Caramel Apple Pie

Caramel Apple Slab Pie Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a pie recipe prepared in a jelly roll pan, quarter sheet pan, or a 9"x 13" pan. Filled with tart autumn apples and a salted caramel sauce inspired by bobby flay, fall dessert is perfect for serving a crowd and can easily be made ahead. Find the details and how to make your own Thanksgiving inspired treat on thewoodandspoon.com

I can feel a change coming on. Summer has barely bid adieu, and I find myself searching for signs of a new season: changing leaves, the smell of bonfires, and cinnamon-spiced treats like this caramel apple pie. A few years ago, I traveled with my mom and daughter to Michigan for a visit with my nana and my great-grandmother. Aimee was only a few weeks old, and we had planned the trip to introduce her to Grandma Great and spend some time with just us girls. Those early days of Michigan September brought cool air and a few crunchy leaves, along with orchards full of brightly colored apples, ripe for picking, juicing, and preserving. We visited a nearby farm and snacked on doughnuts and apple cider before filing our baskets with a bounty of red, green, and yellow fruit.I traveled home with several bags of apples and soon had filled our freezer with...

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YOU NEED TO KNOW: How to Make Whipped Cream

How To Make Whipped Cream Tutorial by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a step by step picture explanation of how to whip cream. Starting with heavy whipping cream and using a wire whisk, hand blender, or stand mixer, this tutorial will give you the recipe for soft, medium, and stiff peaks - even to the point of making your own butter! Learn how to make whipped topping on thewoodandspoon.com

There's a few skills that every baker, professional and novice alike, needs to have in their repertoire. This is the second installment in the "You Need to Know" series where we explore basic baking techniques and tap into the know-how that is required to master them. In today's edition, we are going to whip our way to the cloud-like heaven that is perfectly whipped cream, so if you need to know the ins and outs, keep reading!   What is it?Whipped cream is cream or heavy cream that has been whipped until the texture changes from a fatty liquid to a light and fluffy foam. As the cream is whipped, air bubbles are incorporated into the fat, resulting in an airy mixture that is approximately double the volume of the original liquid. A high amount of fat is required for the whipped cream to be stable, so heavy whipping cream or one that contains at least 30%...

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Brown Butter Blondies : Two Ways

Brown Butter Blondies by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for how to make brown butter blondies with a few different variations. First, a fluffy blondie filled with white chocolate chunks / chips and shredded sweetened coconut. Second, a snickerdoodle type blondie filled with cinnamon and sugar- rich, buttery, and delicious. These blondies can be whipped up in one bowl and serve a crowd. Perfect for tailgating, parties, or to make with kids. You can substitute your favorite toppings- nuts, chocolate chips, or toffee! Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

Happy Thursday from sweet home Alabama! This time of year, at least in these parts, means that college football season is near. Yes, in just a few short days I will kiss my husband goodbye and re-familiarize myself with that far-off gaze that only a football game and a plate of buffalo hot wings can render. So to start this season off on the right foot, I'm sharing TWO super easy, crowd-pleasing, one-bowl recipes that you can show off at the tailgate nearest you. Yes, these brown butter blondies will make even the least interested college football fan (guilty) show up at your party tent ready to rumble.Growing up, I was not what you would call a football fan. At the time, I had a healthy interest in professional and college basketball (GO CATS!), but football really wasn't on my radar. It wasn't until I moved to Birmingham, Alabama for college that I...

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Bananas Foster Cinnamon Rolls

Bananas Foster Cinnamon Rolls by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. A take on the classic New Orleans dessert, these bananas foster cinnamon rolls are fluffy yeast rolls inspired by the pioneer woman, filled with butter, cinnamon sugar, pecans, and sliced bananas, and topped with a homemade foster sauce. Caramelized sugar, dark rum, and a bit of butter are a simple way to fancy up your normal homemade breakfast buns. Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com

Good morning and Happy Sunday, blog family! I hope you find yourself filled with loads of joy and coffee this morning, maybe even with a bit of spare time to whip up these bananas foster cinnamon rolls that I'm about to share with you. I've got the lineup of fun things to watch, read, and eat this week, so get comfy in your favorite chair and let's chat! 2017 Restaurant City of the Year Brett and I are planning a trip to Chicago for my birthday this year! Luckily, the city was just named restaurant city of the year by Bon Appetit Magazine. Read this article's rundown on why Chicago is THE place to catch a meal and be sure to tell me all of your favorite spots there to check out! Carpool Karaoke  It's no secret that I love carpool karaoke. James Corden is a wizard of musical comedy and I constantly find myself chuckling at his...

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Raisin Swirl Bread

Raisin Swirl Bread Recipe by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a recipe for 2 loaves of fluffy white bread swirled with cinnamon sugar and raisins. This bread makes delicious toast and is perfect for breakfast or casual dessert. You can freeze this bread to save for later and it is perfect for sharing. Learn to roll and shape this loaf of bread and read more about this delicious and simple yeast bread requiring egg and milk on thewoodandspoon.com

I think the first day of adulthood can be marked by the moment you realize that you are your mother. High school graduation, a promotion at work, the birth of a child, yes, but nothing makes me feel like a old lady more than admitting I want to be just like my mom. Growing up, my mother and I weren't always thick as thieves. She took the role of chauffer, chef, and maid, while I played the despondent, self-centered child with not even a lick of courtesy or common sense. As far as I was concerned, she was too strict, too loud, too all up in my business all the time, and I swore I'd do it better when I had kids of my own someday. And let's all just laugh at that illusion, right?At sixteen, it was easy for me to believe that my mom existed for little more than to ruin...

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Cherry Gateau Basque

Cherry Gateau Basque Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for the traditional French dessert. A cross between a cake and a pie, this dessert is two layers of pastry dough filled with tart cherry preserves or jam. Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com . French dessert/ cherries/ summer fruit/ plums/ stone fruit/ nectarines

I know, I know. You see the title of this blog post, and if you're like 99% of the people on this earth, you're like, "What the heck is cherry gateau Basque?" Well, fear not, because we're going to get all up in this bizznazz, okay? If you do weird stuff in a small town like, say, write a food blog, people tend to notice. In my little town of Selma, AL, this is me. I am the self-proclaimed weirdo dessert lady. To be honest, if you've gotta be known for something in a small town, I hardly think that being the over-zealous-on-social-media-baker-chick is the worst option. You could be the guy who peed his pants at the softball field...

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Strawberry Fig Pop-Tarts

Strawberry Fig Pop-Tarts Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This recipe is for mini round pop tarts make of butter pie crust pasty and simple homemade strawberry fig preserves. Top with an easy confectioner's sugar icing glaze and sprinkles for a fun breakfast or dessert. Find the recipe for the jam and these simple mini hand pie pastries on thewoodandspoon.com

Strawberry fig pop-tarts. Does your inner kid just squeal with delight? POP-TARTS, okay? Pop-tarts for grown-ups- finally!In college, my friends used to joke that I had a tape worm. Now, to be fair, I've never had a tape worm, but it's my understanding that such creatures are not a joking matter. To be clear, if you currently have a tape worm, you also have my sincerest apologies. Truly.The point is, I used to be able to eat like I was eating for five. Food would enter my body with zero care in my mind as to where it would go next. Dessert? Duh. Seconds? Of course, thank you for offering. I had an insatiable appetite, a voracity for food and the act of dining, but as luck and genetics would have it, you wouldn't know it by looking at me. At my largest, I had decent curves and an enviable rack, so I...

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