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Berry Slab Pie

Berry Slab Pie by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a triple berry pie with blueberries raspberries and strawberries, scented with cinnamon and layered flat in a sheet pan. This summer pie serves a crowd and has an all-butter pie crust. This make ahead dessert is great for outdoor parties and picnics. Learn how to make this lattice on thewoodandspoon.com

Where does the time go? One day I’m trying on shorts in preparation for the first day of summer and the next I’m testing recipes for pumpkin cakes and pecan pies. Although I’m usually ready for the coming season, these past few months have been an absolute blur. With the end of summer just around the corner, I say we look the other way and keep noshing on berry-flavored treats and frozen citrus cocktails. Does that sound good? Cool! Then a berry slab pie is coming your way.

Berry Slab Pie by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a triple berry pie with blueberries raspberries and strawberries, scented with cinnamon and layered flat in a sheet pan. This summer pie serves a crowd and has an all-butter pie crust. This make ahead dessert is great for outdoor parties and picnics. Learn how to make this lattice on thewoodandspoon.com

I love a slab pie for a number of reasons. There’s no better way to feed a crowd with a load of sweet summer produce than with a sheet pan pie that can easily be sliced for guests. Here, with three types of berries and an all-butter crust courtesy of Kerrygold, this berry slab pie is a crowd pleaser that is perfect for the last of these summer days.

Berry Slab Pie by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a triple berry pie with blueberries raspberries and strawberries, scented with cinnamon and layered flat in a sheet pan. This summer pie serves a crowd and has an all-butter pie crust. This make ahead dessert is great for outdoor parties and picnics. Learn how to make this lattice on thewoodandspoon.com

To make this berry slab pie, we start with the crust. Flour, salt, and a bit of sugar are pulsed together with loads of butter until pea-sized clumps exist throughout. We bring the dough together with some ice water and apple cider vinegar and allow it to chill in the fridge. Once the dough is cold, preheat the oven and roll the dough out onto a floured surface. Fit the dough into a jelly roll pan and begin to prep your filling.

Berry Slab Pie by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a triple berry pie with blueberries raspberries and strawberries, scented with cinnamon and layered flat in a sheet pan. This summer pie serves a crowd and has an all-butter pie crust. This make ahead dessert is great for outdoor parties and picnics. Learn how to make this lattice on thewoodandspoon.com

Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries are tossed together with sugar, cinnamon, and lemon zest. Scoop the mixture into the prepared pie dish and set it aside while you roll out the top piece of dough. I chose to lattice strips of dough on my berry slab pie, but you can easily opt to roll out the sheet of dough and vent the top instead. Place the pie in a preheated oven and bake until the juices are bubbling and the crust is golden brown.

Berry Slab Pie by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a triple berry pie with blueberries raspberries and strawberries, scented with cinnamon and layered flat in a sheet pan. This summer pie serves a crowd and has an all-butter pie crust. This make ahead dessert is great for outdoor parties and picnics. Learn how to make this lattice on thewoodandspoon.com

A few things to know about this berry slab pie: first, you really have to roll out your dough well. A jelly roll pan requires a really big crust, and even though this recipe makes loads of dough you’ll still need to take care to roll it out large enough. Second, feel free to adapt this filling according to your preferences! You can use fresh or frozen berries and even sub in certain varieties of berries. Finally, be sure to taste test the berries before you fill your pie so that you can add more or less sugar as needed. If you find your berries aren’t super ripe you may require a few extra tablespoons of sugar to sweeten up the filling.

Berry Slab Pie by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a triple berry pie with blueberries raspberries and strawberries, scented with cinnamon and layered flat in a sheet pan. This summer pie serves a crowd and has an all-butter pie crust. This make ahead dessert is great for outdoor parties and picnics. Learn how to make this lattice on thewoodandspoon.com

Let’s bask in these last few days of summer and fill up on yummy treats like this berry slab pie. Many thanks to my friends at Kerrygold for sponsoring this post. Pies are only as good as the ingredients we put in them (especially when it comes to butter!), so for optimal taste I always trust Kerrygold. Pick up a few sticks at the store and give it a try yourself! Happy Tuesday and Happy Baking!

If you like this berry slab pie you should try:

Peach Berry Pie

Berry Almond Streusel Pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Caramel Apple Slab Pie

 

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Berry Slab Pie

Berry Slab Pie by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a triple berry pie with blueberries raspberries and strawberries, scented with cinnamon and layered flat in a sheet pan. This summer pie serves a crowd and has an all-butter pie crust. This make ahead dessert is great for outdoor parties and picnics. Learn how to make this lattice on thewoodandspoon.com

This berry slab pie is baked in a jelly roll pan and feeds a crowd! Features strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the pie crust:

  • 41/2 cups (585 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 11/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 13/4  cup (400 gm) unsalted butter, cold
  • 10+ tablespoons ice water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

For the pie filling:

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice (about the juice of one lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 8 cups (about 900 gm) mixed berries (I used chopped strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries)
  • ¼ cup (35 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup (100 gm) sugar
  • 1 egg

Instructions

To prepare the pie crust:

  1. Give the dry ingredients a whiz in the food processor to combine.
  2. Pulse in the butter, just until evenly dispersed and pea-sized clumps form.
  3. Pour the apple cider vinegar into the ice water. Add in 6 or 7 tablespoons of ice water mixture and pulse, adding in an additional tablespoon of water until a dough begins to form. I usually need 9-10 tablespoons of water.
  4. Remove dough from food processor and separate in two round disks. Wrap in Saran wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes prior to use.

To prepare the pie filling:

  1. Combine the lemon juice, zest, and berries in a large bowl. Add the flour, cinnamon, and sugar and toss to combine evenly. Set aside while you make assemble your pie.

To assemble your pie:

  1. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees. Prepare an egg wash by whisking 1 egg with 2 teaspoons of water. Set aside while you prepare the pie.
  2. Roll out one half of your dough on a lightly floured surface to a 12”x17” rectangle. Once smoothed and sized, roll the dough back onto the rolling pin and transfer the dough into a 15″ x 10″ x 1″ jelly roll pan. Gently press the dough into the edges of the pan and trim off excess dough, leaving a 3/4’” overhand around all edges. Use some excess dough to fill in spots where the dough may have cracked or wasn’t long enough.
  3. Sprinkle your prepared fruit into the pan and spread out to fill evenly. Roll out your remaining piece of dough to a 12”x17” rectangle. Roll the dough onto your rolling pin and transfer it to the pie. Center the pie top on the pan and fold the bottom edge over the top, crimping with your fingers as desired. Use a knife to vent the pie and brush the egg wash over the top crust. Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the filling inside is bubbling. Rotate the pie during baking as needed to brown evenly.

Berry Rhubarb Tart

Berry Rhubarb Tart by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an almond shortbread crust tart filled with fresh strawberries and rhubarb. The remaining crust is crumbled on top of this elegant simple tart along with sliced almonds. This is a pretty dessert to make in the summer and spring and is perfect for ladies' tea or Mother's Day! Find the recipe for this pastry at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Fri-yay, Fri-yay, Fri-yay! With Cinco de Mayo, the Kentucky Derby, and a number of other awesome events, this weekend has loads to be excited about. I’ve got your weekend round-up and a serious berry rhubarb tart to share with you kids this morning! Let’s get started!

Essential Margaritas

Did you see the rosé margarita I shared earlier this week? Food & Wine shared their 19 essential margarita recipes, and you better believe they look amazing. For more boozy ideas, check out my other cocktail recipes here!

Mother’s Day Gift Guides

Don’t forget to be a mother lover this year. Food52 shared a brilliant gift guide for the mamas in your world. Check it out here!

Madewell x Crewcuts

If you’re buying treats for the moms, you might as well get something for kiddos too! Madewell just released a clothing collab with J.Crew and it is beyond adorable. The little girl items have strawberries all over them, and you better believe Aimee girl is getting some ASAP.

Bon Appetit Travel Guide

I’m still flying high from my killer trip to Chicago last weekend. Bon Appetit shared this very smart travel guide in their most recent issue, and I agree with every bit of it. Give it a looksie here!

Berry Rhubarb Tart by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an almond shortbread crust tart filled with fresh strawberries and rhubarb. The remaining crust is crumbled on top of this elegant simple tart along with sliced almonds. This is a pretty dessert to make in the summer and spring and is perfect for ladies' tea or Mother's Day! Find the recipe for this pastry at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Berry Rhubarb Tart

In Alabama, rhubarb has been a hot commodity. While those beautiful stalks are coming into season I wanted you all to have a sure-thing treat to prepare for your people in the coming days. This berry rhubarb tart, equal parts elegant and simple, is nothing short of delightful, the perfect dessert to round out your weekends. 

Berry Rhubarb Tart by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an almond shortbread crust tart filled with fresh strawberries and rhubarb. The remaining crust is crumbled on top of this elegant simple tart along with sliced almonds. This is a pretty dessert to make in the summer and spring and is perfect for ladies' tea or Mother's Day! Find the recipe for this pastry at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood
Berry Rhubarb Tart by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an almond shortbread crust tart filled with fresh strawberries and rhubarb. The remaining crust is crumbled on top of this elegant simple tart along with sliced almonds. This is a pretty dessert to make in the summer and spring and is perfect for ladies' tea or Mother's Day! Find the recipe for this pastry at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood
Berry Rhubarb Tart by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an almond shortbread crust tart filled with fresh strawberries and rhubarb. The remaining crust is crumbled on top of this elegant simple tart along with sliced almonds. This is a pretty dessert to make in the summer and spring and is perfect for ladies' tea or Mother's Day! Find the recipe for this pastry at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

To make it, we start with a simple crust. Almond flour and all-purpose flour and stirred with a bit of sugar before a generous amount of butter is cut in. You can use the back of two forks or a pastry cutter to make sure that the butter is incorporated evenly into pea-sized chunks. Press 2/3 of the mixture into a large rectangular tart pan and set aside while you prepare the filling.

Berry Rhubarb Tart by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an almond shortbread crust tart filled with fresh strawberries and rhubarb. The remaining crust is crumbled on top of this elegant simple tart along with sliced almonds. This is a pretty dessert to make in the summer and spring and is perfect for ladies' tea or Mother's Day! Find the recipe for this pastry at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Strawberries and rhubarb are tossed with sugar, vanilla, and lemon zest. Cornstarch is added to thicken the mixture before is added to the prepared tart pan. Sprinkle the remaining crust crumbles on top of the fresh fruit and garnish with sliced almonds. Bake in the preheated oven until it is golden brown and the fruit beneath is barely bubbling.

Berry Rhubarb Tart by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an almond shortbread crust tart filled with fresh strawberries and rhubarb. The remaining crust is crumbled on top of this elegant simple tart along with sliced almonds. This is a pretty dessert to make in the summer and spring and is perfect for ladies' tea or Mother's Day! Find the recipe for this pastry at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

This berry rhubarb tart keeps for several days but is very best the day it is made. I’ve been known to nibble on pieces at breakfast and dessert, so long as a cup of coffee is available to enjoy it with. While the tart may appear to be difficult to prepare, I can promise it is shockingly simple. Truly,this berry rhubarb tart makes the wait for rhubarb worth it.

Berry Rhubarb Tart by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an almond shortbread crust tart filled with fresh strawberries and rhubarb. The remaining crust is crumbled on top of this elegant simple tart along with sliced almonds. This is a pretty dessert to make in the summer and spring and is perfect for ladies' tea or Mother's Day! Find the recipe for this pastry at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate WoodBerry Rhubarb Tart by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an almond shortbread crust tart filled with fresh strawberries and rhubarb. The remaining crust is crumbled on top of this elegant simple tart along with sliced almonds. This is a pretty dessert to make in the summer and spring and is perfect for ladies' tea or Mother's Day! Find the recipe for this pastry at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Have a great weekend and enjoy some dessert this week! This berry rhubarb tart is not one to miss! 

If you like this berry rhubarb tart you should check out:

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Raspberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake

Strawberry Pretzel Tart

Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake

Raspberry Streusel Cake

 

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Berry Rhubarb Tart

Berry Rhubarb Tart by Wood and Spoon blog. This is an almond shortbread crust tart filled with fresh strawberries and rhubarb. The remaining crust is crumbled on top of this elegant simple tart along with sliced almonds. This is a pretty dessert to make in the summer and spring and is perfect for ladies' tea or Mother's Day! Find the recipe for this pastry at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

This berry rhubarb tart is a simple dessert, both sweet and tart, filled with fresh strawberries and rhubarb. The crust is an almond and butter crumble and the whole thing is garnished with sliced almonds. 

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 1 hour
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Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 11/4 cup (160 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup (70 gm) almond flour
  • ½ cup (100 gm) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 11 tablespoons (155 gm) cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 11/2 tablespoons milk or water

For the filling:

  • 8 ounces hulled and quartered strawberries (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 8 ounces rhubarb, trimmed and cut into 1” pieces
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • Whipped cream, for serving if desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the flour, almond flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Use a pastry cutter or the back of two forks to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until there are small pea-sized clumps throughout and the mixture is sandy in appearance. Add the milk or water and stir together just until a dough comes together. Pat about 2/3 of the mixture into the bottom and sides of a 4-1/4” x 13-3/4” tart pan with a removable bottom (you can also use a large 9” round tart pan). Place the pan and the remaining crumbs in the fridge while you prepare the filling.
  2. For the filling, combine the quartered strawberries and chopped rhubarb in a bowl with the sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, and lemon zest. Stir together until combined and spread into the bottom of the tart pan. Sprinkle the remaining crumbs over the fruit filling and then top with the almonds. Bake in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes or until the crust and crumbles are golden brown and the fruit filling is bubbling. Allow to cool slightly and serve with whipped cream.

Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour

Lemon Berry Crumb Cake

Lemon Berry Crumb Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple lemon zest flavored spring time single layer cake filled with a tart raspberry jam and topped with a simple shortbread crumble. The cake bakes up into an easy dessert that can also serve as a breakfast of brunch item. Pour on a thick powdered sugar lemon glaze for extra decoration. Find the recipe for this Easter favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

It’s here! Friday has come like a beacon in the night, so please don’t mind me while I celebrate with a victory dance and a jumbo slice of this lemon berry crumb cake. I’ve got your weekend roundup set out for you, including what to read, what to watch, and what to make for all of your Easter celebrations. Let’s get started! 
Lemon Berry Crumb Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple lemon zest flavored spring time single layer cake filled with a tart raspberry jam and topped with a simple shortbread crumble. The cake bakes up into an easy dessert that can also serve as a breakfast of brunch item. Pour on a thick powdered sugar lemon glaze for extra decoration. Find the recipe for this Easter favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

Yeast-Free Cinnamon Rolls

This article from Food52 is blowing my mind. Cinnamon rolls without the wait? Without the rise? Sign me up! Read the article here about how a simple dough leavened with baking powder can make all of your cinnamon roll dreams come true. 

How to Make a Living as a Food Blogger

I’ve had a million and one of you ask me how running a food blog has the potential to earn money. While I’m hardly rolling in “The Benjamins” (Mom, that’s slang for money, hundred dollar bills, okay?), I still pinch myself on the daily that people write me checks for doing something that I love. This article from Food & Wine is informative, straight-forward, and provides pointers for people who may be considering this path for themselves.

Bïeryoncé

Did you hear that someone named a beer after Beyonce? It’s a German pilsner from Lineup Brewery called Bïeryoncé, and I have to admit that I’m a little jealous. All I need is to join a chart-topping hip-hop group, start an even bigger solo career, marry a rap mogul, and accumulate a near-billion dollar net worth… maybe then I’ll have enough bad-assery under my belt to have a beer named after me. After looking into purchasing some for myself, I found out that Queen B’s lawyers served the brewery a cease and desist letter, so the brew has been laid to rest. RIP, Bïeryoncé.

Spring and Summer Bags 

I may be late to the straw bag bandwagon, but now that I’m on it I’m never getting off. I recently purchased the ultra-trendy round woven bag for my upcoming warm-weather travels, and I cannot wait to start toting. Get in the trend with a bag of your own! I love the options here

Hamilton and Carpool Karaoke

Okay, this is an old video, but my love for Hamilton is so strong right now that I thought you may want to enjoy this video too. James Corden is my Night-Talkshow-Host in Shining Armor, and this video makes me love him even more. Hamilton has just started their US tour, so be sure to check here for upcoming dates near you. Brett, if you’re reading this, remember that Mother’s Day is just around the corner and I gave you two very incredible children, okay?

Easter Baking

There’s a million and one things you should make for this weekend’s most special holiday. For a layer cake option, check out my robin egg speckled cake tutorial. If you’re interested in a bundt cake, maybe try my carrot cake with brown butter glaze or lemon almond poppyseed bundt cake. But if you prefer a simple, seasonal option for Sunday’s affair, let me introduce you to this lemon berry crumb cake. It’s fresh, entirely delicious, and perfect for sharing as a breakfast or dessert.

Lemon Berry Crumb Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple lemon zest flavored spring time single layer cake filled with a tart raspberry jam and topped with a simple shortbread crumble. The cake bakes up into an easy dessert that can also serve as a breakfast of brunch item. Pour on a thick powdered sugar lemon glaze for extra decoration. Find the recipe for this Easter favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

Here’s the breakdown: This lemon berry crumb cake is a moist and tender butter cake filled with a tart berry jam. The whole thing gets baked under a mountain of lemony shortbread-style crumbs that add a bit of salty crunch to the otherwise sweet cake. The result is an impressive single layer cake that will make all of your spring brunch dreams come true. 

Lemon Berry Crumb Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple lemon zest flavored spring time single layer cake filled with a tart raspberry jam and topped with a simple shortbread crumble. The cake bakes up into an easy dessert that can also serve as a breakfast of brunch item. Pour on a thick powdered sugar lemon glaze for extra decoration. Find the recipe for this Easter favorite on thewoodandspoon.comLemon Berry Crumb Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple lemon zest flavored spring time single layer cake filled with a tart raspberry jam and topped with a simple shortbread crumble. The cake bakes up into an easy dessert that can also serve as a breakfast of brunch item. Pour on a thick powdered sugar lemon glaze for extra decoration. Find the recipe for this Easter favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

To make the lemon berry crumb cake, we start with the batter. Butter and sugar are creamed together, followed by the addition of eggs, vanilla, and lemon zest. The dry ingredients are stirred in to make a somewhat thick and spreadable batter. About 2/3 of the mixture is smoothed into the bottom of a 9″ springform pan and is topped by a smear of your favorite jam. The cake is sweet, so I recommend a tart jam to offset that sugar. The remaining batter is spread on top of the jam and a basic crumble is sprinkled on top. 

Lemon Berry Crumb Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple lemon zest flavored spring time single layer cake filled with a tart raspberry jam and topped with a simple shortbread crumble. The cake bakes up into an easy dessert that can also serve as a breakfast of brunch item. Pour on a thick powdered sugar lemon glaze for extra decoration. Find the recipe for this Easter favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

Fresh from the oven, this lemon berry crumb cake is fab all on its own, however I like to top it with a simple drizzle made from powdered sugar, lemon juice, and sour cream. You can pass on the glaze, but I think it fancies it up a bit, don’t you? 

Lemon Berry Crumb Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple lemon zest flavored spring time single layer cake filled with a tart raspberry jam and topped with a simple shortbread crumble. The cake bakes up into an easy dessert that can also serve as a breakfast of brunch item. Pour on a thick powdered sugar lemon glaze for extra decoration. Find the recipe for this Easter favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

I hope your Easter weekends are filled with lots of jelly beans and golden eggs and lemon berry crumb cake. The miracle of this holiday bowls me over every year, so I’m looking forward to gathering hope in that as well. Happy Friday and happy baking!

If you like this lemon berry crumb cake, you should check out:

Blueberry Lemon Bars

Lemon Almond Tart

Blueberry Galette

Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake

Raspberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake

 

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Lemon Berry Crumb Cake

Lemon Berry Crumb Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple lemon zest flavored spring time single layer cake filled with a tart raspberry jam and topped with a simple shortbread crumble. The cake bakes up into an easy dessert that can also serve as a breakfast of brunch item. Pour on a thick powdered sugar lemon glaze for extra decoration. Find the recipe for this Easter favorite on thewoodandspoon.com

This lemon berry crumb cake is a sweet single layer cake filled with a tart raspberry jam and topped with a crunchy shortbread crumble. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 9 1x
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Ingredients

For the crumb:

  • ¼ cup (55 gm) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons (115 gm) all-purpose flour

For the cake:

  • ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup (150 gm) sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 21/2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 11/2 cups (195 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (100 gm) full-fat buttermilk
  • ½ cup blackberry, raspberry, or blueberry preserves, according to your preferences

For the glaze (optional):

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream (buttermilk can be substituted in a pinch)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions

To prepare the crumble:

  1. In a small bowl, stir together the butter and lemon juice. Add the sugar and salt, stirring to combine. Fold in the flour until large clumps form. Place in the fridge to chill while you prepare the cake.

To prepare the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9” springform pan with baking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, vanilla, and lemon zest and beat to combine. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add ½ cup of the flour, the baking powder, the baking soda, and the salt. Stir on low to barely combine. Stir in the buttermilk and then add the remaining flour on low speed just until integrated. Scrape the sides of the bowl and fold in any unincorporated batter.
  3. Spread about 2/3 of the batter into the bottom of the springform pan. Smooth the preserves over top pf the batter, leaving a 1” border around the perimeter of the cake. Carefully spread the remaining batter on top and sprinkle the whole thing with the crumble, breaking up the big clumps into a crumb size you prefer. Bake in the preheated oven for about 35-40 minutes, or until the top is puffed and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Set aside to cool.

To prepare the glaze:

  1. When you’re ready to prepare the glaze, whisk together all the ingredients until a viscous glaze forms. Add more powdered sugar to thicken it up and more sour cream or lemon juice to thin it out. Drizzle over top of the prepared cake and enjoy!

 

 

Chicago

A few weeks ago, Brett and I traveled to Chicago to celebrate my 29-ish (ok, 30th) birthday. The weekend was packed with SO MUCH FUN AND DELICIOUSNESS that I knew I just had to tell you guys all about it. Oh, and we’re going to talk about chocolate budino too, so happy birthday to everyone apparently.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

Have you been to Chicago? It’s literally the best. The town is clean and beautiful with amazing restaurants, architecture, and shopping to boot. If cool food, professional sports, and really nice locals are your thing, Chicago is where it’s at.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

We stayed downtown at the Loews Hotel and spent pretty much every waking moment eating and navigating the city. Although the shopping and tourist attractions were all pretty stellar, the hands-down highlight was the architecture tour along the river. Taking in the city from a boat on a sunny day was a treat I won’t soon forget.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

Another day was spent with my dearest friend, Trisha, and her husband who drove from Indianapolis to surprise me for my b-day! This girl has a brand new baby boy at home and still made the trek to hug my neck and celebrate- isn’t that golden? We had a few meals, shopped, and experienced the view from the 96th floor of the John Hancock building during our time together. Let’s raise a glass to the besties that love us well.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

In the evenings, we hung out with my brother, Blake, who lives in downtown Chicago. While together, we visited some of my very favorite restaurants in the city and spared no calorie to make sure that we enjoyed the full culinary experience. My brother is a super adventurous eater and really appreciates good food, so it was next-level amazing to have him join our dining squad.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

On our last day in Chicago, we had brunch at one of my favorite restaurants, Little Goat Diner, and went to see the Broadway musical Hamilton. If theatre or American history or hip-hop or ridiculous musical talent is your thing, THIS SHOW IS FOR YOU. I laughed, I cried, I danced in my seat- this show literally blew my mind and I’m dying to go again. If you have the opportunity to see this show, DOOOO IT.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

Be sure to check out my list of Chicago faves below. In a city with a thousand wonderful things to do, I hope you’ll make time for at least one or two of these on your next trip.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

While in Chicago, we ate dinner at Monteverde, a 2017 James Beard Award winning chef’s restaurant. We ordered things like pesto gnocchi and pumpkin ravioli, but the winner for me was the butterscotch budino. If you’re not familiar, budino is basically a rich Italian take on pudding, sometimes smooth and creamy like a custard, other times light and eggy like a souffle. Always wanting to appease my pudding-loving husband, I started tinkering with a chocolate budino recipe a few months ago, and I am thrilled to share the outcome with you today.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

This chocolate budino is not your average Snack Pack. There’s no artificial chocolate powder flavor here; this thing doesn’t taste like a Yoo-Hoo. This version of chocolate budino tastes like CHOCOLATE- rich and buttery with the perfect amount of sweetness, but otherwise decidedly chocolate in flavor. Making chocolate budino is quite similar to making a homemade pudding, and once you know the base recipe there are three different topping variations that you can try. Seriously, I see this coming to an intimate dinner party near you.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

To make the chocolate budino, we start at the stove. Gently heat some whole milk and cream while you mix together the dry ingredients- cocoa powder, cornstarch, and sugar. A few egg yolks are whisked into the dry ingredients before the steaming dairy is added to the mix. We add the hot liquids in a slow and careful stream, whisking vigorously the whole time to ensure that we don’t scramble our egg yolks in the process. Once the milk and cream have been added, we pour the whole lot of it back into the saucepan on the stove and cook, continuing to whisk, until the mixture has thickened slightly to the consistency of a thick and creamy salad dressing. Next, we lower the heat and add the remaining ingredients of chocolate, salt, vanilla, and butter, stirring to combine. Immediately divvy the pudding into small heat-safe containers and rest a piece of plastic wrap on the surface of each one to make sure that the pudding doesn’t form a skin (yuck).

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

This chocolate budino can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge just until the time of serving. I like to let mine warm up on the counter for a few minutes prior to serving so that you can realllllly taste the chocolate. While they sit out, you can begin assembling the toppings for these treats! Fresh whipped cream is a must, but from there you have some choices to make. I’ve included instructions for a berry topping, a chocolate crumble (adapted from this cake!), and hazelnut praline. All options are terrific, so pick how you want your chocolate budino and get to work! You won’t be disappointed.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

Thanks for always letting me jabber on about desserts and traveling. If you have any must-see spots in Chicago, PLEASE, tell me about them! And if there’s another city you think I need to eat my way through, please inform me so that I can begin negotiations with Brett. Ha! Enjoy these chocolate budinos and cheers to you!

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

Where We Ate in Chicago:

Fun/ Casual Bites:

Little Goat Diner
My favorite dish (This Little Piggy Went To China) is from here!
Girl and the Goat
Global food served in a family-style setting.
Au Cheval
The best burger and garlic fries in Chicago.
Fat Rice
A mix of Asian, African, and Indian cuisine served in the COOLEST atmosphere.
Pequod’s
Perfect Chicago deep-dish pizza. We called ahead and ordered carry-out to avoid a wait!
The Purple Pig
Highly acclaimed Chicago favorite serving New American cuisine in a shared-plate atmosphere.
Duck Duck Goat 
Stephanie Izzard’s take on Chinese food. It’s RIDICULOUS GOOD.
Rooh
A seasonal Indian menu in a chic setting.

Nicer Vibes:

Monteverde
Italian cuisine with house-made pasta and loads of global influence.
Avec
Rustic Mediterranean small plates and home of the best Chorizo-stuffed dates.
Bavette’s
A classic steakhouse with French flair.
Nico Osteria
A daily-changed menu serving housemade pasta and Italian seafood.
RL Restaurant
American food served in a unique club atmosphere.
RPM Italian
Modern Italian cuisine in a sassy atmosphere.
Gilt Bar
Contemporary American cuisine and small plates in a dark dining setting.

Dining Experiences:

Alinea
Consistently ranked among the best restaurants in the WORLD, Alinea is a fine dining experience that is equally parts meal and show. Expect modern American cuisine, impeccable service, and a bunch of surprises throughout the evening.

Sweet Bites:

Sweet Mandy B’s
Buy as many cookies as you can fit in your carry-on.
Floriole
A fantastic bakery with some of the flakiest, most buttery pasties I’ve ever had.

Where We Drank in Chicago:

Three Dots and A Dash
The coolest tiki lounge in The Loop!
The Signature Lounge
Cocktails from the 96th floor of the John Hancock Building!
Velvet Hour
A moody bar with a speak-easy vibe.
Cindy’s Rooftop
My favorite spot for day drinking in Chicago.
Intelligentsia Coffee
A Chicago-born coffee company with a terrific brew.
Lost Lake
A tiki bar with and island aesthetic.
The Fox Bar at Soho House
A cheeky late-night spot to grab a drink.

Things We Did in Chicago:

Millenium Park to check out The Bean!
Shopping on Michigan Ave.
River architecture tour
Hamilton– the best broadway show I’ve ever seen.
Shopping on Armitage
Took in the view from the top of the John Hancock Building

Places I’m Dying to Try Next Time in Chicago:

Three Arts Club Cafe
Bohemian House
Velvet Taco
Big Star Tacos
Publican Quality Meats
Milk Room

For more posts like this, check out:

Cookie Butter Pretzel Mousse
Banana Coconut Chocolate Cream Pie
Chocolate Coffee Almond Scones and Our Time in Portland
BBC Popsicles and Our Time in St. Barth’s

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Chocolate Budino: Three Ways

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

Chocolate budino, a rich pudding-like dessert, can be prepared in three ways- with a chocolate crumble, with a berry topping, or with a hazelnut praline!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 90
  • Yield: 4 1x
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Ingredients

For the budino:

  • 11/4 cup (300 mL) whole milk
  • 1/3 cup (80 mL) heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup (30 gm) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup (50 gm) sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the whipped cream:

  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

For the chocolate crumble topping:

  • ¼ cup (55 gm) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 21/2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons (60 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 tablespoon water

For the berry topping:

  • 1 cup mixed berries (I prefer blackberries and raspberries)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water

For the hazelnut praline:

  • ¼ cup (40 gm) chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons butter, melted

Instructions

To prepare the budino:

  1. Combine one cup of the whole milk and the heavy cream in a 6-quart saucepan on the stove. Turn the heat to medium-low while you assemble the rest of the ingredients.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the cornstarch, cocoa powder and sugar. Add the egg yolks and the remaining milk, whisking to combine.
  3. Once the milk and cream on the stovetop are warmed and barely steaming, carefully remove one cup of the mixture and add it to the cornstarch mixture, whisking quickly all the while. Once combined, add the cornstarch and milk mixture back to the saucepan on the stove, whisking together constantly until the mixture begins to thicken. You’ll want the mixture to become a viscous consistency, similar to the texture of a creamy salad dressing. 
  4. Turn the heat to low and add in the salt, chocolate, butter, and vanilla. Whisk quickly to combine and melt the chocolate and then remove from the heat immediately. Pour into four heat-safe containers and place a small sheet of plastic wrap on top so that a skin does not form on the top of the pudding.

To prepare the whipped cream:

  1. Place the cold cream in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat at medium speed until slightly thickened and frothy, then add the sugar. Increase the speed to high and beat just until medium stiff peaks form. Keep in the fridge until you plan to serve the budino.

To prepare the chocolate crumble topping:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar on medium low speed until creamy, about 1-2 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and beat on low until large crumbs begin to form. Chill the crumbs in the freezer for about 5 minutes to set the crumbs.
  3. Spread the crumbs out onto a quarter sheet pan and bake in the oven, tossing occasionally for about 15-20 minutes, or until crumbs are baked and set. All to cool completely.

To prepare the berry topping:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Mash larger berries to release juices and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has thickened and is bubbling. Remove from heat and cool completely.

To prepare the hazelnut praline:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all three ingredients and spread out on a small sheet pan.
  3. Bake for about 5 minutes, then stir and bake for an additional 4-5 minutes. The nuts should be fragrant and crunchy with melted sugar. Allow to cool completely.

Notes

  • If desired, add 1/4 cup Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread) to the pudding.
  • As an alternative to the hazelnut praline, consider making cookies to top the pudding! Check out my recipe for butter pecan cookies. Substitute hazelnuts for pecans and crumble baked and cooled cookies over top of the pudding.
  • Switch out these toppings for some of your favorites. Salted caramel, pretzels, shortbread cookies, toffee sauce and bananas, and any other number of items would taste delicious here! Change according to your preferences.

Recipe for the budino adapted from Nigella Lawson

Chocolate Budino// Guide to Chicago

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

A few weeks ago, Brett and I traveled to Chicago to celebrate my 29-ish (ok, 30th) birthday. The weekend was packed with SO MUCH FUN AND DELICIOUSNESS that I knew I just had to tell you guys all about it. Oh, and we’re going to talk about chocolate budino too, so happy birthday to everyone apparently.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

Have you been to Chicago? It’s literally the best. The town is clean and beautiful with amazing restaurants, architecture, and shopping to boot. If cool food, professional sports, and really nice locals are your thing, Chicago is where it’s at.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

We stayed downtown at the Loews Hotel and spent pretty much every waking moment eating and navigating the city. Although the shopping and tourist attractions were all pretty stellar, the hands-down highlight was the architecture tour along the river. Taking in the city from a boat on a sunny day was a treat I won’t soon forget.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

Another day was spent with my dearest friend, Trisha, and her husband who drove from Indianapolis to surprise me for my b-day! This girl has a brand new baby boy at home and still made the trek to hug my neck and celebrate- isn’t that golden? We had a few meals, shopped, and experienced the view from the 96th floor of the John Hancock building during our time together. Let’s raise a glass to the besties that love us well.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

In the evenings, we hung out with my brother, Blake, who lives in downtown Chicago. While together, we visited some of my very favorite restaurants in the city and spared no calorie to make sure that we enjoyed the full culinary experience. My brother is a super adventurous eater and really appreciates good food, so it was next-level amazing to have him join our dining squad.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

On our last day in Chicago, we had brunch at one of my favorite restaurants, Little Goat Diner, and went to see the Broadway musical Hamilton. If theatre or American history or hip-hop or ridiculous musical talent is your thing, THIS SHOW IS FOR YOU. I laughed, I cried, I danced in my seat- this show literally blew my mind and I’m dying to go again. If you have the opportunity to see this show, DOOOO IT.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com Where to eat and stay and play and do in Chicago! find the restaurant bar bakery and scenic must sees in the Windy City.

Be sure to check out my list of Chicago faves below. In a city with a thousand wonderful things to do, I hope you’ll make time for at least one or two of these on your next trip.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

While in Chicago, we ate dinner at Monteverde, a 2017 James Beard Award winning chef’s restaurant. We ordered things like pesto gnocchi and pumpkin ravioli, but the winner for me was the butterscotch budino. If you’re not familiar, budino is basically a rich Italian take on pudding, sometimes smooth and creamy like a custard, other times light and eggy like a souffle. Always wanting to appease my pudding-loving husband, I started tinkering with a chocolate budino recipe a few months ago, and I am thrilled to share the outcome with you today.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

This chocolate budino is not your average Snack Pack. There’s no artificial chocolate powder flavor here; this thing doesn’t taste like a Yoo-Hoo. This version of chocolate budino tastes like CHOCOLATE- rich and buttery with the perfect amount of sweetness, but otherwise decidedly chocolate in flavor. Making chocolate budino is quite similar to making a homemade pudding, and once you know the base recipe there are three different topping variations that you can try. Seriously, I see this coming to an intimate dinner party near you.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

To make the chocolate budino, we start at the stove. Gently heat some whole milk and cream while you mix together the dry ingredients- cocoa powder, cornstarch, and sugar. A few egg yolks are whisked into the dry ingredients before the steaming dairy is added to the mix. We add the hot liquids in a slow and careful stream, whisking vigorously the whole time to ensure that we don’t scramble our egg yolks in the process. Once the milk and cream have been added, we pour the whole lot of it back into the saucepan on the stove and cook, continuing to whisk, until the mixture has thickened slightly to the consistency of a thick and creamy salad dressing. Next, we lower the heat and add the remaining ingredients of chocolate, salt, vanilla, and butter, stirring to combine. Immediately divvy the pudding into small heat-safe containers and rest a piece of plastic wrap on the surface of each one to make sure that the pudding doesn’t form a skin (yuck).

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

This chocolate budino can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge just until the time of serving. I like to let mine warm up on the counter for a few minutes prior to serving so that you can realllllly taste the chocolate. While they sit out, you can begin assembling the toppings for these treats! Fresh whipped cream is a must, but from there you have some choices to make. I’ve included instructions for a berry topping, a chocolate crumble (adapted from this cake!), and hazelnut praline. All options are terrific, so pick how you want your chocolate budino and get to work! You won’t be disappointed.

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

Thanks for always letting me jabber on about desserts and traveling. If you have any must-see spots in Chicago, PLEASE, tell me about them! And if there’s another city you think I need to eat my way through, please inform me so that I can begin negotiations with Brett. Ha! Enjoy these chocolate budinos and cheers to you!

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

Where We Ate in Chicago:

Little Goat Diner

My favorite dish (This Little Piggy Went To China) is from here!

Monteverde

Italian cuisine with house-made pasta and loads of global influence.

Girl and the Goat

Global food served in a family-style setting.

Au Cheval

The best burger and garlic fries in Chicago.

Avec

Rustic Mediterranean small plates and home of the best Chorizo-stuffed dates.

Bavette’s

A classic steakhouse with French flair.

Nico Osteria

A daily-changed menu serving housemade pasta and Italian seafood.

Fat Rice

A mix of Asian, African, and Indian cuisine served in the COOLEST atmosphere.

Pequod’s

Perfect Chicago deep-dish pizza. We called ahead and ordered carry-out to avoid a wait!

The Purple Pig

Highly acclaimed Chicago favorite serving New American cuisine in a shared-plate atmosphere.

RL Restaurant

American food served in a unique club atmosphere.

Sweet Mandy B’s

Buy as many cookies as you can fit in your carry-on.

Floriole

A fantastic bakery with some of the flakiest, most buttery pasties I’ve ever had.

 

Where We Drank in Chicago:

Three Dots and A Dash

The coolest tiki lounge in The Loop!

The Signature Lounge

Cocktails from the 96th floor of the John Hancock Building!

Velvet Hour

A moody bar with a speak-easy vibe.

Cindy’s Rooftop

My favorite spot for day drinking in Chicago.

Intelligentsia Coffee

A Chicago-born coffee company with a terrific brew.

Lost Lake

A tiki bar with and island aesthetic.

 

Things We Did in Chicago:

Millenium Park to check out The Bean!

Shopping on Michigan Ave.

River architecture tour

Hamilton– the best broadway show I’ve ever seen.

Shopping on Armitage

Took in the view from the top of the John Hancock Building

 

Places I’m Dying to Try Next Time in Chicago:

Three Arts Club Cafe

Bohemian House

Velvet Taco

Big Star Tacos

Publican Quality Meats

Milk Room

 

For more posts like this, check out:

Cookie Butter Pretzel Mousse

Banana Coconut Chocolate Cream Pie

Chocolate Coffee Almond Scones and Our Time in Portland

BBC Popsicles and Our Time in St. Barth’s

 

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Chocolate Budino: Three Ways

Chocolate Budino Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a rich chocolate Italian pudding with three different flavor and topping variations. Chocolate crumble, hazelnut, and fresh berries! Make the creamy dessert ahead of time and store in the fridge until you're ready to top with whipped cream and nutty crumbly toppings. Find the recipe and how to for this custard based dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

Chocolate budino, a rich pudding-like dessert, can be prepared in three ways- with a chocolate crumble, with a berry topping, or with a hazelnut praline!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 90
  • Yield: 4 1x
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Ingredients

For the budino:

  • 11/4 cup (300 mL) whole milk
  • 1/3 cup (80 mL) heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup (30 gm) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup (50 gm) sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the whipped cream:

  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

For the chocolate crumble topping:

  • ¼ cup (55 gm) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 21/2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons (60 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 tablespoon water

For the berry topping:

  • 1 cup mixed berries (I prefer blackberries and raspberries)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water

For the hazelnut praline:

  • ¼ cup (40 gm) chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons butter, melted

Instructions

To prepare the budino:

  1. Combine one cup of the whole milk and the heavy cream in a 6-quart saucepan on the stove. Turn the heat to medium-low while you assemble the rest of the ingredients.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the cornstarch, cocoa powder and sugar. Add the egg yolks and the remaining milk, whisking to combine.
  3. Once the milk and cream on the stovetop are warmed and barely steaming, carefully remove one cup of the mixture and add it to the cornstarch mixture, whisking quickly all the while. Once combined, add the cornstarch and milk mixture back to the saucepan on the stove, whisking together constantly until the mixture begins to thicken. You’ll want the mixture to become a viscous consistency, similar to the texture of a creamy salad dressing. 
  4. Turn the heat to low and add in the salt, chocolate, butter, and vanilla. Whisk quickly to combine and melt the chocolate and then remove from the heat immediately. Pour into four heat-safe containers and place a small sheet of plastic wrap on top so that a skin does not form on the top of the pudding.

To prepare the whipped cream:

  1. Place the cold cream in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat at medium speed until slightly thickened and frothy, then add the sugar. Increase the speed to high and beat just until medium stiff peaks form. Keep in the fridge until you plan to serve the budino.

To prepare the chocolate crumble topping:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar on medium low speed until creamy, about 1-2 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and beat on low until large crumbs begin to form. Chill the crumbs in the freezer for about 5 minutes to set the crumbs.
  3. Spread the crumbs out onto a quarter sheet pan and bake in the oven, tossing occasionally for about 15-20 minutes, or until crumbs are baked and set. All to cool completely.

To prepare the berry topping:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Mash larger berries to release juices and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has thickened and is bubbling. Remove from heat and cool completely.

To prepare the hazelnut praline:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all three ingredients and spread out on a small sheet pan.
  3. Bake for about 5 minutes, then stir and bake for an additional 4-5 minutes. The nuts should be fragrant and crunchy with melted sugar. Allow to cool completely.

Notes

  • If desired, add 1/4 cup Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread) to the pudding.
  • As an alternative to the hazelnut praline, consider making cookies to top the pudding! Check out my recipe for butter pecan cookies. Substitute hazelnuts for pecans and crumble baked and cooled cookies over top of the pudding.
  • Switch out these toppings for some of your favorites. Salted caramel, pretzels, shortbread cookies, toffee sauce and bananas, and any other number of items would taste delicious here! Change according to your preferences.

Recipe for the budino adapted from Nigella Lawson

Berry Almond Streusel Pie

Mixed Berry Pie

Friday, you sweet son of a gun, am I glad to see you or what?!

Have you all had some bright spots this week? I really hope so. Over here, the days feel long when they’re spent attached to a 5 week old while running after an almost two year old but thank goodness and hallelujah that summer + maternity leave = weekends at the lake. My parents have a little spot on the water at Lake Martin, so during the summer, they spend a couple months in these parts and I have a location for weekend retreats. And, to be clear, by “retreats” I mean no makeup, extra hands to help with chi’rens, and all the grilled chili dogs and burgers my post-natal body can handle. PRAISE!

Mixed Berry Pie

I’m excited to be able to share with you all twice this week. Ever since we talked about pie crust earlier this week, I’ve been trying to determine which recipe I was going to post today. I have a few pies up my sleeve but, you know, I can’t show you all my cards at once so let’s settle for one recipe at time, okay? In preparation for today, I did a little more research (read: made and consumed way too many pies) to make sure I gave you the most appropriate of appropriate pie recipes today. After much deliberation and several scoops of ice cream to make my pie tests “a la mode”, I’ve decided on a summer staple: mixed berry pie. Well, berry almond streusel pie, to be precise. 

Mixed Berry Pie

Mixed Berry Pie

Me and the berries get along real well in the summer on account of all the farm stands and pick-your-own berry fields that have popped up here in central Alabama. Also, is there anyone who doesn’t like at least one variety of berry? I don’t think so.

I decided on a mix of blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries for this pie, but the beauty of this recipe is that you can go any direction. Use whatever you have on hand, whatever is growing in your backyard, or whatever is BOGO at the supermarket. Once you have made the ultra-critical decision of picking your flavors, and given that you read my last post and know how to make stellar pie crust, the hardest part of making this pie is waiting for it to cool to room temperature and set up completely. No judgement here if you dive in spoon first the second it’s cool enough to shovel in to your mouth. Been there, done that. 

The crumb topping on this berry almond streusel pie comes together easily and is a terrific alternative to making a double-crusted pie. I’ve included a photo of a double crusted pie I fixed earlier this year when I was testing dough braiding. Let’s just say that whole braiding thing is easier said than done. With two babies on the hip this summer, I’m going to stick with streusel toppings for now. 

Mixed Berry Pie

Mixed Berry Pie

This recipe for berry almond streusel pie will fill a standard 9″ pie plate. If you’d prefer to use a deep-dish pan, increase the filling by 1/3 and cook a bit longer. I’ve even halved this recipe and prepared pies in mini 6″ dishes that turn out great and make for a terrific pie for two! My favorite though is the standard 9″ pie because it’s great for sharing manageable-sized slices with friends. 

Let’s embrace the weekend and the onset of summer by making this berry almond streusel pie and let me know how you love it! Cheers to the weekend and to summer baking!

Mixed Berry Pie

Mixed Berry Pie

For my favorite double pie crust recipe, click here!

 

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Berry Almond Streusel Pie

Berry Almond Streusel Pie

This berry almond streusel pie is stuffed with juicy, mixed berries and topped with a buttery, almond specked crumb topping.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 90
  • Total Time: 2 hours
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Ingredients

For the streusel

  • 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cold and diced
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

For the pie

  • 1/2 recipe of double pie crust (see link above)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 pounds of mixed berries, stemmed and cut into similar sized pieces
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

To prepare the streusel

  1. Combine the flour, oats, sugar, and salt in a medium sized bowl and stir to combine. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter until it comes together in pea-sized clumps. Toss in the sliced almonds. Refrigerate until ready to use.

To prepare the pie

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Toss the berries, lemon juice, and extracts together in a large bowl. In a separate, smaller bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the berries bowl and toss to combine. Allow to sit for 20 minutes while you prepare your pie plate.
  3. Roll your pie dough to 1/8-1/4″ thick and place in a 9″ standard pie plate. Trim excess dough from the edges and crimp your crust as desired.
  4. Spoon the berries into the prepared pie plate and drain off any excess juices. Top the pie evenly with the crumble topping.
  5. Whisk together the egg and water to create an egg wash. Brush evenly over all of the pie crust edges.
  6. Place pie in the preheated oven and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Decrease oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake for an addition 1 or 1-1/2 hours, or until the filling bubbles thickly around the outside of the pie.
  7. Once done, cool on a cooling rack until room temperature, at least 6 hours or overnight.

Notes

  • Keep your pie crust and streusel cold until it is placed in the oven. Cold crust and streusel is easier to work with and will perform best in the oven.
  • Keep in mind that this recipe works best in a standard 9″ pie plate and is not intended for a deep-dish pie plate. Increase filling ingredients by 1/3 in order to fill a deep-dish plate.
  • Use another 1/2 recipe of pie dough to top the pie if you prefer a double crust pie. Be sure to brush all of the crust with the egg wash. This will help the crust to brown beautifully.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 9
  • Calories: 387
  • Sugar: 32
  • Sodium: 266
  • Fat: 17
  • Saturated Fat: 6
  • Unsaturated Fat: 9
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 56
  • Protein: 6
  • Cholesterol: 41