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Pineapple Ginger Rum Punch (and a Short Summer Recipe Round-up!)

Pineapple Ginger Rum Punch by Wood and Spoon. Beachy flavors of pineapple, rum, lime, and ginger combine over ice to make a sweet and boozy beach day drink perfect for your summer days. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and make a big batch to serve a crowd. Learn how to make this poolside cocktail on thewoodandspoon.com

This is it! The summeriest week of the year! If you guys aren’t already knee-deep in ice cream cones and barbecue and watermelon slices, it’s time. Since I already shared one recipe earlier this week, I thought I’d keep it short and sweet today with this pineapple ginger rum punch. This is a seriously beachy cocktail- perfect for all of y’all spending the holiday weekend in the sand or on the water. In addition, I wanted to pass along some of my personal favorite recipes to make during these toasty months. There’s still time to make each and every one of these, so get after it!

Pineapple Ginger Rum Punch by Wood and Spoon. Beachy flavors of pineapple, rum, lime, and ginger combine over ice to make a sweet and boozy beach day drink perfect for your summer days. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and make a big batch to serve a crowd. Learn how to make this poolside cocktail on thewoodandspoon.com

Favorite Summer Desserts

Pineapple Ginger Rum Punch by Wood and Spoon. Beachy flavors of pineapple, rum, lime, and ginger combine over ice to make a sweet and boozy beach day drink perfect for your summer days. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and make a big batch to serve a crowd. Learn how to make this poolside cocktail on thewoodandspoon.com

Favorite Summer Savories

  • Despite its name, this Texas Hot Sauce is not too hot or from Texas, but it is the BEST hotdog topping ever.
  • This tomato galette is the perfect way to use up all those fresh tomatoes from the farmer’s market.
  • This corn dip is the best appetizer/snack for those outdoor summer gatherings, especially this time of year when the corn is extra sweet!
  • I use this pan-roasted fish recipe for basically any fresh seafood I get my hands on during the summer.
  • I almost always grill burgers outside on the fourth, but these classic smashed burgers are my indoor rain plan. Make them yours too!
Pineapple Ginger Rum Punch by Wood and Spoon. Beachy flavors of pineapple, rum, lime, and ginger combine over ice to make a sweet and boozy beach day drink perfect for your summer days. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and make a big batch to serve a crowd. Learn how to make this poolside cocktail on thewoodandspoon.com

Favorite Summer Cocktail Recipes

  • Summer water meets summer fruit with these rosé popsicles!
  • By far, one of my favorite marg recipes is this honey basil margarita. Perfectly sweetened and seriously refreshing!
  • If you took a mojito and added tequila and grapefruit, these grapefruit tejitos would be the product. They’re delightful!
  • Bourbon doesn’t usually go hand in hand with summer cocktails, but this recipe for a Bufala Negra is great on warm weather days!
  • Summer Brew is maybe the first cocktail I ever made, and guess what- it’s still great. Make a batch of these for the holiday weekend!

Pineapple Ginger Rum Punch

While we’re talking cocktails, let me introduce the pineapple ginger rum punch. This is a boat drink if I’ve ever had one- sweet summer pineapple combines with rum and the bright zesty flavors of ginger liquor and lime. Together, the end product is a great make-ahead cocktail that you can pour over a Yeti cup filled with ice ALL DAY LONG. It’s sweetness is balanced by the addition of citrus, and if you’re feeling extra fancy, you can muddle some mint in there too! The world is your oyster! Have a terrific holiday weekend. Stay safe, stay cool, and definitely enjoy one of the summery recipes on this list. Happy 4th, friends!

Pineapple Ginger Rum Punch by Wood and Spoon. Beachy flavors of pineapple, rum, lime, and ginger combine over ice to make a sweet and boozy beach day drink perfect for your summer days. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and make a big batch to serve a crowd. Learn how to make this poolside cocktail on thewoodandspoon.com
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Pineapple Ginger Rum Punch (and a Short Summer Recipe Round-up!)

Pineapple Ginger Rum Punch by Wood and Spoon. Beachy flavors of pineapple, rum, lime, and ginger combine over ice to make a sweet and boozy beach day drink perfect for your summer days. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and make a big batch to serve a crowd. Learn how to make this poolside cocktail on thewoodandspoon.com

Pineapple juice, lime juice, ginger liquor, and rum combine to make a beachy cocktail perfect for summer days!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
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Ingredients

  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce ginger liquor
  • 1 ounce rum
  • Whipped cream, if desired

Instructions

  • In a tall shaker, combine pineapple juice, lime juice, ginger liquor, and rum and top with ice. Shake for 20 seconds and then pour into a short glass. Top with a dollop of whipped cream! For a stronger cocktail, skip the ice shaking and pour directly over ice.

Peaches and Cream Trifle

Peaches and Cream Trifle by Wood and Spoon blog. This trifle features homemade pound cake, a cream cheese whipped cream, and fresh sugared summer peaches. Add a few berries or you other favorite summer fruit to make this a festive and colorful dessert to serve a crowd for warm weather gatherings. You can make this ahead or use store-bought pound cake! Find more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

I was laughing about sourdough starter on a Zoom call the other day. During quarantine, it was interesting to see what fads picked up. There was banana bread, Ina Garten’s hilarious midday cocktail, and, of course, bread-baking. Much to the demise of America’s supply of yeast, people all across the country swarmed their baking aisles to pick up necessary items for their kitchen adventures. Among those I never dared to attempt is sourdough.

Peaches and Cream Trifle by Wood and Spoon blog. This trifle features homemade pound cake, a cream cheese whipped cream, and fresh sugared summer peaches. Add a few berries or you other favorite summer fruit to make this a festive and colorful dessert to serve a crowd for warm weather gatherings. You can make this ahead or use store-bought pound cake! Find more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

I think I’m in the phase of life where I just can’t keep one more thing alive. It’s like that time my mother tried to convince me to start making Kefir water– I can’t be responsible for one more active growing thing. Just like a baby, it requires feeding and burping and cleaning and so on… just way too much for someone who can barely keep a small pot of ferns alive. It’s been super impressive to see so many people step out into new activities and become adventurous in the kitchen. These past few months have been notably lonely, but I’m encouraged that I now have a slew of new friends that are excited about something I’m super passionate about. We never quit getting the opportunity to learn new things, and even though sourdough is NO WHERE NEAR my list of priorities, I’m happy to see us old dogs learning new tricks.

Peaches and Cream Trifle by Wood and Spoon blog. This trifle features homemade pound cake, a cream cheese whipped cream, and fresh sugared summer peaches. Add a few berries or you other favorite summer fruit to make this a festive and colorful dessert to serve a crowd for warm weather gatherings. You can make this ahead or use store-bought pound cake! Find more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

So here’s a peaches and cream trifle. No sourdough or fancy techniques involved, but this trifle is a fun way to tiptoe into baking. Here, a homemade Southern pound cake is layered with a cream cheese whipped cream and cinnamon sugared peaches. The end result is a fancy little layered treat that serves a crowd, tastes great the next day, and will show off all your fabulous summer fruit. The fantastic part is that you can totally skip the homemade pound cake if you feel like it. Those store-bought ones are super yummy, so don’t let me make this troublesome if you don’t have the time. The homemade whip and fresh fruit is the only thing completely necessary, because fresh fruit and perfectly tangy dairy is really necessary for this dessert to shine.

Peaches and Cream Trifle by Wood and Spoon blog. This trifle features homemade pound cake, a cream cheese whipped cream, and fresh sugared summer peaches. Add a few berries or you other favorite summer fruit to make this a festive and colorful dessert to serve a crowd for warm weather gatherings. You can make this ahead or use store-bought pound cake! Find more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Peaches and Cream Trifle by Wood and Spoon blog. This trifle features homemade pound cake, a cream cheese whipped cream, and fresh sugared summer peaches. Add a few berries or you other favorite summer fruit to make this a festive and colorful dessert to serve a crowd for warm weather gatherings. You can make this ahead or use store-bought pound cake! Find more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This peaches and cream trifle is prettiest made in a trifle dish, but you can also make it in a large glass bowl or some other kind of serving dish. Maybe you have a slew of mason jars and would prefer to make individual desserts. YOU DO YOU, HONEY. Work with what you have and make this dish shine! I do hope you’ll give this peaches and cream trifle a try, and don’t hesitate to throw in some other varieties of fruit! Strawberries! Plums! Blood oranges! The possibilities are endless. Just make sure it’s ripe and juicy! Stay tuned for a second dessert later on this week. I can’t wait to share it with you!

Peaches and Cream Trifle by Wood and Spoon blog. This trifle features homemade pound cake, a cream cheese whipped cream, and fresh sugared summer peaches. Add a few berries or you other favorite summer fruit to make this a festive and colorful dessert to serve a crowd for warm weather gatherings. You can make this ahead or use store-bought pound cake! Find more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this peaches and cream trifle you should try:

Peaches and Cream Biscuits
Peach Lattice Pie
Peach Muffins
Honey Peach Pie

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Peaches and Cream Trifle

Peaches and Cream Trifle by Wood and Spoon blog. This trifle features homemade pound cake, a cream cheese whipped cream, and fresh sugared summer peaches. Add a few berries or you other favorite summer fruit to make this a festive and colorful dessert to serve a crowd for warm weather gatherings. You can make this ahead or use store-bought pound cake! Find more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This peaches and cream trifle features homemade Southern pound cake, cinnamon sugared peaches, and a cream cheese whipped cream!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 12 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the pound cake (you can substitute store-bought too!):

  • ½ cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 11/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 13/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup whipping cream, at room temperature
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the peaches:

  • 11/2 pounds peaches, pitted and sliced (peel if desired)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

For the brown sugar cream:

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

To assemble the trifle:

  • Blackberries, blueberries, or candied nuts, if desired

Instructions

To prepare the pound cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and lightly grease an 8” square or round cake pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter for 2 minutes until smooth. Add the sugar and cream on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing briefly after each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl. Add half of the flour and a pinch of salt and stir on low to combine. Scrape the sides of the bowl, add half of the whipping cream and the vanilla, and stir barely to combine. Repeat this process to use up the remaining flour and cream. Stir only until almost incorporated and then scrape the sides of the bowl and fold the remaining ingredients in to incorporate. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out barely clean. Be sure to not overbake. Allow to cool completely.

To prepare the peaches:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Stir and set aside while you prepare the cream.

For the brown sugar cream:

  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the cream on medium speed until it thickens to stiff peaks. Move the whipped cream to another bowl and then put the softened cream cheese and brown sugar into the stand mixer bowl. Beat on medium speed, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed for 1-2 minutes or until the sugar is incorporated and smooth. Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese until smooth and then begin to assemble your trifle.

To assemble the trifle:

  1. Cut the pound cake into small cubes. Begin alternating layers of pound cake, fresh fruit, and cream. Be sure to arrange the components evenly so that each bite has a good sampling of the different flavors and textures. If you prefer a more moist (less cake) trifle, add fewer cubes of pound cake and save those for snacking on. Scatter in berries or candied walnuts or pecans if desired. Cover the trifle and keep refrigerated prior to serving. Trifle is best consumed with 1-2 days.

Banana Bread Cake

Banana Bread Cake with Peanut Butter Whipped Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a moist one bowl banana bread made in a cake pan and topped with a fluffy peanut butter whipped cream. The cake can be made in a loaf or round pan and can be frozen, made ahead, and served as breakfast or dessert.

My favorite things about quarantining? Pajamas all day. Naked babies in the backyard. Cocktails at 4, coffee at noon, and drawn-out breakfasts that turn into lunch and dinner. I’ve loved the limited options, an excuse to stay in, and those few weeks where my husband was home to play with the kids more; we’ve had extra time for snuggling, playing, reading, and doing absolutely nothing. We’ve baked cookies and sandwich loaves and batches of banana bread cake for absolutely no reason at all. I know I’ve complained some about the isolated minutes of these days, but don’t let me fool you- sometimes I kinda like it.

Banana Bread Cake with Peanut Butter Whipped Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a moist one bowl banana bread made in a cake pan and topped with a fluffy peanut butter whipped cream. The cake can be made in a loaf or round pan and can be frozen, made ahead, and served as breakfast or dessert.

One thing that has absolutely tickled me is the number of you who have taken up baking during this time. It is AWESOME. Being able to navigate the kitchen, to serve people we love yummy things we’ve made with our own two hands, is such a huge and wonderful thing. It’s not silly or a waste of time or limited to just a few crafty homemaker types- everyone has a place in the kitchen, and it makes me happy to no end to see so many of you find your space. For that reason, I’ve found myself making simple homemade treats and special twists on familiar classics to share on this site, because I know that’s better for everyone right now. Case in point: this banana bread cake.

Banana Bread Cake with Peanut Butter Whipped Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a moist one bowl banana bread made in a cake pan and topped with a fluffy peanut butter whipped cream. The cake can be made in a loaf or round pan and can be frozen, made ahead, and served as breakfast or dessert.

Banana bread has got to be one of the most basic baked goods ever. Combine that with the fact that I almost always have 2 or 3 bananas dying on my counter, and you have yourself a winning combination for a shoo-on recipe. This banana bread cake is just that, a cakey bread, and it’s topped with a peanut butter whipped cream that is, and I kid you not, to DIE FOR. So good. Why have we not been doing this all along?

Banana Bread Cake with Peanut Butter Whipped Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a moist one bowl banana bread made in a cake pan and topped with a fluffy peanut butter whipped cream. The cake can be made in a loaf or round pan and can be frozen, made ahead, and served as breakfast or dessert.

To make it, we need a single bowl, some grungy bananas, and a few other staple ingredients: flour, sugar, eggs, and so on. They all get mixed together and poured into a round cake pan. I used a 9″ springform pan, but you could opt for an 8″ round pan, a square pan, or even a big loaf pan! I’ve baked this in several different pieces of bakeware. Keep in mind that your bake time will differ depending on your pan size, so just bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. The top will have risen a bit and will no longer look wet.

Banana Bread Cake with Peanut Butter Whipped Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a moist one bowl banana bread made in a cake pan and topped with a fluffy peanut butter whipped cream. The cake can be made in a loaf or round pan and can be frozen, made ahead, and served as breakfast or dessert.

Once the banana bread cake has cooled, we top it with the peanut butter whip! If you’re not planning to eat this cake all at once, I highly recommend just serving individual slices with the cream as you go. It’s best to keep the whipped cream stored covered in the fridge as opposed to on top of the cake. If you’re hoping to serve this as a dessert instead of a breakfast or brunch option, I’d recommend also throwing in a drizzle of salted caramel, some candied peanuts, or maybe even some caramelized bananas- something to up the sweet a bit and elevate this from a breakfast food to a dessert.

Banana Bread Cake with Peanut Butter Whipped Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a moist one bowl banana bread made in a cake pan and topped with a fluffy peanut butter whipped cream. The cake can be made in a loaf or round pan and can be frozen, made ahead, and served as breakfast or dessert.

Keep baking, y’all! You’re doing awesome, and I love following along. Maybe consider making this banana bread cake? Give it a try and let me know what you think! Happy baking, friends!

If you like this banana bread cake you should try:

Caramelized Banana Pudding
Banana Crumb Cake
Bananas Foster Cinnamon Rolls
Banana Cream Pie Cake
Banana Coconut Chocolate Cream Pie

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Banana Bread Cake

Banana Bread Cake with Peanut Butter Whipped Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a moist one bowl banana bread made in a cake pan and topped with a fluffy peanut butter whipped cream. The cake can be made in a loaf or round pan and can be frozen, made ahead, and served as breakfast or dessert.

This banana bread cake is served with a fluffy peanut butter whipped cream and can be made for dessert or breakfast!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10 Servings 1x
  • Category: Cake
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Ingredients

For the cake:

  • ¾ cup mashed ripe bananas (from about 2 large bananas)
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 11/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup whole milk

For the whipped cream:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter (see notes)

For garnish:

  • Crumbled peanut butter cookies (like Nutter Butters), peanut granola, or chopped honey roasted peanuts

Instructions

 To prepare the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. Lightly grease a 9” springform pan and line the bottom of it with a sheet of parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the mashed bananas and vinegar. In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until pale, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and extract and beat on low just to combine. Add in half of the flour as well as the baking soda and salt and stir on low until almost combined. Add half of the milk and stir to combine. Repeat this process to incorporate the remaining flour and milk. Do not overmix. Fold in the banana mixture. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 1 hour. Allow to cool completely prior to topping with whipped cream.

To prepare the whipped cream:

  1. Come all of the ingredients in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer and whip on medium speed until fluffy, medium peaks form in the bowl. If you plan to serve and eat all of the cake at once, go ahead and top the cake with the whipped cream and garnish as desired, otherwise, I recommend just cutting slices and serving with whipped cream as you eat it. Cake is best eaten within 2 days.

Notes

  • You can add extra peanut butter for a more intense flavor- this is totally optional!
  • See text in blog post for pan options!

Healthyish Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (aka Lactation Cookies that Don’t Suck)

Lactation Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies that help stimulate milk production in nursing moms. Cookieshave flaxseed, chia seeds, oatmeal, and brewer's yeast that helps to increase milk supply. Read about the recipe and learn how to make these delicious cookies that don't taste weird on thewoodandspoon.com

There’s a lot they don’t tell you when you get pregnant. We hear a lot about the lack of sleep, the stretch marks, and the infinite loss of personal space. We’re prepared for birthing classes and diaper changing, we hear whispers of the terrible twos, and some of us can even sing “Rockabye Baby” in three-part harmonies by the time the kid arrives. But there’s other things, things people don’t tell you about, and that’s the kind of stuff that keeps me up at night.

People don’t mention legs cramps and night sweats and that weird upper lip discoloration that looks like a mustache. They don’t tell you that everything, even your little pinkies and nose, will swell, or that postpartum hair loss might leave you looking a little like Danny DeVito. There is a very real dying to self in motherhood, and there’s very little that can prepare you for the inner draining and temporary identity confusion that can ensue post-baby. Some of the most terrifying unmentionables are the ones surrounding nursing. Just brace yourself for the mystery there.

Lactation Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies that help stimulate milk production in nursing moms. Cookieshave flaxseed, chia seeds, oatmeal, and brewer's yeast that helps to increase milk supply. Read about the recipe and learn how to make these delicious cookies that don't taste weird on thewoodandspoon.com

If you’ve ever nursed a child, you’ve heard of lactation cookies. There’s something about subjecting yourself to be a human chew toy that will send you deep into a black hole of the internet to read anything that will make that process easier. For some, milk production is an easy feat that flows in abundance, but for others it’s a daily struggle that can be incredibly stressful (as if we needed more of that, right?) I made these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (aka, lactation cookies that don’t suck) for the baby mamas who need their sweets to be dual-purpose: delicious and healthyish. These lactation cookies are loaded with the stuff that encourages milk production in nursing Mamas but has enough of the goodness (read: butter, sugar, and chocolate chips) to make them not taste like garbage. If you’ve ever made lactation cookies before, forget that recipe and keep this one forever. These lactation cookies are the actual bomb.com and will be the only one you’ll want for yourself and your gal pals with kiddos.

Lactation Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies that help stimulate milk production in nursing moms. Cookieshave flaxseed, chia seeds, oatmeal, and brewer's yeast that helps to increase milk supply. Read about the recipe and learn how to make these delicious cookies that don't taste weird on thewoodandspoon.com

So what’s so healthyish about these cookies? The star ingredients here are chia seeds, flaxseed meal, brewer’s yeast, and oats. All of these have milk producing properties that will help spur on that Vitamin D. More good news: MEN CAN EAT THESE TOO. Would you believe these are actually some of Brett’s *Favorite* cookies? No, your guy won’t start leaking if he eats these, but you have my full support in telling him that they will. After all, the nursing mom shouldn’t have to share these with anyone. (Sidebar: I know most of the guys have already stopped reading by now. I’m sorry that you’ve somehow made it this far, but to be fair there’s only, like, 2 of you anyways.)

Now I know someone is going to write me and tell me these aren’t healthy because of the processed sugar or all-purpose flour or yada yada yada. I hear you, but that is not how we’re rolling, okay? I tested a million versions of this cookie, and this is the one my heart desires. Feel free to bypass this for some other cookie that may or may not (read: will not) taste as good.

Lactation Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies that help stimulate milk production in nursing moms. Cookieshave flaxseed, chia seeds, oatmeal, and brewer's yeast that helps to increase milk supply. Read about the recipe and learn how to make these delicious cookies that don't taste weird on thewoodandspoon.com

Next week we will get back to posting everyday recipes that won’t feel totally weird for everyone. Just be glad I didn’t get into any uncomfortable boob talk, okay? Make these lactation cookies for yourself or any of your nursing friends and let me know what you think! Happy baking and happy lactating!

If you like these lactation cookies you should try:

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
Almost-Paleo Coconut Almond Chocolate Cookies
Flaxseed Bread
Morning Glory Muffins
Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

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Lactation Cookies

Lactation Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies that help stimulate milk production in nursing moms. Cookieshave flaxseed, chia seeds, oatmeal, and brewer's yeast that helps to increase milk supply. Read about the recipe and learn how to make these delicious cookies that don't taste weird on thewoodandspoon.com

These lactation cookies are healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies containing ingredients that help stimulate milk production!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 48 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brewer’s yeast
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar until smooth and fluffy, about 1 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat on low to combine. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the flour, yeast, flaxseed meal, chia seeds, baking soda, and salt, stirring on low just until combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl again and add the oats and chocolate chips. Scoop 1-1/2 tablespoon sized balls of dough (I use a medium cookie scoop) onto the baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for about 11 minutes or until the edges of the cookie are golden and the centers are set. Cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes and then remove them to a cooling rack to cool completely. 

Notes

  • If you prefer an even healthier cookie, these can be prepared with 1/2 cup LESS granulated sugar and 1/2 cup LESS chocolate chips. The Brewer’s yeast has a strong flavor, so I prefer to cover it up a bit. 🙂

Creme Brûlée Cake

Creme Brûlée Cake by Wood and Spoon. This is a fluffy vanilla bean butter layer cake with a vanilla bean custard and a burnt sugar frosting. The cake has all the flavors of classic creme brûlée in layer cake form! Learn how to make this and assemble this stacked cake on thewoodandspoon.com

Happy Sunday, Friends! It’s been a while since I checked in on a Sunday, but I figured your day of rest on this long weekend may need a little reading and recipe inspiration. Cue this creme brûlée cake.

I made this cake a few weeks ago for a friend’s birthday, and it was a reminder of why I’m so head-over-heels in love with baking. He called to thank me for the cake and instead of just saying, “It was good!” or “Thanks for the cake!” he told me that the gesture made him feel special. He was just grateful. Y’all, THIS is why we share our gifts with people. It’s not to show off or fill a slot on a birthday menu. It’s to love people! It’s to let them know they were worth your time and resources. It’s to give them a big hug in the form of whatever your gifting is. We share those skills and the things we’re good at to remind people they matter to us. We do it to love them.

Creme Brûlée Cake by Wood and Spoon. This is a fluffy vanilla bean butter layer cake with a vanilla bean custard and a burnt sugar frosting. The cake has all the flavors of classic creme brûlée in layer cake form! Learn how to make this and assemble this stacked cake on thewoodandspoon.com

If you’re on this site, I have to believe you’re into baking and that you just might need a little push to get out there and share your stuff with the world. Can I just sign up to be the one to encourage you to do it? Who cares if your frosting looks weird or if the cookies are a little burnt? What does it matter if your pie lattice is short of perfect? Take the initiative to share whatever it is you’re working with to the people around you and just wait till you see the difference it makes. Reciprocating love that we’ve been on the receiving end of is a natural thing. When we extend ourselves on behalf of another person, it does something for them- it let’s them know you value them, and that pipeline of love becomes a revolving door of kindness within the relationship and to others that are in proximity. In a world where it’s increasingly common to be ugly to one another, don’t you kinda want to be the person who’s just out there sharing the love? I do. I want to be the person that loves big. If that happens to involve macarons and pies and creme brûlée cake, well, I’m all the more for it.

Creme Brûlée Cake by Wood and Spoon. This is a fluffy vanilla bean butter layer cake with a vanilla bean custard and a burnt sugar frosting. The cake has all the flavors of classic creme brûlée in layer cake form! Learn how to make this and assemble this stacked cake on thewoodandspoon.com

This creme brûlée cake has fluffy butter cake layers, a creamy vanilla bean custard, and a flavorful burnt sugar buttercream frosting. The flavors, when blended together, sing of the traditional creme brûlée dessert they were inspired by, and the soft textures yield a creamy mouthfeel that is similarly representative. This cake is best made slightly ahead of time as the custard benefits from chilling in the fridge and the frosting requires a few extra steps. When broken down, the cake is complex, yes, but still very attainable even for new bakers.

Creme Brûlée Cake by Wood and Spoon. This is a fluffy vanilla bean butter layer cake with a vanilla bean custard and a burnt sugar frosting. The cake has all the flavors of classic creme brûlée in layer cake form! Learn how to make this and assemble this stacked cake on thewoodandspoon.com

This creme brûlée cake also has a bit of a choose your own adventure kind of vibe too. I initially set out to utilize the egg whites leftover from making the custard, so a burnt sugar Swiss meringue buttercream was born. But look, y’all- I am TERRIBLE at making Swiss meringue buttercream. Like, terrible. So I also tested this cake with a simple burnt sugar American buttercream too, because I have a feeling I’m not the only one. You can use whichever you please- they’re both terrific tasting.

Creme Brûlée Cake by Wood and Spoon. This is a fluffy vanilla bean butter layer cake with a vanilla bean custard and a burnt sugar frosting. The cake has all the flavors of classic creme brûlée in layer cake form! Learn how to make this and assemble this stacked cake on thewoodandspoon.com

Give this creme brûlée cake a try and let me know what you think! Shout out to the creme brûlée lovers who are going to be really into this treat. Happy long weekend and happy baking!

If you like this creme brûlée cake you should try:

Tiramisu Cake
Bruleed Key Lime Pies
Pumpkin Cake with Burnt Sugar Frosting
Creme Brûlée Frozen Custard

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Creme Brûlée Cake

Creme Brûlée Cake by Wood and Spoon. This is a fluffy vanilla bean butter layer cake with a vanilla bean custard and a burnt sugar frosting. The cake has all the flavors of classic creme brûlée in layer cake form! Learn how to make this and assemble this stacked cake on thewoodandspoon.com

This creme brûlée cake has burnt sugar frosting, a vanilla bean custard filling, and fluffy butter cake layers!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 60
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 180
  • Yield: One 8” layer Cake 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter
  • 13/4 cup (350 gm) sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 4 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (410 gm) cake flour
  • 1 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 11/4 (300 gm) cups whole milk, at room temperature

For the custard:

  • 11/2 cups (360 gm) half and half (or a mix of whole milk and heavy cream will work!)
  • ½ vanilla bean (or ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract)
  • 2 large egg yolks (Save the whites for the buttercream!)
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

For the burnt sugar crunch:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup (200 gm) sugar
  • ¼ cup (60 gm) water
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

For the Swiss meringue buttercream (See notes for alternative buttercream!):

  • 6 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 13/4 cups (350 gm) sugar
  • 15 tablespoons of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream

Instructions

To make the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease three 8” round cake pans and line the bottoms with a round of parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed for 5 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the egg and egg yolks one at a time, mixing until combined after each addition. Add the vanilla. Scrape the sides of the bowl and stir in half of the dry ingredients on low speed. Add half of the milk and scrape the bowl again. Repeat this process with the remaining dry ingredients and milk. Fold in any unincorporated bits and divide the batter between the three pans. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20-22 minutes OR until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely.

To prepare the custard:

  1. Pour the half and half into a heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat and add the vanilla bean, scraping the insides into the liquid. Bring to a simmer and then turn the heat off and allow the vanilla to infuse into the liquid for 15 minutes. Be sure to stir occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, vigorously whisk or beat the yolks with the sugar on medium speed until it lightens in color and becomes slightly fluffy. Add the cornstarch and stir to combine. 
  3. After 15 minutes of infusing the half and half, remove the vanilla bean and carefully pour about ¾ cup of the warm liquid into the egg mixture, whisking or mixing quickly all the while to prevent the eggs from curdling. Pour the egg mixture plus the ¾ cup of added liquid back into the saucepan with the remaining half and half. Whisk to combine and then turn the heat to medium-low. Keep stirring until the mixture comes to a low bubble and begins to thicken. Once thickened to a runny mayonnaise consistency, quickly remove from heat. Feel free to strain the mixture with a fine wire strainer as needed. Set aside in a heat-safe bowl and cover with a piece of plastic wrap to cool completely. The custard can be made a day or two in advance. 

To prepare the burnt sugar crunch:

  1. Liberally butter a half sheet pan with rimmed sides that is lined with a full sheet of foil.
  2. In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan combine the sugar and water over medium heat, stirring together occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Once the mixture gets hot enough it will begin to bubble. Increase the heat to medium-high and avoid stirring it any more. You can gently swirl the pan occasionally to keep the mixture from burning in one spot. Continue cooking over heat until the mixture turns amber colored, about 10 minutes. It may barely begin to smoke. Remove the pot from heat and carefully whisk in the baking soda quickly. Dump the mixture out onto the pan and barely spread it out with a spatula. Don’t overwork it though as this will deflate all the bubbles. Allow the mixture to cool completely prior to breaking and using in the custard. You’ll want to make the crunch within a day of processing the yogurt and keep it in a sealed bag as the crunch will absorb moisture from the air and get chewy/sticky over time.

To prepare the buttercream and assemble the cake:

  1. Prepare a double boiler. Place a small to medium-sized saucepan with an inch of water on the stove. The pot needs to be slightly smaller than the bowl of your stand mixer to ensure that the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water in the pan. Clean the bowl of your stand mixer well to ensure no trace of fat or grease is in the bowl- this can prevent your egg whites from thickening. I like to squeeze the juice of a half of a lemon into the bowl and use a paper towel to wipe down the insides of the bowl as well as the whisk attachment. Once the bowl is clean, add the room temp egg whites and sugar to the bowl. Turn the burner on to medium heat and station yourself at the stove to stir the eggs regularly. Over the course of about 3-5 minutes, the sugar in the egg whites will dissolves. Once the mixture reaches about 160 degrees farenheit (or when you notice the sugar has dissolved in the eggs- you can carefully feel for this as well!), remove the bowl from the double boiler and place it on the mixer. Using the whisk attachment, whip the egg mixture on medium speed (I use 6 on my Kitchen Aid) for about 15 minutes or until the eggs have developed STIFF peaks. The bowl should be room temperature to the touch and glossy peaks should stand up on the end of the whisk when you scoop them out of the bowl. (Note: sometimes my mixer overheats and the warm eggs have a hard time standing up perfectly straight. Use your best judgment. If the bowl is cool and the eggs are standing up but the mixer is really hot it can make your whites droopy. But don’t underbeat! You frosting will not come together if so!) Scrape the whisk clean and then put the paddle attachment on the machine. Running on medium speed, add the butter 1 tablespoon at a time scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Once the butter has all been added whip for an additional 3 minutes until the mixture has fluffed up. Here’s where things can get dicey: If your butter is too cold, you can end up with a curdled lumpy looking mixture in your bowl. You’ll know if it’s not right. Remove a cup of the mixture from your bowl and put it into another. Microwave that cup of liquid for about 15 seconds to carefully warm and then add it back to the mixer. Whip again to see if it comes together and repeat if it continues to look the same. If your mixture is runny and loose, it could be your meringue or butter was too warm. Place the entire bowl in the fridge to cool down for about 30 minutes and then rewhip. It should come together but repeat as needed. Once light and fluffy, add the vanilla and salt. Then, break off about half of the burnt sugar crunch and process it in a mini chopper or blender until it’s reduced to a sandy powder- avoid clumps! Add ¼ cup of the sandy powder to the buttercream and whip until combined. Feel free to add a tablespoon of cream as needed if the mixture is too thick. Frosting is best use immediately, so get started assembling! 
  2. When ready to assemble the cake, use a serrated knife to level the tops of the cakes. Place a small bit of buttercream on an 8” cake board or plate and then place your first layer of cake on top. Put about half of the buttercream into a piping bag fitted with a large round tip (alternatively you can use a quart-sized Ziploc with the end snipped off) and pipe a dam of frosting about 1/2” tall around the perimeter of the cake. Be sure the ends of the dam meet well so that your filling doesn’t squish out the sides of the cake. Spread half of the custard into the center of the dam and then top it all with a second layer of cake. Repeat this process and then use the remaining frosting to ice the cake. Decorate as preferred and enjoy! Cake is best served the day it is assembled and should be stored in the fridge. Allow the cake to come to rom temp before serving. 

Notes

  1. To be honest, Swiss meringue buttercream always feels like a lot of work for me, but I love finding use for all those extra egg whites. If you’re uncertain, you CAN do this cake with a traditional American buttercream too! Cream 2 cups of room temperature unsalted butter until pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes on medium speed. Add 1 cup of burnt sugar powder (made by processing the burnt sugar crunch!) and 4-1/2 cups powdered sugar. Add this slowly, on low speed, over the course of a minute. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add ¼ teaspoon of salt and a tablespoon of cream as needed to smooth it out. You can add additional powdered sugar to thicken it up or additional cream to thin it out. Enjoy!

Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake

Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon. This is an Oreo chocolate sandwich cookie crust cheesecake with a fluffy white chocolate peppermint filling. Topped with whipped cream and broken peppermint bark and crushed peppermint candies! Learn how to make flat pretty cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com for holiday desserts and Christmas parties.

Coming in hot with the another Christmasy treat! I love mint chocolate things all year round, but there’s nothing quite as festive as the red and white stripe of a winter candy cane. This peppermint white chocolate cheesecake is a festive crowd pleaser that feels fitting for the season and is sure to land you on the nice list of everyone you share it with.

Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon. This is an Oreo chocolate sandwich cookie crust cheesecake with a fluffy white chocolate peppermint filling. Topped with whipped cream and broken peppermint bark and crushed peppermint candies! Learn how to make flat pretty cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com for holiday desserts and Christmas parties.

Last week Brett and I traveled to Chicago for a quick 48 hours of food with friends. I got to visit with my brother and do some big city shopping with my BFF, so it ended up being a really special way to kick off December. We tried out a few new restaurants, had an abundance of delightful cocktails, and even checked off a bucket list meal at Alinea. Truly, a good time was had by all, and I was tickled to squeeze in all the laughter and fellowship we experienced. One of my favorite things I love about traveling during the holidays is all of the festive decor. The gussied-up department stores and tinsel-draped trees speckled about the city really help me to get in spirit of Christmas, so I did my best to take in as much as possible. Our hotel, The Langham, contributed to the spirit with little welcome gifts of jarred cocoa, homemade marshmallows, and white chocolate peppermint cookies. YUM. I attempted to save all of the treats for Aimee and George, but, LOL, we all know how that effort went. I tucked those little cookies away for myself like any self-respecting mother would do, and I have zero shame about that.

Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon. This is an Oreo chocolate sandwich cookie crust cheesecake with a fluffy white chocolate peppermint filling. Topped with whipped cream and broken peppermint bark and crushed peppermint candies! Learn how to make flat pretty cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com for holiday desserts and Christmas parties.

This peppermint white chocolate cheesecake is one of those things you’ll wish you could hide for yourself. A chocolate cookie crust loaded with Kerrygold butter hosts the white chocolate peppermint filling, and the whole cake is done up with speckled of crushed candy canes and peppermint bark. The richness of this cheesecake is offset with the bright minty candy pieces, and I love the combination of the textured crust with the fluffy cake. Cheesecake is one of those things that feels fitting for the holidays, and the peppermint white chocolate cheesecake really knocks it out fo the park. Let me tell you how to make it.

To prep this dessert, we start with the crust. Crushed chocolate sandwich cookies come together with a whole lot of Kerrygold butter to make a tender, melt-in-your-mouth crust. Kerrygold is a higher fat butter, so you can expect this crust to have more flavor and extra texture when you use that here. The filling for this white peppermint white chocolate cheesecake starts as most others. Room temperature cream cheese is beat until smooth and creamy. Sugar, eggs, and the liquid ingredients come next, and the final mixture is poured through a sieve to ensure it is perfectly smooth. After baking, the cheesecake is slowly cooled, topped with whipped cream, and decorated with crushed peppermints and bark. Can you say, “Mega Yum”?

Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon. This is an Oreo chocolate sandwich cookie crust cheesecake with a fluffy white chocolate peppermint filling. Topped with whipped cream and broken peppermint bark and crushed peppermint candies! Learn how to make flat pretty cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com for holiday desserts and Christmas parties.

There are a few things to keep in mind when making a dessert like this peppermint white chocolate cheesecake. First, it is essential to use room temperature ingredients. The cheesecake will be lumpy and unevenly mixed if you throw in cold items. Using room temperature ingredients ensure that your cheesecake it allowed to cream properly. Pay attention to mixing times as well! An over-whipped cheesecake will develop air pockets that can make it puff and bake weird. Just don’t do it, okay? Finally, I do recommend following the instructions for the water bath here. Again, the water bath will help to ensure even baking, and don’t you know it would be hugely disappointing to go through alllll the work for this peppermint white chocolate cheesecake only to have it burn or end up soupy and cratered in the oven? Trust the process and keep an eye on your cake while it’s in the oven if you’re new to baking cheesecake. The extra steps feel like a lot of work but it’s worth it.

Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon. This is an Oreo chocolate sandwich cookie crust cheesecake with a fluffy white chocolate peppermint filling. Topped with whipped cream and broken peppermint bark and crushed peppermint candies! Learn how to make flat pretty cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com for holiday desserts and Christmas parties.

Many thanks to Kerrygold for sponsoring this post! By now you already know how much and why I adore their products, but I especially lean on them when I’m making special treats like this peppermint white chocolate cheesecake. Check out their products at your nearest grocery store or find a retailer here! Get in the holiday spirit with this recipe sometime this week and let me know how you like it. Happy baking!

If you like this peppermint white chocolate cheesecake you should try:

Carrot Cake Cheesecake

S’mores Cheesecake

Chocolate Peppermint Olive Oil Cookies

Peppermint Bark Brownies

Peppermint Bark Icebox Cake

 

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Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake

Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon. This is an Oreo chocolate sandwich cookie crust cheesecake with a fluffy white chocolate peppermint filling. Topped with whipped cream and broken peppermint bark and crushed peppermint candies! Learn how to make flat pretty cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com for holiday desserts and Christmas parties.

This peppermint white chocolate cheesecake is a delicious make ahead dessert for the holidays and features a chocolate cookie crust!

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: dessert
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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 11/2 cups finely ground chocolate wafer cookies
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the cheesecake:

  • 10 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 2 lbs (4 blocks) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • Whipped cream, if desired
  • Crushed peppermints or chopped peppermint bark, if desired

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. Stir together the dry ingredients until combined. Add the melted butter and stir just until combined. Gently pat out your mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 8-9 minutes. Set aside while you prep your filling.

To prepare the cheesecake:

  1. Begin boiling some water in a kettle or saucepan for your water bath.
  2. In a double boiler simmering over water on low heat, gently melt the white chocolate, stirring regularly. Do not let it overheat or it may seize. Remove from heat while you prep the rest of your filling.
  3. Beat cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer at medium speed (I use 4 on my Kitchen Aid Mixer) for 2 minutes to remove all clumps. Do not overbeat, but scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. If many clumps remain, ensure that your cream cheese has softened to room temp.
  4. Add the sugar and beat on medium for an additional 1 minute. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat to combine an additional 1 minute. Scrape the sides of the bowl and then add the extracts and the heavy cream. Stir and scoop one cup of the mixture into the melted white chocolate and stir quickly to barely combine. Add the mixture to the cheesecake batter and stir just until smooth.
  5. Strain the cheesecake batter through a mesh strainer (if desired) into a reserved bowl. Pour the batter on top of the crust. Gently rap the pan on the counter to help any air bubbles escape.
  6. 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.
  7. Carefully place both pans in the preheated oven and bake for 60-70 minutes. After an hour of baking, the edges and top of the cheesecake should be set but still slightly jiggle in the center. Feel free to cover the cheesecake with a sheet of aluminum foil if it appear to be getting too dark. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. When ready to serve, garnish with whipped cream and the crushed candies. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. The cooling process seems lengthy and unnecessary, but it helps to prevent drastic temperature changes that can cause structural issues with your cake.

English Muffin Bread and Homemade Apple Butter

English Muffin Bread and Apple Butter this simple no knead one bowl quick rise yeast bread is a loaf form of the classic breakfast dish. Serve it with homemade maple apple butter made in a slow cooker/ crock pot. This is a simple make ahead baked good perfect for the fall. Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

Do you ever have those days that seem to glue themselves to your brain? A set of moments that hang out in your memories like they’ve lived there forever? Earlier this week, the kids convinced me to relinquish my indoor post at the nursing chair to come play outside. Surprised by the unseasonably cool weather, I sat in the grass with Charlie laid back on my lap. He kicked his little feet and looked upward with wide eyes that I could tell were taking in the noises and sights before him. Birds chirping. The wind in the trees. A lone cricket singing somewhere far off. We’d kept inside for most of the summer, so the outdoor elements were new to him. I followed his cue and tried to take it all in too.

English Muffin Bread and Apple Butter this simple no knead one bowl quick rise yeast bread is a loaf form of the classic breakfast dish. Serve it with homemade maple apple butter made in a slow cooker/ crock pot. This is a simple make ahead baked good perfect for the fall. Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

A few yards away, Aimee and George were playing games in the yard. They’d disappear into the garage and return with various balls and rocks they found along the way. When they tired of the toys, they raced around the yard chasing each other’s shadows until they ran out of grass. “Mama, look at us! Look how fast we are!” The sight of them running toward me, legs flailing and heads tossed back in laughter, was akin to something you’d see in the movies.

I started to get my phone to take pictures but hesitated for fear that I’d disrupt the beauty that was unfolding. It was the single most peaceful and pure moment we had experienced all summer. I knew it was something special and immediately tried to lock it all into my brain: Aimee’s eyes glittering in the glare of the sun;  the way Charlie smacked his lips when his searching eyes caught mine; the hair at the crown of George’s head that flopped up and down as he ambled about the yard. This was my entire world making magic in our backyard, and I took in the details of the scene with wonder that I got to be apart of it all.

English Muffin Bread and Apple Butter this simple no knead one bowl quick rise yeast bread is a loaf form of the classic breakfast dish. Serve it with homemade maple apple butter made in a slow cooker/ crock pot. This is a simple make ahead baked good perfect for the fall. Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

To be fair, someone was crying within minutes. We eventually went back inside, ate supper, and resumed the bedtime circus, but for just a second, the near-fall air and a patch of grass afforded me a memory I plan to hold onto for a while. This past summer gave us a lot, but I’m still longing for the change of pace that fall will bring. So maybe that’s why you’re getting English muffin bread and homemade apple butter today. Yes, there’s still room for summer berries and ice cream cones, but I’m hoping this small peek into autumn recipes will spur on the shift I’m longing for. So let’s talk about the recipe.

Do you love English muffins? Apple butter? I can remember disapproving of both as a child. The dry texture of the muffins seemed far less acceptable that a toasted slice of white bread, and apple butter came in second to the option of store-bought jelly. Now, as an adult, I adore the way an English muffins’ deep nooks serve as a pool for whatever topping you’ve slathered on and I appreciate the rich apple and cinnamon flavor in the apple butter. Both elements are cozy and seem appropriate for fall.

English Muffin Bread and Apple Butter this simple no knead one bowl quick rise yeast bread is a loaf form of the classic breakfast dish. Serve it with homemade maple apple butter made in a slow cooker/ crock pot. This is a simple make ahead baked good perfect for the fall. Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

English muffin bread is surprisingly simple to make. It’s a no-knead recipe that is stirred together in a bowl and dumped in loaf pans for a short rise. The whole process takes less than an hour, so you can have fresh crannied bread within the length of a lazy Saturday morning. The apple butter is similarly simple although it does take a bit longer to prepare. Apples, maple syrup, and a generous amount of spice are cooked low and slow in a crock pot until the mixture is soft enough to puree. After a quick whiz in a blender or food processor, I like to cook it down even more to thicken the mixture. The blend keeps well in the refrigerator and serves as a great alternative to your morning peanut butter or jelly toast.

I’m sharing today’s recipe with my friends at Stemilt. Stemilt is is a leading Washington state grower, packer, and shipper of fruit including apples, pears, cherries, and more. Each quarter, I’ve been developing recipes for their blog using their best in-season fruits. This month, I got my hands on their fuji apples, and thought a sweet and simple apple butter would make for a delicious treat to spread all season long. Head to their site at the link below to read all about it and give the recipe a try! I can’t wait to hear what you think. Enjoy this change of season and happy baking!

CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE FOR THIS ENGLISH MUFFIN BREAD AND APPLE BUTTER

English Muffin Bread and Apple Butter this simple no knead one bowl quick rise yeast bread is a loaf form of the classic breakfast dish. Serve it with homemade maple apple butter made in a slow cooker/ crock pot. This is a simple make ahead baked good perfect for the fall. Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this english muffin bread you should check out:

Buttermilk Bread

Pumpkin Yeast Bread

Flaxseed Bread

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

 

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English Muffin Bread

English Muffin Bread and Apple Butter this simple no knead one bowl quick rise yeast bread is a loaf form of the classic breakfast dish. Serve it with homemade maple apple butter made in a slow cooker/ crock pot. This is a simple make ahead baked good perfect for the fall. Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

Just like the original English muffins, but in loaf form!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 60
  • Yield: 2 loaves 1x
  • Category: Bread
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Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (60 gm) lukewarm water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 21/4 cups milk, lukewarm
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • Cornmeal

Instructions

  1. Combine the water, honey, and yeast in a large bowl of a stand mixer. Allow the yeast to dissolve. Add in one cup of flour and the milk, stirring to combine. Add in the remaining flour, the salt, and the baking soda, and beat on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  2. Lightly grease two 8”x4” loaf pans and dust them with cornmeal. Dump half of the thin dough into each prepared pan. Cover with a tea towel and allow to rise in a warm spot in the kitchen until the loaves dome an inch outside of the pan.
  3. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Once the loaves have risen, bake in the preheated oven about 20-22 minutes or until the tops are golden and sound hollow when tapped. Remove from oven and cool about 15 minutes in the pan. Remove from the pan and cool completely. Serve bread toasted and sliced.

 

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Apple Butter

English Muffin Bread and Apple Butter this simple no knead one bowl quick rise yeast bread is a loaf form of the classic breakfast dish. Serve it with homemade maple apple butter made in a slow cooker/ crock pot. This is a simple make ahead baked good perfect for the fall. Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

This apple butter is made in a slow cooker and sweetened with maple syrup!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 240
  • Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Condiment
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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of apples (I used fuji), peeled, cored and roughly sliced
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of cloves
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Combine the apples, maple syrup, cinnamon, cloves, and salt in a slow cooker and set to high for 4-5 hours, stirring hourly until the apples are soft and juices are starting to get sticky around the edges of the pot. Carefully remove the mixture from the slow cooker and puree in a blender or food processor until smooth. Return the apple mixture back to the slow cooker and cook for an additional 1-2 hours or until desired consistency is reached. Add the vanilla extract and taste for sweetness. Add an additional tablespoon of maple syrup if desired. Allow to cool prior to use.

Kale Swiss and Sausage Quiche

Kale Swiss and Sausage Quiche by Wood and Spoon blog. An all butter pie crust filled with a smoky Italian sausage, kale greens, and Kerrygold swiss cheese. topped with fresh tomatoes, balsamic glaze, and herbs. perfect for breakfast brunch or supper. find the simple fresh recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Full disclosure: I’m writing this post a week in advance. With baby just around the corner, I can’t really afford to do anything in real time, so if I happen to give birth in the next few days you’ll just have to forgive any inconsistencies in my life status, okay? Or at least pretend I’m Marty McFly and I just took a trip into the future to prepare this recipe in advance. 

I’m slowly losing my mind. 39 weeks pregnant, near-100 degree temps that have kept us indoors, and two little crumb-snatchers under my feet most days of the week has me slowly turning into a crazy person. In an effort to make our last few days as a family of 4 special, I’ve been extremely lenient with the kids, allowing extended bedtimes, extra dessert, and more than enough summer movie watching. Unfortunately, I think they’ve identified I’m a giant sucker now and have been running WILD ever since. If I had any control or say-so in my house a month ago, it’s completely gone now, so just pray for me, okay?

Kale Swiss and Sausage Quiche by Wood and Spoon blog. An all butter pie crust filled with a smoky Italian sausage, kale greens, and Kerrygold swiss cheese. topped with fresh tomatoes, balsamic glaze, and herbs. perfect for breakfast brunch or supper. find the simple fresh recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

I have been taking shortcuts along the way to make life easier in a lot of other ways, including making leftover-friendly meals and treats that reheat beautifully. Today’s kale Swiss and sausage quiche is one such recipe, and I am thrilled to share it with you! Quiche is a kitchen workhorse, easily doubling as breakfast, brunch, snack, or dinner, and it reheats as deliciously as it tastes at room temperature. That means when my husband shows up late from work or my kids dawdle at the table and end up eating cold food it still tastes good. #GOALS.

Kale Swiss and Sausage Quiche by Wood and Spoon blog. An all butter pie crust filled with a smoky Italian sausage, kale greens, and Kerrygold swiss cheese. topped with fresh tomatoes, balsamic glaze, and herbs. perfect for breakfast brunch or supper. find the simple fresh recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

I’m sharing today’s recipe with my friends at Kerrygold! Yes, there’s butter in the pie crust, but the filling is also loaded with their nutty Swiss cheese. Along with Italian sausage, kale, and loads of herbs and seasoning, the makings of this simple egg and milk pie transform into a flavorful meal that will please just about anyone. Even my husband, a self-proclaimed carnivore who turns up his nose to anything containing greens, said the quiche was delicious. If that doesn’t speak volumes then I know nothing.

Kale Swiss and Sausage Quiche by Wood and Spoon blog. An all butter pie crust filled with a smoky Italian sausage, kale greens, and Kerrygold swiss cheese. topped with fresh tomatoes, balsamic glaze, and herbs. perfect for breakfast brunch or supper. find the simple fresh recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

To make this kale Swiss and sausage quiche, we start with the crust. Kerrygold unsalted butter gets cut into flour and salt to create an all-butter crust that is par-baked in the oven until golden and flaky. The filling, made with browned sausage, caramelized onions, and wilted kale, is made extra buttery with the addition of loads of shredded Swiss cheese. The egg mixture which contains little more than milk, salt, and pepper, is poured on top before the whole thing gets baked in the oven. This is a recipe you want smell-o-vision for because it is divine fresh from the oven.

Kale Swiss and Sausage Quiche by Wood and Spoon blog. An all butter pie crust filled with a smoky Italian sausage, kale greens, and Kerrygold swiss cheese. topped with fresh tomatoes, balsamic glaze, and herbs. perfect for breakfast brunch or supper. find the simple fresh recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

This kale Swiss and sausage quiche is a simple make-ahead dish that is great for any occasion! Although these flavors tend to be more wintery, I love that this quiche is hearty enough even for my meat-eater hubby. Many thanks to my friends at Kerrygold for sponsoring this post. Please be sure to check out their ridiculous selection of butters and cheese next time you’re at the store. Happy Sunday and Happy Baking!

Kale Swiss and Sausage Quiche by Wood and Spoon blog. An all butter pie crust filled with a smoky Italian sausage, kale greens, and Kerrygold swiss cheese. topped with fresh tomatoes, balsamic glaze, and herbs. perfect for breakfast brunch or supper. find the simple fresh recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

If you like this Kale Swiss and Sausage Quiche you should try:

Roasted Summer Vegetable Quiche

Tomato Olive Rolls

Tomato Galette with Basil Pesto and Feta

Cheddar Cornmeal Chicken Pot Pie

 

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Kale Swiss and Sausage Quiche

Kale Swiss and Sausage Quiche by Wood and Spoon blog. An all butter pie crust filled with a smoky Italian sausage, kale greens, and Kerrygold swiss cheese. topped with fresh tomatoes, balsamic glaze, and herbs. perfect for breakfast brunch or supper. find the simple fresh recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Kale Swiss and sausge quich is an all-butter pie crust filled with a Italian sausage, kale greens, and swiss cheese!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 9 1x
  • Category: Brunch
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Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 11/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons ice water

For the filling:

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound ground Italian sausage
  • 1 small Vidalia or yellow onion, sliced
  • 4 ounces roughly chopped kale (about 6 cups)
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 5 large eggs, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 11/4 cup grated Swiss cheese

Instructions

To prepare the dough:

  1. Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl and use a pastry cutter or the backs of two forks to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until pea-sized clumps exist throughout. Add the ice water and gently fluff together until the mixture can come together into a dough that isn’t too wet but packs. You may need an additional couple teaspoons of water. Form the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until chilled, at least an hour.

To prepare the filling:

  1. Heat one teaspoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Brown and break up the sausage until cooked through and browned. Remove from skillet, leaving any grease that may exist in the bottom of the pan. Add an additional teaspoon of oil and then cook the onions over medium heat until they are translucent. Add the kale, red pepper flakes, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the pan and cook until the kale is wilted and no longer producing moisture, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from the pan.

To prepare the quiche:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 and roll out the chilled pie dough on a lightly floured surface until the dough is approximately 1-1/2 inches larger than your tart pan with a removable bottom on all sides. Roll the dough back onto the floured rolling pin and unroll the dough into the pan. Leave a 1” border on all sides and trim off any excess. Fold the sides under and pinch together, leaving 1/4” of dough extending over the sides of the pan. Place a crumpled piece of parchment paper into the bottom of the pan on top of the pie dough and fill the pan with pie weights, dried rice or beans. Par-bake in the oven for 10 minutes, then remove the weights and parchment and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the bottom no longer looks wet. In the meantime, whisk together the milk, 4 of the eggs, remaining 3/4 teaspoon of salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Once the pie crust is baked, crack the egg into a small bowl without breaking the yolk and use a pastry brush to brush the entire insides of the pie with egg white.  Sprinkle 1 cup of swiss cheese into the bottom of the baked crust and top with the browned sausage crumbles and the kale and onion mixture. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of swiss cheese and then carefully pour the egg mixture on top. Whisk together the egg you brushed on the pie crust and brush the entire rim of the pie crust with a thin layer. Bake in the preheated oven for about 35 minutes or until the top is golden and the insides are no longer jiggly. Cool slightly and enjoy!

Notes

The egg wash is entirely optional. The brushed egg white serves as an extra layer of protection for the crust and the whisked whole egg helps with browning. Neither are necessary so feel free to skip this step if needed.

Coconut Key Lime Cake

Coconut Key Lime Cake by Wood and Spoon. This is a lime zest scented fluffy butter cake with a coconut marshmallow 7 minute egg white frosting and coated in toasted flaked coconut. This cake tastes like summer but is great for spring parties and gatherings. Serve this to a crowd or try out a cream cheese coconut frosting instead! Find the recipe and learn how to make this 3 tiered layer cake on thewoodandspoon.com

I’m going to be honest- this cake makes me want an adult beverage. At nearly 7 months into this pregnancy and with summer just around the corner, just about any lime or coconut flavored food makes me think of margaritas and pina coladas. This coconut key lime cake, with its zesty key lime layers and sticky sweet coconut frosting, has me seeing mirages of boozy frozen treats at every bite, and I am just not even a bit ashamed of that.

Coconut Key Lime Cake by Wood and Spoon. This is a lime zest scented fluffy butter cake with a coconut marshmallow 7 minute egg white frosting and coated in toasted flaked coconut. This cake tastes like summer but is great for spring parties and gatherings. Serve this to a crowd or try out a cream cheese coconut frosting instead! Find the recipe and learn how to make this 3 tiered layer cake on thewoodandspoon.com

I imagine that being huge-pregnant in the summer is one of the least glamorous things ever. It’s not just the lack of adult beverages or the repetitive nature of saying, “I’ll just have water, thanks.” It’s lots of things. For example, have you ever considered how a pregnant woman is to tan the backside of her body? When you’re third-trimestering with a watermelon-sized gut, you can’t just flip over to sun your rear. As a result, it’s only April and I already have golden shins, bronzed kneecaps, and some hindparts that are hovering around a shade that I would best describe as translucent. #sexy

Coconut Key Lime Cake by Wood and Spoon. This is a lime zest scented fluffy butter cake with a coconut marshmallow 7 minute egg white frosting and coated in toasted flaked coconut. This cake tastes like summer but is great for spring parties and gatherings. Serve this to a crowd or try out a cream cheese coconut frosting instead! Find the recipe and learn how to make this 3 tiered layer cake on thewoodandspoon.com

Clothing is hard too. I find myself wearing baggy gym clothes and shapeless sundresses nearly 100% of the time, because otherwise I’m stuck with all those additional layers of mesh and support that comes permanently attached to the waistband of maternity shorts. As if I wasn’t already in a perpetual state of pig-like sweating, just add extra nylon casing around my midsection and just see what happens. FULL ON MAN-SWEATING. I was lucky enough to land a maternity bathing suit that is pretty cute, so at least I’m no longer sporting my yoga pants at the pool. My friend’s tween-age daughter told me (with a shocked look on her face) that she thought it was decent, so I’m going to take that as a compliment and win.

Coconut Key Lime Cake by Wood and Spoon. This is a lime zest scented fluffy butter cake with a coconut marshmallow 7 minute egg white frosting and coated in toasted flaked coconut. This cake tastes like summer but is great for spring parties and gatherings. Serve this to a crowd or try out a cream cheese coconut frosting instead! Find the recipe and learn how to make this 3 tiered layer cake on thewoodandspoon.com

Truly, there is nothing better than being pregnant with a third baby. I’m so incredibly grateful, and the gift here is not lost on me. But come July, when this baby is in my arms and I have a shot at wearing normal clothes and drinking basically anything with tequila in it, I will be in heaven. Seriously.

This coconut ket lime cake is an ode to the pending summer. With sweet and tart lime-scented layers and a marshmallow frosting coated in loads of toasted coconut, it’s basically summer in a dessert. I opted to make and share the recipe now because I had a hunch you all may be looking for some alternative treats on these spring days that feel like mid-July. If you’re as ready for sunshine as I am, lets grab our forks and chat the ins and outs of this cake!

Coconut Key Lime Cake by Wood and Spoon. This is a lime zest scented fluffy butter cake with a coconut marshmallow 7 minute egg white frosting and coated in toasted flaked coconut. This cake tastes like summer but is great for spring parties and gatherings. Serve this to a crowd or try out a cream cheese coconut frosting instead! Find the recipe and learn how to make this 3 tiered layer cake on thewoodandspoon.com

The layers of this coconut key lime cake are scented in two ways. The zest of key limes contributes that notably lime flavor while the juice of the limes add a tart punch and acidity. The cake layers bake up moist and fluffy, slightly more dense than a white cake but with a fine crumb. The frosting here is an old fashioned 7 minute frosting. Not familiar? Egg whites and sugar whip up into a fluffy, marshmallow-esque frosting that is ultra-white, super sticky, and kinda cloud-like. The coconut flavor comes from the smidgen of coconut extract before it’s slathered on the layers of cake. To keep the cake from sticking to everything in its path (and to add a ton of extra coconut flavor!) are coat the whole thing in toasted coconut flakes. DIVINE.

Coconut Key Lime Cake by Wood and Spoon. This is a lime zest scented fluffy butter cake with a coconut marshmallow 7 minute egg white frosting and coated in toasted flaked coconut. This cake tastes like summer but is great for spring parties and gatherings. Serve this to a crowd or try out a cream cheese coconut frosting instead! Find the recipe and learn how to make this 3 tiered layer cake on thewoodandspoon.com

So a few questions you may be asking about this coconut key lime cake. Like, what if I can’t find key limes? Totally reasonable. Substitute in the same amount of regular lime juice and zest and the cake will still be fab. Scout’s honor. And what if you’re not into the 7 minute frosting? Also understandable. I’m not always game for the marshmallow flavor, and if that’s you too, try out this buttercream from another favorite cake of mine. Just substitute some coconut extract for the almond extract.

Coconut Key Lime Cake by Wood and Spoon. This is a lime zest scented fluffy butter cake with a coconut marshmallow 7 minute egg white frosting and coated in toasted flaked coconut. This cake tastes like summer but is great for spring parties and gatherings. Serve this to a crowd or try out a cream cheese coconut frosting instead! Find the recipe and learn how to make this 3 tiered layer cake on thewoodandspoon.com

If you need more intel on properly whipping egg whites for the frosting on this coconut key lime cake, you should revisit my last “You Need to Know” post! I chat all the ins and outs of whipping egg whites, so if you’re in the dark, start here! I hope you all get around to making this coconut key lime cake ASAP. It’s sure to get you in the mood for summer. Happy Hump Day and Happy Baking!

If you like this coconut key lime cake you should check out:

Almond Coconut Cake

Bruleed Key Lime Pies

Vegan Coconut Lime Ice Cream Pie

Lemon Olive Oil Pie

 

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Coconut Key Lime Cake

Coconut Key Lime Cake by Wood and Spoon. This is a lime zest scented fluffy butter cake with a coconut marshmallow 7 minute egg white frosting and coated in toasted flaked coconut. This cake tastes like summer but is great for spring parties and gatherings. Serve this to a crowd or try out a cream cheese coconut frosting instead! Find the recipe and learn how to make this 3 tiered layer cake on thewoodandspoon.com

This coconut key lime cake has zesty key lime layers, a 7 minute marshmallow coconut frosting, and it topped with toasted coconut!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 21/4 cups (450 gm) sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (240 gm) buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons key lime zest
  • 6 tablespoons key lime juice
  • 3 cups (420 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

For the frosting (Adapted from Sarah Kieffer):

  • 5 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 12/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon coconut extract
  • 3 cups toasted coconut

Instructions

To prepare the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease 3-8” pans, lining the bottom with a round of parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed for 3 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the eggs, one at a time, beating for an additional minute afterward. Combine the buttermilk, zest, and juice, and add half of this mixture to the butter mixture. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder stirring on low speed. Once almost combined add the remaining milk mixture. Scrape the sides of the bowl and fold in any unincorporated bits into the batter. Divide the batter among the three pans and bake in the oven until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

To prepare the frosting:

  1. Bring an inch of water to a simmer in a medium-sized saucepan on the stove.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large clean bowl or clean bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the egg whites, sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Put the bowl over the pot of gently simmering water and stir with a spatula until the sugar has melted. You can test this by carefully rubbing the mixture between two fingers. It should feel smooth. Once the mixture reaches about 165 degrees (about 6 minutes on the stove) remove the bowl from the heat and and being whipping the mixture on medium-high speed with a hand mixer or on your stand mixer until stiff peaks have formed, about 8-10 minutes. Add the vanilla and coconut extract and stir in.

To assemble the cake:

  1. Cut the domes off the baked cake layers. Use a bit of frosting to adhere one layer to an 8” cake board or serving plate. Spoon ¾-1 cup of frosting on top of the layer and spread it flat. Repeat this process with the remaining two cake layers and then use the remaining frosting to frost the cake. If desired, you can coat the cake with the toasted coconut flakes, or you can use a torch to carefully toast the meringue frosting. Cake is best served the day it is assembled.

10 Mom Hacks for Simplifying Life at Home

Mom Hacks : Ten must know shortcuts for simplifying home life. This is a lot of helpful hint for organizing and de-stressing life as a mother of children in home! Click on these kitchen tips and organization known how here at thewoodandspoon.com

Let’s face it- life as a mom grown-up can be busy and all-too difficult. Throughout the course of the day, there are so many things that require our attention, and if we don’t stay on top of them life can start to feel sort of overwhelming. With new Baby Girl on the way, I decided to share a few shortcuts in hopes that you may have some words of wisdom to share back with me. Let’s get started!

  1. Streamline your tupperware… and anything else that’s a hot mess.  This past year, after a plastic food container avalanche nearly cost me my eyesight (and sanity), I decided to nix all the mismatched cups and lids to start afresh. I invested in two different types of food storage containers, one set of bowls and one set of plastic boxes, so that they would nest neatly in my cabinet and always have a top to match. After doing some research, I decided to go with the inexpensive containers that a lot of restaurants use for carry-out food. I have loved how easily these stack in my fridge and cabinet, and their low cost frees me from freaking out every time I lose a lid or bowl. This same method also proved to be helpful while organizing my spice cabinet. In lieu of a million mismatched and weirdly stacked bottles, I invested in uniform glass spice jars that I labeled and alphabetized in a drawer next to my stovetop. Life in my kitchen feels so much less cluttered just by instituting these two hacks. You can check out the tupperware I prefer here and here and see the spice jars I purchased here!
  2. Buy baby wipes and keep them everywhere. I longed for the day my children would be out of diapers, but soon after George had finished potty training, I found myself instinctually reaching for that ever-present bin of baby wipes. Perfect for sticky fingers, milk spills, and cleaning washable crayons off the wall, baby wipes are one of the strongest tools in my arsenal of Mom hacks. I keep a container hidden in almost every room, and it has made keeping my house free from stains and smudges so much simpler. A friend of mine says this same trick applies with disinfecting wipes in the bathrooms. If you’ve got young boys (or a lazy husband) who can’t keep the seat clean, a tub of antibacterial wipes might save you some germs and heartache. Mom Hacks : Ten must know shortcuts for simplifying home life. This is a lot of helpful hint for organizing and de-stressing life as a mother of children in home! Click on these kitchen tips and organization known how here at thewoodandspoon.com
  3. Run your dishwasher OFTEN. Nothing gives me the hives more than a sink full of dirty dishes. As a food blogger and Mom of two, it seems the dirty dishes never stop. Instead of letting a mountain of disgustingness grow in my sink or countertop, I load and run my dishwasher often and let my detergent of choice, Cascade pure essentials, do the work. With its seriously tough performance and simplified formula, Cascade pure essentials works hard for a reliable clean that I can feel good about using in my home. Free of phosphates and chlorine bleach, this liquid-top detergent is infused with essential oils for a citrus-clean scent, and it totally keeps my dishes sparkling. I finally have a detergent I can trust, now if I could just find someone to unload the dishwasher for me…
  4. Keep a stocked diaper bag in every car. I’m not just talking a minimal diaper and wipe situation, here. This is a serious tool bag that should stay well-stocked with anything your little mongrels angels might need- a change of clothes, toys, packaged snacks, bottled water, antibacterial wipes, paper towels, tissues, toilet paper, washable markers and paper, and maybe even a treat or two for Mom and Dad. We keep a blanket, extra socks, and even a few suckers in ours, because you just never know, okay? Having a stocked bag in every car prevents a last-minute misplacement of the essential items, and if you don’t have an extra tote to fill, a couple of grocery bags or XL plastic bags will do the trick.
  5. Share a calendar with all the grown people in your home. A friend of mine says that the joint calendar saved her marriage. Now there’s no mistaking who won’t be coming home for dinner, when the dance recital is, or when you need to mentally prepare for the in-laws to come into town. A joint calendar will help keep you and your significant other on the same page, organized within the context of digital days. We use iCal, but you can opt for any interface that syncs best with your life. Along the same lines, check out apps like AnyList and Wunderlist for joining grocery lists, to-do lists, and other errands. Mom Hacks : Ten must know shortcuts for simplifying home life. This is a lot of helpful hint for organizing and de-stressing life as a mother of children in home! Click on these kitchen tips and organization known how here at thewoodandspoon.com
  6. Keep shoes conveniently close. Nothing kills me like rushing out the door only to be frantically hunting for the match to someone’s shoe. We are overrun with bitty shoes in our house and making a close and convenient home for them by the door of our house has made life so much easier. Grab a basket (or even a shallow laundry hamper!) to throw in a coat closet, garage, or hidden corner near the door for little humans to deposit their shoes when they come inside. Having a permanent, convenient home for all the little feet coverings will minimize the number of times you have to play hide and seek on your way out the door.
  7. Make a home for the toys in the living room. When there are little people on the loose, toys are bound to make their way into the common areas of the home. We don’t have a designated toy room or play area in our house which means miniature cars, baby dolls, and books wind up EVERYWHERE. To maintain some order, we established two semi-concealed baskets in the living room for toys to be gathered. Having a designated catch-all space for stray trinkets and stuffed animals has served as an excellent learning tool for my toddlers (“Put all of the toys back into the baskets!”) and also makes for simple group clean-up when friends come to play with their kids. If everyone knows where the living room toys go, it takes some of that stress off of Mom.
  8. Make leftovers cook dinner for you. I’m not really into meal planning. I tried it for a short time, but found myself frustrated when ingredients went bad, cravings changed, or when a last minute change of plans found us eating out instead. Now, when preparing dinner, I look to double or increase the portion I make of certain foods that I know can be repurposed later on in the week. For example- if I’m grilling chicken, I throw on a few extra pounds of meat because I know I can freeze or refrigerate whatever I don’t use for later. Extra rice, quinoa, couscous, and other grains can be tossed with vinaigrette for tomorrow’s salad or the weekend’s stir fry. Extra roasted vegetables taste great on pizza, in grain bowls, or pureed into a little baby’s snack pack. I love to cook in bulk when it comes to items I lean on regularly (meatballs! veggie soups! chili! cookies!) and save myself some time down the road.
  9. Invest in a hand vac… and more than one broom. Make clean-up easier in your house by having the right tools at your disposal. Cordless vacuum cleaners make crumbly messes on your sofa, the stairs, and upholstered dining room chairs a cinch! Instead of brushing messes between the cushions of your couch or into the grain of your rugs, lean on a tiny hand vac instead. In addition, keeping a broom and dustpan close to entry doors, the kitchen, and any areas where kids may snack or leave dirty messes on the floor will keep you from running from one end of the house to another. You’ll stay on top of the messes if they’re quick to clean up and it will make for an overall cleaner house. Mom Hacks : Ten must know shortcuts for simplifying home life. This is a lot of helpful hint for organizing and de-stressing life as a mother of children in home! Click on these kitchen tips and organization known how here at thewoodandspoon.com
  10. Keep a basket of snacks (and a basket of treats!) ready for action. Having ready-to-go snacks bagged and ready for snatching will make getting out of the door easier. We keep a basket of pre-packed snacks, bars, dried fruit, trail mix, etc. ready to throw into my purse to keep little bellies full while we’re on-the-go. If you have a designated bin or basket for them in your pantry, there’s not mistaken what type of “snack” your kiddo can grab for themselves when you’re occupied too! Likewise, we keep a dessert basket for the little people who have won themselves a special nibble. It makes for a great catch-all for Halloween candy, birthday party goodie bag treats, and those little peppermints that grandparents and the old ladies at church are constantly throwing our way.

Mom Hacks : Ten must know shortcuts for simplifying home life. This is a lot of helpful hint for organizing and de-stressing life as a mother of children in home! Click on these kitchen tips and organization known how here at thewoodandspoon.comSo what are your Mom hacks? Tell me all of your tips and products that help you to meet your family’s needs the best! With Baby Girl on the way, I need all the intel I can get, so share away! Many thanks to Cascade for sponsoring this post!  High fives to you all for supporting brands that make Wood & Spoon possible.