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Apple Crisp Cheesecake

Apple Crisp Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon blog. This autumn dessert recipe from Kelsey Siemens features a spiced graham cracker crust, a salted caramel cheesecake filling, fresh apples, and a crumbly brown sugar streusel topping. Served with salted caramel and loads of warm fall flavors, this cake is a terrific make ahead dessert for the holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas. Learn how to make homemade cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com

If only every day could be a vacation day. *Le sigh*. Brett and I just got back from a quick trip to South Carolina for my birthday, and I was reminded why it’s so important to get away. It’s like a mental reset or a breath of fresh air, and if there’s anything we need in these last few months of 2020, it’s that. New perspective. I’m sure I’ll tell you all about the trip really soon, but for now, we’ll stick with dessert.

Apple Crisp Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon blog. This autumn dessert recipe from Kelsey Siemens features a spiced graham cracker crust, a salted caramel cheesecake filling, fresh apples, and a crumbly brown sugar streusel topping. Served with salted caramel and loads of warm fall flavors, this cake is a terrific make ahead dessert for the holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas. Learn how to make homemade cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com

This apple crisp cheesecake is from Kelsey Siemens’ new book, and it is FABULOUS! Kelsey, otherwise known as the farmer’s daughter, has been a long-time social media and blog friend, and her new book is filled with all the beautiful photos of food and rural farm life that I’ve come to love about her pages. The Farmer’s Daughter Bakes features seasonal fruit-based treats from blueberry lemon curd muffins to cherry turnovers, but with fall in the air, I knew I had to opt for the apple crisp cheesecake. Let me tell you all about it.

Apple Crisp Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon blog. This autumn dessert recipe from Kelsey Siemens features a spiced graham cracker crust, a salted caramel cheesecake filling, fresh apples, and a crumbly brown sugar streusel topping. Served with salted caramel and loads of warm fall flavors, this cake is a terrific make ahead dessert for the holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas. Learn how to make homemade cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com

This apple crisp cheesecake starts with a spiced graham cracker crust. Once lightly baked, the crust is topped with cheesecake filling flavored with salted caramel sauce. Next comes spiced apples and a brown sugar crisp topped made with extra salt and just enough butter. Once all stacked together, the cake is baked until set, fragrant, and loaded with texture. Truly, it’s nothing short of wonderful.

Apple Crisp Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon blog. This autumn dessert recipe from Kelsey Siemens features a spiced graham cracker crust, a salted caramel cheesecake filling, fresh apples, and a crumbly brown sugar streusel topping. Served with salted caramel and loads of warm fall flavors, this cake is a terrific make ahead dessert for the holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas. Learn how to make homemade cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com

This apple crisp cheesecake would be perfect for the upcoming holidays and will welcome any fruit you happen upon at any local apple orchards. I also think it would go terrifically with pears or even a substituted butterscotch sauce in place of the caramel! I’ll let you decide. Give Kelsey’s book a look here and do please try this fabulous recipe! I really think it’s a winner. Happy Wednesday to you all and happy baking!

Apple Crisp Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon blog. This autumn dessert recipe from Kelsey Siemens features a spiced graham cracker crust, a salted caramel cheesecake filling, fresh apples, and a crumbly brown sugar streusel topping. Served with salted caramel and loads of warm fall flavors, this cake is a terrific make ahead dessert for the holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas. Learn how to make homemade cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this apple crisp cheesecake you should try:

Apple Crisp Ice Cream
Brown Sugar Apple Bundt Cake
Caramel Apple Pie
Apple Crisp Ice Cream
Apple Crumb Cake
Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust

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Apple Crisp Cheesecake

Apple Crisp Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon blog. This autumn dessert recipe from Kelsey Siemens features a spiced graham cracker crust, a salted caramel cheesecake filling, fresh apples, and a crumbly brown sugar streusel topping. Served with salted caramel and loads of warm fall flavors, this cake is a terrific make ahead dessert for the holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas. Learn how to make homemade cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com

This recipe found in “The Farmer’s Daughter Bakes” is a salted caramel cheesecake with apple pie filling and a spiced crumb topping!

  • Author: Kelsey Siemens
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 180
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

Crust:

  • 11/2 cups (150 gm) graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons (28 gm) packed brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) melted unsalted butter

Cheesecake:

  • 3 cups (696 gm) cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¾ cup (150 gm) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (120 mL) full-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup (120 mL) salted caramel sauce, plus extra for serving
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs

Apple Filling:

  • 34 medium tart apples, such as Elstar, Pink Lady, or Granny Smith (4 cups when prepared)
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon 

Crumb Topping:

  • ½ cup (63 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup (110 gm) packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup (68 gm) rolled oats
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) melted unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. 
  2. To make the crust, in a medium bowl stir together the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, salt, allspice, and melted butter Press firmly into a 10-inch springform pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until fragrant. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  3. To make the cheesecake, make sure the cream cheese us at room temperature, or even a bit softer, otherwise you may end up with a slightly lumpy batter. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the cream cheese and sugar on medium-low until completely smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the yogurt, salted caramel sauce and vanilla extract, and mix on medium until completely combined. With the mixer on low, add the eggs one at a time, until completely incorporated. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl throughout this process. Try not to overmix the batter and stop mixing once it’s smooth. Scrape the cheesecake batter onto the crust and set aside. 
  4. To make the apple filling, peel and chop the apples into ¼-inch cubes. You should have about 4 cups of apple cubes. In a medium bowl toss the apple pieces with lemon juice, flour, and cinnamon. Spread evenly over the cheesecake layer.
  5. To make the crumb topping, in a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, brown sugar, oats, and melted butter until coarse crumbs form. Sprinkle evenly over the apple layer. 
  6. Bake for 65 to 75 minutes, or until the apple pieces are easily pierced by a fork. If the crumb layer starts getting too brown while baking, cover with a sheet of aluminum foil. Remove from the oven when done and immediately run a thin knife along the edges to help it release from the pan. Allow to cool for 10 to 15 minutes, release the springform pan and remove. This helps the cake cool faster. Cool the cake for at least 1 hour and then move to the fridge for several more hours or overnight before serving. Once chilled, move to an airtight container to store until ready to serve. Drizzle with additional caramel sauce, if desired. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for 2 to 3 months. 

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Bourbon Caramel Cake

Bourbon Caramel Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fluffy brown sugar bourbon cake with a Southern old fashioned caramel frosting made with brown sugar. This is a small batch cake that only serves a few, perfect for weeknight baking. This rectangular cake makes sweet and salty layers that are perfect for fall and holiday baking. Learn how to make old fashioned icing on thewoodandspoon.com

Happy Birthday to me! Today I turn 25 a hair over 30, and if you know me, you know there’s few flavors I love as much as bourbon and caramel. It seemed only appropriate to combine the two to make one phenomenally fall dessert, and I have to say- it was worth the effort. This bourbon caramel cake is right up my alley, and I think you’ll love it too. Let’s dive in.

Bourbon Caramel Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fluffy brown sugar bourbon cake with a Southern old fashioned caramel frosting made with brown sugar. This is a small batch cake that only serves a few, perfect for weeknight baking. This rectangular cake makes sweet and salty layers that are perfect for fall and holiday baking. Learn how to make old fashioned icing on thewoodandspoon.com

Look, I’m not above celebrating my own birthday. I know it may seem a little narcissistic, but let’s be honest: 2020 has been a wild one. Sometimes we need a happy celebration to take the edge off, and birthdays are the perfect excuse. So yes, I’m totally celebrating myself (and bourbon! and caramel!) with this little bourbon caramel cake, but I’d welcome you to insert your own celebration to the equation. Whatever great thing you have going for you in life, I’d challenge you to sprinkle it with all the love and candles and cake you can muster. If, at the heart of it, there’s a whole bunch of gratitude and joy, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it.

Bourbon Caramel Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fluffy brown sugar bourbon cake with a Southern old fashioned caramel frosting made with brown sugar. This is a small batch cake that only serves a few, perfect for weeknight baking. This rectangular cake makes sweet and salty layers that are perfect for fall and holiday baking. Learn how to make old fashioned icing on thewoodandspoon.com

So onto this bourbon caramel cake. Here, fall flavors, a hint of booze, and rich textures are all packaged into a small batch cake recipe that is more petite than the cakes we normally share around here. My guess is that most of our celebrations are including fewer people these days, so you can count on this treat for about 9 servings, 6 if you’re serving crazy, sugar-hungry people like me. The cake layers are bourbon and brown sugar-scented with all the soft and fluffy texture to boot. The frosting, an old-fashioned Southern-style caramel icing, sets up thick and adds loads of flavor and sweetness to the tender cake. Let me tell you how to make it.

We start with the cake! This one is simple with butter, oil, and two kinds of sugar creaming together. Next, we add eggs and then begin alternating the wet and dry ingredients. Cake flour contributes soft texture and bourbon adds the warmth and flavor. The batter is baked in a 9″ square pan and then allowed to cool. When you’re ready to frost the cake, you can start making the icing. Butter and brown sugar melt and cook over the stove until it’s bubbly throughout. Heavy cream barely thins out the mixture that is then put in the bowl of a stand mixer to whip with powdered sugar until somewhat cool. Next, a small bit more of butter is added and stirred until smooth. Admittedly, this icing is kinda tricky to work with.

Bourbon Caramel Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fluffy brown sugar bourbon cake with a Southern old fashioned caramel frosting made with brown sugar. This is a small batch cake that only serves a few, perfect for weeknight baking. This rectangular cake makes sweet and salty layers that are perfect for fall and holiday baking. Learn how to make old fashioned icing on thewoodandspoon.com

Find the right consistency for this icing is the trickiest part as the icing is applied best when warm but not too soupy. I’d encourage you to play with it a bit to find the right texture and gently reheat and icing that sets up too quickly. Work fast and know we’re not aiming for perfection here- just a really yummy cake. If you have any celebrations coming up, I’d encourage you to give bourbon caramel cake a try~ I know I’ll be celebrating with a slice, and I’d love for you to join me. Happy Thursday and happy baking!

If you like this bourbon caramel cake you should try:

Brown Butter Bourbon Madeleines
Bourbon Bundt Cake
Chocolate Caramel Crumble Cake
Molten Caramel Chocolate Cakes
Almond Toffee Cake

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Bourbon Caramel Cake

Bourbon Caramel Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fluffy brown sugar bourbon cake with a Southern old fashioned caramel frosting made with brown sugar. This is a small batch cake that only serves a few, perfect for weeknight baking. This rectangular cake makes sweet and salty layers that are perfect for fall and holiday baking. Learn how to make old fashioned icing on thewoodandspoon.com

This bourbon caramel cake has fluffy bourbon brown sugar layers and an old fashioned Southern caramel frosting!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 9 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the cake:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 13/4 cups cake flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup milk, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the frosting:

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream, plus more to thin out icing
  • 21/2 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

To prepare the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 (if using a dark pan like me. Otherwise, you can go up to 350 but bake time will be shorter). Lightly grease a 9” square pan and cut out a sheet of parchment paper to fit into the bottom of it. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, canola oil, sugar, and brown sugar until smooth, about a minute and a half. Add the egg and yolk and stir until combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl and stir in any unincorporated bits. Add half of the cake flour, the baking powder, baking soda, and salt and stir on low to combine. Add ¼ cup of the milk as well as the bourbon and vanilla. Stir on low. Add the remaining cake flour and milk and stir on low just until combined. Fold in any unincorporated bits. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake in the middle of the oven for about 35-37 minutes or until the cake has puffed, turned golden, and a toothpick inserted just barely comes out clean. Don’t overbake! Set aside to cool completely.
  3. When ready to frost the cake (see notes), remove the cake from the pan, use a serrated knife to trim off any dome, and cut in half lengthwise to create two 4.5”x9” cakes. Prepare your frosting as follows.
  4. In a medium saucepan, combine ½ cup butter and the brown sugar over low heat and stir the mixture until the butter and sugar are combined and smooth but the mixture hasn’t begun to boil. Turn the heat up to medium and stop stirring. Cook until bubbles appear on the sides and middle of the pot. Remove from heat and carefully stir in ½ cup cream. Whisk the cream in to incorporate, but be careful, as the mixture may splatter. Place back on heat and bring to a bubble again then remove from heat. Pour the mixture into the bowl of your stand mixer and add the powdered sugar. Beat on medium speed with the paddle attachment until the mixture has cooled to a warm temperature. Add the remaining butter and beat ad additional minute. At this point, assess the texture. The frosting should be slightly warm and very loose. The frosting will set up as it cools, so you’ll need to add a bit of additional cream or milk to thin it out. I usually find 2 tablespoons is the perfect amount, but you can decide. Dollop a little bit of frosting on your serving platter or plate and place the first “layer” of cake down. Spread additional frosting on top to adhere the second layer and observe how it sets up as it cools. At this time, if the frosting sets up too firm and you want to add a little more milk, you can gently reheat it for a few seconds in the microwave and then add additional milk. Frost the cake and allow to cool before enjoying! Please note this frosting is way different to work with from traditional buttercreams, but you can briefly reheat the frosting to get it smooth enough to frost again. Just don’t overheat!

Notes

  •  I like to work with chilled cakes. You can pop these layers in the freezer to achieve, if desired. 

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Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Pancakes with Whipped Cinnamon Butter by Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. These are fluffy pancakes flavored with cinnamon and pumpkin puree. The pancakes are soft and tender and the butter is barely sweetened and scented with spice! Learn how simple these breakfast treats are to make this fall on thewoodandspoon.com

This time of year, pumpkin reigns supreme, and I can’t think of a cozier way to salute such a fine ingredient than to make a batch of pancakes. The best part? WHIPPED CINNAMON BUTTER. If you’re gearing up for the weekend and ready for a simple treat to star at breakfast, look no further than these simple pumpkin pancakes.

Pumpkin Pancakes with Whipped Cinnamon Butter by Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. These are fluffy pancakes flavored with cinnamon and pumpkin puree. The pancakes are soft and tender and the butter is barely sweetened and scented with spice! Learn how simple these breakfast treats are to make this fall on thewoodandspoon.com

I’m not sure if you remember, but we hosted a wedding at our home last weekend. Between a hurricane, COVID, and a few blended families, one would think the odds were not stacked in our favors, but somehow, it ended up being awesome. Not so awesome that I’d sign up to do it again next week, but seriously heart-warming and special. I shared some photos on IG, and if you saw them, you know- it was precious. If there’s any brides out there feeling deflated because 2020 has put a kink in all their wedding plans, let me encourage to consider a small family affair. There was no shortage of love or fun, and if I had a chance to do mine again, I may consider the same.

Pumpkin Pancakes with Whipped Cinnamon Butter by Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. These are fluffy pancakes flavored with cinnamon and pumpkin puree. The pancakes are soft and tender and the butter is barely sweetened and scented with spice! Learn how simple these breakfast treats are to make this fall on thewoodandspoon.com

Pumpkin Pancakes with Whipped Cinnamon Butter by Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. These are fluffy pancakes flavored with cinnamon and pumpkin puree. The pancakes are soft and tender and the butter is barely sweetened and scented with spice! Learn how simple these breakfast treats are to make this fall on thewoodandspoon.com

With so much family in town, I got to share a few baked goods that I’ve been working on for this site, but these pumpkin pancakes were not one of them. Why? Because they were long-gone before family arrived. I nibbled on bits of these cinnamon-spiced treats all week, and Aimee has been demolishing the whipped cinnamon butter one slice of toast at a time. My hunch is that you’ll find yourself with a half-can or so of pumpkin puree sometime in the next couple of weeks, and when you do, I hope you’ll look no further than these pumpkin pancakes! They are warm, cozy, and simple, which makes them the perfect treat to rely on in these autumn months. While the pumpkin pancakes are the star of the show, don’t sleep on that cinnamon butter. It is so yummy, and I’m finding that any leftovers taste amazing on toast, biscuits, and even baked sweet potatoes! Truly, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Pumpkin Pancakes with Whipped Cinnamon Butter by Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. These are fluffy pancakes flavored with cinnamon and pumpkin puree. The pancakes are soft and tender and the butter is barely sweetened and scented with spice! Learn how simple these breakfast treats are to make this fall on thewoodandspoon.com

It’s only Thursday, but I hope you guys are going into the weekend with happy hearts and high hopes. Have some fun these next couple of days, and don’t forget to relax with pumpkin pancakes! Happy baking and see you next week!

If you like these pumpkin pancakes you should try:

Almost Vegan Coconut White Chocolate Pancakes
Buttermilk Pancakes
Pumpkin Danishes
Pumpkin Yeast Bread
Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread

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Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Pancakes with Whipped Cinnamon Butter by Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. These are fluffy pancakes flavored with cinnamon and pumpkin puree. The pancakes are soft and tender and the butter is barely sweetened and scented with spice! Learn how simple these breakfast treats are to make this fall on thewoodandspoon.com

These pumpkin pancakes and scented with spice and are topped with a lightly sweetened whipped cinnamon butter!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 9 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
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Ingredients

For the pancakes:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 11/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 11/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Extra butter for greasing skillet, pancake syrup, and whipped cream, if desired

For the cinnamon butter:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Instructions

To prepare the pancakes:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the butter, milk, pumpkin puree, egg, vanilla extract, and sugar until well combined. Add the dry ingredients and stir together with a spoon or spatula until combined, but still a bit lumpy. Do not overmix and allow the batter to rest while you preheat your pan.
  2. Heat a griddle to medium (325 degrees) and stir the batter once more. Wrap 1 tablespoon butter in a napkin or paper towel and use it to lightly grease your griddle. Spoon 1/3 cup scoops of batter onto the griddle and gently smooth each out into a 5” circle. Cook until bubbles barely appear on the edge and center of the pancake and the edges no longer look glossy. Flip the pancakes and cook and additional 2 minutes, or until the bottoms are golden brown. Serve with cinnamon butter and maple syrup.

To prepare the cinnamon butter:

  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter on medium speed until slightly pale, about 1-2 minutes. Add the powdered sugar and cinnamon and stir until combined. Store in a covered container prior to use.

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Pecan Babka

Pecan Babka by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a light and fluffy cinnamon swirl bread filled with brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans! The loaves are tender, buttery, and lightly sweetened, and this bread makes for an excellent dessert or breakfast treat! Learn how to make it and braid your own babka on thewoodandspoon.com

As you’re reading this, I’m likely knee-deep in tulle, place settings, and cake frosting. It’s currently Tuesday, but I’m writing this post in advance, because we’re anticipating the arrival of friends and family for an intimate, last-minute wedding at our home. There’s lots to do, but the beauty of this particular event is that no one has an agenda- everyone is eager to hear the vows and celebrate the bride and groom. Even though there’s threat of weather and the many “what if’s” that come with at-home/DIY weddings, I’m happy to know there’s 100% chance of marriage. That’s our happy ending.

Pecan Babka by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a light and fluffy cinnamon swirl bread filled with brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans! The loaves are tender, buttery, and lightly sweetened, and this bread makes for an excellent dessert or breakfast treat! Learn how to make it and braid your own babka on thewoodandspoon.com

Naturally, my freezer is loaded with goodies to share with our guests this weekend, many of which you’ll be seeing on this site in the coming months! Today’s recipe for pecan babka is probably my favorite from the lineup: a buttery, lightly sweetened yeast bread filled with cinnamon sugar swirl and chopped toasted pecans, this bread is tender, rich, and absolutely to die for. I’ll be serving it this weekend with schmears of cinnamon butter and hot coffee, but I also love this for desserts and snacks too. With fall upon us, this is just the kind of recipe you’re going to want to make. Let me tell you how to do it yourself.

Pecan Babka by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a light and fluffy cinnamon swirl bread filled with brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans! The loaves are tender, buttery, and lightly sweetened, and this bread makes for an excellent dessert or breakfast treat! Learn how to make it and braid your own babka on thewoodandspoon.com

Yeast bread is an intimidating this for newcomers, particularly when there is braiding involved. This pecan babka is no exception, and I won’t sugarcoat it: it’s a process. The beauty of it all is that this bread is very forgiving, so even if your braid looks sloppy or the filling seeps out the side, it’s still going to be crazy-delicious. Scout’s honor. To make it, we start with the dough. Instant yeast, milk, eggs, and sugar come together with the dry ingredients and loads of softened butter. We paddle the mixture in a stand mixer until it becomes a tacky, stringy dough, and then we set it aside to rise. After about an hour and a half (or an overnight rest in the fridge!) the dough is ready to be rolled out and filled. Here, melted butter, brown sugar, pecans, and spice are spread over each dough half and then it’s rolled, twisted, and set aside for a final rise. Once puffed, the pecan babka is baked in the oven and allowed to cool.

Pecan Babka by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a light and fluffy cinnamon swirl bread filled with brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans! The loaves are tender, buttery, and lightly sweetened, and this bread makes for an excellent dessert or breakfast treat! Learn how to make it and braid your own babka on thewoodandspoon.com

A few things to know: this process from start to finish is time consuming, so be sure to read through the instructions and set aside ample time. There’s not much active prep time, but there is quite a bit of waiting in between each rise. Second, because this dough has a bit of sugar, the loaves are prone to darkening in the oven before they’re completed. I like to cover the loaves at about 30 minutes into bake time to allow them to continue cooking without browning. This will all differ from oven to oven. Finally, these loaves freeze really well! If you don’t plan on eating both within two days, I’d recommend freezing until you’re ready to dive in.

Pecan Babka by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a light and fluffy cinnamon swirl bread filled with brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans! The loaves are tender, buttery, and lightly sweetened, and this bread makes for an excellent dessert or breakfast treat! Learn how to make it and braid your own babka on thewoodandspoon.com

Pray for me this weekend! I’m so excited for the wedding, but I want the day to go smoothly for the bride and groom who deserve a really special day. I hope you have wonderful things in store for yourselves, and if you looking for something to do, maybe I’ve convinced you to consider this pecan babka. Happy Friday y’all and happy baking!

Pecan Babka by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a light and fluffy cinnamon swirl bread filled with brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans! The loaves are tender, buttery, and lightly sweetened, and this bread makes for an excellent dessert or breakfast treat! Learn how to make it and braid your own babka on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this pecan babka you should try:

Blueberry Babka
Chocolate Peanut Butter Babka
Braided Baklava Brioche
Orange Swirl Bread
Peppermint Bark Bread
Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread

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Pecan Babka

Pecan Babka by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a light and fluffy cinnamon swirl bread filled with brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans! The loaves are tender, buttery, and lightly sweetened, and this bread makes for an excellent dessert or breakfast treat! Learn how to make it and braid your own babka on thewoodandspoon.com

This pecan babka makes two tender and butter loaves with a cinnamon sugar swirl and toasted pecans.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 360
  • Yield: 2 Loaves 1x
  • Category: Bread
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Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/3 cups (about 1 lb) all-purpose flour, with more for flouring surfaces
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

For the filling:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans

Instructions

To prepare the dough:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir to combine the milk, eggs, egg yolk, and vanilla extract. Add the sugar, yeast, and salt, and beat the mixture on medium speed until combined. On low speed, add the flour, 1/2 cup at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Increase to medium speed (I use speed number 4 on my Kitchen Aid stand mixer) and begin adding the softened butter 1 tablespoon at a time. Scrape the sides of the bowl and then continue beating for an additional 4 minutes. If the dough remains very soft and does not pull on the beaters in strands of dough, add an additional 2 tablespoons of flour. Lightly grease a large bowl and place the sticky dough inside, covering it tightly with a piece of plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rest in a warm spot of your kitchen until it has approximately doubled in size, about 1-1/2-2 hours* (see notes). Alternatively, you can pop it in the fridge to rise overnight. Once the dough has nearly doubled in size, prepare the filling.

To prepare the filling:

  1. Combine the cooled, melted butter, sugars, cinnamon, and salt, stirring until combined. You will use approximately ½ cup of filling for each loaf.

To prepare the loaves:

  1. Once the dough has doubled in size, lightly grease 2 loaf pans (8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 2 3/4″) with baking spray. Generously flour your work surface and rolling pin. Gently punch the dough down into the bowl once and divide it in half. Take one half of the dough and lay it on your floured surface. Generously dust the top of the dough with flour as well. Using your rolling pin, roll your first piece of dough as evenly as possible into a 13″x16″ rectangle. You may need to re-flour your work surface if the dough begins to stick. Spread half of the filling on top of the dough, leaving a 1” border around the perimeter of dough. Sprinkle half of the pecans over the filling.
  2. Standing with one of the short edges closest to you, begin to tightly roll your dough away from you, forming a 13” log of dough. Gently pinch the dough together at the seam to seal the filling inside the roll. With the seam facing down, use a sharp chef’s knife to cut the dough log in half lengthwise and face the innards up. Quickly twist the two pieces of dough around each other, and place your braided loaf in one of the prepared pans. Repeat the entire process with the remaining half of dough. Once both loaves have been formed, cover again with plastic wrap and allow to rise again for about 1-1/2-2 hours. The dough should rise about 1/2-1″ over the top of the pans. Do not let them over-rise.
  3. When the dough is nearly risen, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes, or until the internal temperature registers 180 degrees Fahrenheit. If you notice the tops of the loaves begin to look too dark t about 30 minutes before they’re done, you can cover with a loose sheet of aluminum foil. Allow to cool in the pans on a cooling rack for about 20 minutes and then remove from the pan to cool completely.

Notes

  • I find this dough is easiest to work with while chilled. If you don’t allow it to rise in the fridge overnight, I’d recommend a quick pop in the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour after the initial rise. 

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Peanut Butter Cup Bars

Peanut Butter Cup Bars by Wood and Spoon. These are a simple peanut butter cream stuffed square with a pretzel butter crust and a chocolate topping. These sweet treats make for an easy dessert for fall, tailgates, parties, and more, and are sure to be a favorite for peanut butter lovers. Learn how to make these simple chocolate peanut butter bars on thewoodandspoon.com

Happy October, friends! Who is ready for all the pumpkin stuff? Are we already getting into cozy mode with our lattes and scarves and layered clothing? I, for one am seriously enjoying this in-between phase of summer-meets-fall. Oppressive Alabama summers plus a pretty hefty work load as of late has found me spending all too much time indoors, and it feels so good just to be comfortable outside. At the end of last week, I met a huge deadline I’ve been working towards and spent the remainder of the weekend baking and getting ready for the change of seasons here on this site. In the coming weeks, I have a ton in store for you: praline pecan babka, an apple pie cheesecake, gingerbread bars with lemon frosting, and a few boozy cakes too, but for now, lets stay in-between seasons with these peanut butter cup bars. I think you’re going to like them.

Peanut Butter Cup Bars by Wood and Spoon. These are a simple peanut butter cream stuffed square with a pretzel butter crust and a chocolate topping. These sweet treats make for an easy dessert for fall, tailgates, parties, and more, and are sure to be a favorite for peanut butter lovers. Learn how to make these simple chocolate peanut butter bars on thewoodandspoon.com

Anyone else low-key obsessed with peanut butter cups? They were always a favorite of mine growing up, but over the past few years, I’ve traded newer flavors and desserts for the ones 12-year-old Kate would have really liked. These are an ode to the girl I knew 20 years ago: a crunchy, salty crust, a sweet and creamy filling, and a toothy chocolate topping that just screams “Reese’s!” These peanut butter cup bars are a terrific option for all of the peanut butter lovers in your life, and (BONUS!) they’re really simple too. Let me tell you how to make them.

Peanut Butter Cup Bars by Wood and Spoon. These are a simple peanut butter cream stuffed square with a pretzel butter crust and a chocolate topping. These sweet treats make for an easy dessert for fall, tailgates, parties, and more, and are sure to be a favorite for peanut butter lovers. Learn how to make these simple chocolate peanut butter bars on thewoodandspoon.com

Peanut Butter Cup Bars by Wood and Spoon. These are a simple peanut butter cream stuffed square with a pretzel butter crust and a chocolate topping. These sweet treats make for an easy dessert for fall, tailgates, parties, and more, and are sure to be a favorite for peanut butter lovers. Learn how to make these simple chocolate peanut butter bars on thewoodandspoon.com

Making these peanut butter cup bars is a cinch. We start with the crust. Salted mini pretzels, flour, brown sugar, and butter come together to make a shortbread-esque crust. If you’ve ever made the pretzel shortbread peanut butter brownies on my site, it’s basically the same as that one. The mixture here gets pressed into the bottom of a foil-lined baking dish and baked until the filling is set. In the meantime, we can get started on the no-bake filling! Peanut butter, softened butter, and more sugar comes together into a thick, almost malleable mixture that is highly reminiscent of that which is found in a peanut butter cup. Press that mixture onto the cooled crust and pop it into the fridge while you whip up the topping. Here, semisweet chocolate chips and butter are melted together and spread on top of the bars. Once chilled and set, slice them up and serve!

Peanut Butter Cup Bars by Wood and Spoon. These are a simple peanut butter cream stuffed square with a pretzel butter crust and a chocolate topping. These sweet treats make for an easy dessert for fall, tailgates, parties, and more, and are sure to be a favorite for peanut butter lovers. Learn how to make these simple chocolate peanut butter bars on thewoodandspoon.com

These peanut butter cup bars would be right at home at any tailgate, small gathering, or, if you’re like me, countertop Tupperware for eating at a moment’s notice. These bars bring back all the nostalgic flavors I used to indulge in, and if you even kind of like peanut butter, you’re gonna love these too. Give them a try this week and stay tuned for a second recipe at the of this week! We’ll be diving into fall, so you won’t want to miss it. Happy Sunday and Happy baking!

Peanut Butter Cup Bars by Wood and Spoon. These are a simple peanut butter cream stuffed square with a pretzel butter crust and a chocolate topping. These sweet treats make for an easy dessert for fall, tailgates, parties, and more, and are sure to be a favorite for peanut butter lovers. Learn how to make these simple chocolate peanut butter bars on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like these peanut butter cup bars you should try:

Caramel Ganache Brownies
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Crispy Millionaire Bars
Pretzel Millionaire Bars
Peanut Butter Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Peanut Butter Cup Bars

Peanut Butter Cup Bars by Wood and Spoon. These are a simple peanut butter cream stuffed square with a pretzel butter crust and a chocolate topping. These sweet treats make for an easy dessert for fall, tailgates, parties, and more, and are sure to be a favorite for peanut butter lovers. Learn how to make these simple chocolate peanut butter bars on thewoodandspoon.com

These peanut butter cup bars have a pretzel crust, a creamy peanut butter filling, and a chocolate shell topping!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 60
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 2 ounces salted pretzels (I like to use the mini pretzels, not the giant rods)
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cold

For the filling:

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup powdered sugar

For the topping:

  • ¾ cup semisweet chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

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

To prepare the filling:

  1. Combine all of the filling ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and mix with a hand mixer until completely smooth. Spread onto the shortbread into an even flat layer and pop in the fridge while you make the topping.

To prepare the topping:

  1. In a double boiler or a medium microwavable bowl, combine the chocolate and butter and heat gently into 20 second increments until melted and smooth. Spread the topping over top of the peanut butter filing and allow to chill till firm. Slice once firm and enjoy!

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Simple Cheesecake Bars

Simple Cheesecake Bars by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are easy dessert squares made with a pecan graham cracker crust and a fluffy, whipped cream and cream cheese filling. These treats set up to a creamy, soft cheesecake bar that goes great with a number of toppings: caramel, chocolate, strawberries, cherry sauce, and more. This recipe serves a crowd and can easily be adapted to fit your favorite flavors. Learn how to make them easily on thewoodandspoon.com

The other day, a friend and I passed The Cheesecake Factory, and we both had our own stories to tell. Back in high school, The Cheesecake Factory was where it was happening, and nothing said “Friday night” like a trip to the movies and a 1,600 calorie slice of cheesecake to-go. Truth be told, I’d still dominate a whole cheesecake on my own weekly if I wasn’t utterly concerned about my waistline, but lately I’ve really been digging the simplicity and adaptability of these simple cheesecake bars. If you’ve never made something similar (but surely you have, right?) these almost no-bake treats are the way to go, and I can’t wait to tell you all about them!

Simple Cheesecake Bars by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are easy dessert squares made with a pecan graham cracker crust and a fluffy, whipped cream and cream cheese filling. These treats set up to a creamy, soft cheesecake bar that goes great with a number of toppings: caramel, chocolate, strawberries, cherry sauce, and more. This recipe serves a crowd and can easily be adapted to fit your favorite flavors. Learn how to make them easily on thewoodandspoon.com

Simple Cheesecake Bars by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are easy dessert squares made with a pecan graham cracker crust and a fluffy, whipped cream and cream cheese filling. These treats set up to a creamy, soft cheesecake bar that goes great with a number of toppings: caramel, chocolate, strawberries, cherry sauce, and more. This recipe serves a crowd and can easily be adapted to fit your favorite flavors. Learn how to make them easily on thewoodandspoon.com

These simple cheesecake bars are a great option as we transition into fall. If you’re not quite ready to dive head-first into pumpkin spice and apple pies, these fluffy and flavorful squares are the way to go. Here, a press-in graham cracker and pecan crust comes together with a little butter, salt, and sugar, and is baked briefly in a small square pan until set. On top of it, a whipped filling made with cream cheese, sour cream, and whipped cream is spread out, and the bars set up to a semi-firm consistency in the fridge. The filling stays airy and whipped, even after refrigeration, but it will set up plenty for you to slice pretty squares to serve all your friends. The best part here is the topping: you get to choose! Caramel, chocolate sauce, fresh fruit, sprinkles, whipped cream, or candied nuts would find a welcome home on these simple cheesecake bars, so you can go with whatever feels right.

Simple Cheesecake Bars by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are easy dessert squares made with a pecan graham cracker crust and a fluffy, whipped cream and cream cheese filling. These treats set up to a creamy, soft cheesecake bar that goes great with a number of toppings: caramel, chocolate, strawberries, cherry sauce, and more. This recipe serves a crowd and can easily be adapted to fit your favorite flavors. Learn how to make them easily on thewoodandspoon.com

These bars can easily be made ahead but keep best refrigerated. Bonus: you can even freeze them! I froze a batch in the freezer, thawed in the fridge overnight, and sliced up delicious squares the following day. These simple cheesecake bars are truly one of the easiest make-ahead options I can think of. When you’re ready to serve, simply adorn the with your favorite toppings, or let friends and family decorate them on their own.

Simple Cheesecake Bars by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are easy dessert squares made with a pecan graham cracker crust and a fluffy, whipped cream and cream cheese filling. These treats set up to a creamy, soft cheesecake bar that goes great with a number of toppings: caramel, chocolate, strawberries, cherry sauce, and more. This recipe serves a crowd and can easily be adapted to fit your favorite flavors. Learn how to make them easily on thewoodandspoon.com

I hope you guys have a terrific week regardless of what you have going on. Give these simple cheesecake bars a try and let me know what you think! Happy Tuesday and Happy Baking!

If you like these simple cheesecake bars, you should try:

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust and Butterscotch
Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake
Carrot Cake Cheesecake
Pumpkin Cheesecake Tarts
Blood Orange Cheesecake
Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake

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Simple Cheesecake Bars

Simple Cheesecake Bars by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are easy dessert squares made with a pecan graham cracker crust and a fluffy, whipped cream and cream cheese filling. These treats set up to a creamy, soft cheesecake bar that goes great with a number of toppings: caramel, chocolate, strawberries, cherry sauce, and more. This recipe serves a crowd and can easily be adapted to fit your favorite flavors. Learn how to make them easily on thewoodandspoon.com

These simple cheesecake bars feature a pecan graham cracker crust and a fluffy cream cheese and whipped cream no-bake filling! 

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 180
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1 cup (99 gm) graham cracker crumbs
  • ¾ cup (100 gm) finely chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons (100 gm) unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

  • 16 ounces regular cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 11/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Toppings of your choice: fresh berries, caramel, hot fudge, fruit, etc!

Instructions

To make the crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line an 8 or 9” square pan with aluminum foil that extends up the sides for easy removal. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, pecans, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Add the butter and stir to combine. Press the wet crumbs into the bottom of the pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until the bottom is set. Allow to cool completely.

To make the filling:

  1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract, stirring to combine. Add the sour cream, stirring to combine. In a separate bowl, whip the cream in medium speed until thickened to stiff peaks. Fold the cream into the cream cheese mixture until smooth, being careful not to overwork the whipped mixture. Spread the filling on top of the cooled crust and smooth with an offset spatula. Allow the bars to cool in the fridge to set, about 4 hours and then cut to serve with the toppings of your choice!

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Sausage Cheddar Scones

Cheddar Sausage Scones By Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple cream and butter scones sweetened with maple syrup and loaded with Italian sausage, cheddar cheese, and black pepper. These make for a delicious savory breakfast pastry or option for the meat lovers at your table. Learn how to make simple scones for brunch on thewoodandspoon.com

I am tired- we’re talking peak-level exhaustion. It’s been an awesome month filled with tons of great things to look forward to and celebrate, but this human is worn out. I think I’m realizing that quarantine changed my pace , and it’s been a struggle to keep up with the one I ran at before. Is anyone here with me on this? The next few weeks will be loaded with stuff like weddings, trips, birthdays, and more, so for now, don’t mind me completely passing out with comforting goodies like these sausage cheddar scones.

I made these sausage cheddar scones as a nod to the maple bacon scones I shared with you all a few years ago. They’ve always been a favorite of mine, but if we’re being honest, I’m totally on Team Sausage; sausage beats bacon every time, if you ask me. These are loaded with cheddar cheese and just enough sweetness to make these simple breakfast scones both sweet and savory, a perfect little treat for mornings that offer you a little extra time.

Cheddar Sausage Scones By Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple cream and butter scones sweetened with maple syrup and loaded with Italian sausage, cheddar cheese, and black pepper. These make for a delicious savory breakfast pastry or option for the meat lovers at your table. Learn how to make simple scones for brunch on thewoodandspoon.com

To make these sausage cheddar scones, we start by mixing together the dry ingredients. Flour, baking powder, and salt come together with bits of ice-cold butter before we toss in the cooked Italian sausage and cheese. Once combined, the dry ingredients transform into a dough with some heavy cream and maple syrup. YUM. Pat the dough into a small, flat disk and then pop into the freezer while the oven preheats. Freezing the dough ensures that the scones will bake up tall and fluffy which is obviously of the utmost important.

Cheddar Sausage Scones By Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple cream and butter scones sweetened with maple syrup and loaded with Italian sausage, cheddar cheese, and black pepper. These make for a delicious savory breakfast pastry or option for the meat lovers at your table. Learn how to make simple scones for brunch on thewoodandspoon.com

These sausage cheddar scones finish off with crisp edges and a soft, flavorful inside that ends up being really satisfying at breakfast. My gut instinct says these would make excellent accompaniments to supper too. Maybe trim out smaller scones and serve in lieu of a bread basket or dinner roll! Either way, give these scones a try and let me know what you think! I hope you guys enjoy them and have a terrific Thursday. The good news? The weekend is almost here!

Cheddar Sausage Scones By Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple cream and butter scones sweetened with maple syrup and loaded with Italian sausage, cheddar cheese, and black pepper. These make for a delicious savory breakfast pastry or option for the meat lovers at your table. Learn how to make simple scones for brunch on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like these sausage cheddar scones you should check out:

Maple Bacon Scones
Cinnamon Sugar Scones
Pecan Scones with Brown Butter Glaze
Jam Filled Scones
Chocolate Coffee Almond Scones

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Sausage Cheddar Scones

Cheddar Sausage Scones By Wood and Spoon blog. These are simple cream and butter scones sweetened with maple syrup and loaded with Italian sausage, cheddar cheese, and black pepper. These make for a delicious savory breakfast pastry or option for the meat lovers at your table. Learn how to make simple scones for brunch on thewoodandspoon.com

These sausage cheddar scones are lightly spiced and barely sweetened with maple syrup. The sausage and cheddar add rich savory flavor to these yummy breakfast treats!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups (260 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, cold and chopped
  • 3/4 cup cooked and crumbled mild sausage
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons whipping cream, plus additional for brushing

Instructions

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

Notes

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

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Macarons

Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Macarons by Wood and Spoon blog. Chocolate french macarons are made with cocoa powder and filled with a simple peanut butter caramel that is made on the stovetop. The end product is a yummy and fun fancy treat perfect for the fall weather and chocolate lovers. Learn more on how to make macarons on thewoodandspoon.com

Happy Wednesday, friends! We just got back from an incredible vacation to the West Coast, complete with killer food, delicious wine, and a few friends to share it with. When we planned this trip this time last year, I had no idea what 2020 had in store for us, and I have to say, I couldn’t be more grateful that we got to get away. I’m planning to share a few photos and tidbits from our time in wine country, but for now, I get to dive into these chocolate peanut butter caramel macarons with you! They’re adorable and delicious, the perfect little bite-sized treat to attempt as we head into fall.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Macarons by Wood and Spoon blog. Chocolate french macarons are made with cocoa powder and filled with a simple peanut butter caramel that is made on the stovetop. The end product is a yummy and fun fancy treat perfect for the fall weather and chocolate lovers. Learn more on how to make macarons on thewoodandspoon.com

Do you guys make macarons? I’ve long been pretty intimidated by them, but after I learned how to make strawberry shortcake macarons, the whole process has been so much easier. If you’re new to macarons, I highly recommend doing your research and thoroughly reading through the instructions before you get started. They’re pretty delicate, and you’ll be best prepared for great results if you know what to expect on the front end.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Macarons by Wood and Spoon blog. Chocolate french macarons are made with cocoa powder and filled with a simple peanut butter caramel that is made on the stovetop. The end product is a yummy and fun fancy treat perfect for the fall weather and chocolate lovers. Learn more on how to make macarons on thewoodandspoon.com

These chocolate peanut butter caramel macarons feature cocoa powder macaron shells and a thick peanut butter caramel filling. Yes, peanut butter caramel is a thing, and yes, it’s amazing. Homemade caramel sauce or a thick, store-bought variety is simply melted down and stirred together with creamy peanut butter. Once cooled, the filling is set between two macaron shells that are later drizzled with additional chocolate and chopped roasted peanuts. The end result is a fancy little treat perfect for the peanut butter lovers in your life.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Macarons by Wood and Spoon blog. Chocolate french macarons are made with cocoa powder and filled with a simple peanut butter caramel that is made on the stovetop. The end product is a yummy and fun fancy treat perfect for the fall weather and chocolate lovers. Learn more on how to make macarons on thewoodandspoon.com

If you don’t have a favorite caramel sauce recipe or are new to making your own caramel, you can check out my how-to post here! Otherwise, don’t hesitate to purchase a simple jarred variety from the store. Just stay away from caramel ice cream toppings or thin drizzles as they won’t be thick enough to hang in there for these macarons.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Macarons by Wood and Spoon blog. Chocolate french macarons are made with cocoa powder and filled with a simple peanut butter caramel that is made on the stovetop. The end product is a yummy and fun fancy treat perfect for the fall weather and chocolate lovers. Learn more on how to make macarons on thewoodandspoon.com

If you find yourself wanting a fun baking project as we head into the fall, I hope you’ll give these chocolate peanut butter caramel macarons a try! Check out some of my other favorite chocolate peanut butter treats below and let me know what you think! Happy hump day and happy baking!

If you like these chocolate peanut butter caramel macarons you should try:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Babka
Peanut Butter Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake
No-Churn Peanut Butter Caramel Ice Cream

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Macarons

Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Macarons by Wood and Spoon blog. Chocolate french macarons are made with cocoa powder and filled with a simple peanut butter caramel that is made on the stovetop. The end product is a yummy and fun fancy treat perfect for the fall weather and chocolate lovers. Learn more on how to make macarons on thewoodandspoon.com

These chocolate peanut butter caramel macarons have cocoa macaron shells and are filled with a peanut butter caramel!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 180
  • Yield: 25 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the macaron shells:

  • 150 gm almond flour
  • 158 gm powdered sugar
  • 15 gm cocoa powder
  • 115 gm room temperature egg whites (from about 34 large eggs)
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ cup plus 1-1/2 tablespoons (120 gm) sugar

For the peanut butter caramel:

  • ½ cup prepared thick caramel sauce
  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • Additional chocolate, if desired
  • Chopped roasted peanuts, if desired

 

Instructions

To prepare the macarons:

  1. Line two of three baking sheets with parchment paper templates or silicone baking mats set over the templates and fit a large piping bag with a plain round tip.
  2. In a food processor, combine the almond flour, confectioner’s sugar, and cocoa powder and process the mixture for 1-2 minutes, stopping once to scrape down the bowl, until the almond flour is finely ground. Sift the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl. Discard any large chunks left in the sieve or grind again until fine.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitter with a whisk attachment (make sure both are clean and grease-free!), whisk the room temperature egg whites and cream of tartar on low speed until they begin to foam, form small tight bubbles, and turn opaque. Over the course of a couple of minutes, very gradually increase the speed to medium while slowly adding the granulated sugar. Mix on medium-high until stiff peaks form.
  4. Using a flexible rubber spatula, scrape the meringue off the whisk attachment into the bowl with the almond mixture. Begin folding the meringue and almond mixture together, five to ten folds. Scrape in the meringue from the mixer bowl and continue to fold the mixture until incorporated, rotating the bowl as your go. Every so often, gently deflate the meringue by smearing the batter around the side of the bowl. Stop folding once the correct consistency is achieved: the batter should flow very slowly like lava.
  5. Fill the prepared piping bag with the macaron batter. Holding the bag straight down, pipe the macarons. I prefer to use a stencil to ensure the macarons are the same size. Once one baking sheet is full, tap the bottom of the sheet a few times in each corner with the palm of your hang. Set aside and repeat with the remaining prepared baking sheet(s). Set the piped macaron shells aside to rest for 20 to 40 minutes, until a skin forms over the shells and the tops feel dry and not tacky to the touch.
  6. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees with a rack in the center position.
  7. Bake the macaron shells once sheet at a time for 12 to 14 minutes, until the tops feel secured to the feet but wiggle very slightly when nudged.
  8. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and place it on a wire rack. Let the macaron shells cool on the baking sheets for at least 5 minutes. Repeat to bake and cool the remaining shells.

To prepare and use the filling:

  1. Gently warm the caramel sauce just enough so that is thick, spreadable, and viscous, about the consistency of peanut butter. Stir in the peanut butter until combined.
  2. Allow the mixture to set up slightly, either on the counter or in the fridge while stirring often, until it is a slightly thickened fudgy consistency that will move through a piping bag.
  3. Fit a piping bag with a round tip and squeeze 1-2 teaspoon sized dollops into the center of half of the macaron shells.
  4. Top with an additional macaron shell and allow to set up. In the meantime, feel free to gently warm and melt a small about (about 1/3 cup) of chocolate and drizzle or piping decorative stripes on top of the sandwich cookies. Sprinkle on finely chopped peanuts and place in the fridge to set up. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Using a macaron stencil is helpful in making sure your macaron shells are uniform in size.

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Kitchen Sink Cookies

Kitchen Sink Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a catch-all chocolate chip cookie loaded with pretzels, toffee, oats and dark chocolate chunks and chips! The dough is adaptable and can be used with a number of other mix-ins: dried fruit, white chocolate, peanut butter chips, and more! This simple recipe comes together quickly, freezes well, and is a delicious chewy treat for all year round. Read more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

If you’ve been looking for a catch-all recipe to toss all your leftover chocolate chips, candies, junk food, and cookie add-ins into, look no further! These kitchen sink cookies, so named because they readily take on everything but the kitchen sink, are a delightful treat that will house any number of flavor options! They’re the perfect thing to casually make over this long weekend, so let me tell you how to make them!

Kitchen Sink Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a catch-all chocolate chip cookie loaded with pretzels, toffee, oats and dark chocolate chunks and chips! The dough is adaptable and can be used with a number of other mix-ins: dried fruit, white chocolate, peanut butter chips, and more! This simple recipe comes together quickly, freezes well, and is a delicious chewy treat for all year round. Read more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Confession time: there’s a really weird element within my personality that finds it hugely satisfying to finish bottles, boxes, and bags of items. For example, I will squeeze every last drop of lotion out of the tube before I throw it away; I love to use a blush palette right down to the last use; nothing makes me happier than filling the last page of a notebook, day planner, or calendar. Do I have a problem? Maybe. But does is make these kitchen sink cookies even that much more desirable? You betcha.

Kitchen Sink Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a catch-all chocolate chip cookie loaded with pretzels, toffee, oats and dark chocolate chunks and chips! The dough is adaptable and can be used with a number of other mix-ins: dried fruit, white chocolate, peanut butter chips, and more! This simple recipe comes together quickly, freezes well, and is a delicious chewy treat for all year round. Read more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

These kitchen sink cookies are perfect for those last remnants of mix-ins in your pantry: a handful of peanut butter chips, a few chopped nuts, some crush pretzels, potato chips, or chopped bittersweet chocolate. Mix and match flavors with whatever you have on hand and throw it all into this single chewy cookie dough, because this dessert thrives on versatile ingredients! Here’s the run down on how to make them.

Kitchen Sink Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a catch-all chocolate chip cookie loaded with pretzels, toffee, oats and dark chocolate chunks and chips! The dough is adaptable and can be used with a number of other mix-ins: dried fruit, white chocolate, peanut butter chips, and more! This simple recipe comes together quickly, freezes well, and is a delicious chewy treat for all year round. Read more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This dough is adapted from Tara O’Brady’s near-perfect chocolate chip cookie dough. Butter is melted gently on the stove before brown sugar, sugar, eggs, and vanilla are mixed in. Next comes the leavening, flour, salt, and oats, and finally, it’s your time to shine. What sounds good today? Bittersweet chocolate and almonds and caramel chips? Peanut butter cups and dried cherries? Chopped Andes mints with crushed Oreo and a sprinkle of espresso powder? I know I say it all the time, but, truly, the world is your oyster here. You decide when it comes to these kitchen sink cookies!

Kitchen Sink Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a catch-all chocolate chip cookie loaded with pretzels, toffee, oats and dark chocolate chunks and chips! The dough is adaptable and can be used with a number of other mix-ins: dried fruit, white chocolate, peanut butter chips, and more! This simple recipe comes together quickly, freezes well, and is a delicious chewy treat for all year round. Read more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Enjoy the long weekend, and give these cookies a make if you have the chance! I have a few in my freezer I may thaw out later, so WATCH OUT WORLD. I’m coming for you. Happy Friday to you all and Happy Baking!

If you like these kitchen sink cookies you should try:

White Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Cookies
Vegan Fluffernutter Cookies
Peanut Butter Pretzel Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pretzel Millionaire Bars

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Kitchen Sink Cookies

Kitchen Sink Cookies by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a catch-all chocolate chip cookie loaded with pretzels, toffee, oats and dark chocolate chunks and chips! The dough is adaptable and can be used with a number of other mix-ins: dried fruit, white chocolate, peanut butter chips, and more! This simple recipe comes together quickly, freezes well, and is a delicious chewy treat for all year round. Read more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

These kitchen sink cookies are a great catch-all for leftover candies, chocolates, and cookie add-ins! These feature chocolate, oats, pretzels, and toffee!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup (100 gm) sugar
  • ¾ cup (150 gm) brown sugar packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 23/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup crushed pretzel bits, plus more for garnishing, if desired
  • ½ cup toffee bits

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Melt the butter over low heat on the stove, being sure to not let it boil. Pour the melted butter into a large bowl and stir in the sugar and brown sugar. Stir in the eggs and extract. Add the flour, soda, powder, and salt and fold the mixture together just until combined. Add in the chocolate, oats, pretzel bits, and toffee. Fold to combine. Use a medium cookie scoop to portion out 1-1/2 tablespoon sized rounds of dough. Roll them gently and space them out 2” apart on the baking sheets. Sprinkle with a bit of flaky sea salt if desired.  Bake in the preheated oven for about 11 minutes or until the edges are set and the cookies are baked through. Allow to cool prior to enjoying!

Notes

  • Feel free to add any combination of add-ins to this recipe in place of the chocolate, pretzels, and toffee! Just stick with the same amounts.

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Chocolate Pudding Pie

Chocolate Pudding Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an old fashioned Southern chocolate cream pie with a flaky butter and shortening homemade pie crust and an egg custard filling made with cocoa powder! This is a stovetop pie that is a simple treat for a crowd all year round. Chocolate lovers will enjoy this rich dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

It’s been a while since we made fun of my husband. He’s an easy target, not because he’s an unfortunate human but because he’s such a good sport, and I have a particularly terrific time poking fun at his eating habits. If you’ve been around this block a time or two, you know he loves pudding (or, “puddin,” as he would say) but really prefers the store-bought variety. I’m talking Snack Packs. Pudding Packs. The ones that clearly have no real ingredients because they don’t even require refrigeration. He’s easy to please yet impossible to impress, but this chocolate pudding pie is one of the first wins I’ve recorded in a while. He loves it, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

Chocolate Pudding Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an old fashioned Southern chocolate cream pie with a flaky butter and shortening homemade pie crust and an egg custard filling made with cocoa powder! This is a stovetop pie that is a simple treat for a crowd all year round. Chocolate lovers will enjoy this rich dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

Old fashioned cream pies are terrific because they generally require no baking and come together easily on the stove. This chocolate pudding pie is no exception to that rule, and, save for the baking of the pie crust, requires no oven time at all! The chocolate flavor is defined but not overly rich thanks to the mild contribution of cocoa powder here. In addition, no chopped chocolate is needed for this treat which means you get to spend less time at the cutting board and more time eating dessert. WIN.

Chocolate Pudding Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an old fashioned Southern chocolate cream pie with a flaky butter and shortening homemade pie crust and an egg custard filling made with cocoa powder! This is a stovetop pie that is a simple treat for a crowd all year round. Chocolate lovers will enjoy this rich dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

To make this pie, we start with the crust. Now, you could use a store-bought or frozen variety, but I would really like for you to try my favorite homemade crust. You can find the recipe down below or read all about it here. Form the dough in whatever standard pie dish you own and then bake until it is golden. Don’t scrimp here- we want a crust that is flaky through and through!

Chocolate Pudding Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an old fashioned Southern chocolate cream pie with a flaky butter and shortening homemade pie crust and an egg custard filling made with cocoa powder! This is a stovetop pie that is a simple treat for a crowd all year round. Chocolate lovers will enjoy this rich dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

Next, to prepare the filling, we starting by combining milk, sugar, flour, and cocoa powder on the stovetop. I like to add the milk really slowly to ensure all of the clumps of cocoa powder dissolve completely. After all, no one wants a clumpy pie! Heat and cook until it thickens slightly and they gradually stir some of that milk mixture into the beaten eggs. Keep whisking all throughout this phase to avoid stirring scrambled eggs into your pie. Re-heat the filling again, bringing it to a thick bubble, and then finish the mixture off with a little vanilla and butter. That’s it! So simple!

Chocolate Pudding Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an old fashioned Southern chocolate cream pie with a flaky butter and shortening homemade pie crust and an egg custard filling made with cocoa powder! This is a stovetop pie that is a simple treat for a crowd all year round. Chocolate lovers will enjoy this rich dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

This chocolate pudding pie is the perfect dessert to transition us from summer into fall. Give it a try in the coming weeks and let me know what you think! Oh, and be sure to try out some of my hubby’s other faves below! Happy Monday and Happy Baking!

Chocolate Pudding Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an old fashioned Southern chocolate cream pie with a flaky butter and shortening homemade pie crust and an egg custard filling made with cocoa powder! This is a stovetop pie that is a simple treat for a crowd all year round. Chocolate lovers will enjoy this rich dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this chocolate pudding pie you should try:

Banana Coconut Chocolate Cream Pie
Hazelnut Mocha Cream Pie
Banoffee Pie
Chocolate Chess Pie
Chocolate Budino

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Chocolate Pudding Pie

Chocolate Pudding Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an old fashioned Southern chocolate cream pie with a flaky butter and shortening homemade pie crust and an egg custard filling made with cocoa powder! This is a stovetop pie that is a simple treat for a crowd all year round. Chocolate lovers will enjoy this rich dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

This old fashioned chocolate pudding pie is a custard pie made on the stovetop with rich chocolate flavor throughout!

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 240
  • Yield: 9 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 13/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespons chilled solid vegetable shortening, cut into pieces
  • 6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 5 tablespoons (approximately) ice water
  • 1 large egg whisked with 1 teaspoon water

For the pie:

  • 1cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 large egg plus 1 yolk, whisked together in a bowl
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the topping:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

  1. Whiz the flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor to combine (Note: you can also do this by hand with a pastry cutter!) Pulse in the shortening and butter, just until evenly dispersed in pea-sized clumps. Begin adding ice water 2 tablespoons at a time until moist clumps begin to form. Remove dough from food processor, form it into a flat round disk, and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour prior to use.
  2. When you’re ready to bake the pie, roll the dough out on a well-floured surface into a 1/8-1/4” circle about an inch larger than your 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. Prick a few holes in the bottom of the dough with a fork and place the whole pan into the freezer to chill briefly, about 15 minutes. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. When the oven is preheated, remove the pie plate from the freezer and line the insides of it with a piece of parchment paper. Use either pie weights or dry beans/rice to weigh down the dough and bake for about 20 minutes. After this initial bake, remove the pie weights, brush the entire crust with a thin layer of egg wash (the egg whisked with water), and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until golden brown. Set aside to cool while you prepare your filling.

To prepare the filling:

  1. In a heavy-bottomed pan, whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, flour, and salt. Slowly add in the milk, stirring all the while, and set the pan over medium-low heat. Keep stirring regularly until the mixture comes to a bubble. Continue stirring and cooking an additional 1-2 minutes, removing from heat only once the mixture has thickened to a mayonnaise consistency. Carefully scoop up a cup of the hot mixture in a measuring cup of ladle and slowly add it to the eggs, whisking them all the while to ensure they don’t scramble under the heat of the pudding. Once the entire cup has been added, pour the egg mixture back with the remaining pudding in the pan, stir, and place back on low heat. Bring to a bubble again and cook for an additional minute and a half to thicken and then remove from heat. Stir in the vanilla and butter and pour the mixture into the prepared pie crust. If you find the pudding has clumps, you can use a fine-mesh strainer to strain out any while you pour it into the crust. Place a sheet of plastic wrap directly on top of the filling and refrigerate until cooled and firm.
  2. Once cooled, prepare your topping by beating the whipping cream in a large bowl on medium speed until thickened to soft peaks. Slowly add in the sugar and continue whipping until thickened to a cloud-like consistency. Serve immediately!

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