is excellent and 100% worth the very few minutes it will take to make it. And if you’re in the mood for more pies, be sure to check out the list of my blogger friends below who are sporting pie recipes today. The self-proclaimed #piesquad is back again, ready and raring for action, so give some recipes a try and let me know what you think! Happy Friday to you all!

Cloudy Kitchen

Chocolate Cream pie with whipped peanut butter cream

 

Cook Til Delicious

Pear Cranberry Frangipane Tart


DisplacedHousewife

Five-Spice Cran-Apple Handpies

 

The Farmer’s Daughter

Apple Ginger Pie

 

 

Harvest and Honey

Apple Apple Pies


Lyndsey Eden

Maple Cream Cheese Pear & Pistachio Galette


Salvialimone

Tarta Tine with White Chocolate Caramelized Pears

 

TermiNatetor Kitchen

Brown Butter Chai Pumpkin Pie with Sugared Sage


Topless Baker

Apple & Blackberry Flower Lattice Pie

Chocolate Chess Pie by The Wood and Spoon Bly by Kate Wood. This gooey fudge pie is a take on the classic Southern recipe. Make with a flaky pie crust and a cocoa powder fudgy filling, this pie is topped with chocolate whipped cream and chocolate curls. Definitely the prettiest pie you'll see this holiday season. Make this pie for Christmas or Thanksgiving as it serves a crowd and is great for sharing. Find the recipe and other old South recipes on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this chocolate chess pie, you should check out:

Mocha Hazelnut Cream Pie

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tarts

Banana Coconut Chocolate Cream Pie

Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Chocolate Caramel Crumble Cake

 

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Chocolate Chess Pie

Chocolate Chess Pie by The Wood and Spoon Bly by Kate Wood. This gooey fudge pie is a take on the classic Southern recipe. Make with a flaky pie crust and a cocoa powder fudgy filling, this pie is topped with chocolate whipped cream and chocolate curls. Definitely the prettiest pie you'll see this holiday season. Make this pie for Christmas or Thanksgiving as it serves a crowd and is great for sharing. Find the recipe and other old South recipes on thewoodandspoon.com

This chocolate chess pie is a traditional southern favorite, rich and fudgy, with the added oomph of a fluffy chocolate whipped cream. 

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
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Ingredients

For the pie:

  • 1 recipe for a single unbaked pie crust (not deep-dish)
  • ¼ cup (30 gm) cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 11/4 cups (250 gm) sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ tablespoon vinegar

 

For the chocolate whipped topping:

  • 11/2 cups (360 mL) heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ plus 2 tablespoons (75 gm) sugar
  • ¼ cup (30 gm) cocoa powder

Instructions

To prepare the pie:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using a rolling pin, roll out the pie dough and transfer it into a 9” pie plate. Gently press the dough into the edges of the pan and trim off any excess. Crimp the edges as desired.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, flour, sugar, and salt until combined. Add the melted butter and sitr just to combine. Add the eggs, evaporated milk, vanilla extract, and vinegar and mix to combine. Pour the filling into the prepared pie crust and brush the crust with a bit of milk, beaten egg, or cream if desired. Bake the pie in the preheated oven for about 35 minutes or until the edges are well set and the innermost circle of pie is still just a bit jiggly. Remove and cool to room temperature.
  4. Once cooled, prepare the whipped topping. Beat the heavy cream on medium speed in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whip until frothy and slightly thickened and add the sugar and cocoa powder. Increase to high speed and beat until stiff peaks form. Spread dollops of the whipped cream on top of the pie and serve immediately.

 

Cookies and Cream Cookies

Cookies and Cream Cookies recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for Oreo cookie stuffed white chocolate chip cookies. These are soft and chewy cookies, quick and easy, that can simply be made into a cream-filled treat. Find the recipe for these simple holiday Christmas cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

Happy Sunday to you, friends! I hope your day has started with a joyful heart and a healthy amount of coffee. Today I’m sharing a little early morning entertainment along with a simple recipe for these crowd pleasing cookies and cream cookies. If you’re into cookies stuffed with more cookies, this is the obnoxious treat you’ll want to check out today. But first, let’s get into the morning round-up!

Kids Try 100 Years of Thanksgiving Sides

Bon Appétit has started a video series in which they film young kids trying new foods. In this episode, the kids taste test traditional Thanksgiving side dishes from the early 1900’s to present day. The results are hilarious and I can only imagine what my kiddos would say if I offered them oyster shooters or peanut soup. HA!

Family Dinner, Redefined

In my house, mealtimes are often a joke. It’s a tabletop war zone of flying carrots and machine-gunned peas. This article from Epicurious lists 18 practical ways to make dinnertime a bit less insane. I can already say that I’ll be getting on board with numbers 7, 8, and 14. Give it a read!

Julia Roberts’ Film Career in Less Than 10 Minutes

Ok, it wouldn’t be a Sunday round-up without a little James Corden. Here, he helps Julia Roberts act out HER ENTIRE FILM CAREER (!?!?!) in a short span of 10 minutes. It’s pretty clever and reminded me that I need to dust off a few VHS tapes that I’ve got in storage. Run Away Bride, anyone?

17 Restaurants Worth Planning a Trip Around

The folks at Travel + Leisure know their stuff when it comes to exploring new hot spots. In this article, they’ve outlined a list of 17 restaurants that are worth hopping a flight for. I’ve only been to one on the list, but there’s several that I’m dying to try. Have you been to any of these? Are they worth the hype?

Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Sides

You’re busy, I know. So let’s keep simplifying our life and cut out some of that Thanksgiving day stress, shall we? Food52 has complied a list of freezer-friendly sides that you could literally make today and reheat come Thanksgiving day. This is like the fairy godmother of meal planning, so make a point of checking it out.

People Will Buy Anything 

And this week on “People Will Buy Anything,” my favorite store, Madewell, has begun stocking Carhartt. Yes, Carhartt- the durable workwear brand that people like my husband wear. You know, the pants that are as thick as a piece of canvas-wrapped cardboard and require about 3 yards of fabric to make? The ones that have approximately 27 pockets and 3 hammer loops? Yes, those pants. Madewell was really scraping the bottom of the barrel when they started stocking Carhartt.  If I spend OVER ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS on a sweatshirt anytime soon, you can bet it won’t be a quality item I could pick up at the hardware store. Now this sweatshirt on the other hand… this I’d wear.

Cookies and Cream Cookies recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for Oreo cookie stuffed white chocolate chip cookies. These are soft and chewy cookies, quick and easy, that can simply be made into a cream-filled treat. Find the recipe for these simple holiday Christmas cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

Cookies and Cream Cookies

Okay, lets talk coooookieees! What is not to be thrilled about when you’re talking Oreo and white chocolate chip filled cookies!? This is the stuff dreams are made of! These cookies and cream cookies are a cinch to make and are a treat that literally anyone can rally behind. Unless, of course, you’re the person who doesn’t like cookies, in which case, WHO EVEN ARE YOU?

Cookies and Cream Cookies recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for Oreo cookie stuffed white chocolate chip cookies. These are soft and chewy cookies, quick and easy, that can simply be made into a cream-filled treat. Find the recipe for these simple holiday Christmas cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

To make them, we start the usual way. Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Add eggs and vanilla, scraping the sides of the bowl to ensure everything is getting well incorporated. Next comes the dry ingredients- flour, salt, and leavening. Once your dough has been prepared, we add the mix-ins. This recipe calls for a couple cups worth of chopped Oreos. It’s important to not reduce your Oreos to a fine crumb, otherwise your dough will be way too dry and crumbly. No bueno. Instead, keep a 1/2″chop on your Oreos and get excited to have a teensy bit of crunch in every bite of these cookies and cream cookies. The white chocolate chips and Oreos get stirred in before balls of dough are baked in the oven.

Cookies and Cream Cookies recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for Oreo cookie stuffed white chocolate chip cookies. These are soft and chewy cookies, quick and easy, that can simply be made into a cream-filled treat. Find the recipe for these simple holiday Christmas cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

These cookies and cream cookies are fab on their own. I see no further treatment necessary. BUT! If you’re feeling ultra-sassy, why not whip up a sweet frosting to make sandwich cookies. Yes, then they’d be sandwich cookies stuffed with sandwich cookies, and I totally understand if that’s the kid of thing that makes your mind explode.  

Cookies and Cream Cookies recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for Oreo cookie stuffed white chocolate chip cookies. These are soft and chewy cookies, quick and easy, that can simply be made into a cream-filled treat. Find the recipe for these simple holiday Christmas cookies on thewoodandspoon.comCookies and Cream Cookies recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for Oreo cookie stuffed white chocolate chip cookies. These are soft and chewy cookies, quick and easy, that can simply be made into a cream-filled treat. Find the recipe for these simple holiday Christmas cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

Truth be told, the cream-filled cookies and cream cookies are next-level sweet. If you like your sugary desserts extra-sweet then the cream filling is right up your alley, otherwise just stick with the regular old cookies and cream cookies and save those extra calories for later. Because health.

Cookies and Cream Cookies recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for Oreo cookie stuffed white chocolate chip cookies. These are soft and chewy cookies, quick and easy, that can simply be made into a cream-filled treat. Find the recipe for these simple holiday Christmas cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

Happy Sunday to y’all! Give these cookies and cream cookies a shot and let me know what you think!

If you like these cookies and cream cookies, you should check out:

Funfetti Cookies

Triple Chocolate Cookies

Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Trail Mix Cookies 

Candied Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Cookies and Cream Cookies

Cookies and Cream Cookies recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for Oreo cookie stuffed white chocolate chip cookies. These are soft and chewy cookies, quick and easy, that can simply be made into a cream-filled treat. Find the recipe for these simple holiday Christmas cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

These cookies and cream cookies are soft and chewy, Oreo cookie stuffed cookies with white chocolate chips!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 30 1x
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Ingredients

For the cookies:

  • ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup (150 gm) brown sugar
  • ¾ (150 gm) cup sugar
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 21/4 (270 gm) cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (180 gm) white chocolate chips
  • 2 cups (360 gm) roughly crushed Oreos or chocolate sandwich cookies

For the filling:

  • 6 tablespoons 85 gm) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (113 gm) shortening
  • 3 cups (375 gm) confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare two baking sheets by covering them with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, sugar, and vanilla on medium speed until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the eggs one at a time, beating on low until combined. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking soda and then add this mixture to the butter and sugar. Stir on low just until combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl and then fold in or stir on low the white chocolate chips and Oreo pieces (see notes).
  3. Scoop out 3 tablespoon sized balls of dough (I used a large cookie scoop) for large cookies or 1-1/2 tablespoon sized balls of dough (medium cookie scoop) for smaller cookies. Roll the balls quickly in your hands for smooth cookies. Space out dough balls three inches apart (2 inches if using smaller dough balls) on the baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 10-12 minutes (9-10 minutes for smaller dough balls), or until the edges are set and the centers are beginning to set. The cookies may look slightly underdone when you pull them out of the oven. Allow to cool briefly before enjoying!

For the filling:

  1. To prepare the optional filling, cream together the butter and shortening in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the confectioner’s sugar and vanilla and mix on low until incorporated. Increase the speed to medium and beat until smooth and creamy. You can add a bit of milk or water to thin out if desired. Spread the filling in between two cookies and sandwich together!

Notes

  • I used a combination of roughly chopped Oreos and smaller crumbled Oreos for these cookies. With a finer crumb, the cookies appear darker, but the larger chunks of Oreo give you a crunchy bite of sandwich cookie in every cookies.
  • If you use a bit too much finely crumbed Oreos, the dough may seem a little dry. The cookies will still taste great, but the texture and spreadability of the cookies will differ. Give them a gentle pat as they come out of the oven if they didn’t spread enough for your liking.
  • You can substitute milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips here, but I prefer the white chocolate.
  • If your butter is too soft or if you dough becomes too soft/wet prior to baking, you can firm your dough in the fridge briefly. I usually do a test bake of cookies by baking 3 or 4 cookies on a baking sheet to see if they turn out how I want. If the cookies spread too much, I chill the remaining dough for a few minutes. If they don’t spread as much as I’d like, I keep the dough of the fridge and gently press my dough balls down a bit.

Pretzel Millionaire Bars

Pretzel Millionaire Bars by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are a simple holiday bar recipe prepared with sweetened condensed milk. A buttery pretzel shortbread crust is topped with a homemade gooey caramel sauce and a rich semi-sweet chocolate ganache topping. These bars are quick, sweet and salty, and will feed a crowd. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com.

Last week felt like fall. Outside, the air was cold and smelled of wood and ash- the kind of smell that reminds me of staring at friends across the glow of a fire, their faces all dancing with reds and yellows and golds from the flames. Those early bits of fall are always a welcome change of season from the relentless summers we experience in Alabama, but as soon as that first cold hits, my heart longs for the holidays. I dream of Thanksgiving hams and Christmas carols; I want Nat King Cole on my radio and peppermint babka in my oven. Fall starts and I immediately crave the flavors and sights and sounds that come with the holidays.

Pretzel Millionaire Bars by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are a simple holiday bar recipe prepared with sweetened condensed milk. A buttery pretzel shortbread crust is topped with a homemade gooey caramel sauce and a rich semi-sweet chocolate ganache topping. These bars are quick, sweet and salty, and will feed a crowd. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com.

It’s not so much the holidays themselves as it is the feelings that they bring. I love the connection and joy that is inspired by time spent around a big table crowded with the faces of people I love. Gratitude, while accessible all year round, feels so tangible and easy to express during a time of year centered around just that- thanksgiving. Every year as the holidays approach, I do my best to soak up all the goodness as it starts trickling in, but often schedules, shopping lists, and dinner parties come between me and (what should be) a time of year when all is calm, all is bright. I want to change that.

Pretzel Millionaire Bars by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are a simple holiday bar recipe prepared with sweetened condensed milk. A buttery pretzel shortbread crust is topped with a homemade gooey caramel sauce and a rich semi-sweet chocolate ganache topping. These bars are quick, sweet and salty, and will feed a crowd. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com.

This year, let’s spend less time fussing and more time loving. Let’s shy away from the grind and the work and the stress of the holidays and ease into observing the moment. Maybe we could use this season to sow into the people we love and decide to simplify the rest.  Let’s make it easier on ourselves.

I’m starting in the kitchen. There’s no reason to go overboard on fussy menus (read: extravagant desserts) when delicious, indulgent treats can made quite easily. Take for instance these pretzel millionaire bars. A buttery pretzel shortbread crust topped with a gooey caramel filling and rich chocolate ganache, these pretzel millionaire bars are sweet and salty bites of goodness that can be made with few ingredients and in a short amount of time. Need to bring a dessert to your Friendsgiving party? Pretzel millionaire bars. Want to pack up some sweets as a gift for your neighbor? Pretzel millionaire bars. Decadence is only but a few minutes away when you’ve got a recipe like this on hand.

Pretzel Millionaire Bars by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are a simple holiday bar recipe prepared with sweetened condensed milk. A buttery pretzel shortbread crust is topped with a homemade gooey caramel sauce and a rich semi-sweet chocolate ganache topping. These bars are quick, sweet and salty, and will feed a crowd. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com.

To make the bars, we start with the pretzel shortbread crust. Combine crumbled pretzels with flour, brown sugar, and some ice-cold butter and press the sandy mixture into the bottom of a square baking dish. Pop the crust in the oven while you get going on the caramel filling.

Pretzel Millionaire Bars by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are a simple holiday bar recipe prepared with sweetened condensed milk. A buttery pretzel shortbread crust is topped with a homemade gooey caramel sauce and a rich semi-sweet chocolate ganache topping. These bars are quick, sweet and salty, and will feed a crowd. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com.

Although I typically employ a homemade caramel recipe, these bars keep it decadent and simple by using Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk. Combine the milky nectar with butter and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, and cook it until the mixture has thickened, darkened slightly, and caramelized. That gooey goodness is spread over top of the shortbread crust and allowed to chill. 

Pretzel Millionaire Bars by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are a simple holiday bar recipe prepared with sweetened condensed milk. A buttery pretzel shortbread crust is topped with a homemade gooey caramel sauce and a rich semi-sweet chocolate ganache topping. These bars are quick, sweet and salty, and will feed a crowd. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com.

Once the bars have cooled, a rich, two-ingredient chocolate ganache comes next, prepared by stirring together warm cream and chopped chocolate. The ganache gets spread all over the cooled caramel and is garnished with a few more pretzels or a sprinkle of salt. Truly, if there’s anything more delicious than the sweet and salty combination of pretzels, caramel, and chocolate, I don’t want to know.

Pretzel Millionaire Bars by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are a simple holiday bar recipe prepared with sweetened condensed milk. A buttery pretzel shortbread crust is topped with a homemade gooey caramel sauce and a rich semi-sweet chocolate ganache topping. These bars are quick, sweet and salty, and will feed a crowd. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com.

I’m sharing this recipe as part of Eagle Brand’s “UnCookie” exchange that they have launched to keep our holidays sweet and fuss-free. Treats like these pretzel millionaire bars are simple to make and fun to serve, leaving you with less time spent in the kitchen and more moments shared with the people you love. While planning your holiday menus this year, be sure to remember these bars and the many other UnCookie recipes that can be found right here. Enjoy these next few months and don’t forget to treat yo’ self to some UnCookies.

Pretzel Millionaire Bars by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are a simple holiday bar recipe prepared with sweetened condensed milk. A buttery pretzel shortbread crust is topped with a homemade gooey caramel sauce and a rich semi-sweet chocolate ganache topping. These bars are quick, sweet and salty, and will feed a crowd. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com.

This post was sponsored by Eagle Brand. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that make Wood and Spoon possible!

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Pretzel Millionaire Bars

Pretzel Millionaire Bars by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are a simple holiday bar recipe prepared with sweetened condensed milk. A buttery pretzel shortbread crust is topped with a homemade gooey caramel sauce and a rich semi-sweet chocolate ganache topping. These bars are quick, sweet and salty, and will feed a crowd. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com.

These sweet and salty pretzel millionaire bars have a pretzel shortbread crust, a caramel filling, and a chocolate ganache topping.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 16 1x
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Ingredients

For the pretzel shortbread:

  • 2 ounces (55 gm) salted pretzels (see notes)
  • ½ cup (65 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (100 gm) brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, cold

For the caramel filling:

  • 6 tablespoons (85 gm) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup (100 gm) brown sugar
  • 114 ounce can of Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • Pinch of salt

For the chocolate ganache:

  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream.
  • 3 ounces (85 gm) semisweet chocolate, chopped

Instructions

To prepare the pretzel shortbread:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line an 8” square metal pan with a sheet of aluminum foil.
  2. Pulse the pretzels in a food processor or mini chopper until they are reduced to a coarse sandy mixture. You can leave a few small chunks, if desired. Pulse in the flour, brown sugar, and salt until combined. Add the butter and pulse until small clumps come together. Pat the mixture out into the bottom of the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven until the shortbread is soft but slightly set, about 20 minutes. Allow to cool briefly while you prepare the caramel filling.

To prepare the caramel filling:

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, cook the butter and sugar together, stirring occasionally until the butter has melted.  Add the sweetened condensed milk and corn syrup and bring the mixture to a boil. Begin stirring continuously and cook for 5 minutes, or until the mixture has turned lightly golden and has thickened to a mayonnaise consistency. Remove from the heat immediately and stir in the salt. Pour the mixture over the pretzel shortbread and set aside to cool completely. You can expedite this process by refrigerating it.

To prepare the chocolate ganache:

  1. Heat the heavy whipping cream until hot but not simmering. Place the chopped chocolate in a heat-safe bowl and pour the cream over top. Cover the bowl in plastic wrap and allow the chocolate to melt for about 5 minutes. Stir the chocolate and cream together until smooth, microwaving in 10 second spurts as needed to help melt unmelted chocolate. Smooth the mixture over top of the caramel filling and garnish the top with extra pretzels or flecks of salt. Allow to cool completely before cutting into pieces.

Notes

  • I prefer to purchase mini salted pretzel twists. Avoid using thick pretzel rods. Flavor will differ if you use unsalted or fat-free pretzels.
  • If desired, feel free to stir 3/4 cup roasted chopped nuts into the caramel just before spreading on the shortbread. I have tried it with pecans and it is DELISH!