Breakfast

Blueberry Brioche

Blueberry Brioche recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a recipe for two yeast loaves of brioche made with butter, egg, and a smidge of sugar. The fluffy white bread is studded with blueberries and seasoned with cinnamon. Each loaf has an optional crumble topping for extra sweet and salty in each bite. Learn how to fold and create this beautiful homemade breakfast treat here at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

Happy Sunday, you baking fools. If the day of rest has you hankering seasonally appropriate yeast breads and some light morning reading, you have come to the right place! I have your weekend round-up of things to eat, wear, and read, plus a blueberry brioche that just might be the baking challenge your week needs. Let’s get started!

Blueberry Brioche recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a recipe for two yeast loaves of brioche made with butter, egg, and a smidge of sugar. The fluffy white bread is studded with blueberries and seasoned with cinnamon. Each loaf has an optional crumble topping for extra sweet and salty in each bite. Learn how to fold and create this beautiful homemade breakfast treat here at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

Bon Appetit’s Take on The Bachelorette

You don’t have to be an avid viewer of “The Bachelorette” to know that these people rarely eat on camera. Do they over-imbibe? Yes. Do they engage in childish antics? For sure. Do they get way too dressed for a cocktail party in their living room? 100%. But I absolutely love this list of food not eaten during the last part of Becca’s season. And PS, I’m totally making eyes at the bundt cake on Colton’s dining room table.

A French Woman’s Guide to Success in Food

It’s no secret that I secretly want to be French. For the love, I wrote a whole post about it here. In my quest to become a little more like our European friends, I’m checking out this article from Food52 about how to have success in food and life. Along those lines, check out this list of essential French recipes that every cook needs to master.

Hair Trends for 2018

I’m by no means a trend forecaster, but I love sporting a new haircut like the best of them. Check out this list from Southern Living to land a new look of your own. I’m personally leaning towards the deep side part or the wash and wear long. What do you think?

Blueberry Brioche recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a recipe for two yeast loaves of brioche made with butter, egg, and a smidge of sugar. The fluffy white bread is studded with blueberries and seasoned with cinnamon. Each loaf has an optional crumble topping for extra sweet and salty in each bite. Learn how to fold and create this beautiful homemade breakfast treat here at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

Eat Cookie Dough While You Meet Mickey Mouse

This just in: Walt Disney World is now serving cups of edible cookie dough. BRB, planning my trip ASAP. In the meantime, check out two of my favorite cookie dough recipes here and here.

2018 World’s Best US Cities

Travel + Leisure just released their annual “World’s Best” lists, and I’m scoping them all out for the low-down on where to go, what to see, and what to look forward to in my upcoming travels. I was particularly interested in this list of best US cities and was tickled to see two of my favorites recognized. For more on travel, be sure to check out my guides to Charleston, Chicago, and Portland.

What to Wear

Up until a month ago, I didn’t own a single jumpsuit, but I now have three to my name. I’m scoping out this little cutie from Madewell to be number four, and I might even pick up this apron dress while I’m at it. PS, if you’ve got the shopping fever right now, be sure to check out Nordstrom’s anniversary sale, happening right now!

Blueberry Brioche recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a recipe for two yeast loaves of brioche made with butter, egg, and a smidge of sugar. The fluffy white bread is studded with blueberries and seasoned with cinnamon. Each loaf has an optional crumble topping for extra sweet and salty in each bite. Learn how to fold and create this beautiful homemade breakfast treat here at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

Blueberry Brioche

I think we’re tough- we don’t shy away from a baking challenge. We don’t get nervous or intimidated by kitchen terminology or techniques that are foreign to us. We strap on our aprons, get our hands dirty, and resolve to master new and delicious foods. Today’s recipe for blueberry brioche is the perfect challenge to tackle this week and the outcome is nothing short of fab. Let’s chat the ins and outs.

Brioche is a French pastry-like bread that is loaded with egg and butter. Whether knotted into rolls, folded into loaves, or rolled into buns, brioche is always light, fluffy, and melt-in-your-mouth tender. If bread could be dessert, brioche would be right up there with babka. It’s that decadent.

Blueberry Brioche recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a recipe for two yeast loaves of brioche made with butter, egg, and a smidge of sugar. The fluffy white bread is studded with blueberries and seasoned with cinnamon. Each loaf has an optional crumble topping for extra sweet and salty in each bite. Learn how to fold and create this beautiful homemade breakfast treat here at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

Although cinnamon bread has been the go-to breakfast treat in our house, I wanted a secondary recipe to use up the beautiful summer produce that has been landing in my farmer’s market baskets. This blueberry brioche is the answer to that desire and I am so thrilled to share it with you today.

Making the Brioche

To make loaves of blueberry brioche, we start in the bowl of our stand mixer. Yeast is dissolved in some lukewarm milk with a bit of sugar. Once the granules of yeast have liquified, we add in the remaining sugar, some cinnamon, salt, and flour. Paddle the mixture until it comes together into a wet dough and begin adding the butter.

Blueberry Brioche recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a recipe for two yeast loaves of brioche made with butter, egg, and a smidge of sugar. The fluffy white bread is studded with blueberries and seasoned with cinnamon. Each loaf has an optional crumble topping for extra sweet and salty in each bite. Learn how to fold and create this beautiful homemade breakfast treat here at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

Chunks of room temperature unsalted butter are added to the mix until it is well incorporated, and then the dough gets worked over for a few minutes. Once thick, stringy pieces of dough are snagging the beater, we gently add a cup and a half of fresh blueberries. Warning: this part is a little tricky. The blueberries may not want to incorporate and may even burst under the pressure of your stand mixer. Feel free to use your hands to barely mix them in and then dump the mixture into a large greased bowl to rise. I leave my blueberry brioche dough to rise in a warm spot of my kitchen, usually under a warm light or next to the oven. After about and hour and a half or two hours, the dough should have doubled and you’re ready to form your loaves.

Blueberry Brioche recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a recipe for two yeast loaves of brioche made with butter, egg, and a smidge of sugar. The fluffy white bread is studded with blueberries and seasoned with cinnamon. Each loaf has an optional crumble topping for extra sweet and salty in each bite. Learn how to fold and create this beautiful homemade breakfast treat here at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

Forming the Brioche

Split the blueberry brioche dough into two equal pieces and gently pat each one out into a rectangle on a floured surface. The short end of each dough piece should be about 8″ long before you fold each piece lengthwise as you would a letter. Simply fold the bottom third up and the top third down until you have another rectangle-shaped piece of dough. Repeat this process and then work the small rectangle into a roll of dough that will fit into your greased bread pan. Cover each loaf with a sheet of plastic wrap to rise a second time.

Just before baking you can sprinkle on some crumble topping if desired. I love the extra bit of sweet and salty crust this lends each loaf of blueberry brioche, but it’s totally optional. Bake the bread in to oven until puffed, golden brown, and the inside of each loaf registers at 190 degrees. Allow the loaves to cool briefly in the loaf pans before cooling completely on a rack.

Blueberry Brioche recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a recipe for two yeast loaves of brioche made with butter, egg, and a smidge of sugar. The fluffy white bread is studded with blueberries and seasoned with cinnamon. Each loaf has an optional crumble topping for extra sweet and salty in each bite. Learn how to fold and create this beautiful homemade breakfast treat here at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

This blueberry brioche, while somewhat of a task in the kitchen, is a delicious treat that is perfect for breakfast, snacking, or even dessert. I like to toast thick slices until golden and then slather it with butter and cinnamon sugar. Regardless of your preferences, bread making is a beautiful art that, given patience, attention, and love, is really rewarding and insanely delicious. I hope you’ll take a chance on this bread and enjoy every bit of it. Happy Sunday and happy baking!

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Blueberry Brioche

The recipe for blueberry brioche yields two loaves of fluffy, rich, blueberry-studded bread with a crumble topping. Simple enough for breakfast and decadent enough for dessert, this blueberry brioche is the summer bread to beat! 

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 300
  • Yield: 2 Loaves

Ingredients

For the dough:

  • ½ cup (80 gm) lukewarm milk (I use whole)
  • 1/3 cup (70 gm) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 23/4 cups plus 3 tablespoons (395 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 11/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, cubed and at room temperature
  • 11/2 cups (225 gm) blueberries

For the topping:

  • 5 tablespoons (40 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons of heavy cream or milk

Instructions

  1. Pour the lukewarm milk into the bowl of a stand mixer and whisk in half of the sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over top of the mixture and allow it to dissolve, about five minutes. You may need to stir the yeast after a few minutes to allow it all to dissolve. Once dissolved, stir in the rest of the sugar, 1 cup of the flour, the eggs, salt, and cinnamon. Once incorporated, add in an additional 1-3/4 cups of flour, stirring on low to combine. Using the paddle attachment, increase the speed to medium (I use 4 on my mixer) and begin adding the butter a piece at a tim, stirring to barely incorporate after each addition. Continue to beat, scraping the sides of the bowl twice throughout the process, for 4 minutes or until the dough is moistened and stretchy, forming strands of stringy dough between the beater and the bowl. Toss the blueberries with the remaining 3 tablespoons of flour and stir or knead the blueberries into the dough on low speed until they’re combined and barely starting to burst. If you feel like the of the blueberries are squishing before they are incorporated, you can try to fold them in with your hands. Don’t worry- they’ll integrate well after the first rise. Lightly grease a large bowl and place the dough inside. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and allow it to rise in a warm spot of your kitchen until doubled in size, about 1-1/2- 2 hours. I like to let mine rise on the counter next to a warm stove or oven.
  2. Once the dough has doubled in volume, dump the dough out onto a barely floured surface and divide it in two equal pieces using a bench scraper or a sharp knife. Pat one piece of dough out into a rectangle roughly 8″x11″ and fold it lengthwise like you fold a letter, folding the bottom third up and the top third over top of it. Rotate the dough 90 degrees and pat it out into a rectangle again, repeating the folding process. Lightly grease two loaf pans (8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 2 ¾) and gently work the dough into each pan with the seam facedown and cover the pans with plastic wrap. Allow them to rise a second time, about 1-1/2 hours until the bread has risen just barely over the lip of the pan, about ½-1”. The bread will continue to rise in the oven, so don’t worry if it’s not a lofty loaf yet. Keep in mind if you use a larger or smaller loaf pan, your rise will be slightly different.
  3. While the bread is rising, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and make the crumb topping. Stir together the flour, sugar, and cinnamon until combined. Then, use a fork to cut the butter and vanilla into the mixture until it is a coarse meal consistency. When the loaves have risen, gently brush them with a thin layer of cream and sprinkle the crumbs on top. You may have some crumbs leftover. Bake in the preheated oven for about 35-40 minutes, or until the loaves have tanned and are 190 degrees in the inside. Allow to cool for 20 minutes in the pan and then continue cooling on a cooling rack.

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Coffee Donuts : Two Ways

Coffee Donuts by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a recipe for cinnamon sugar doughnuts filled two ways- with a coffee / espresso custard or a coffee cream. For a sweeter taste, try the cream with a buttercream/ white cream filling. For a creamy mouthfeel and rich eclair filling, try the cooked custard make with eggs, milk, and butter. These fried doughnuts are delicious breakfast or brunch option! Find the recipe by Kate Wood on thewoodandspoon.com

My only love affair that has lasted longer than my marriage to Brett is that with coffee. For almost 10 years now I’ve been a routine coffee drinker, and that daily cup of brew is 99% of the reason I love the mornings so much. Long before I was drinking Joe, I had beautiful memories of it, so I’m delighted to share a few stories and these coffee donuts with you this morning.

Coffee Donuts by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a recipe for cinnamon sugar doughnuts filled two ways- with a coffee / espresso custard or a coffee cream. For a sweeter taste, try the cream with a buttercream/ white cream filling. For a creamy mouthfeel and rich eclair filling, try the cooked custard make with eggs, milk, and butter. These fried doughnuts are delicious breakfast or brunch option! Find the recipe by Kate Wood on thewoodandspoon.com

On Food Memories

To this day, when I trace my memories of coffee back as far as my brain will take me, I think of my Nana and Pops’ home. I can hear the whir of the burr grinder and the pot slowly filling with coffee. That first whiff of brew was strong and comforting, and even now, in my mind’s eye, a 5-year old me is pitter-pattering into the kitchen to dole out morning hugs and kisses to a few of my favorite sleepy-eyed faces.

While the adults sipped their mugs, I’d saddle up to a plate of powdered sugar donuts and a tall glass of chocolate milk.  It’s a tradition that they probably shared with their other grandchildren but always felt like a secret morning ritual that was shared exclusively between us. Well into my teenage years and adulthood, their home welcomed me with those same tastes and smells, so much so that I can’t hear a burr grinder or look at a bag of Sweet Sixteen donuts without being transported in time back to that kitchen. Memories like that fill me up, even today.Coffee Donuts by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a recipe for cinnamon sugar doughnuts filled two ways- with a coffee / espresso custard or a coffee cream. For a sweeter taste, try the cream with a buttercream/ white cream filling. For a creamy mouthfeel and rich eclair filling, try the cooked custard make with eggs, milk, and butter. These fried doughnuts are delicious breakfast or brunch option! Find the recipe by Kate Wood on thewoodandspoon.com

“Food and music have the ability to bring back memories I have long forgotten. I will take a double order of them both.”
-Krayl Funch

This past week, my Nana and Pops flew into Selma to celebrate George’s second birthday. It’s remarkable to watch people who have loved you for so long share that same affection with your own children, and it doesn’t escape me that we are hugely blessed to be able to share in those generational relationships.  Now, I’m one of the grown ups, the early riser boiling the water and grinding the beans and setting the table for breakfast. I wait for snuggles from my little ones like I think they probably did, but even now, if I close my eyes hard enough, that smell of coffee and the sound of their voices makes me feel like the kid again.

Coffee Donuts by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a recipe for cinnamon sugar doughnuts filled two ways- with a coffee / espresso custard or a coffee cream. For a sweeter taste, try the cream with a buttercream/ white cream filling. For a creamy mouthfeel and rich eclair filling, try the cooked custard make with eggs, milk, and butter. These fried doughnuts are delicious breakfast or brunch option! Find the recipe by Kate Wood on thewoodandspoon.com

Coffee Donuts

Today’s recipe, coffee donuts, is an ode to those mornings and the foods in our lives that takes us back to sweet moments in time. I have a number of those special memories, but these breakfast treats are something I think you’ll enjoy too. Admittedly, the amount that I love eating donuts is inversely related to the amount that I enjoy frying them myself. Making and waiting on yeast donuts is not something I’d choose every day of the week, but these coffee donuts just feel right- the flavors and smells of those childhood memories all fried up into one fluffy round of dough.

Coffee Donuts by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a recipe for cinnamon sugar doughnuts filled two ways- with a coffee / espresso custard or a coffee cream. For a sweeter taste, try the cream with a buttercream/ white cream filling. For a creamy mouthfeel and rich eclair filling, try the cooked custard make with eggs, milk, and butter. These fried doughnuts are delicious breakfast or brunch option! Find the recipe by Kate Wood on thewoodandspoon.com

Making the Donuts

To make these coffee donuts, we start with the dough. Yeast dissolves in warm milk before eggs, butter, sugar and flour mmix in. The dough is sticky but firm and will rise for about an hour until doubled in size. From the risen dough, cut out rounds and allow them to rise a second time until slightly puffed. Heat a pot of oil and gently fry the coffee donuts a few at a time until golden brown and cooked through.

Coffee Donuts by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a recipe for cinnamon sugar doughnuts filled two ways- with a coffee / espresso custard or a coffee cream. For a sweeter taste, try the cream with a buttercream/ white cream filling. For a creamy mouthfeel and rich eclair filling, try the cooked custard make with eggs, milk, and butter. These fried doughnuts are delicious breakfast or brunch option! Find the recipe by Kate Wood on thewoodandspoon.com

Finishing the Donuts

The coffee donuts toss in a dusting of cinnamon sugar before stuffing them with your choice of coffee filling. here, we have two options! The first, my favorite, is a coffee custard, made by cooking milk, eggs, and espresso powder into a custard. This filling is rich and decadent, similar to a Boston cream or eclair filling. The second option is for the sweet toothers who just need more sugar. Similar to a white donut filling, this coffee cream prepares like a buttercream and requires a little less time. Both are delicious; you just can’t go wrong.

Coffee Donuts by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a recipe for cinnamon sugar doughnuts filled two ways- with a coffee / espresso custard or a coffee cream. For a sweeter taste, try the cream with a buttercream/ white cream filling. For a creamy mouthfeel and rich eclair filling, try the cooked custard make with eggs, milk, and butter. These fried doughnuts are delicious breakfast or brunch option! Find the recipe by Kate Wood on thewoodandspoon.com

These coffee donuts are the perfect pairing of two morning favorites. Give them a try and let me know what you think! Happy hump day and happy frying.

If you like these coffee donuts, you should check out:

Jelly Donuts

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Coffee Donuts : Two Ways

These coffee donuts are simple yeast donuts tossed in cinnamon sugar and filled with either a coffee custard or a coffee cream filling. You can stuff the doughnuts in whichever you choose- a yummy fried coffee treat for the morning.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 120
  • Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12

Ingredients

For the doughnuts:

  • 11/4 cup (300 gm) milk (I use whole or 2%)
  • 21/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 41/4 cups (550 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 2 quarts of neutral flavored oil for frying
  • 1 cup (200 gm) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

For the custard (if desired):

  • 2 cups (480 gm) milk (I use whole or 2%)
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) plus 1/3 cup (65 gm) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder or instant coffee
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup (30 gm) cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the cream (if desired):

  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder or instant coffee granules
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups (230 gm) powdered sugar

Instructions

To prepare the doughnuts:

  1. Heat the milk on the stove or in the microwave until lukewarm but not hot. Pour the milk into a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast over top of it. Allow the yeast to dissolve, about 5 minutes.
  2. Once the yeast is foaming, add the eggs, melted butter, sugar, salt, and two cups of flour to the mixing bowl. Mix on low speed until combined and then add the remaining flour. Switch to a dough hook attachment and mix on medium-low speed until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl. If it’s still too wet to pull off the bowl add flour two tablespoons at a time until the dough is tacky and pulling away. Knead for a minute and then place the dough in a lightly greased bowl. Cover tightly with a sheet of plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise in a warm spot of the kitchen for about an hour or until it has doubled in size.
  3. Once risen, turn the dough out on a floured surface and roll or pat out until ½ thick. Use a floured doughnut cutter or a 2-3/4-3” drinking glass to cut out rounds of dough. If you don’t want to fill your doughnuts, you can cut out center holes as well, saving the small pieces for doughnuts holes. Knead any scraps together and repeat this process. Place your cut out doughnuts 2” apart on a floured baking sheet and cover with a kitchen towel or greased sheet of plastic wrap to rise in a warm spot of your kitchen a second time. Once the doughnuts are slightly puffed, about 45 minutes, heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan or fryer to 375 degrees. Combine the cup of sugar with 2 teaspoons of cinnamon in a large baking dish or rimmed sheet pan. Add a few doughnuts to the oil, being careful not to overcrowd the pan or burn yourself with the oil. Cook on one side for about 45 seconds or until golden and then use a metal spatula to carefully flip to the other side. Cook for another 45 seconds or until golden. Remove the doughnuts to a towel-lined baking sheet or cookie sheet to cool for about 30 second to a minute and then carefully shake in the pan of cinnamon and sugar. Repeat this process with the remaining doughnuts, being sure to keep the oil to temperature. Allow to cool prior to filling to custard or cream. When ready to fill, poke a small hole into the side of the doughnuts to be filled and pipe the custard or cream into the doughnut using a piping bag or a large plastic bag with the end snipped off. Pipe until the doughnuts are full. Doughnuts are best eaten the day they are prepared.

To prepare the custard:

  1. Combine the milk, ¼ cup sugar, and espresso powder in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Meanwhile, in a separate large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, whole egg, 1/3 cup sugar, and cornstarch. Once the milk mixture has begun to boil, carefully remove the pot from the stove and ladle a small stream of the milk mixture into the egg mixture, whisking all the while. Be careful to whisk vigorously the whole time to avoid cooking the eggs and curdling your mixture. Add more of the milk mixture, continuing to whisk, until about half of the milk has been integrated into the eggs. Pour all of the mixture back into the saucepan and cook, whisking constantly, until bubbling and thickened to a pudding consistency. Remove from heat and add the butter and vanilla, stirring to combine, and pour the mixture into a heat-safe bowl. Cover with a sheet of plastic wrap directly touching the custard and refrigerate until the mixture has cooled at least to room temperature.

To prepare the cream:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the milk, espresso powder, and vanilla until the espresso powder is mostly dissolved. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter until light and fluffy. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the powdered sugar. Stir on low speed until combined and add the milk mixture. Whip to combine, about one minute. Add more sugar if your frosting appears a bit loose, or add more milk if it is too stiff.

Notes

  1. It’s important to keep the oil for the doughnuts at the appropriate temp! If it drops too low, it will take the doughnuts longer to cook and they will absorb the oil easily. They’ll tasty bad and greasy.
  2. Donuts are best eaten the day they are fried.

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Jam-Filled Scones

Jam-Filled Scones by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are tender and rich cake scones, perfect for morning breakfast or brunch. This recipe makes buttery brown edges and is soft from the cream. The scones are stuffed with jelly of choice and topping with sugar. Find the recipe for the tea party favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

If the start of this week has left you with a case of the Mondays, keep reading, because we are going to pump it up today with these jam-filled scones. We all need a little fancy, right? Sometimes life gives you lemons and you just need to squeeze every bit of that juice into a pinkies-out champagne cocktail. When my week jumps to a rocky start, I like to reset with something that feels like a treat, a special baked good that can turn the ordinary and mundane into something that feels really good.

Jam-Filled Scones by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are tender and rich cake scones, perfect for morning breakfast or brunch. This recipe makes buttery brown edges and is soft from the cream. The scones are stuffed with jelly of choice and topping with sugar. Find the recipe for the tea party favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

Jam-Filled Scones

These jam-filled scones are the remedy for your weekday woes. Anything stuffed is a win in my book, but something about these morning baked goods make me feel like a queen. The pastry has a soft and cakey crumb, trimmed with buttery, crisp edges, and is filled with a fruity center courtesy of your favorite store-bought or homemade jam. Served with a hot cup of coffee and tangy Brown Cow Yogurt, these jam-filled scones are sure to turn your Mondays around ASAP.

Jam-Filled Scones by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are tender and rich cake scones, perfect for morning breakfast or brunch. This recipe makes buttery brown edges and is soft from the cream. The scones are stuffed with jelly of choice and topping with sugar. Find the recipe for the tea party favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

Making the Scones

To make these jam-filled scones, we start with the scone dough. Flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder are stirred together before ice-cold butter is incorporated in pea-sized clumps. Next, stir together the heavy cream, egg, and vanilla, and pour the liquid ingredients into the flour and butter mixture. It’s important to keep all of your refrigerated ingredients as chilled as possible so that your scones stay tender and rise high.

Stir all of the elements together until a rough and shaggy dough forms. Dump the contents of the bowl out onto a clean work surface and gently knead the dough together just until it comes together, being careful not to overwork it. Divide your dough in two and flatten each piece out into identical rounds.

To simplify, I like to line an 8″ round cake pan with plastic wrap. Next, pat each dough half into the pan so that each round is the same size. Place one dough round on a prepared baking sheet and smear with a layer of jam of your choice. I like to use a tart jam here so that the scones aren’t too sweet, but you can use whatever tastes best to you. Next, place the second half of dough on top of the jam and pinch the edges of each round together to seal in the gooey insides. Give the top of the giant scone a brush of heavy cream and then bake in the preheated oven until golden brown.

Jam-Filled Scones by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are tender and rich cake scones, perfect for morning breakfast or brunch. This recipe makes buttery brown edges and is soft from the cream. The scones are stuffed with jelly of choice and topping with sugar. Find the recipe for the tea party favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

Serving the Scones

After baking, allow the scones to cool slightly before cutting into wedges. These jam-filled scones serve best warm, but they reheat like a dream. Simply toast in the oven until the edges brown up and then serve! To round out these scones as the perfect breakfast treat, try incorporating a Brown Cow Yogurt. Brown Cow Yogurt is the topping dreams are made of when it comes to these little jam-filled scones. Give it a try and I think you’ll agree.

Jam-Filled Scones by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are tender and rich cake scones, perfect for morning breakfast or brunch. This recipe makes buttery brown edges and is soft from the cream. The scones are stuffed with jelly of choice and topping with sugar. Find the recipe for the tea party favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

Get your week off to a tasty start with these jam-filled scones. If you give them a try, I’d love to hear about it! Happy Monday!

Jam-Filled Scones by Wood and Spoon Blog. These are tender and rich cake scones, perfect for morning breakfast or brunch. This recipe makes buttery brown edges and is soft from the cream. The scones are stuffed with jelly of choice and topping with sugar. Find the recipe for the tea party favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

This post is sponsored by Brown Cow Yogurt. Thank you for supporting brands that make Wood and Spoon possible! 

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Jam-Filled Scones

These jam-filled scones have a soft and tender crumb and are filled with sweet and fruit jam. With crisp, buttery edges and a fluffy, gooey center, these scones are hard to beat at breakfast. 

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Category: Breakfast

Ingredients

  • 21/2 cups (325 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, cold and cut into chunks
  • ¾ cup (180 gm) heavy whipping cream, cold, plus more for brushing
  • 1 large egg, cold
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons jam of choice
  • 3 tablespoons coarse sugar, if desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Use a pastry cutter or the back of two forks to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until pea-sized clumps are present throughout and the butter is well integrated. In a separate bowl, whisk the whipping cream, egg, and vanilla together. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir together until a shaggy dough forms. Dump the mixture out onto the counter and knead together just until a dry dough forms. You can add an additional 1-2 tablespoons of cream if your dough won’t come together at all. Working quickly, divide the dough in two and pat each half into flat 8” dough rounds (see notes). Place one round of dough on a baking sheet and spread the jam evenly over top of it, leaving a ¾’ border around the perimeter of the dough. Place the second round on top and pinch the edges together to seal the jam inside. Brush the scones with a thin layer of cream and sprinkle with coarse sugar, if desired. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the tops and sides are golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before cutting to let the jam set. Cut into 8 equal slices and serve warm.

Notes

  • To create two rounds of dough the same size, I line an 8” cake pan with plastic wrap and pat each half of dough into the bottom to create perfect circles. This isn’t necessary but will help to keep your scones uniform.
  • I try to choose a jam that isn’t too sweet so that the scones aren’t too sweet. If your jam is really sweet you can add the juice of half of a lemon to it to balance the flavor. This is entirely your choice!

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Buttermilk Bread

Buttermilk Bread Recipe by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a fluffy tangy soft homemade bread recipe made without a bread maker. Buttermilk and all-purpose flour make up this mild sandwich bread that is simple for beginners and very few ingredients. You can knead by hand or using a dough hook of a stand mixer. Perfect for deli sandwiches or PB&J. Find the recipe and how to by Kate Wood on thewoodandspoon.com

I was just sitting down to write this post when I got a text from my daughter’s schoolteacher. “Aimee slapped another child in the face.” WHAT?! My Aimee girl? The child who soothes her brother when he barely scrapes a knee? The girl who tells her friends to be more kind when they tease her for no reason? It couldn’t be.

As a parent, there’s a lot of things you can’t control and sometimes kids just pick up actions and language out of the blue. We like to pretend that we can discipline or encourage or bribe them into submission, but the truth of the matter is that sometimes your kid is going to do or say something that shocks the heck out of you. Sometimes your kid is the savage that slaps someone cold in the face.

Buttermilk Bread Recipe by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a fluffy tangy soft homemade bread recipe made without a bread maker. Buttermilk and all-purpose flour make up this mild sandwich bread that is simple for beginners and very few ingredients. You can knead by hand or using a dough hook of a stand mixer. Perfect for deli sandwiches or PB&J. Find the recipe and how to by Kate Wood on thewoodandspoon.com

Children vs. Adults

Kids get away with things that would never fly in adulthood. When you’re a grown up you can’t just slap someone in the face and go back to sitting at their lunch table. There’s no coming back to class when you’ve pooped your pants or got caught talking to a stuffed animal. And while crying in public works okay for toddlers, people will seriously start to worry if you incorporate that into your daily routine as a 30 year old woman.

At 3 and almost 2, my kids are at the ages where they are making developmental leaps and bounds everyday. I see so much kindness and love in their little lives, but there are still those weekly (okay, daily) moments where I think, “Now where on earth did we go wrong here?”

It’s in those moments that I say a little prayer and throw my hands up in the air because you just can’t prevent all the mini come-aparts that come with tiny children. Sometimes your kid is going to be the one who throws golf balls at cars or pours a cup of milk on the couch for no reason. You might have the kid laid out on the floor at Target because they didn’t get that new pair of Paw Patrol sneakers. We can’t prevent every slap to the face, hair pull, or temper tantrum because they’re kids. They’re really cute but they act like animals sometimes, okay?

Buttermilk Bread Recipe by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a fluffy tangy soft homemade bread recipe made without a bread maker. Buttermilk and all-purpose flour make up this mild sandwich bread that is simple for beginners and very few ingredients. You can knead by hand or using a dough hook of a stand mixer. Perfect for deli sandwiches or PB&J. Find the recipe and how to by Kate Wood on thewoodandspoon.com

So to the child who just got a face-full of my daughter’s palm, I’m so sorry. I promise we’re trying to get it right. And to the parents out there who have to strap it on to train up their children in the way they should go: hang in there. You’re not alone.

Buttermilk Bread Recipe by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a fluffy tangy soft homemade bread recipe made without a bread maker. Buttermilk and all-purpose flour make up this mild sandwich bread that is simple for beginners and very few ingredients. You can knead by hand or using a dough hook of a stand mixer. Perfect for deli sandwiches or PB&J. Find the recipe and how to by Kate Wood on thewoodandspoon.com

Buttermilk Bread

This buttermilk bread is for the children in your life. It makes the absolute best morning toast and PB&J sandwiches. It’s mild, fluffy, and the perfect vehicle for all of your favorite sandwich toppings. Buttermilk bread is simple and crowd-pleasing, the type of thing every parent needs.

Making the Bread

To make your own buttermilk bread, we start with yeast. Dissolve some active dry yeast in warm water and then add room temperature buttermilk, melted butter, and honey. When combined, stir in some salt and all-purpose flour until a shaggy dough comes together. You can use your hands or the dough hook on an electric stand mixer to knead this buttermilk bread, but just do so until a smooth, slightly tacky ball of dough is formed. Allow the dough to rise in a warm spot in your kitchen until doubled in size.

Buttermilk Bread Recipe by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a fluffy tangy soft homemade bread recipe made without a bread maker. Buttermilk and all-purpose flour make up this mild sandwich bread that is simple for beginners and very few ingredients. You can knead by hand or using a dough hook of a stand mixer. Perfect for deli sandwiches or PB&J. Find the recipe and how to by Kate Wood on thewoodandspoon.com

Once round and fluffy, dump the buttermilk bread dough out onto floured surface and form it into one giant loaf. This video from King Arthur Flour is seriously helpful if you’re new to the loaf-making game. Place the loaf into a large, greased bread pan and allow it to rise a second time, just until the dough has risen an inch out of the pan. Bake it in a preheated oven until golden brown, hollow-sounding when tapped, and about 190 degrees internal temperature.

Buttermilk Bread Recipe by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a fluffy tangy soft homemade bread recipe made without a bread maker. Buttermilk and all-purpose flour make up this mild sandwich bread that is simple for beginners and very few ingredients. You can knead by hand or using a dough hook of a stand mixer. Perfect for deli sandwiches or PB&J. Find the recipe and how to by Kate Wood on thewoodandspoon.com

Homemade goods like this buttermilk bread are a simple pleasure your whole family will enjoy. Give it a try and let me know what you think. Happy Tuesday, friends!

If you like this buttermilk bread, you should check out:

Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

Honey Oat Bread

Flaxseed Bread

Buttermilk Pancakes

Pumpkin Yeast Bread

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Buttermilk Bread

This buttermilk bread is a mild and tangy white yeast bread made with all-purpose flour. This bread is fluffy vehicle for sandwiches, breakfast toast, and more!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 180

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup (60 gm) lukewarm water
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 11/4 cup (300 gm) buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 33/4 cup (490 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 11/2 teaspoons salt

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, sprinkle the yeast over the lukewarm water and allow to sit until dissolved, about 5 minutes. In a separate bowl, stir the buttermilk, honey, and butter. Once the yeast has dissolved, add the buttermilk mixture and stir to combine. Add 2 cups of flour and the salt and stir to incorporate. Add the remaining flour and knead the dough, either by hand or using the dough hook of the stand mixer set to medium speed, for about 8 minutes or until the dough is smooth and slightly tacky. If after a few minutes the dough is still sticking substantially to the sides of the bowl, add 2 tablespoons of flour at a time until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Spray a large bowl with baking grease and place the dough inside, covering tightly with a sheet of plastic wrap to rise in a warm spot of your kitchen until doubled in size, about 1-1-1/2 hours. 
  2. Once doubled in size, form your dough into a loaf and place in a greased 9″x5″ loaf pan and cover again with plastic wrap to rise until dough puffs about an inch over the top of the pan, about 40 minutes.
  3. While the dough is rising preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Once the dough has risen, bake in the oven for about 35-40 minutes, or until the loaf is golden, sounds hollow when tapped on the top, and reaches an internal temperature of 190 degrees. Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then place on a cooling rack to finish cooling completely. 

Notes

See link in blog post text regarding forming a loaf from dough.

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Coffee Cake Muffins

Coffee Cake Muffins recipe by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a simple, fluffy breakfast treat with a cinnamon sugar swirl. Based on a classic sour cream coffee cake, these muffins and sweet and perfect for weekend brunch. Find the simple how to for this easy Easter baked good at thewoodandspoon.com

Thanks to Google Analytics, I’m well aware that a lot of you here are kinda like me. 9 out of 10 of you are female, over half of you are in my age bracket, and we share a variety of other common interests like shopping, entertainment, and traveling. While there is no cookie cutter,  run-of-the-mill prototype for what you might call “The Average Woman,” experience and life have taught me that a lot of us, at our core, have similarities. So today I want to write about something I’ve been learning, in hopes that it might speak to you.

Coffee Cake Muffins recipe by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a simple, fluffy breakfast treat with a cinnamon sugar swirl. Based on a classic sour cream coffee cake, these muffins and sweet and perfect for weekend brunch. Find the simple how to for this easy Easter baked good at thewoodandspoon.com

Where the Green Grass Grows

I’ve spent many days of my life on the side of the road where the grass wasn’t as green. While I always had a supportive family, at least one good friend to my name, and a host of other things to be grateful for, I struggled with little insecurities and spent most of my life with a measuring stick in hand, trying to determine where I stood in the lineup of people around me. Even today as a 30-year-old woman, I find myself occassionally tiptoeing onto the scale of comparison because I’ve convinced myself that I should be more or that someone else is better.

Do you feel this? Is your life riddled with doubt and shame? Do you find yourself filling up secret, lonely places with the weightiness of jealousy? Even small, seemingly insignificant areas of self-doubt can create mountains of pain in the strongest of humans, and it happens to me so frequently that I’m certain I’m not alone in this; some of you are struggling to stay afloat in this boat with me.

Coffee Cake Muffins recipe by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a simple, fluffy breakfast treat with a cinnamon sugar swirl. Based on a classic sour cream coffee cake, these muffins and sweet and perfect for weekend brunch. Find the simple how to for this easy Easter baked good at thewoodandspoon.com

So here are my two cents, the truth that I am using to Drain-O my brain from the lies that sneak in from time to time:

Your life is significant. The things that make you who you are- the hopes and the history, your personality and your passions, every curve of your body and outline of your words- those things have value. There is beauty spilling out from every corner of you, and with an ounce of confidence and joy to back up that grace in your life, the world around you won’t be able to stop watching. Your gifts are a unique contribution to the universe and they matter.

Coffee Cake Muffins recipe by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a simple, fluffy breakfast treat with a cinnamon sugar swirl. Based on a classic sour cream coffee cake, these muffins and sweet and perfect for weekend brunch. Find the simple how to for this easy Easter baked good at thewoodandspoon.com

Celebrating Others

I listened to a podcast recently that completely blew my mind with these truths. While I was listening, it was like the blinders were removed and suddenly I was able to see how much I had hurt myself by not recognizing the value of own my life. By failing to treasure myself and the things I had to offer, I was unable to fully appreciate the beauty in the lives of the people around me. My perception of myself was so clouded by what I lacked that the beautiful hair and athleticism and freedom and talent and awards and opportunities that everyone around me had felt like a threat. Instead of admiring it, cheering it on, and broadcasting its awesomeness to the people within my reach, I mentally chalked up another point for them and sagged lower under the weight of my own insecurity.

Whether we admit it or not, I think we all do this to an extent. Today’s world has made the comparison game a full-on mental slaughter for some of us; at some point we have to say no. We need to open our eyes to how much we truly matter. In doing so,  we can appreciate the value of our lives and admire the gold in others. We were all created with such intentionality and precision, so we can rest in knowing that we are lovely simply because God made us that way.

Coffee Cake Muffins recipe by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a simple, fluffy breakfast treat with a cinnamon sugar swirl. Based on a classic sour cream coffee cake, these muffins and sweet and perfect for weekend brunch. Find the simple how to for this easy Easter baked good at thewoodandspoon.com

That’s my soapbox for the morning. If you need encouragement today, please reach out to me. Additionally, if you need delicious breakfast, please try these coffee cake muffins.

Coffee Cake Muffins

This recipe for coffee cake muffins was adapted from my Mimi’s coffee cake recipe.  It’s a special occasion food for my family, however I knew I needed to make it more accessible. Unsurprisingly, these coffee cake muffins turned out springy, fluffy, and perfectly cinnamon-sweet. Also unsurprisingly, I LOVED them, and will be making them for all of the special mornings coming up.

Making the Muffins

First, to make them, simply cream together the butter and sugar before adding an egg and some vanilla. Next, add the dry ingredients, alternating with some buttermilk, and scoop the batter into a lined muffin tin. Finally, there’s a cinnamon and brown sugar filling that you can use to top and fill your muffins too. That an extra bite of sweet makes these coffee cake muffins divine.

Coffee Cake Muffins recipe by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a simple, fluffy breakfast treat with a cinnamon sugar swirl. Based on a classic sour cream coffee cake, these muffins and sweet and perfect for weekend brunch. Find the simple how to for this easy Easter baked good at thewoodandspoon.com

Happy baking and Happy Sunday to you all!

So if you like these coffee cake muffins, you should try:

Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins

Peach Crumb Muffins

Hummingbird Muffins

Bananas Foster Cinnamon Rolls

Maple Oatmeal Biscuits 

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Coffee Cake Muffins

These coffee cake muffins are like individual servings of buttermilk coffee cake, complete with a cinnamon sugar sprinkle topping. Simple and perfect for breakfast or dessert.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12

Ingredients

For the batter:

  • ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup (150 gm) sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla
  • 11/2 cups (195 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup (168 gm) full-fat buttermilk

For the filling:

  • ½ cup (100 gm) brown sugar, packed
  • 11/2 teaspoons cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a 12-compartment muffin tin with liners and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar on medium speed until smooth, about one minute. Add the egg and vanilla and beat to combine. Add ½ cup of the flour, the baking powder, baking soda, and salt and beat on low just until almost combined. Add the buttermilk, stir, and then mix in the remaining flour. Beat on low until the batter is smooth and uniform, but do not over-mix. Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon for the filling in a small bowl. Spoon 1-1/2 tablespoons of batter (I use a medium cookie scoop) into the bottom of each muffin tin. Moisten your fingers slightly to push the batter into the bottom of the tins. Sprinkle each battered tin with ¾ teaspoon of the filling and then divide the remaining batter among the 12 compartments. Sprinkle each muffin with the remaining filling and bake in the preheat oven for about 18-20 minutes, or until the muffins are puffed and a toothpick inserted to the center comes out clean.

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Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk Pancakes recipe By Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for light and fluffy buttermilk diner style pancakes with even brown on the pancakes and a soft chewy texture. These breakfast treats are tangy and best served with maple syrup. Find the recipe and how to for this best brunch meal favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

What has happened to the weekends? Is it just me, or are we all losing our minds? With two kids and a stacked schedule, the weekends have begun to fill up with the chaos and rush that is normally reserved for Monday through Friday. I ask you- WHERE IS THE RELAXATION?! With so much to accomplish on the weekends, I say we take back our mornings and make them extra special with a stack of buttermilk pancakes for breakfast. Who’s in?!

Buttermilk Pancakes recipe By Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for light and fluffy buttermilk diner style pancakes with even brown on the pancakes and a soft chewy texture. These breakfast treats are tangy and best served with maple syrup. Find the recipe and how to for this best brunch meal favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

I can remember preparing breakfast in bed as a kid. I’d fill a tray with one of everything from our pantry: toast with jam, toast with peanut butter, a bowl of cereal, a bowl of fruit, a half of a Pop-Tart, a glass of juice, a cup of milk, and maybe even a granola bar (if the tray could hold it). The spread was more akin to a two-star breakfast buffet, and although I’m sure my Mother nearly threw up when she saw the amount of food I’d prepared for her, she would nibble away and act totally impressed with my work. Bless you, Mom. 

Buttermilk Pancakes recipe By Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for light and fluffy buttermilk diner style pancakes with even brown on the pancakes and a soft chewy texture. These breakfast treats are tangy and best served with maple syrup. Find the recipe and how to for this best brunch meal favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

Now as an adult, I find myself wanting to capture the glory of those lazy Saturdays once more. Aimee and George are hardly old enough to treat me to a carb-fest in bed, but I think there is still room to fill bellies (and hearts, right?) with a bit of weekend magic. Buttermilk pancakes is 100% the way to do it.

I’m proud to call this recipe for buttermilk pancakes my own. Buttery and fluffy with just the right amount of tang, these buttermilk pancakes are a simple dish that you’d be thrilled to serve too. The batter takes just a few minutes to whip up, but the reward is nothing short of glorious.

Buttermilk Pancakes recipe By Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for light and fluffy buttermilk diner style pancakes with even brown on the pancakes and a soft chewy texture. These breakfast treats are tangy and best served with maple syrup. Find the recipe and how to for this best brunch meal favorite on thewoodandspoon.comButtermilk Pancakes recipe By Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for light and fluffy buttermilk diner style pancakes with even brown on the pancakes and a soft chewy texture. These breakfast treats are tangy and best served with maple syrup. Find the recipe and how to for this best brunch meal favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

To make them, we start with the batter. Melted butter, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla are stirred together with a bit of sugar. Next, the dry ingredients are folded in and combined just until a few lumps remain. Be careful not to overmix the batter and allow it to rest while you heat your pan.

Here’s where you can freestyle a bit. If you’re into pancakes with buttery, crispy edges, load your pan up with butter and keep the heat just under medium-high. If you prefer an evenly cooked pancake, golden brown throughout, give your pan just a sweep of butter before adding the batter to a moderately heated pan. I like to wrap a pat of butter in a thin paper towel and rub it against the hot pan. That way, you get an even coat of butter without all the extra bubble and spatter. Use a measuring cup to ladle out large rounds of batter, and gently smooth it out to form uniform cakes. Cook until the batter is bubbling throughout and then flip to finish off the other side.

Buttermilk Pancakes recipe By Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for light and fluffy buttermilk diner style pancakes with even brown on the pancakes and a soft chewy texture. These breakfast treats are tangy and best served with maple syrup. Find the recipe and how to for this best brunch meal favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

I prefer these buttermilk pancakes served classically with a huge schmear of butter and a drizzle of maple syrup, but there are a million ways to get creative here! Add fresh berries or a cooked compote for a special breakfast. Include sprinkles, chocolate chips, or pecans in the batter for a unique spin. Make your own syrup or go crazy with the whipped cream, because these buttermilk pancakes are the perfect vehicle for a healthy dose of morning joy. Enjoy them however you’d prefer.Buttermilk Pancakes recipe By Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for light and fluffy buttermilk diner style pancakes with even brown on the pancakes and a soft chewy texture. These breakfast treats are tangy and best served with maple syrup. Find the recipe and how to for this best brunch meal favorite on thewoodandspoon.comButtermilk Pancakes recipe By Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a recipe for light and fluffy buttermilk diner style pancakes with even brown on the pancakes and a soft chewy texture. These breakfast treats are tangy and best served with maple syrup. Find the recipe and how to for this best brunch meal favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

Make these pancakes this weekend and take time to share them with some people you love. Happy hump day to you all and catch you next week!

If you like these buttermilk pancakes you should try:

Chocolate Sweet Rolls

Buttermilk Biscuits Sandwiches

Funfetti Scones

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

 

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Buttermilk Pancakes

These buttermilk pancakes are light, fluffy, and barely tangy, the perfect vehicle for butter and maple syrup. This recipe makes enough breakfast for a family of four!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (55 gm) unsalted butter, melted
  • 13/4 cups (390 gm) full-fat buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 11/2 cups (195 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Extra butter for greasing skillet

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the butter, buttermilk, 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. Allow the batter to rest for 10 minutes.
  2. When ready to start preparing pancakes, 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 of batter rounds onto the griddle and gently smooth each out into a 5” circle. Cook until bubbles appear in the 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 extra butter and syrup.

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Chocolate Sweet Rolls

Chocolate Sweet Rolls Recipe by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This recipe makes two pans of fluffy cinnamon buns filled with a chocolate and espresso swirl filling. A cream cheese glaze frosting finishes off these perfect breakfast treats. The dough is similar to a brioche style dough as it contains a bit of sugar, milk and eggs. This is a yeast roll. They make a great holiday brunch item , treat, or dessert. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

I may or may not be crying real tears, as the reality of #monthofchocolate coming to a close is too much for me to bear. Nothing gives me more pleasure than rolling out decadent chocolatey goodness for y’all, so you better believe we’re going to wrap up this month with two beyond-fab recipes in one week, starting with these chocolate sweet rolls.

Chocolate Sweet Rolls Recipe by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This recipe makes two pans of fluffy cinnamon buns filled with a chocolate and espresso swirl filling. A cream cheese glaze frosting finishes off these perfect breakfast treats. The dough is similar to a brioche style dough as it contains a bit of sugar, milk and eggs. This is a yeast roll. They make a great holiday brunch item , treat, or dessert. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

Chocolate Sweet Rolls

I am a huge fan of sweetened yeast rolls. While the process of making, rising, filling, and baking the dough can be a bit lengthy, the end product totally justifies the means. Nothing says “WORTH IT” like two pans of sweet, fluffy dough wrapped around a rich, coffee-scented chocolate filling. If you give them a try, I think you’ll agree.

Chocolate Sweet Rolls Recipe by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This recipe makes two pans of fluffy cinnamon buns filled with a chocolate and espresso swirl filling. A cream cheese glaze frosting finishes off these perfect breakfast treats. The dough is similar to a brioche style dough as it contains a bit of sugar, milk and eggs. This is a yeast roll. They make a great holiday brunch item , treat, or dessert. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

The recipe for these chocolate breakfast rolls are a combination of a few other buns on my site (see here, here, and here!) and the dough for my favorite cinnamon bread. We start the dough by dissolving the yeast in a bit of warmed milk. Once smooth, add the sugar and egg as well as the salt, leavening and flour. The dough gets kneaded by hand or in the bowl of a stand mixer before being set aside to rise.

Making the Rolls

Once the dough has risen and is nearly doubled in size, prepare the filling. Chocolate, butter, cocoa, and espresso powder are melted together on the stovetop until smooth. Pull the mixture off the heat, stir in the confectioner’s sugar, and allow the filling to cool to a spreadable consistency.  One cooled, roll the dough out into a large rectangle on a floured work surface and spread the filling evenly over thin sheet of dough. Starting with one of the long ends, roll the dough tightly into one long tube and pinch the ends to seal in the filling. Use a sharp knife to cut the tube into slices and place the rolls two inches apart in one or two greased baking dishes. Allow the dough to rise a second time before baking until golden brown.

Chocolate Sweet Rolls Recipe by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This recipe makes two pans of fluffy cinnamon buns filled with a chocolate and espresso swirl filling. A cream cheese glaze frosting finishes off these perfect breakfast treats. The dough is similar to a brioche style dough as it contains a bit of sugar, milk and eggs. This is a yeast roll. They make a great holiday brunch item , treat, or dessert. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

I like to spread these chocolate sweet rolls with a cream cheese frosting. The cream cheese adds a bit of tang to an otherwise sweet frosting and perfectly compliments the chocolate sweet rolls. These buns are best eaten the day they are prepared. Nonetheless, you can easily warm them in the microwave or toaster oven for a quick breakfast treat. These chocolate sweet rolls are as delicious as they are beautiful; I would bet that if you try them once you’ll have a new weekend baking tradition in the making.

Chocolate Sweet Rolls Recipe by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This recipe makes two pans of fluffy cinnamon buns filled with a chocolate and espresso swirl filling. A cream cheese glaze frosting finishes off these perfect breakfast treats. The dough is similar to a brioche style dough as it contains a bit of sugar, milk and eggs. This is a yeast roll. They make a great holiday brunch item , treat, or dessert. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

Give these chocolate sweet rolls a go and try not to eat them all in one sitting. I’ll be sharing one more #monthofchocolate recipes at the end of this week. Keep your eyes peeled for a knockout finish to this special month of recipes. Happy Monday, y’all!

Chocolate Sweet Rolls Recipe by Kate Wood of The Wood and Spoon Blog. This recipe makes two pans of fluffy cinnamon buns filled with a chocolate and espresso swirl filling. A cream cheese glaze frosting finishes off these perfect breakfast treats. The dough is similar to a brioche style dough as it contains a bit of sugar, milk and eggs. This is a yeast roll. They make a great holiday brunch item , treat, or dessert. Find the recipe and the how to on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like these chocolate sweet rolls, you should try:

Brown Sugar Danishes

Orange Cardamom Rolls

Hazelnut Cinnamon Rolls

Bananas Foster Cinnamon Rolls

Peppermint Bark Bread

Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread

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Chocolate Sweet Rolls

These chocolate sweet rolls are soft and tender, filled with a coffee-chocolate spread and topped with a sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting! Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 120
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 18

Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 1 cup (230 gm) milk (2% or Whole), lukewarm
  • ½ cup (100 gm) sugar
  • 21/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 31/2 cups (455 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons (85 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature

For the filling:

  • 6 ounces (170 gm) chopped semisweet/ bittersweet chocolate, depending on your preferences
  • 6 tablespoons (85 gm) unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder
  • ½ cup (60 gm) powdered sugar

For the frosting:

  • 6 ounces (165 gm) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups (250 gm) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 12 tablespoons of milk, plus more as desired

Instructions

To prepare the dough:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together the warm milk and half of the sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over top of the milk and allow the yeast to activate, about 5 minutes. The mixture should froth and foam slightly. You can stir it gently to make sure all the yeast has been moistened, but if the yeast does not foam, dump it out and start over. Once the yeast has been activated, stir 1/4 cup of the flour in to the milk mixture. Once combined, add the remaining sugar, 1 egg, salt, and baking powder and stir to combine. On low speed, add an additional 3 cups of  flour and beat to combine, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Once evenly combined, increase the speed to medium (I use speed number 4 on my Kitchen Aid stand mixer) and add the softened butter 1 tablespoon at a time. Add up to an additional ¼ cup flour if the dough is too soft and doesn’t hold it’s shape somewhat. Scrape the sides of the bowl and then continue to beat on medium speed for an additional 4 minutes. The dough will be quite moist and sticky.
  2. Lightly grease a large bowl and place the dough inside, covering it tightly with a piece of plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rest in a warm spot in the kitchen until it has approximately doubled in size, about 1-1/2-2 hours.

To prepare the buns:

  1. Once the bread has nearly risen, melt the chocolate, butter, cocoa powder, and espresso powder in a saucepan over low heat. Once smooth, stir in the powdered sugar until well combined. Set aside until the dough is ready. If it firms up beyond a spreadable consistency, gently melt it again.
  2. On a floured surface, roll out the risen dough into an approximately 19”x13” rectangle. Use an offset spatula to spread the chocolate filling evenly over the entirely of the dough. Starting with one of the long ends, roll the dough somewhat tightly and pinch together the ends to seal in the filling. Cut 1-1/2” slices of dough and place them about an inch apart inside of a greased baking dish. I bake mine in two 9” pans. Cover the dishes with plastic wrap and allow them to rise a second time until puffed, about 30 minutes. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Once the buns have risen, remove the plastic wrap and bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes, or until a light golden color. Allow to cool.

To prepare the frosting:

  1. Beat cream cheese and butter together until smooth. Add sugar and vanilla, beating until evenly combined. Add milk slowly, 1-1/2 teaspoons at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Add extra liquid to thin out frosting to a drizzling glaze. Spread the frosting evenly over the buns and eat while warm!

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Marble Loaf Pound Cake

Marble Loaf Pound Cake by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a moist and rich recipe for pound cake inspired by the chocolate marble loaf cake at Starbucks! This makes one big bread loaf that is perfect for breakfast or dessert. The recipe is topped with a chocolate ganache glaze. The vanilla and chocolate batter is swirled together to give a marbled look! Find the recipe for this southern style buttermilk pound cake on thewoodandspoon.com

Happy Monday to my favorite band of butter and sugar pushers! Is your week off to a joyful start? Has January been treating you well?

Here in Alabama, we are experiencing one of the coldest winters of all time. (I’m talking icicles-hanging-off-your-car cold. Frozen-boogers-crusted-on-your-kid’s-face cold. Wearing-two-bras-to-hide-your-nipples cold.) We’ve been trapped inside for a few weeks now, and if the icy weather doesn’t get to you, being stuck inside with stir-crazy children probably does.

Marble Loaf Pound Cake by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a moist and rich recipe for pound cake inspired by the chocolate marble loaf cake at Starbucks! This makes one big bread loaf that is perfect for breakfast or dessert. The recipe is topped with a chocolate ganache glaze. The vanilla and chocolate batter is swirled together to give a marbled look! Find the recipe for this southern style buttermilk pound cake on thewoodandspoon.com

The past few days have been spent building fires, watching reruns of “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” and carb-loading from our positions on the couch. Of course my kids have loved these new winter privileges, but to be honest, being stuck inside with two tiny humans that are cracked out on cartoons and Teddy Grahams is pretty close to mental purgatory. The combination of boredom and pent-up energy is constantly at risk of combusting into a tornado of toys in the living room, food fights, or temper tantrums. Winter-pocolypse indeed.

Marble Loaf Pound Cake by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a moist and rich recipe for pound cake inspired by the chocolate marble loaf cake at Starbucks! This makes one big bread loaf that is perfect for breakfast or dessert. The recipe is topped with a chocolate ganache glaze. The vanilla and chocolate batter is swirled together to give a marbled look! Find the recipe for this southern style buttermilk pound cake on thewoodandspoon.com

Marble Loaf Pound Cake

To stay busy, I’ve been baking up a storm. Save for a few cookies that burned while I was scraping peanut butter toast off the couch, these snow days have proved to be perfect baking weather, and I (with the exception of my waistline) am relishing it. Case and point: this marble loaf pound cake.

Marble Loaf Pound Cake by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a moist and rich recipe for pound cake inspired by the chocolate marble loaf cake at Starbucks! This makes one big bread loaf that is perfect for breakfast or dessert. The recipe is topped with a chocolate ganache glaze. The vanilla and chocolate batter is swirled together to give a marbled look! Find the recipe for this southern style buttermilk pound cake on thewoodandspoon.com

I’ve long been a fan of the marble loaf pound cake at Starbucks. For years, it was the only treat from their glass case of microwavable calories that I was willing to spend dollars on. Despite numerous attempts to recreate it at home, I was never able to achieve that sweet and tender crumb of vanilla and chocolate that I longed for. Luckily, the forced hours indoors this past week have provided me ample time of test batches of marble loaf pound cake, and I could not be more pleased with the results. This recipe for marble loaf pound cake makes an indulgent treat, sweet enough for dessert and dainty enough for breakfast, and yields one huge loaf that is plenty for you and your family to snack on all winter long.

Marble Loaf Pound Cake by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a moist and rich recipe for pound cake inspired by the chocolate marble loaf cake at Starbucks! This makes one big bread loaf that is perfect for breakfast or dessert. The recipe is topped with a chocolate ganache glaze. The vanilla and chocolate batter is swirled together to give a marbled look! Find the recipe for this southern style buttermilk pound cake on thewoodandspoon.com

Making the Pound Cake

To make it, we prepare two batters: one for the chocolate swirl and one for the vanilla. Both batters begin by creaming butter and sugar. Eggs and vanilla are added next, followed by the dry ingredients. To prepare the chocolate batter, we add just a touch of dark cocoa powder. Once completed, both batters are added to the pan in large scoops, and the loaf is marbled with the swirl of a knife. The whole thing bakes up into one giant, rich marble loaf pound cake.

The Ganache

If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can top the cake with a bit of chocolate ganache. The cake is totally delicious all on its own, but if you want it to stay true to the Starbucks original, it will require a chocolate glaze on top. Simply heat a small amount of whipping cream and stir it into semisweet chocolate chips. EASY!

Marble Loaf Pound Cake by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a moist and rich recipe for pound cake inspired by the chocolate marble loaf cake at Starbucks! This makes one big bread loaf that is perfect for breakfast or dessert. The recipe is topped with a chocolate ganache glaze. The vanilla and chocolate batter is swirled together to give a marbled look! Find the recipe for this southern style buttermilk pound cake on thewoodandspoon.com

No worries if you don’t have the right size loaf pan. You can prepare this marble loaf pound cake in a 9″ square cake pan or in a few mini loaf pans. Be sure to not overflow your pan with batter. Otherwise, you will have a burn-on-the-bottom-of-your-oven situation; I can promise you don’t want to deal with that. A square cake tastes just as good as a loaf, honest.

Give this marble loaf pound cake a whirl on these winter days. You most certainly won’t be disappointed. Have a great week and tune in on Friday for another recipe!

If you like this marble loaf pound cake, you should check out:

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Blueberries and Brown Butter Crumble

Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Raspberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake

Lemon Almond Poppyseed Bundt Cake

Blueberry Cornbread

Carrot Bundt Cake with Brown Butter Glaze

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Marble Loaf Pound Cake

This marble loaf pound cake is a chocolate and vanilla swirled, rich Southern-style pound cake loaf! Perfect for breakfast or dessert!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1

Ingredients

For the vanilla batter:

  • ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (100 gm) sugar
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) brown sugar
  • 11/2 large eggs, at room temperature (save the other half for the chocolate batter)
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
  • ¾ cup (100 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) whole fat buttermilk, at room temperature

For the chocolate batter:

  • ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (100 gm) sugar
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) brown sugar
  • 11/2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup (20 gm) dark cocoa powder
  • ½ cup (65 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) whole fat buttermilk, at room temperature

Instructions

  1. Move a rack to the bottom third of the oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Prepare a large 9.25” x 5.25” loaf pan with baking spray (see notes).
  2. Prepare the vanilla batter by creaming together the butter, sugar, and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes. Add the eggs, vanilla, and lemon zest and beat to combine. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the dry ingredients, mixing on low speed until nearly combined. Add the buttermilk and stir on low to combine. Set this batter aside while you prepare the chocolate batter.
  3. Cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed for three minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the eggs and vanilla. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the dry ingredients, mixing until the components are almost combined, and then add the buttermilk. Stir on low speed just until combined.
  4. Scoop 1/2 cup sized portions of the batters into the prepared pan, alternating regularly to achieve a marbled effect. Once all of the batter has been poured in, carefully smooth the top slightly, being careful not to muddy the colors of the batter too much. Insert a knife vertically into the batter and swirl back and forth about five or six times to get a good swirl throughout. Place the pan into the preheated oven and bake for about an hour or until a toothpick inserted just barely comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan.

Notes

  • If you don’t have a loaf pan large enough for the batter, feel free to use a 9” square baking pan or pour extra batter into cupcake tins or a mini loaf tin. Be sure to not overflow a pan!

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Brown Sugar Danishes

Brown Sugar Danishes by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is quick puff pastry filling with pecans and butter and brown sugar. Perfect for breakfast for brunch or dessert. These treats require some how to so check out the photos for instruction on folding and rolling the dough. These mini danish sweets can be filled with nuts or additional dried fruit. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

What makes you joyful?

Last week we went to one of my favorite vacation destinations, Blackberry Farm. (You might remember me going on about our previous trips here and here!) A cozy oasis nestled in the Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm is southern foodie vacationing at its finest. Brett and I travel there with our friends at the turn of every new year, and it is nothing short of spectacular. Something about that place relaxes me to my core, way moreso than beach, island, or other mountain retreats do. It feels like home and somehow, in just a few short years, it’s become a place that brings me a ton of joy.

Brown Sugar Danishes by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is quick puff pastry filling with pecans and butter and brown sugar. Perfect for breakfast for brunch or dessert. These treats require some how to so check out the photos for instruction on folding and rolling the dough. These mini danish sweets can be filled with nuts or additional dried fruit. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

More Joy, Please

I want more of that in 2018. The things that bring me joy and refresh my zeal for life are a top priority this year. Yes, there will continue to be work and hustle and obligations, but I feel like my day to day needs more of the things that give me life and loads of joy.

Brown Sugar Danishes by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is quick puff pastry filling with pecans and butter and brown sugar. Perfect for breakfast for brunch or dessert. These treats require some how to so check out the photos for instruction on folding and rolling the dough. These mini danish sweets can be filled with nuts or additional dried fruit. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

So while Blackberry Farm, with its 5 Star meals and attention to detail and lazy hours with my very best friends, might not be possible 365 days of the year, there are things in there that are worth pursuing daily: Slow dinners made with real ingredients. Maintaining a home that feels welcoming, clean, and cozy. Spending time on real relationships with people that will love you back as hard as they can. These are things that bring me joy. So 2018, you can bring it, and in the meantime, I’ll be working hard to make average days feel a little more like vacation.

Brown Sugar Danishes by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is quick puff pastry filling with pecans and butter and brown sugar. Perfect for breakfast for brunch or dessert. These treats require some how to so check out the photos for instruction on folding and rolling the dough. These mini danish sweets can be filled with nuts or additional dried fruit. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Brown Sugar Danishes

These brown sugar danishes are a year in the making. Literally.

We ate the most divine breakfast danishes at Blackberry Farm in 2017. They were flaky and oozed with butter, brown sugar, and toasted pecans. It was love at first sight, and I spent the next 8 months testing out various versions of those danishes in an attempt to recreate that moment at home.

Brown Sugar Danishes by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is quick puff pastry filling with pecans and butter and brown sugar. Perfect for breakfast for brunch or dessert. These treats require some how to so check out the photos for instruction on folding and rolling the dough. These mini danish sweets can be filled with nuts or additional dried fruit. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Ladies and gentlemen, these brown sugar danishes are it. These little pastries, though requiring a bit of love and effort in the kitchen, are every bit as delicious as I recall those fancy resort pastries being, and I am thrilled to be able to share the recipe with you today.

Brown Sugar Danishes by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is quick puff pastry filling with pecans and butter and brown sugar. Perfect for breakfast for brunch or dessert. These treats require some how to so check out the photos for instruction on folding and rolling the dough. These mini danish sweets can be filled with nuts or additional dried fruit. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Making the Danishes

To make these brown sugar danishes, we start with perfect danish pastry. I adore this recipe from Samantha Seneviratnae and have adapted it for use in these pastries. Once made, the dough can be stored in the fridge for a day or two until you’re ready to fill and bake your danishes. The filling is simple, prepared with brown sugar, pecans, cinnamon, and butter, and truly takes the dough from delicious to downright heavenly.

Brown Sugar Danishes by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is quick puff pastry filling with pecans and butter and brown sugar. Perfect for breakfast for brunch or dessert. These treats require some how to so check out the photos for instruction on folding and rolling the dough. These mini danish sweets can be filled with nuts or additional dried fruit. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

These brown sugar danishes are best consumed on the day they’re made. Still, they heat and flake up decently in a toaster oven as well. Make these treats to stay warm these next few weeks. I hope they bring you the same joy they bring me. Happy Monday and happy baking!

Brown Sugar Danishes by The Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is quick puff pastry filling with pecans and butter and brown sugar. Perfect for breakfast for brunch or dessert. These treats require some how to so check out the photos for instruction on folding and rolling the dough. These mini danish sweets can be filled with nuts or additional dried fruit. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like these brown sugar danishes, you should try:

Breakfast Danish

Raisin Swirl Bread

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread

Chocolate Coffee Almond Scones 

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Brown Sugar Danishes

These brown sugar danishes are filled with butter, pecans, and gooey sugary filling. The perfect, flaky, tender addition to any breakfast or brunch!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 360
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 14

Ingredients

For the dough (recipe by Samantha Seneviratne):

  • 1 ½ cups bread flour, plus more for rolling dough
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 14 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup cold whole milk

For the filling:

  • ¼ cup (50 gm) brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons flour
  • 6 tablespoons (85 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (65 gm) finely chopped pecans
  • 1 large egg

Instructions

To prepare the dough:

  1. Combine the flour, granulated sugar, yeast and salt in a food processor. Add butter and pulse to combine until butter is distributed in pea-sized pieces throughout the flour. Put the flour mixture in a medium bowl.
  2. In a separate, small bowl, whisk the egg and milk with 2 tablespoons of water. Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients. Fold the mixture until the liquid is evenly distributed, being careful to not overwork the dough. Dump the contents of the bowl out on to a lightly floured surface and pat into a rectangle. Chill for at least 3 hours, and up to 2 days.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to an 8-by-15-inch rectangle. Fold the dough in thirds like a letter. Rotate the dough 90 degrees and repeat the rolling and folding process. Dusting with flour as needed to prevent sticking, rotate, roll, and fold a final time, ending with a small, rectangular piece of dough. Wrap the dough in Saran wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  4. Repeat the entire rolling and folding process one more time. You will have rolled and folded the dough six times. If the dough becomes loose or tacky, place in the fridge to rest for a bit. Wrap the dough and place in the fridge for 2 hours or up to overnight.

To prepare the danishes:

  1. Combine the brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and flour in a medium sized bowl. Cut the softened butter into the dry ingredients, smooshing together to make a thick paste/spread.
  2. Using a well-floured rolling pin, roll the dough on a lightly floured surface into a 8”x21” long rectangle. Spread the cinnamon butter mixture evenly on to the dough. Sprinkle with the chopped pecans. Starting at one of the long ends, roll the dough tightly and gently pinch to seal along the length of the dough. Cut 1-1/2” slices of dough and place them in a lightly greased muffin tin. Cover with plastic wrap and allow the danishes to rise slightly, about 1 hour. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and whisk an egg in a small bowl. Once the danishes have risen, gently brush them with a thin layer of egg using a pastry brush and bake in the preheat oven for about 25-30 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown, puffed, and flaky. Check to make sure they don’t feel too soft in the center prior to removing from the oven- this can cause the pastries to fall once they cool. Allow to cool on a cooling rack for about 5 minutes before removing from the pan. Danishes are best served immediately or within 24 hours.

Notes

  • I prefer to use a high-quality, fatty butter like Kerrygold.
  • You can tell if the danishes have risen well by gently poking one with our finger. If it puffs back up slightly almost immediately, it has risen well.

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Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins

Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins by the Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are healthy, whole grain muffins, sweetened naturally with golden raisins and topped with a simple streusel. The muffins are kept moist with oil and grated carrots and can be made ahead and frozen to be shared later. These better for you breakfast treats are the great way to stay on top of your diet in the new year! Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. The idea of a resolution always feels a little like a temporary fix, a band-aid, for needs that require long-term effort and solutions. In my experience, resolutions are typically nothing more than the onset of a 3-week fad diet and an onslaught of inner shame when I inevitably fail. There’s an unspoken expectation that I will eventually quit my resolution, even on January 1.

In the past, I’ve been consumed by who I’m not and the things I don’t have. The new year, a fresh start, a clean slate, has always been an escape route- the perfect opportunity for an unsteady leap towards the illusion of something that I think might make me more content. I’ve literally spent years of Januarys starving and straining and guilting myself into perfect misery. Into failure.

Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins by the Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are healthy, whole grain muffins, sweetened naturally with golden raisins and topped with a simple streusel. The muffins are kept moist with oil and grated carrots and can be made ahead and frozen to be shared later. These better for you breakfast treats are the great way to stay on top of your diet in the new year! Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com

This year, I’m looking at resolutions a little differently. I’m still making goals, still setting the bar high for myself, but I want more. Instead of smaller thighs, I want more confidence. Instead of less debt, I want more financial freedom. And instead of fewer stress-induced grey hairs, I want MORE LIFE: More joy. Deeper relationships. Stronger skills. Increased hope and laughter and kindness to offer to the world.

January may be there perfect time to cut back, make changes, or switch gears, but this year I am motivated by the possibility of more. I’m not making alterations on my life because of the ugly things I see in it; I’m taking baby steps towards a joyful and abundant life that I know I should be living. If it takes me 30 more years to get there, I’m okay with that. I’m moving forward and towards more.

Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins by the Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are healthy, whole grain muffins, sweetened naturally with golden raisins and topped with a simple streusel. The muffins are kept moist with oil and grated carrots and can be made ahead and frozen to be shared later. These better for you breakfast treats are the great way to stay on top of your diet in the new year! Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com

Whole-Wheat Carrot Muffins

Maybe you’ve made a resolution to lose weight or bake a little healthier this year. Maybe, like me, you want more vegetables and sources of nutrients in your diet. These whole wheat carrot muffins- sweet, delicious, and simple to make- are the answer to those goals.

Making the Muffins

To make them, we start by mixing together the dry ingredients. Whole wheat flour and leavening are combined with warm winter spices. In a separate bowl, we stir together eggs, oil, and brown sugar for sweetness. The dry ingredients and the liquids are folded together before carrots and golden raisins are added to the mix. Muffin tins are filled to the brim with batter and topped with a simple golden streusel for an extra pop of sweet.

Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins by the Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are healthy, whole grain muffins, sweetened naturally with golden raisins and topped with a simple streusel. The muffins are kept moist with oil and grated carrots and can be made ahead and frozen to be shared later. These better for you breakfast treats are the great way to stay on top of your diet in the new year! Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com

These whole wheat carrot muffins are simple but flavorful, a feel good kind of food I don’t often showcase on this blog. This is the type of dish you don’t feel bad about preparing or sharing- the kind of food that gives you more.

Make these whole wheat carrot muffins this month and let me know what you think! No matter what your goals are this month, I hope you find yourself with more of all of the good things by the time February rolls around. I’m looking forward to hanging out with you guys this coming year, so, as always, thank you for making this space a home for me. Y’all are the best.

Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins by the Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are healthy, whole grain muffins, sweetened naturally with golden raisins and topped with a simple streusel. The muffins are kept moist with oil and grated carrots and can be made ahead and frozen to be shared later. These better for you breakfast treats are the great way to stay on top of your diet in the new year! Find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like these whole wheat carrot muffins, you should check out:

Peach Crumb Muffins

Hummingbird Muffins

Carrot Bundt Cake with Brown Butter Glaze

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Blueberries and Brown Butter Crumble 

Raspberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake

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Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins

These whole wheat carrot muffins are a healthier breakfast option without sacrificing any flavor. Make them ahead and share with friends for a tasty treat!

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

Ingredients

For the muffins:

  • 2 cups (260 gm) whole wheat flour
  • 11/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup (80 mL) canola or vegetable oil
  • 11/4 cup (250 gm) brown sugar, packed (see notes)
  • 1 cup (225 gm) full-fat Greek yogurt, at room temperature (see notes)
  • 11/2 cups (160 gm) grated carrots
  • 1 cup (150 gm) raisins

For the topping:

  • ¼ cup (50 gm) brown sugar, packed,
  • 11/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature

Instructions

  1. Move a rack to the upper third of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees. Prepare a muffin tin with 12 liners.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, oil, brown sugar, and yogurt.
  3. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold just until almost combined. Add in the carrots and raisins and stir just until combined. Do not overmix.
  4. Divide the batter up between the muffin tins, filling until about 3/4 of the way full.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, all-purpose flour, and cinnamon for the topping. Use the back of a fork to cut in the butter until pea-sized clumps form. Sprinkle the mixture over the top of the muffins. Bake for 20 minutes or until a cake tester or toothpick inserted comes out barely clean. Be careful to not overbake!

Notes

  • You can reduce the sugar in muffins by ¼ cup for fewer calories, if desired. The additional sugar enhances the sweetness, but a single cup of sugar produces a satisfactory muffin as well. I prefer the recipe as is.
  • You can substitute buttermilk or sour cream for the full-fat Greek yogurt, but do not use a low-fat version of any of these options.

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