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Dutch Apple Pie

Dutch Apple Pie by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a delicious fall pie made with homemade pie crust, cinnamon sugar apples and a streusel crumb topping. This pie is great for Thanksgiving or holidays and makes a yummy alternative for regular apple pie. Learn how to make homemade apple pie with brown sugar crumble on thewoodandspoon.com

I couldn’t get too deep into November without a pie recipe. Here in America, pie might as well have its own corner of the food pyramid wherever Thanksgiving holidays are concerned. Luckily, I have my all-time FAVORITE apple pie recipe to share today: Dutch Apple Pie. This recipe is an excerpt from my first book, Her Daily Bread, and I’ve basically been waiting all year to share it. Let’s get started!

Dutch Apple Pie by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a delicious fall pie made with homemade pie crust, cinnamon sugar apples and a streusel crumb topping. This pie is great for Thanksgiving or holidays and makes a yummy alternative for regular apple pie. Learn how to make homemade apple pie with brown sugar crumble on thewoodandspoon.com

First of all, who died and made apple pie reign supreme? Is there any dessert more quintessentially fall? While pumpkin is divisive and chocolate is more of an annual offering, if you ask me, apple is just right this time of year. My rendition features a homemade pie crust, a generously spiced apple filling, and a buttery brown sugar crumble on top. The end result is a pie with loads of flavor and texture- the perfect treat to serve to the masses.

Dutch Apple Pie by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a delicious fall pie made with homemade pie crust, cinnamon sugar apples and a streusel crumb topping. This pie is great for Thanksgiving or holidays and makes a yummy alternative for regular apple pie. Learn how to make homemade apple pie with brown sugar crumble on thewoodandspoon.com

If you’re new to pie baking or just really want to take you skills to the next level, be sure to check out my tutorial on how to make pie dough. Here, I share the ins and outs of making, rolling, braiding, crimping, baking, and storing pie crust. For example, did you know it’s not too early to make and freeze your doughs?! TRUE STORY! I highly recommend the tutorial for anyone wanting a home run pie.

Dutch Apple Pie by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a delicious fall pie made with homemade pie crust, cinnamon sugar apples and a streusel crumb topping. This pie is great for Thanksgiving or holidays and makes a yummy alternative for regular apple pie. Learn how to make homemade apple pie with brown sugar crumble on thewoodandspoon.com

Once you know how to make a crust, you can start by making one! This Dutch apple pie calls for a single crust because the topping is 100% streusel. No par-baking required here, just roll out and crimp the dough, freezing it briefly while you prepare the filling.

Dutch Apple Pie by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a delicious fall pie made with homemade pie crust, cinnamon sugar apples and a streusel crumb topping. This pie is great for Thanksgiving or holidays and makes a yummy alternative for regular apple pie. Learn how to make homemade apple pie with brown sugar crumble on thewoodandspoon.com

The filling is apples, sugar, spice, and lemon juice. I like to use golden delicious apples, but you can opt for any of your faves! Braeburns and jonagolds are also very popular- just make sure you have plenty to fill this pie to the brim. Once your filling is made, finish it off with the crumble. Melted butter, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt make up the streusel. It comes together in a bowl before topping the pie. More crumble is more better, IMO.

Dutch Apple Pie by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a delicious fall pie made with homemade pie crust, cinnamon sugar apples and a streusel crumb topping. This pie is great for Thanksgiving or holidays and makes a yummy alternative for regular apple pie. Learn how to make homemade apple pie with brown sugar crumble on thewoodandspoon.com

After an hour bake, the pie needs a little time to set up. I usually give it 4 hours, but you can also let it rest overnight. Slice and serve warm pieces with scoops of vanilla or no-churn cinnamon maple ice cream. It’s a super comforting and cozy pie, perfect for this time of year. And even though this is pie szn, this is the only pie I’ll be sharing for the rest of the year! If you need a few more pie recipes to round out your repertoire, be sure to check out the archives of this site or pick up a copy of my book! Her Daily Bread is nearing its first birthday, and I couldn’t be happier to celebrate with you all. In the meantime, happy baking and happy fall!

Dutch Apple Pie by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a delicious fall pie made with homemade pie crust, cinnamon sugar apples and a streusel crumb topping. This pie is great for Thanksgiving or holidays and makes a yummy alternative for regular apple pie. Learn how to make homemade apple pie with brown sugar crumble on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this Dutch apple pie you should try:

Caramel Apple Pie
Brown Butter Apple Tart
Apple Crumb Bars
Cheddar Apple Pie

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Dutch Apple Pie

This Dutch apple pie features a homemade pie crust, a cinnamon apple filling, and a brown sugar and butter streusel topping.

  • Author: Kate wood
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 9 Servings
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

For the filling:

  • 1 recipe for homemade pie dough (see below) or 1 refrigerated deep-dish single pie crust
  • 8 cups peeled, ¼” thick apple slices (I use Golden Delicious apples)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh-squeeze lemon juice
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons apple pie spice

For the crumble:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

Instructions

  1. Move one rack to the bottom third of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees Farenheit. If possible, preheat a baking steel or heavy bottomed sheet pan on that lower rack.
  2. Use a lightly floured rolling pin to roll the dough out on a well-floured surface into a 1/8-1/4” thick circle about an inch larger than your deep-dish pie plate on all sides. Roll the dough loosely back onto the rolling pin and lift it into the pie dish. Gently fit the dough into the pie plate and trim off any excess dough leaving a 1” border around the edge of the dish. Fold the lip of the dough under so that it extends just over the edge of the pie plate and crimp the edges as you prefer. Place the dish in the freezer while you mix up your remaining elements.
  3. In a large bowl, toss to combine the apple slices, brown sugar, sugar, flour, and apple pie spice. Pour the mixture evenly into your prepared pie crust and place in the fridge while you prepare your crumble.
  4. In the same bowl that you tossed together your filling, combine the crumble flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Use a pastry cutter or the backs of two forks to cut the butter into the flour until the butter is integrated a sandy mixture with pea-sized clumps for. Sprinkle the topping onto the apple filling. Bake the pie on the preheated baking steel or sheet pan until the crust is brown and the filling in the center of the pie is bubbling, about 60-70 minutes. If you notice your crust gets too brown before the filling is bubbling, you can use a pie crust shield or a ring of aluminum foil to careful cover that outer edge to prevent burning. Allow the pie to cool completely, at least 4 hours, prior to cutting and serving with ice cream, if desired.

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DIY Cookie Cake

DIY Cookie Cake by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a recipe for a homemade cookie cake, similar in flavor to the cult favorites from Great American Cookie Company! This giant chewy chocolate chip cookie is frosted with a simple one-bowl American buttercream, and the entire dessert comes together in less than 30 minutes. Find the simple recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Let’s celebrate, shall we? Apparently I missed the memo that fall is birthday season. We have been honoring some serious milestone birthdays with friends and family these past few weeks. You guys know me- I absolutely love it. My kitchen hasn’t been as busy as of late, but I have enjoyed the regular opportunity to make birthday treats. Whether it’s a yummy cocktail, a bourbon chocolate chip cookie, or even today’s DIY cookie cake, I’m all about the celebration. If that’s you too, you’re in luck! Today’s recipe is a birthday winner.

DIY Cookie Cake by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a recipe for a homemade cookie cake, similar in flavor to the cult favorites from Great American Cookie Company! This giant chewy chocolate chip cookie is frosted with a simple one-bowl American buttercream, and the entire dessert comes together in less than 30 minutes. Find the simple recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

I’ve already spoken at length about my love for cookies from the mall, and this DIY cookie cake is evidence to that fact. Even now, as a 30-something year old woman, I LOVE a cookie cake; they just never get old. I figured it was time to master the at-home method so we could DIY America’s favorite cookie cake. This recipe that I landed on is truly a winner- chewy, sweet, and balanced in flavor. There’s chocolate chips throughout and just enough frosting to wash it down with. Let me tell you how to make them.

DIY Cookie Cake by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a recipe for a homemade cookie cake, similar in flavor to the cult favorites from Great American Cookie Company! This giant chewy chocolate chip cookie is frosted with a simple one-bowl American buttercream, and the entire dessert comes together in less than 30 minutes. Find the simple recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

DIY Cookie Cake

We start with melted butter. Stir it together with brown and granulated sugar. Next, add a single egg and a splash of vanilla extracts. The dry ingredients are modest- flour, leavening, and salt- with loads of chocolate chips. We chop up the chips so we don’t land a giant bite of chocolate- remember, balance is everything. Press the dough into a round rimmed baking sheet and bake until the outside is barely beginning to set.

DIY Cookie Cake by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a recipe for a homemade cookie cake, similar in flavor to the cult favorites from Great American Cookie Company! This giant chewy chocolate chip cookie is frosted with a simple one-bowl American buttercream, and the entire dessert comes together in less than 30 minutes. Find the simple recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

The frosting here is simple- butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and salt. Just a little goes a long way, and I love that the cookie retains it’s original charm without the toothache. This DIY cookie cake goes a long way, serves a crowd, and can even be made in advance! Just wrap tightly in plastic wrap and foil before freezing for up to 2 weeks in advance.

If you have any upcoming celebrations, I hope you’ll give this cookie cake a chance. Happy Sunday and happy baking!

DIY Cookie Cake by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a recipe for a homemade cookie cake, similar in flavor to the cult favorites from Great American Cookie Company! This giant chewy chocolate chip cookie is frosted with a simple one-bowl American buttercream, and the entire dessert comes together in less than 30 minutes. Find the simple recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this DIY cookie cake you should try:

Sugar Cookie Double Doozies
Half Birthday Cake Tutorial
Alphabet Cream Pie Tutorial
Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

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DIY Cookie Cake

This DIY Cookie Cake features a chewy chocolate chip cookie topped with a simple homemade buttercream!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10 Servings
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

For the cookie:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 11/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1 cup chopped semisweet chocolate chips

For the frosting:

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 11/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon milk 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly grease an 11” round rimmed baking pan. 
  2. In a small pan over medium heat, gently melt the butter just until melted. Pour the butter into a large mixing bowl with the brown sugar and sugar. Stir until smooth. Add the egg and extract, stirring just until smooth. Add the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder, stirring with a spatula until smooth. Fold in the chopped chocolate chips and dump the batter into the prepared pan, pressing gently with your fingers until the dough is spread out evenly. Bake in the preheated oven about 11-12 minutes or until the edges are barely set. The insides will look underdone- do not overbake! Allow to cool completely prior to frosting. 
  3. To frost the cookie cake, combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Using a hand mixer, stir on low until combined and then increase the speed to medium to beat to smooth for 2 minutes. Use a 1M piping tip fitted bag to pipe the frosting on the cooled cake prior to enjoying. 

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Easy Chewy Brownies

Easy Chewy Brownies by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple one-bowl recipe that makes a great homemade substitute for box brownie mix! These have a crackled top, fudgy insides, and loads of chocolate espresso flavor. Learn more and how easy it is on thewoodandspoon.com

HEY-YO! Today, we’re serving up another go-to basic. Is it possible that I’ve shared nearly 400 recipes on this site without dishing out a perfect brownie? This recipe is just that. If you’ve been looking for a homemade substitute for box brownies (let’s face it- they’re delish), look no further. These easy chewy brownies are a home run and a great back pocket recipe. Let’s check them out.

Easy Chewy Brownies by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple one-bowl recipe that makes a great homemade substitute for box brownie mix! These have a crackled top, fudgy insides, and loads of chocolate espresso flavor. Learn more and how easy it is on thewoodandspoon.com

First Up: Science Stuff

Ok, nerds. Put your science hat on, and let’s think about what really makes box brownies so great. Aside from the ease, they’re also consistently delicious, right? They also offer a terrific chew, fudgy insides, and a dreamy crinkled top. How could we ever beat that at home?

Well, let’s tackle all of those things one by one. First up: ease. My easy chewy brownies come together in one bowl. Sure, there’s a few more ingredients than the box mix requires, but don’t we all feel better about that anyways?

Second, the chew. Here’s where a healthy balance of liquid ingredients (eggs and butter/oil) and dry ingredients is everything. Too much dry ingredients and we have cakey or (even worse) dense brownies. Too few and you’re looking at a greasy pudding.

Third, the illusive yet wonderful crackled top. Let me fill you in on a secret: it’s all in the sugar. Crackled glossy tops come from slightly dissolved sugar. We achieve that by melting the butter with the sugar in the microwave (or stovetop!), stirring until smooth and dissolved. Easy peasy!

Easy Chewy Brownies by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple one-bowl recipe that makes a great homemade substitute for box brownie mix! These have a crackled top, fudgy insides, and loads of chocolate espresso flavor. Learn more and how easy it is on thewoodandspoon.com

Easy Chewy Brownies

This recipe yields an 8″ or 9″ pan of brownies that makes about 16 modest brownies. With crackled tops, chewy insides, and rich chocolatey flavor, they really are hard to beat. Here, I’ve added vanilla and a smidge of espresso powder; Ina Garten taught me those ingredients help make the chocolate taste more like… well, chocolate. (Hint: She’s NEVER wrong.) The sugar melts with the butter to achieve a glossy cracked top, and the addition of chocolate chips to the batter means they’re fudgy too. I have nothing against box brownies, but being able to say these are homemade makes me feel all kinds of good.

Easy Chewy Brownies by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple one-bowl recipe that makes a great homemade substitute for box brownie mix! These have a crackled top, fudgy insides, and loads of chocolate espresso flavor. Learn more and how easy it is on thewoodandspoon.com

Get fancy with your brownies by switching things up. You can substitute in Dutch-processed cocoa for more intensely flavored treats. Fold in your favorite chopped nuts or flavored baking chips (hello, dark chocolate mint!) to spice things up a bit. These brownies also makes a terrific crumbled addition to your favorite no-churn ice cream recipes. Truly, this is one of the basics you NEED. PS- check out the difference between brownies made using regular unsweetenedweetened cocoa powder and ones made with dark cocoa powder!

Give these easy chewy brownies a try and let me know what you think! Happy Wednesday to y’all and happy baking!!

Easy Chewy Brownies by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple one-bowl recipe that makes a great homemade substitute for box brownie mix! These have a crackled top, fudgy insides, and loads of chocolate espresso flavor. Learn more and how easy it is on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this recipe you should try:

Peppermint Brownie Cookies
Brownie Shortbread Bars
Brownie Petit Fours
Fudgy Brownie Tart
Brownie Batter Cake

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Easy Chewy Brownies

These easy chewy brownies are a simple one-bowl recipe that is a delicious substitute for box mix brownies!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 16
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, diced
  • 11/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Farhenheit. Lightly grease a heavy weight 8” square baking pan and set aside.
  2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, add the butter and sugar and melt in the microwave for 30 second increments, stirring occasionally, until the butter is completely melted and the mixture is smooth. (It took me about 2 minutes of microwaving.) Alternatively, you can melt these together over a double boiler on the stove. Add the vanilla and eggs, one at a time, stirring vigorously to combine. Add the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, salt, and baking powder. Stir, just until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips and spread the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until the top is puffed and a toothpick inserted to the center only comes out with moist sticky clumps. Allow to cool prior to cutting.

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Creamy Rice Pudding & My Spring Break Must-Haves

Creamy Rice Pudding by Wood and Spoon blog. Check out this copycat recipe for homemade rice pudding. This is a simple stovetop recipe requiring no bake time. The pudding is sweet cream flavored and can easily be made vanilla or cinnamon as well. Learn how to make easy homemade rice pudding on thewoodandspoon.com

You know what doesn’t typically go hand-in-hand? Creamy rice pudding and spring break. Absolutely nothing about rice pudding makes me want to throw on a bathing suit, but with that special week just around the corner and my recent rice pudding obsession well underway, there was no avoiding the inevitable. Today, I’m going to share all my favorite things I’ve been picking out for the change of seasons as well as this simple stovetop rice pudding that I cannot stop making. Who says we can’t have it all, anyways?!

Let’s start with the spring break must-haves. Now, don’t confuse me for someone who is still trying to pass for a Daytona-bound college student; I’m well beyond my twenties. But every year, come March, I’m reminded of those fun weeks away with friends and suddenly get the itch to ready my wardrobe for the coming season. Today, I have a few of my [slightly more grown-up] faves to share with you. Here they are:

Creamy Rice Pudding and spring break must haves for women on Wood and Spoon blog. Check out this copycat recipe for homemade rice pudding. This is a simple stovetop recipe requiring no bake time. The pudding is sweet cream flavored and can easily be made vanilla or cinnamon as well. Learn how to make easy homemade rice pudding on thewoodandspoon.com

Spring Break Must-Haves

  1. Blow Dry Brush For quick-drying those salty locks, look no further than this round brush!
  2. Bucket Hat Protect your hair color (& skin!) with this throwback look.
  3. Net Bags If you’re traveling with kiddos, be sure to pack some mesh bags for shaking sand out of toys!
  4. Full-Coverage Bikini There are few things as challenging as shopping for a full coverage bikini in 2022, but this one from J. Crew hits all the marks!
  5. Sun Bunny Bronzer For faking a spring break glow, this bronzer is my absolute fave.
  6. Warby Parker Sunglasses Colorful sunglasses you can try on from the comfort of home? Yes, please!
  7. Vintage Tees These soft tees from Madewell are great for covering up with or wearing out.
  8. Supergoop Makeup Resetting Spray with SPF Protect your skin and your makeup with this SPF makeup setting spray.
  9. St. Tropez Self-Tanning Mousse No more tanning oils- get your tan before you even leave for vacay with my favorite mousse from St. Tropez.
  10. Montce Sarong These simple sarongs make for a great daytime coverup.
  11. Woven Sandals Whether you’re headed for the beach or out to lunch, these sandals are a great summery option.
  12. Tinted Lip Treatment with SPF This SPF lipstick glides on smooth and adds just a hint of color.
Creamy Rice Pudding by Wood and Spoon blog. Check out this copycat recipe for homemade rice pudding. This is a simple stovetop recipe requiring no bake time. The pudding is sweet cream flavored and can easily be made vanilla or cinnamon as well. Learn how to make easy homemade rice pudding on thewoodandspoon.com

Rice Pudding

And now for the weirdest blog post transition of my life, let’s talk about rice pudding. (LOL)

I have long been a fan of store-bought creamy rice pudding, and when I took the topic to my social media, it seems a whole bunch of you feel the same. Don’t get me wrong- I’m not under the misconception that rice pudding is as beloved as chocolate chip cookies, apple pie, or even other pudding varieties, but it is 100% one of those cult favorite foods that some people absolutely LOVE. So if you happen to fall into the “LOVE” category wherever rice pudding is concerned, you are absolutely going to adore today’s recipe.

Creamy Rice Pudding by Wood and Spoon blog. Check out this copycat recipe for homemade rice pudding. This is a simple stovetop recipe requiring no bake time. The pudding is sweet cream flavored and can easily be made vanilla or cinnamon as well. Learn how to make easy homemade rice pudding on thewoodandspoon.com

My goal for this creamy rice pudding was a sweet cream-flavored pudding reminiscent of the store-bought favorite. I opted for arborio rice for loads of texture and quite a bit less heavy cream that many other internet recipes recommended. No vanilla and no cinnamon in this rice pudding means that the creamy milk flavor rings true, and honestly, nothing could be more delightful. Plus, it’s so easy! With just a few ingredients and a whole lot of stirring, you’ll have homemade stovetop rice pudding in less than an hour. Voila!

To make this rice pudding, simply combine the rice, sugar, milk, cream, and butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat, simmering and stirring for about 45 minutes or until the rice has plumped to an al dente. Add the eggs, stir to combine, and then place covered in the fridge to thicken and set. I like to serve this rice pudding as is, but my friends on Instagram tell me it tastes great with fresh fruit, a sprinkle of cinnamon, or even a handful of chocolate chips. Who knows- we love what we love!

Creamy Rice Pudding by Wood and Spoon blog. Check out this copycat recipe for homemade rice pudding. This is a simple stovetop recipe requiring no bake time. The pudding is sweet cream flavored and can easily be made vanilla or cinnamon as well. Learn how to make easy homemade rice pudding on thewoodandspoon.com

So whether you’re going away for spring break or staying home to make loads of creamy rice pudding, I hope you’ve found something perfectly, randomly yours here today. Happy Thursday to you and Happy Baking!

If you like this creamy rice pudding you should try:

Chocolate Budino
Chocolate Pudding Pie
Classic Tiramisu
Caramelized Banana Pudding
Southern Coconut Cream Pie

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Creamy Rice Pudding

This creamy rice pudding is a simple stovetop rendition of the store-bought favorite!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12 Servings
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

  • 7 cups reduced fat or whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup medium-grain or arborio rice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • Optional: 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or ¾ teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the milk, cream, rice, sugar, butter, and salt. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, and then decrease the heat to low to simmer. Stirring about every 8 minutes or so, continue to cook the mixture on low heat until the rice is tender but not falling apart, about 45 minutes. Once tender, remove from heat and whisk the two eggs together in a bowl. While whisking, slowly and carefully add in 1 cup of the hot milk mixture to temper the eggs, and then add all of the egg mixture into the saucepan containing the rice. If desired, stir in the vanilla or cinnamon (I prefer plain!) Stir together to combine and then pour the pudding into a heat-safe container. Place a sheet of plastic wrap directly on top of the pudding so it doesn’t form a thickened layer on the top. Allow to cool in the fridge about 4-6 hours or until cold. Stir and serve!

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Santa’s White Christmas Cookies (and a sneak peek at my book launch party!)

Santa's White Christmas Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are chewy white chocolate cookies scented with coconut and espresso powder, inspired by Barnie's White Christmas Coffee. These coffee lover's cookies are a great dessert to serve at Christmas and holiday cookie exchanges. Find out how to make these simple easy Christmas cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

Y’all, I can hardly believe it: just ONE MORE WEEK until Her Daily Bread is released into the wild and onto coffee tables everywhere. Excuse me while I lose my mind and squeal (!!!) If you hadn’t heard (and how could you not? I feel like I’ve been jabbering on about this for months!), my first book is being published on December 14th, and I am so thrilled to get it into your hands. For now, I’m excited to share a few photos from the book launch party we hosted last week (as well as these Santa’s White Christmas Cookies!) with you today.

The Launch Party(!!)

Last Friday, we hosted a launch party in our little town of Selma to celebrate the pending release of HDB. What started as an invite list of a few close family and friends quickly expanded to include all sorts of fabulous women that I have grown to love and admire. One of my favorite things about small towns like Selma is that they are endlessly supportive of their neighbors. I found this event was no exception. At one point, just a few minutes before the party started, I looked around to see 30-or so women lighting candles, plating desserts, and freshening up flowers, everyone scurrying around and lending a hand to make sure everything was as beautiful as I envisioned. Truly, I felt so loved. The shared joy for this book felt so tangible. It’s a great picture of what love in a community of good humans looks like.

While Her Daily Bread is incredibly personal, the writing of the book was collaborative from the start. Most of the stories and recipes included in its pages aren’t exclusively mine to tell; they’re moments and bitesthat were first experienced alongside of people who have generously fed into my life for years. With just a few days left until the book is officially released, I hope you’ll consider continuing the collaborative effort. Buy a copy, and if something fills your heart (or belly!) in a unique or wonderful way, pass it on. Share a copy of the book, a nibble of food from one of the recipes, or an encouraging word to a friend. Everyone has a seat at the table, and I’m so excited that you’ve found your way to mine. For more information on the book, including pre-order incentive information and ordering links, you can click here!

Santa’s White Christmas Cookies

While I’m in full-on book mode, I know most of you are gearing up for Christmas. With that, I wanted to share a yummy new cookie recipe that I think will be perfect for cookie exchanges and Christmassy desserts: these Santa’s white Christmas cookies.

Santa's White Christmas Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are chewy white chocolate cookies scented with coconut and espresso powder, inspired by Barnie's White Christmas Coffee. These coffee lover's cookies are a great dessert to serve at Christmas and holiday cookie exchanges. Find out how to make these simple easy Christmas cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

I grew up frequenting the Barnie’s Coffee shop at the mall with my Mom. Although I didn’t partake in the coffee at the time, I loved the smell of the shop, particularly around the holidays when their special blend, Santa’s White Christmas, was available for purchase. These cookies are a tribute to those flavors: espresso, white chocolate, and just a little hint of coconut. Truly, they are delightful!

Santa's White Christmas Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are chewy white chocolate cookies scented with coconut and espresso powder, inspired by Barnie's White Christmas Coffee. These coffee lover's cookies are a great dessert to serve at Christmas and holiday cookie exchanges. Find out how to make these simple easy Christmas cookies on thewoodandspoon.com
Santa's White Christmas Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. These are chewy white chocolate cookies scented with coconut and espresso powder, inspired by Barnie's White Christmas Coffee. These coffee lover's cookies are a great dessert to serve at Christmas and holiday cookie exchanges. Find out how to make these simple easy Christmas cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

These Santa’s white Christmas cookies are fancied-up with a little coffee-flavored icing, and take incredibly with a cup of coffee or a glass of milk. If you’re planning to bake in the coming weeks, I hope you’ll consider popping this yummy coffee-scented dough into your ovens. These cookies make for a yummy treat for coffee and chocolate lovers alike! Happy Wednesday and Happy Baking!

If you like these Santa’a White Christmas Cookies you should check out:

Espresso White Chocolate Chunk Cookies
White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies
White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
Toffee Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies
Mocha Cookies

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Santa’s White Christmas Cookies

These Santa’s White Christmas Cookies are chewy white chocolate cookies scented with espresso and coconut!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 36 Cookies
  • Category: Cookies

Ingredients

For the cookies:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee or espresso granules
  • 21/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 11/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup caramel baking chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate baking chips
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes

For the drizzle (Optional):

  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon instant coffee or espresso granules
  • 21/2 tablespoons heavy cream, plus more as needed.

Instructions

To prepare the cookies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line two baking sheets with pieces of parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed together until smooth. Add the vanilla and eggs, stirring on low until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add in the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir on low just until combined. Add the baking chips and coconut and stir. Scrape the sides of the bowl and fold in any unincorporated bits. Cover and chill the dough briefly if it appears too soft.
  3. Use a medium cookie scoop or a spoon to portion out 1 tablespoon sized mounds of dough. Roll to smooth in your hands and space balls of dough out 2” apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake until the edges are set and the tops are beginning to bronze, about 10 minutes. Allow to cool briefly prior to drizzling or enjoying.

To prepare the drizzle (optional):

  1. Combine all of the ingredients with a whisk in a small bowl. Drizzle or pipe onto cookies, adding more cream as needed to get to the desired consisitency.

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Pumpkin Layer Cake

Pumpkin Layer Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fluffy and moist pumpkin cake layers with cinnamon sugar buttercream. This dessert is a spiced cake perfect for fall or winter holidays. To learn how to make a festive cake for thanksgiving or fall, check out the recipe and how-to on thewoodandspoon.com

I know what you’re thinking- TWO RECIPES IN ONE WEEK!? IS THIS THE SAME KATE? The truth is, I wanted to squeeze in a final pumpkin recipe before we roll into November and I allow myself to go full-on apples, pecans, and caramel. If you bellies are ripe for one last pumpkin recipe, make room for this yummy and festive pumpkin layer cake!

One of my absolute favorite cakes of 2020 was the cinnamon sugar cake I shared last fall. We hosted a small, COVID-friendly family wedding in our backyard, and the bride and groom requested a spiced, cozy cake. The end result was perfection, and it’s been some time since I’ve ventured out to create another fall-inspired layered treat.

Pumpkin Layer Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fluffy and moist pumpkin cake layers with cinnamon sugar buttercream. This dessert is a spiced cake perfect for fall or winter holidays. To learn how to make a festive cake for thanksgiving or fall, check out the recipe and how-to on thewoodandspoon.com

The Pumpkin Layer Cake

This pumpkin layer cake uses a cinnamon sugar buttercream similar to the one featured in the cinnamon sugar cake, but instead of simple vanilla layers, we have opted for fluffy pumpkin layers. As a whole, this cake is incredibly simple to put together and packs major bang for your buck. If you or someone in your family is a pumpkin lover, this is definitely one to try.

Pumpkin Layer Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fluffy and moist pumpkin cake layers with cinnamon sugar buttercream. This dessert is a spiced cake perfect for fall or winter holidays. To learn how to make a festive cake for thanksgiving or fall, check out the recipe and how-to on thewoodandspoon.com

To make this pumpkin layer cake, we start with the cake layers. Unsalted butter and sugar come together in a stand mixer before eggs, extract, and pumpkin puree are added. The dry ingredients are simple- just a little flour, leavening, salt, and pumpkin pie spice- and are added alternatively with whole milk. The prepared batter gets divided between 3 prepared round pans before being baked in the oven.

Pumpkin Layer Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fluffy and moist pumpkin cake layers with cinnamon sugar buttercream. This dessert is a spiced cake perfect for fall or winter holidays. To learn how to make a festive cake for thanksgiving or fall, check out the recipe and how-to on thewoodandspoon.com

Once the layers have cooled completely, we can prepare the buttercream. Unsalted butter is creamed and combined with powdered sugar, extract, and loads of cinnamon. After being smoothed out with a little milk, we can assemble the cake by spreading a little of the spiced buttercream between each of the leveled layers. Use any remaining buttercream to garnish or decorate the cake as desired. I opted to sprinkle on a few Valrhona Pearls, but that is entirely optional.

Pumpkin Layer Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fluffy and moist pumpkin cake layers with cinnamon sugar buttercream. This dessert is a spiced cake perfect for fall or winter holidays. To learn how to make a festive cake for thanksgiving or fall, check out the recipe and how-to on thewoodandspoon.com

If you’re looking for a fall-flavored cake to try this weekend, I hope you’ll consider this pumpkin layer cake! Happy Friday and Happy Baking!

If you like this pumpkin layer cake you should try:

Pumpkin Pecan Cake with Burnt Sugar Frosting
Brown Butter Balsamic Caramel Cake
Creme Brûlée Cake
Pumpkin Pancakes

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Pumpkin Layer Cake

This pumpkin layer cake features fluffy pumpkin layers and a cinnamon sugar buttercream that is perfect for fall desserts!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 180
  • Yield: 9 Servings
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup whole milk, at room temperature

For the filling:

  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons water 

For the buttercream:

  • 2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 7 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 23 tablespoons whole milk

Instructions

To bake the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 3- 8” round pans with baking spray and cut out rounds of parchment paper to fit into the bottom of the pan. Set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer or large bowl, cream the butter on medium speed for 2 minutes until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the sugar, creaming for an additional 2 minutes until smooth. Add the eggs, mixing on low speed after each addition until combined evenly. Add the vanilla and pumpkin, stirring on low to combine. Scrape the sides of the bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Add half of the dry ingredients to the butter and egg mixture. Stir on low to combine. Add half of the milk, stirring on low to combine. Repeat this process with the remaining dry and wet ingredients. Scrape the sides of the bowl and fold in any unincorporated bits. Divide the batter evenly between the three pans and smooth with an offset spatula. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. 

To prepare the filling:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl, whisking together until smooth.  

To prepare your buttercream and cake:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter on medium speed until smooth and slightly pale, about 3 minutes. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon and whip an additional minute. Add the milk and beat until smooth and fluffy, about an additional minute. Assemble your cake by first using a serrated knife to level the cakes. Spoon a small amount of the cinnamon sugar soak on to two of the layers to soak in. Spread a small amount of buttercream on a 8” cake board. Add your first cake layer with the cinnamon soak to the board and use an offset spatula to spread the buttercream on top. Continue layering your cakes and buttercream, finishing with the cake layer that didn’t have any soak on it, and use an offset spatula to smooth frosting on the outside as desired. Decorate with any remaining frosting.

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Announcing My First Book: Her Daily Bread

It’s here! I could not be more thrilled to share an early glimpse of my first book, HER DAILY BREAD: Inspired Words and Recipes to Feast on All Year Long. What was once a far-fetched, unattainable dream has evolved into one of the COOLEST, most humbling and heart-filling chapters of my life, and it’s finally ready to pass on to you. So here she is, y’all: HER DAILY BREAD.

Her Daily Bread

HER DAILY BREAD (HDB) is due on shelves on December 14th, 2021, but it is already available for pre-order now! Simply head over to my book landing page for information and online retails links. All purchases made before the December 14th publication date will receive exclusive early access to a handful of the recipes included in the book! Just to make your mouth water, take a peek below.

I’d be remiss to not take a moment to offer a sincere thank you to all of you. HDB has been a labor of love and nothing short of a collaborative effort. So much of this book was inspired by friends, family, and followers like you who have offered up stories from their own experiences around the table. Creating these pages fed my heart and imagination in such unique and beautiful ways, and I’m so grateful to have shared this experience alongside some of the most supportive and fun people this planet has to offer (THAT’S YOU!!)

So THANK YOU. Thank you for joining me at Wood & Spoon and sticking by me while this dream unfolded. Thank you for sharing your own stories and encouraging me when I was vulnerable about my own process. And thank you in advance for supporting HER DAILY BREAD. I hope it feeds your heart in the same way it has fed mine these past two years. It’s an honor to share this table with you.

I’ll be doing more sneak peeks in the future, but you can learn more immediately at the HER DAILY BREAD landing page on my brand new website. Buy a copy for every. single. person. you know, pls & thank you. I love y’all!

Chocolate Caramel Cookies

Chocolate Caramel Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are cocoa scented cookies stuffed with caramel chocolate candies so that each bite of cookie oozes with rich decadent insides. This recipe freezes well and serves a crowd. Find this double chocolate cookie recipe and how simple they are to make on thewoodandspoon.com

You guys have heard me talk about one of my favorite mantras, right? “Bloom where you’re planted.” It basically means to take full advantage of your surroundings and season of life, sinking your proverbial roots deep to grow, flourish, and thrive no matter where it is you find yourself. I adopted this saying as my own about 8 years ago when I left my friends, life, and job in Birmingham, AL to move to my husband’s hometown of Selma. After months of feeling sorry for myself and longing for bits of my old life back, a stranger shared the Bloom mentality with me, and I was hooked. I decided right there it was time to start stretching out my roots; I wanted to bloom.

Chocolate Caramel Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are cocoa scented cookies stuffed with caramel chocolate candies so that each bite of cookie oozes with rich decadent insides. This recipe freezes well and serves a crowd. Find this double chocolate cookie recipe and how simple they are to make on thewoodandspoon.com

Since then, I’ve stepped into all sorts of new seasons that have welcomed me to grow in unexpected ways. Marriage, motherhood, building a home, and all the things that have come with this job have, in many ways, uprooted the comforts of an autonomous and predictable life, forcing me to find new ways to bloom. It’s challenging and not without its fair share of pain. Still, the process of taking root, connecting with others, and growing together has been a really rewarding thing. Maybe you can relate.

“Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters of our life won’t have a title until much later.” -Bob Goff

For months, I’ve been saying that I’m in a season of change. Today, I’m even more sure of it than ever before. Even without some visible shift on the horizon, I can sense that I’m edging into something new. And knowing that, having wrestled with the unrest and want of it all, I can’t help but slowly stretch out my roots in search of that something to take hold of, explore, and grow into.

Chocolate Caramel Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are cocoa scented cookies stuffed with caramel chocolate candies so that each bite of cookie oozes with rich decadent insides. This recipe freezes well and serves a crowd. Find this double chocolate cookie recipe and how simple they are to make on thewoodandspoon.com

Know that, for now, things here will stay the same, but I am on the hunt. I’m not sure if the shift is familial, personal, or professional; what I do know is that I want more for this space and my life in general. If you find yourself with a similar unrest, I hope you’ll take this opportunity to reflect and find any areas you may want to more fully bloom into. Although it rarely comes without growing pains, the end result is so worth it, and you certainly won’t be stretching alone. 🙂

Chocolate Caramel Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are cocoa scented cookies stuffed with caramel chocolate candies so that each bite of cookie oozes with rich decadent insides. This recipe freezes well and serves a crowd. Find this double chocolate cookie recipe and how simple they are to make on thewoodandspoon.com

Chocolate Caramel Cookies

These truly are out of season. In a time when we should be eating drippy frozen cones and berry-laden pies, cakes, and tortes, why on earth would I be sharing chocolate caramel cookies? The honest truth is this: They’re delicious. That’s why. Let me tell you how to make them.

To make the dough, we start by creaming butter, brown sugar, and sugar. Once softened, combined, and smooth, eggs and extract are added, followed by the dry ingredients. Cocoa powder lends the chocolate flavors and dark color here, but semisweet chocolate chips add additional richness and gooey bite. After a quick chill in the fridge, the cookies are stuffed with soft caramels (or Rolos for me!) and baked in the oven.

Chocolate Caramel Cookies by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are cocoa scented cookies stuffed with caramel chocolate candies so that each bite of cookie oozes with rich decadent insides. This recipe freezes well and serves a crowd. Find this double chocolate cookie recipe and how simple they are to make on thewoodandspoon.com

One thing to note about these chocolate caramel cookies is the filling. Some caramels will harden upon baking, so if you opt for those over a Rolo candy, be sure to enjoy the cookies warm. If desired, a sprinkle of sea salt on top will help to balance the sweetness and provide a salted caramel richness that is undeniably delicious. Either way, in season or out of season, I hope you’ll give these chocolate caramel cookies a try. They truly are delightful!

Happy Tuesday to you all and HAPPY BAKING!

If you like these cookies you should try:

Triple Chocolate Cookies
Chocolate Peppermint Olive Oil Cookies
Coconut Almond Chocolate cookies
Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
Peanut Butter Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies
White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies

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Chocolate Caramel Cookies

These chocolate caramel cookies are cocoa scented, loaded with chocolate chips, and stuffed with a gooey chocolate caramel candy!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 16 Cookies
  • Category: Cookies

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 11/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cups cocoa powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 11-/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips or chunks
  • 16 soft caramels or rolo candies

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and sugar. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract and stir to combine. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add in the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir on low until combined and then stir in the chocolate chips. 
  2. Use a large cookie scoop or a measuring cup to portion our 3 tablespoon-sized balls of dough. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment and cover with plastic wrap or a tea towel. Refrigerate to firm up for 1-2 hours or overnight if desired. 
  3. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and halve the dough balls. Place one soft caramel or rolo candy in between two halves of dough and then form the dough around the candy. Roll the ball to smooth and place 2” apart on a prepared baking sheet. Bake in two batches in the preheated oven until the edges are set and then centers are cookies, about 11-12 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before enjoying. 

Notes

  • Some varieties of store-bought caramel will firm to hard when the cookies are cooled. If you opt for these kind of caramels, be sure to enjoy the cookies while warm. I prefer rolos or softer caramel candies for these cookies as you can enjoy them even when cool. 

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Blueberry Lemon Pound Cake

Blueberry Lemon Pound Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple buttery pound cake brightened up with the fresh taste of lemon juice and zest and summer blueberries. The cake is iced with a lemon glaze and serves well as a summery breakfast or dessert. Learn how simple it is to make this Southern pound cake on thewoodandspoon.com

Greetings to you all from beautiful Orange Beach, Alabama, one of my favorite gulf coast beaches. I know, I know- if you’re not from Alabama, you probably haven’t ever associated the Southern state with white sand and crystal waters, but since moving to the deep South, this Florida girl has softened to this place. If you’ve yet to travel to the Gulf coast, consider this a call to action: DO IT. You won’t regret it.

Blueberry Lemon Pound Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple buttery pound cake brightened up with the fresh taste of lemon juice and zest and summer blueberries. The cake is iced with a lemon glaze and serves well as a summery breakfast or dessert. Learn how simple it is to make this Southern pound cake on thewoodandspoon.com

My family and I have been lucky enough to spend a few days here swimming, visiting with extended family and friends, and eating an abundance of incredible seafood. After a year (or more) with little travel, this week has felt like a luxury, and truly, I’m so grateful. I’ve really been taking strides to make the most of these summer days this year, and this week has reminded me how valuable time away spent intentionally for the benefit and enjoyment of your family is. Every bit of the- from the laughter and fun to the meltdowns and swim diaper blow outs- has been 100% worth the effort, and I can’t wait to do it again soon.

What are your family summer traditions? Are there places where you feel at rest and connected to the people you love? The beach seems like an obvious spot for R&R, but I’d encourage you to embrace that happy place of your own, whether it’s the ocean, the mountains, or a little bench in your backyard. Take time, even just a few minutes, to recharge and enjoy the people within your reach this summer. It’s an investment worth making.

Blueberry Lemon Pound Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple buttery pound cake brightened up with the fresh taste of lemon juice and zest and summer blueberries. The cake is iced with a lemon glaze and serves well as a summery breakfast or dessert. Learn how simple it is to make this Southern pound cake on thewoodandspoon.com
Blueberry Lemon Pound Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple buttery pound cake brightened up with the fresh taste of lemon juice and zest and summer blueberries. The cake is iced with a lemon glaze and serves well as a summery breakfast or dessert. Learn how simple it is to make this Southern pound cake on thewoodandspoon.com

Making Homemade Pound Cake

And speaking of investments worth making: This blueberry lemon pound cake. I’m usually not so eager to turn on the oven during the summer, but when I found myself with an abundance of fresh-picked blueberries, I knew I had to make the most of them. This southern-style pound cake is simple enough to make and serves as a yummy breakfast cake to share with family or friends. Lemon zest and fresh-squeezed juice adds brightness to the cake batter that is moistened with unsalted butter and whole milk. With the addition of a few eggs and more than enough sugar, this cake is a summery twist on the classic pound cake we all know and love.

Blueberry Lemon Pound Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple buttery pound cake brightened up with the fresh taste of lemon juice and zest and summer blueberries. The cake is iced with a lemon glaze and serves well as a summery breakfast or dessert. Learn how simple it is to make this Southern pound cake on thewoodandspoon.com

To make this blueberry lemon pound cake, we start by creaming butter and sugar until it is pale and fluffy. Whipping the butter well incorporates air into the batter, yielding a softer cake. Next comes the eggs and extracts followed by the dry and liquid ingredients. Once the blueberries have been folded into the finished batter, it is all spooned into a greased and floured tube pan before being baked, just until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Blueberry Lemon Pound Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple buttery pound cake brightened up with the fresh taste of lemon juice and zest and summer blueberries. The cake is iced with a lemon glaze and serves well as a summery breakfast or dessert. Learn how simple it is to make this Southern pound cake on thewoodandspoon.com

I like to enjoy this blueberry lemon pound cake as a breakfast item, but it certainly is decadent enough to double as a dessert too. The addition of a tangy lemon glaze offers additional sweetness that helps to qualify it as a dessert for sure. If you dare to turn your oven on this summer, I hope you’ll give this pound cake a try! Happy Saturday to you and Happy Baking!

If you like this blueberry lemon pound cake you should try:

Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins
Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins
Blueberry Cornbread
Cherry Pound Cake
Peaches and Cream Trifle
Lemon Pound Cake

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Blueberry Lemon Pound Cake

This blueberry lemon pound cake is a bright and summery take on a traditional southern pound cake made with fresh lemon juice and zest and blueberries!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 9 Servings
  • Category: Cake

Ingredients

For the pound cake:

  • 21/2 cups (420 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 21/4 cups (450 gm) sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Whole Milk, at room temperature

For the icing: 

  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 tablespoons Whole Milk

Instructions

To prepare the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease and flour a bundt pan.
  2. In a small bowl toss the flour and blueberries together. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla, zest, and lemon juice. Add about half of the remaining flour and the baking powder, soda, and salt. Stir on low until almost combined and then add the milk. Scrape the sides of the bowl and then stir in the remaining flour, just until combined. Use a rubber spatula to fold in any unincorporated bits as well as the floured blueberries. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven until the cake has risen and a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Allow to cool for 20 minutes in the pan and then invert the pan onto a cooling rack to cool completely pior to icing.

To prepare the icing:

  1. Once the cake is cooled, stir together the butter, sugar, and extract and add milk a teaspoon or two at a time until it reaches your desired consistency. Spoon the icing over the cooled cake  and enjoy!

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Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins

Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins by Wood and Spoon blog. These are soft and fluffy blueberry muffins swirled with a tangy cream cheese filling. These breakfast pastries make for an interesting spin on the normal morning muffin and taste delicious served warm! Learn how simple it is to make these butter muffins on thewoodandspoon.com

We’re a week or so into this summer business, and I’m starting to see what our pace will look like over the coming weeks. Having a house full of kiddos and little to no agenda at hand presents both blessings and challenges: How will we fill our days? How do we keep everyone kind and engaged? How do I balance working from home and being present? Last year, during the hardest moths of the pandemic, I learned quickly how tricky it can be to teeter-totter work and playtime, and this summer is proving to be no different. Work from home moms: how do you do it!?

Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins by Wood and Spoon blog. These are soft and fluffy blueberry muffins swirled with a tangy cream cheese filling. These breakfast pastries make for an interesting spin on the normal morning muffin and taste delicious served warm! Learn how simple it is to make these butter muffins on thewoodandspoon.com

My most helpful back-pocket tactics so far has been to 1.) have a few small goals planned for each day and 2.) to stretch out every fun activity as much as I can. Case-in-point: these breakfast treats. Instead of pouring another bowl of cereal or popping a slice of toast in the toaster, we’ve been taking time for slower breakfasts, allowing the kids to get their hands dirty and help whenever possible. Muffins are a favorite in our home and these blueberry ones filled with fresh summer produce and a swirl of sweetened cream cheese filling are absolutely delightful. They’re just the kind of thing that make a random summer weekday morning feel extra special.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins by Wood and Spoon blog. These are soft and fluffy blueberry muffins swirled with a tangy cream cheese filling. These breakfast pastries make for an interesting spin on the normal morning muffin and taste delicious served warm! Learn how simple it is to make these butter muffins on thewoodandspoon.com
Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins by Wood and Spoon blog. These are soft and fluffy blueberry muffins swirled with a tangy cream cheese filling. These breakfast pastries make for an interesting spin on the normal morning muffin and taste delicious served warm! Learn how simple it is to make these butter muffins on thewoodandspoon.com

Making the Muffins

Start with the batter. Softened butter and two kinds of sugar are creamed together until smooth. Next comes the liquid ingredients: eggs, vanilla, sour cream and milk. Once combined, the dry ingredients follow and the batter is set aside. The filling is a simple mixture of cream cheese, sugar, and egg yolk. Once combined, it’s dolloped into the prepared baking tin with the batter and the blueberries and baked until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins by Wood and Spoon blog. These are soft and fluffy blueberry muffins swirled with a tangy cream cheese filling. These breakfast pastries make for an interesting spin on the normal morning muffin and taste delicious served warm! Learn how simple it is to make these butter muffins on thewoodandspoon.com

If you don’t love cream cheese, you can opt out of the filling on these blueberry cream cheese muffins, or feel free to check out my whole wheat blueberry muffins! Both ways are hugely delicious and worth the squeeze in the kitchen. In the meantime, I hope you have an awesome weekend complete with a killer breakfast treat like these little babies! Happy Friday and Happy Baking!

If you like these blueberry cream cheese muffins you should try:

Blueberry Brioche
Whole-Wheat Blueberry Muffins
Blueberry Cornbread
Chamomile Blueberry Scone
Blueberry Babka

Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins by Wood and Spoon blog. These are soft and fluffy blueberry muffins swirled with a tangy cream cheese filling. These breakfast pastries make for an interesting spin on the normal morning muffin and taste delicious served warm! Learn how simple it is to make these butter muffins on thewoodandspoon.com
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Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins

These blueberry cream cheese muffins feature ripe summer fruit and a tangy swirl of cream cheese filling!

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 14
  • Category: Breakfast

Ingredients

For the muffins:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 21/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 11/2 cups fresh blueberries (see notes)

For the cream cheese filling:

  • 4 ounces of cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a 12-compartment muffin tin with liners (or lightly grease if you plan to use no liners).
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the softened butter, sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed until well-combined, about one minute. Add in the eggs, vanilla, sour cream, and milk and stir to combine. Scrape the sides of the bowl and stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt on low, just until combined. Fold in the blueberries
  3. Use a medium cookie scoop to fill the muffin tins about 1/3 of the way full (see notes). Spoon a teaspoon-sized dollop of the cream cheese on top. Use the cookie scoop to spoon another dollop of muffin batter on top of the cream cheese and swirl another teaspoon of the filling on top. Bake in the preheated oven about 17-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted just barely comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tin briefly before removing and cooling on a rack.

Notes

  • You can substitute frozen blueberries here but it will chill the batter and make it difficult to stir. Just keep that in mind. 
  • I like to use barely wet fingertips to pat the dollops of batter into the bottom of the pan so the cream cheese filling won’t seep out the sides. Flatten the first part of batter and make a divit. Add the cream cheese and continue assembling.

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