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Sweet Potato Buns

Sweet Potato Buns by Wood and Spoon blog. These are fluffy potato hamburger buns using mashed sweet potato. They are thick and tender and would be terrific with burgers, barbecue, or Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches! Find out how to make this simple homemade yeast bread rolls on thewoodandspoon.com

I know, you guys have gotten used to this being dessert central. Where are the cookies? Who’s bringing the cinnamon rolls? Where’s the frosting and glazes and sprinkle toppings? Well, sometimes we need to offset all that sugar with something savory, and with summer suddenly descending on us in a sweaty mist of grassy smells and Mexican beers, I thought you may enjoy this recipe for sweet potato buns- the vehicle your summer burgers have been waiting for. If you’re up for a yeasty challenge (and I promise that’s not nearly as weird as it sounds), let’s dive in!

Sweet Potato Buns by Wood and Spoon blog. These are fluffy potato hamburger buns using mashed sweet potato. They are thick and tender and would be terrific with burgers, barbecue, or Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches! Find out how to make this simple homemade yeast bread rolls on thewoodandspoon.com

I’m going to go out on a limb and claim sweet potatoes as a Southern thing. I know someone is going to come on here and man-splain to me about how sweet potatoes are prevalent here and there, how they actually originated in South America, how people in, I don’t know, Milwaukee really know what they’re doing with everyone’s favorite orange root vegetable. But look- who did it best? Who’s been topping sweet potatoes with pecans and marshmallows and buttery brown sugar since I don’t know when? Who’s been flash frying them or tossing them in skillets with green peppers and bits of crispy bacon? Who’s been making sweet potato cinnamon rolls like… wait, that’s me. The point is, sweet potatoes are a prized part of Southern food, history, and culture, and so I’m claiming them as our own. So there.

Sweet Potato Buns by Wood and Spoon blog. These are fluffy potato hamburger buns using mashed sweet potato. They are thick and tender and would be terrific with burgers, barbecue, or Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches! Find out how to make this simple homemade yeast bread rolls on thewoodandspoon.com

These sweet potato buns are everything you’d expect them to be. Mashed boiled or baked potatoes make each roll a super soft doughy roll with loads of heft and flavor. These aren’t buns made primarily of flour and air- these things have FLAVOR. With all the texture of a typical potato roll, these sweet potato buns combine earthy sweetness with soft, toothy bread, and it is wonderful. Let me tell you how to make them.

Sweet Potato Buns by Wood and Spoon blog. These are fluffy potato hamburger buns using mashed sweet potato. They are thick and tender and would be terrific with burgers, barbecue, or Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches! Find out how to make this simple homemade yeast bread rolls on thewoodandspoon.com

To make these sweet potato buns, we simply toss all of the ingredients into a bowl, mix them together, and then knead. It’s crazy simple. I used leftover baked sweet potatoes (about one large one) to make the mash mixture for the dough, although you could cube and boil your own if you prefer. For one follow-up batch I used one that had been smoked on the grill, and *WOW*, welcome to Flavortown. Go about this in whatever manner feels right for you, just make sure your potatoes are soft and thoroughly mashed.

One this super wet dough has risen until doubled in size, we have to shape each bun. This is absolutely the trickiest part. Really, I should have taken photos of the rolling process for you (and maybe I’ll do that soon?), but I’ll try to break it down in the instructions as best as I can. There are also some great tips on forming buns on Youtube. The shaping ensures that each roll winds up being round in shape and fluffy in height, but don’t stress too much about it. The rolls will taste good even if they are oblong or a little flatter.

Sweet Potato Buns by Wood and Spoon blog. These are fluffy potato hamburger buns using mashed sweet potato. They are thick and tender and would be terrific with burgers, barbecue, or Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches! Find out how to make this simple homemade yeast bread rolls on thewoodandspoon.com

Making yeast breads is always an adventure, and these sweet potato buns are a super fun project to take on in the coming months. Give the recipe a try and let me know what you think! I’d LOVE someone to attempt these as a hotdog roll, so if you get super ambitious let me know! Have a terrific week, happy baking, and see you next week!

If you like these sweet potato buns you should check out:

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls
Sweet Potato Meringue Pie
Pumpkin Yeast Bread
Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread
Cheesy Dinner Rolls

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Sweet Potato Buns

Sweet Potato Buns by Wood and Spoon blog. These are fluffy potato hamburger buns using mashed sweet potato. They are thick and tender and would be terrific with burgers, barbecue, or Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches! Find out how to make this simple homemade yeast bread rolls on thewoodandspoon.com

These sweet potato buns are soft and chewy and barely sweet from the sweet potatoes!

  • Author: Kate Wood adapted from King Arthur Flour
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 240
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Bread
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Ingredients

  • ¾ cup (180 gm) lukewarm water
  • 6 tablespoons (85 gm) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3 large eggs, divided
  • 1 cup (250 gm) mashed sweet potato, cooled (no added ingredients!)
  • 2 cups (275 gm) bread flour
  • 21/2 cups (340 gm) all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 21/2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds, optional

Instructions

  1. Combine the water, butter, TWO eggs, the sweet potato, bread, flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, and yeast in a large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer. Mix to combine the ingredients. Switch to a dough hook and knead on medium speed for 4 minutes, adding a tablespoon or two of flour as needed (you can also knead by hand). This is a really soft and sticky dough, but it shouldn’t be so thin that you’re able to pour it. Once kneaded, put the dough into a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap or a tea towel, and allow to rise in a warm spot of the kitchen for about an hour and 45 minutes, or until doubled in size.
  2. Once doubled, dump the dough onto a generously  floured surface and portion into 12 equal-sized rounds.To form the rolls, see the video link in the text of the above post. Smooth the sides of each rolls, making the tops of each bun tight and smooth. Spread out on a lightly greased cookie sheet and cover again with plastic wrap or tea towel. Allow to rise and puff, about 45 minutes, while you preheat the oven to 350.
  3. Once risen, lightly beat the remaining egg and combine it with a teaspoon of water. Use a basting brush to lightly brush each top with the egg wash and sprinkle with the sesame seeds. Bake in the preheated oven about 23-25 minutes or until the tops are golden and the internal temp registers at 180. Allow to cool and enjoy!

Banana Bread Cake

Banana Bread Cake with Peanut Butter Whipped Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a moist one bowl banana bread made in a cake pan and topped with a fluffy peanut butter whipped cream. The cake can be made in a loaf or round pan and can be frozen, made ahead, and served as breakfast or dessert.

My favorite things about quarantining? Pajamas all day. Naked babies in the backyard. Cocktails at 4, coffee at noon, and drawn-out breakfasts that turn into lunch and dinner. I’ve loved the limited options, an excuse to stay in, and those few weeks where my husband was home to play with the kids more; we’ve had extra time for snuggling, playing, reading, and doing absolutely nothing. We’ve baked cookies and sandwich loaves and batches of banana bread cake for absolutely no reason at all. I know I’ve complained some about the isolated minutes of these days, but don’t let me fool you- sometimes I kinda like it.

Banana Bread Cake with Peanut Butter Whipped Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a moist one bowl banana bread made in a cake pan and topped with a fluffy peanut butter whipped cream. The cake can be made in a loaf or round pan and can be frozen, made ahead, and served as breakfast or dessert.

One thing that has absolutely tickled me is the number of you who have taken up baking during this time. It is AWESOME. Being able to navigate the kitchen, to serve people we love yummy things we’ve made with our own two hands, is such a huge and wonderful thing. It’s not silly or a waste of time or limited to just a few crafty homemaker types- everyone has a place in the kitchen, and it makes me happy to no end to see so many of you find your space. For that reason, I’ve found myself making simple homemade treats and special twists on familiar classics to share on this site, because I know that’s better for everyone right now. Case in point: this banana bread cake.

Banana Bread Cake with Peanut Butter Whipped Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a moist one bowl banana bread made in a cake pan and topped with a fluffy peanut butter whipped cream. The cake can be made in a loaf or round pan and can be frozen, made ahead, and served as breakfast or dessert.

Banana bread has got to be one of the most basic baked goods ever. Combine that with the fact that I almost always have 2 or 3 bananas dying on my counter, and you have yourself a winning combination for a shoo-on recipe. This banana bread cake is just that, a cakey bread, and it’s topped with a peanut butter whipped cream that is, and I kid you not, to DIE FOR. So good. Why have we not been doing this all along?

Banana Bread Cake with Peanut Butter Whipped Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a moist one bowl banana bread made in a cake pan and topped with a fluffy peanut butter whipped cream. The cake can be made in a loaf or round pan and can be frozen, made ahead, and served as breakfast or dessert.

To make it, we need a single bowl, some grungy bananas, and a few other staple ingredients: flour, sugar, eggs, and so on. They all get mixed together and poured into a round cake pan. I used a 9″ springform pan, but you could opt for an 8″ round pan, a square pan, or even a big loaf pan! I’ve baked this in several different pieces of bakeware. Keep in mind that your bake time will differ depending on your pan size, so just bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. The top will have risen a bit and will no longer look wet.

Banana Bread Cake with Peanut Butter Whipped Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a moist one bowl banana bread made in a cake pan and topped with a fluffy peanut butter whipped cream. The cake can be made in a loaf or round pan and can be frozen, made ahead, and served as breakfast or dessert.

Once the banana bread cake has cooled, we top it with the peanut butter whip! If you’re not planning to eat this cake all at once, I highly recommend just serving individual slices with the cream as you go. It’s best to keep the whipped cream stored covered in the fridge as opposed to on top of the cake. If you’re hoping to serve this as a dessert instead of a breakfast or brunch option, I’d recommend also throwing in a drizzle of salted caramel, some candied peanuts, or maybe even some caramelized bananas- something to up the sweet a bit and elevate this from a breakfast food to a dessert.

Banana Bread Cake with Peanut Butter Whipped Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a moist one bowl banana bread made in a cake pan and topped with a fluffy peanut butter whipped cream. The cake can be made in a loaf or round pan and can be frozen, made ahead, and served as breakfast or dessert.

Keep baking, y’all! You’re doing awesome, and I love following along. Maybe consider making this banana bread cake? Give it a try and let me know what you think! Happy baking, friends!

If you like this banana bread cake you should try:

Caramelized Banana Pudding
Banana Crumb Cake
Bananas Foster Cinnamon Rolls
Banana Cream Pie Cake
Banana Coconut Chocolate Cream Pie

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Banana Bread Cake

Banana Bread Cake with Peanut Butter Whipped Cream by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a moist one bowl banana bread made in a cake pan and topped with a fluffy peanut butter whipped cream. The cake can be made in a loaf or round pan and can be frozen, made ahead, and served as breakfast or dessert.

This banana bread cake is served with a fluffy peanut butter whipped cream and can be made for dessert or breakfast!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10 Servings 1x
  • Category: Cake
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Ingredients

For the cake:

  • ¾ cup mashed ripe bananas (from about 2 large bananas)
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 11/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup whole milk

For the whipped cream:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter (see notes)

For garnish:

  • Crumbled peanut butter cookies (like Nutter Butters), peanut granola, or chopped honey roasted peanuts

Instructions

 To prepare the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. Lightly grease a 9” springform pan and line the bottom of it with a sheet of parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the mashed bananas and vinegar. In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until pale, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and extract and beat on low just to combine. Add in half of the flour as well as the baking soda and salt and stir on low until almost combined. Add half of the milk and stir to combine. Repeat this process to incorporate the remaining flour and milk. Do not overmix. Fold in the banana mixture. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 1 hour. Allow to cool completely prior to topping with whipped cream.

To prepare the whipped cream:

  1. Come all of the ingredients in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer and whip on medium speed until fluffy, medium peaks form in the bowl. If you plan to serve and eat all of the cake at once, go ahead and top the cake with the whipped cream and garnish as desired, otherwise, I recommend just cutting slices and serving with whipped cream as you eat it. Cake is best eaten within 2 days.

Notes

  • You can add extra peanut butter for a more intense flavor- this is totally optional!
  • See text in blog post for pan options!

Vanilla Butter Loaf

Vanilla Butter Loaf by Wood and Spoon. This is a pound cake like cake with a cinnamon swirl and a simple vanilla glaze. Top with fresh seasonal fruit or eat plain! This make ahead treat is great to serve as a breakfast snack or dessert. Learn more about this easy baked good on thewoodandspoon.com

You gotta have those back pocket recipes- the ones that come together easily, can find a home throughout every season, and never disappoint. This vanilla butter loaf is an easy peasy cake that can serve as a nest for all of your favorite seasonal fruits and easily doubles as dessert and breakfast. It’s as beautiful as it is delicious, so let me tell you all about it.

Vanilla Butter Loaf by Wood and Spoon. This is a pound cake like cake with a cinnamon swirl and a simple vanilla glaze. Top with fresh seasonal fruit or eat plain! This make ahead treat is great to serve as a breakfast snack or dessert. Learn more about this easy baked good on thewoodandspoon.com

One of my favorite things about this vanilla butter loaf is that it’s pretty much dessert disguised as a breakfast bread. You know those loaf cakes that are served at coffee shops? This is that kind of thing. It has major pound cake vibes, but its loaf shape and the swirl of spice through the center of the cake totally establishes it as a breakfast food, if you ask me. The whole thing is glazed with a simple powdered sugar icing that envelopes the cake in lemon scented sweetness and protects it from drying out.

Vanilla Butter Loaf by Wood and Spoon. This is a pound cake like cake with a cinnamon swirl and a simple vanilla glaze. Top with fresh seasonal fruit or eat plain! This make ahead treat is great to serve as a breakfast snack or dessert. Learn more about this easy baked good on thewoodandspoon.comVanilla Butter Loaf by Wood and Spoon. This is a pound cake like cake with a cinnamon swirl and a simple vanilla glaze. Top with fresh seasonal fruit or eat plain! This make ahead treat is great to serve as a breakfast snack or dessert. Learn more about this easy baked good on thewoodandspoon.com

Another plus of this vanilla butter loaf is that it can easily be topped with whatever fresh fruits you have on hand. Here, I opted for figs and toasted almonds, but berries, baked apples or pears, Concord grapes, or stone fruit would taste delicious. Choose whatever is in season and most beautiful for best results or feel free to opt out entirely. The cake is delicious on its own.

Vanilla Butter Loaf by Wood and Spoon. This is a pound cake like cake with a cinnamon swirl and a simple vanilla glaze. Top with fresh seasonal fruit or eat plain! This make ahead treat is great to serve as a breakfast snack or dessert. Learn more about this easy baked good on thewoodandspoon.com

I’m sharing today’s recipe with my friends at Kerrygold. This vanilla butter loaf has a distinct richness and melt-in-your-mouth flavor that can only be attributed to quality butter. You already know that I count on Kerrygold for all of my most flavorful baked treats, and this loaf is no exception. Be sure to choose a butter you trust for this cake and you won’t be disappointed.

Vanilla Butter Loaf by Wood and Spoon. This is a pound cake like cake with a cinnamon swirl and a simple vanilla glaze. Top with fresh seasonal fruit or eat plain! This make ahead treat is great to serve as a breakfast snack or dessert. Learn more about this easy baked good on thewoodandspoon.com

I’ll be popping in next week with not one but TWO recipes for you all to nosh on, so stay tuned. You won’t want to miss them. Many thanks to Kerrygold for sponsoring this post. I hope you all get to baking this week and enjoy this vanilla butter loaf!

Vanilla Butter Loaf by Wood and Spoon. This is a pound cake like cake with a cinnamon swirl and a simple vanilla glaze. Top with fresh seasonal fruit or eat plain! This make ahead treat is great to serve as a breakfast snack or dessert. Learn more about this easy baked good on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this vanilla butter loaf you should try:

Marble Loaf Pound Cake

Cherry Pound Cake

Banana Crumb Cake

Lemon Pound Cake

 

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Vanilla Butter Loaf

Vanilla Butter Loaf by Wood and Spoon. This is a pound cake like cake with a cinnamon swirl and a simple vanilla glaze. Top with fresh seasonal fruit or eat plain! This make ahead treat is great to serve as a breakfast snack or dessert. Learn more about this easy baked good on thewoodandspoon.com

This vanilla butter loaf is similar to a pound cake and features a vanilla glaze and fresh fruit and nuts on top!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

For the cake:

  • ¾ cup (170gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (200 gm) sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 11/2 cups (200 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup (60 gm) buttermilk, at room temperature

For the filling:

  • ¼ cup (50 gm) brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom

For the topping:

  • 1 cup (115 gm) powdered sugar
  • 11/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 11/2 cups sliced fruit- I used figs
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease and flour an 8”x4” loaf pan. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed until light a fluffy, about two minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, scrape the sides of the bowl and beat on low to combine. Add the extract and zest. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add half of the flour, the baking powder, and the salt. Stir on low until almost combined and then add the buttermilk. Scrape the sides of the bowl and stir the remaining flour in on low speed. To not overmix. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, prepare the filling by combining the brown sugar, cinnamon and cardamom. Spread half of the batter into the prepared loaf pan and sprinkle the filling on top. Dollop the remaining batter on top of the brown sugar mixture and smooth the top. Bake in the preheated oven for about 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool.
  3. When cooled, whisk together the topping. Combine the powdered sugar, lemon juice and zest until you achieve your desired consistency. Add extra powdered sugar to thicken the glaze and extra lemon juice to thin it out. You can test the consistency on the side of a glass. Pour on top of the cake and garnish with fruit (I prefer figs or strawberries) and almonds. Serve immediately.

English Muffin Bread and Homemade Apple Butter

English Muffin Bread and Apple Butter this simple no knead one bowl quick rise yeast bread is a loaf form of the classic breakfast dish. Serve it with homemade maple apple butter made in a slow cooker/ crock pot. This is a simple make ahead baked good perfect for the fall. Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

Do you ever have those days that seem to glue themselves to your brain? A set of moments that hang out in your memories like they’ve lived there forever? Earlier this week, the kids convinced me to relinquish my indoor post at the nursing chair to come play outside. Surprised by the unseasonably cool weather, I sat in the grass with Charlie laid back on my lap. He kicked his little feet and looked upward with wide eyes that I could tell were taking in the noises and sights before him. Birds chirping. The wind in the trees. A lone cricket singing somewhere far off. We’d kept inside for most of the summer, so the outdoor elements were new to him. I followed his cue and tried to take it all in too.

English Muffin Bread and Apple Butter this simple no knead one bowl quick rise yeast bread is a loaf form of the classic breakfast dish. Serve it with homemade maple apple butter made in a slow cooker/ crock pot. This is a simple make ahead baked good perfect for the fall. Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

A few yards away, Aimee and George were playing games in the yard. They’d disappear into the garage and return with various balls and rocks they found along the way. When they tired of the toys, they raced around the yard chasing each other’s shadows until they ran out of grass. “Mama, look at us! Look how fast we are!” The sight of them running toward me, legs flailing and heads tossed back in laughter, was akin to something you’d see in the movies.

I started to get my phone to take pictures but hesitated for fear that I’d disrupt the beauty that was unfolding. It was the single most peaceful and pure moment we had experienced all summer. I knew it was something special and immediately tried to lock it all into my brain: Aimee’s eyes glittering in the glare of the sun;  the way Charlie smacked his lips when his searching eyes caught mine; the hair at the crown of George’s head that flopped up and down as he ambled about the yard. This was my entire world making magic in our backyard, and I took in the details of the scene with wonder that I got to be apart of it all.

English Muffin Bread and Apple Butter this simple no knead one bowl quick rise yeast bread is a loaf form of the classic breakfast dish. Serve it with homemade maple apple butter made in a slow cooker/ crock pot. This is a simple make ahead baked good perfect for the fall. Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

To be fair, someone was crying within minutes. We eventually went back inside, ate supper, and resumed the bedtime circus, but for just a second, the near-fall air and a patch of grass afforded me a memory I plan to hold onto for a while. This past summer gave us a lot, but I’m still longing for the change of pace that fall will bring. So maybe that’s why you’re getting English muffin bread and homemade apple butter today. Yes, there’s still room for summer berries and ice cream cones, but I’m hoping this small peek into autumn recipes will spur on the shift I’m longing for. So let’s talk about the recipe.

Do you love English muffins? Apple butter? I can remember disapproving of both as a child. The dry texture of the muffins seemed far less acceptable that a toasted slice of white bread, and apple butter came in second to the option of store-bought jelly. Now, as an adult, I adore the way an English muffins’ deep nooks serve as a pool for whatever topping you’ve slathered on and I appreciate the rich apple and cinnamon flavor in the apple butter. Both elements are cozy and seem appropriate for fall.

English Muffin Bread and Apple Butter this simple no knead one bowl quick rise yeast bread is a loaf form of the classic breakfast dish. Serve it with homemade maple apple butter made in a slow cooker/ crock pot. This is a simple make ahead baked good perfect for the fall. Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

English muffin bread is surprisingly simple to make. It’s a no-knead recipe that is stirred together in a bowl and dumped in loaf pans for a short rise. The whole process takes less than an hour, so you can have fresh crannied bread within the length of a lazy Saturday morning. The apple butter is similarly simple although it does take a bit longer to prepare. Apples, maple syrup, and a generous amount of spice are cooked low and slow in a crock pot until the mixture is soft enough to puree. After a quick whiz in a blender or food processor, I like to cook it down even more to thicken the mixture. The blend keeps well in the refrigerator and serves as a great alternative to your morning peanut butter or jelly toast.

I’m sharing today’s recipe with my friends at Stemilt. Stemilt is is a leading Washington state grower, packer, and shipper of fruit including apples, pears, cherries, and more. Each quarter, I’ve been developing recipes for their blog using their best in-season fruits. This month, I got my hands on their fuji apples, and thought a sweet and simple apple butter would make for a delicious treat to spread all season long. Head to their site at the link below to read all about it and give the recipe a try! I can’t wait to hear what you think. Enjoy this change of season and happy baking!

CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE FOR THIS ENGLISH MUFFIN BREAD AND APPLE BUTTER

English Muffin Bread and Apple Butter this simple no knead one bowl quick rise yeast bread is a loaf form of the classic breakfast dish. Serve it with homemade maple apple butter made in a slow cooker/ crock pot. This is a simple make ahead baked good perfect for the fall. Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this english muffin bread you should check out:

Buttermilk Bread

Pumpkin Yeast Bread

Flaxseed Bread

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

 

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English Muffin Bread

English Muffin Bread and Apple Butter this simple no knead one bowl quick rise yeast bread is a loaf form of the classic breakfast dish. Serve it with homemade maple apple butter made in a slow cooker/ crock pot. This is a simple make ahead baked good perfect for the fall. Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

Just like the original English muffins, but in loaf form!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 60
  • Yield: 2 loaves 1x
  • Category: Bread
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Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (60 gm) lukewarm water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 21/4 cups milk, lukewarm
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • Cornmeal

Instructions

  1. Combine the water, honey, and yeast in a large bowl of a stand mixer. Allow the yeast to dissolve. Add in one cup of flour and the milk, stirring to combine. Add in the remaining flour, the salt, and the baking soda, and beat on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  2. Lightly grease two 8”x4” loaf pans and dust them with cornmeal. Dump half of the thin dough into each prepared pan. Cover with a tea towel and allow to rise in a warm spot in the kitchen until the loaves dome an inch outside of the pan.
  3. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Once the loaves have risen, bake in the preheated oven about 20-22 minutes or until the tops are golden and sound hollow when tapped. Remove from oven and cool about 15 minutes in the pan. Remove from the pan and cool completely. Serve bread toasted and sliced.

 

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Apple Butter

English Muffin Bread and Apple Butter this simple no knead one bowl quick rise yeast bread is a loaf form of the classic breakfast dish. Serve it with homemade maple apple butter made in a slow cooker/ crock pot. This is a simple make ahead baked good perfect for the fall. Read more at thewoodandspoon.com

This apple butter is made in a slow cooker and sweetened with maple syrup!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 240
  • Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Condiment
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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of apples (I used fuji), peeled, cored and roughly sliced
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of cloves
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Combine the apples, maple syrup, cinnamon, cloves, and salt in a slow cooker and set to high for 4-5 hours, stirring hourly until the apples are soft and juices are starting to get sticky around the edges of the pot. Carefully remove the mixture from the slow cooker and puree in a blender or food processor until smooth. Return the apple mixture back to the slow cooker and cook for an additional 1-2 hours or until desired consistency is reached. Add the vanilla extract and taste for sweetness. Add an additional tablespoon of maple syrup if desired. Allow to cool prior to use.

Blueberry Babka

Blueberry Babka recipe by Wood and Spoon. This is a butter filled braided yeast loaf filled with a blueberry lemon and cinnamon swirl jam. The loaves are twisted and bake into wonderful toasting bread. Find the recipe for this fresh summer baked good on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Happy Monday from our sleepy, milky corner of Alabama. I promise I am planning on giving the real-deal scoop on our new little Charlie guy ASAP, but because I’m not sure if anything I’m typing is even coherent (Is it? Am I still sane? Do you guys still love me?), I’ll skip the mumbo jumbo and go head-first into today’s baked good of choice: blueberry babka.

Blueberry Babka recipe by Wood and Spoon. This is a butter filled braided yeast loaf filled with a blueberry lemon and cinnamon swirl jam. The loaves are twisted and bake into wonderful toasting bread. Find the recipe for this fresh summer baked good on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

There’s a number of reasons I love this blueberry babka. First, have you ever made bread? Like, a real yeast-risen bread loaded with butter and swirled with fruit filling? It’s a good choice. This blueberry babka is tender, mildly flavored, and makes some of the best dang buttered toasts your breakfasts will have ever experienced. My kids are huge on the toast bandwagon these days and I love being able to offer something new and homemade that feels special. This blueberry babka is just the ticket.

Blueberry Babka recipe by Wood and Spoon. This is a butter filled braided yeast loaf filled with a blueberry lemon and cinnamon swirl jam. The loaves are twisted and bake into wonderful toasting bread. Find the recipe for this fresh summer baked good on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

No lie, making a homemade babka can be super intimidating. I get a little nervy about it every time I saddle up to the counter, but if you follow instructions the bread can be very forgiving and is worth taking a stab at. Here’s the lowdown on how to make it. First, we dissolve yeast in a bowl of warm milk and allow it to bubble and froth. An egg and egg yolk comes next and is combined with the milk before we add the dry ingredients. As the flour, sugar, and salt get stirred in, the dough becomes a lot more tough, and you’ll be glad to have a stand mixer on hand to do the grunt work for you. Finally, highly quality butter (and loads of it) are added to the mix to create a stringy, soft dough that pulls away from the sides of the bowl easily.

Blueberry Babka recipe by Wood and Spoon. This is a butter filled braided yeast loaf filled with a blueberry lemon and cinnamon swirl jam. The loaves are twisted and bake into wonderful toasting bread. Find the recipe for this fresh summer baked good on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Undoubtedly, you already know that I rely on Kerrygold butter for this job. Anytime butter plays a leading role in a recipe, it’s important to call upon a quality product that is well-flavored and loaded with the best kind of fat. Kerrygold is always my choice for babka, and their large blocks are the perfect amount for this recipe.

Blueberry Babka recipe by Wood and Spoon. This is a butter filled braided yeast loaf filled with a blueberry lemon and cinnamon swirl jam. The loaves are twisted and bake into wonderful toasting bread. Find the recipe for this fresh summer baked good on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

The only semi-annoying thing about making this blueberry babka is that the dough has to rest overnight. This allows the dough to chill and the flavors to amp up. After a few hours in the fridge, we’re ready to roll out our dough. Use a floured rolling pin and a floured workspace to roll the dough into a large rectangle. Work quickly to keep your dough chilly! Next, we spread a blueberry jam/lemon zest mixture all over the dough. I prefer to use quality store bought jam here to save time, but if you’d prefer something different, go for it! The added lemon zest gives dimension to the filling flavor and prevents it from being way too sweet. Roll the dough tightly, slice it down the middle and roll the two strands of dough together to keep the exposed innards facing upwards. Simple!

Blueberry Babka recipe by Wood and Spoon. This is a butter filled braided yeast loaf filled with a blueberry lemon and cinnamon swirl jam. The loaves are twisted and bake into wonderful toasting bread. Find the recipe for this fresh summer baked good on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

After a final rise, each loaf of blueberry babka bakes in a preheated oven for 40 minutes. If you’d like an extra-sweet, extra-moist loaf, you can opt to douse the baked loaves with a syrup after baking. I skip this set sometimes to keep the bread a little more guilt-free, but if you want to go all in, GO FOR IT. I’m here for you.

Blueberry Babka recipe by Wood and Spoon. This is a butter filled braided yeast loaf filled with a blueberry lemon and cinnamon swirl jam. The loaves are twisted and bake into wonderful toasting bread. Find the recipe for this fresh summer baked good on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Many thanks to my friends at Kerrygold for sponsoring this and a million other butter-laden posts. I love working with a brand I love and trust so much, and I hope you’ll come to adore them as well. Give their products a try, especially if you decide to make this blueberry babka! Happy baking, happy Monday, and have a great week!

If you like this blueberry babka you should try:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Babka

Baklava Brioche

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Orange Swirl Bread

Peppermint Bark Bread

 

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Blueberry Babka

Blueberry Babka recipe by Wood and Spoon. This is a butter filled braided yeast loaf filled with a blueberry lemon and cinnamon swirl jam. The loaves are twisted and bake into wonderful toasting bread. Find the recipe for this fresh summer baked good on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

This blueberry babka is a braided loaf filled with blueberry lemon preserves!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 60
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 360
  • Yield: 2 Loaves 1x
  • Category: Bread
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Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 1 cup (240 gm) milk, lukewarm
  • 21/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 large egg plus one large egg yolk
  • 4 cups (560 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (100 gm) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 10 tablespoons (140 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature

For the syrup (optional)

  • ½ cup (100 gm) sugar
  • ½ cup water

For the filling:

  • 1 cup high quality blueberry preserves
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Instructions

To prepare the dough:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large dough, sprinkle the yeast over the milk and allow to dissolve, about five minutes. Add the egg and egg yolk and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the flour, sugar, and salt and beat on low to combine. Once combined, continue beating for an additional 5 minutes. With the mixer on low, add the butter 1 tablespoon at a time until combined and then beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. If your dough is extremely sticky and doesn’t stretch some away from the wall of the bowl, sprinkle in another 2 tablespoons or so of all-purpose flour. The dough will be loose and wet but should hold its shape decently. Once combined well put the dough into a large, lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow it to rest for an hour. After an hour, dump the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into two equal-sized pieces. Gently work each piece into a flat square. Place a sheet of parchment or Silpat on a baking sheet and grease it with baking spray. Place both squares of dough on the parchment, cover the sheet with plastic wrap, and allow the dough to rest in the fridge overnight.

To shape the loaves:

  1. When you’re ready to prepare your loaves, spray two (8”x4”) loaf pans with cooking spray and line the long sides and bottom with a piece of parchment paper. Combine the jam, zest, and cinnamon in a small  bowl. Roll one piece of dough out onto a floured surface into a 13”x16” rectangle. Spread half of the filling in a thin layer over the top of the dough leaving a 1/2 “ border around the perimeter of the dough rectangle. Starting at one of the short ends, roll the dough up tightly and then pinch the end to the roll to seal. Use a sharp knife to cut down the length of the center of the dough log into two pieces. Twist the two pieces around each other into a spiral and then place the wrapped loaf in one of the prepared pans. Repeat the process with the second piece of dough. Cover the pans with a tea towel and allow the loaves to rise in a warm spot in your kitchen, about 1-1/2- 2 hours.

To prepare the syrup (optional):

  1. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a gently boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside while you bake your loaves. This can be made and refrigerated in advance as well.

When ready to bake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the covers from the pans and place in the preheated oven to bake for about 40 minutes or until the top is golden and the inside registers at 180 degrees F. Remove the loaves from the oven and use a thin skewer or cake tester to poke tiny holes all over the loaves. Pour or brush the syrup over top (optional) or each loaf. Allow to cool slightly in the pan and then continue cooling completely on a cooling rack.

Braided Baklava Brioche

Braided Baklava Brioche by Wood and Spoon. This is a wreath loaf inspired by the meditteranean dessert filled with cinnamon, honey, walnuts, and pistachios. The yeast dough is sweetened with brown sugar and honey syrup and the crunchy nut filling adds flavor and texture. Heat up warm slices as a dessert or for breakfast. Learn more and how to braid the bread on thewoodandspoon.com

You know that phrase, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”? Can we just agree that those words are completely, 100% untrue? At 31 years old, I feel pretty old some days, and if you tell me I’ve grown and learned as much life-changing newness as I will be in my lifetime, I give up now. That would be the worst. I don’t want to exist in a world where the curtain has closed on new possibilities.

Braided Baklava Brioche by Wood and Spoon. This is a wreath loaf inspired by the meditteranean dessert filled with cinnamon, honey, walnuts, and pistachios. The yeast dough is sweetened with brown sugar and honey syrup and the crunchy nut filling adds flavor and texture. Heat up warm slices as a dessert or for breakfast. Learn more and how to braid the bread on thewoodandspoon.com

I think the statement about the dog and his tricks is useful in some scenarios. Like changing people? We just can’t do that. Or becoming a prima ballerina for the NYC Ballet at age 92? Not going to happen. But I do believe that when it comes to ourselves- our own talents, our hopes, our pursuits, our whatever- we can be some old as dirt humans who are still be capable of achieving. The possibility all rests within our resolve and the willingness to work our fanny off.

Braided Baklava Brioche by Wood and Spoon. This is a wreath loaf inspired by the meditteranean dessert filled with cinnamon, honey, walnuts, and pistachios. The yeast dough is sweetened with brown sugar and honey syrup and the crunchy nut filling adds flavor and texture. Heat up warm slices as a dessert or for breakfast. Learn more and how to braid the bread on thewoodandspoon.com

My kids have been useful in teaching me a few new tricks. Motherhood constantly stretches me beyond what I previously believed I was capable of, and there are days where I reflect on what I’ve accomplished and beam with pride. Baking and managing this business do the same thing. Yes, there are some skills and experiences that feel a lot like standing at the base of Mt. Everest, but I think we can completely void the notion that we’ve missed our opportunity for greatness just by strapping on our boots and tiptoeing onto the mountain. Sometimes we need to just go for it.

Braided Baklava Brioche by Wood and Spoon. This is a wreath loaf inspired by the meditteranean dessert filled with cinnamon, honey, walnuts, and pistachios. The yeast dough is sweetened with brown sugar and honey syrup and the crunchy nut filling adds flavor and texture. Heat up warm slices as a dessert or for breakfast. Learn more and how to braid the bread on thewoodandspoon.com

So let this be your motivational speech for the week: don’t be afraid to try. Let’s be a people that are constantly evolving, always learning, and never afraid to step into something new. Let’s go after both the things within our reach and the stuff that feels way too far up the side of the mountain. Let’s be a bunch of old dogs learning tricks.

Braided Baklava Brioche by Wood and Spoon. This is a wreath loaf inspired by the meditteranean dessert filled with cinnamon, honey, walnuts, and pistachios. The yeast dough is sweetened with brown sugar and honey syrup and the crunchy nut filling adds flavor and texture. Heat up warm slices as a dessert or for breakfast. Learn more and how to braid the bread on thewoodandspoon.com

This braided baklava brioche is not for the faint of heart. Yeast breads like this can be an animal for beginners, and the filling and braiding of this kind of loaf can be super tricky as well. But the reward, a sweetened and lightly spiced bread filled with nuts, honey, and loads of flavor, is totally worth it in every respect.

Braided Baklava Brioche by Wood and Spoon. This is a wreath loaf inspired by the meditteranean dessert filled with cinnamon, honey, walnuts, and pistachios. The yeast dough is sweetened with brown sugar and honey syrup and the crunchy nut filling adds flavor and texture. Heat up warm slices as a dessert or for breakfast. Learn more and how to braid the bread on thewoodandspoon.com

I’m sharing today’s recipe for this baklava brioche with my friends at Kerrygold! I always reserve their top-notch butter for my favorite, most worthy recipes, and this baklava bread is no exception. Unsalted sweet cream butter helps to transform this bread into a tender, flaky loaf that is full of uncompromised flavor.

Braided Baklava Brioche by Wood and Spoon. This is a wreath loaf inspired by the meditteranean dessert filled with cinnamon, honey, walnuts, and pistachios. The yeast dough is sweetened with brown sugar and honey syrup and the crunchy nut filling adds flavor and texture. Heat up warm slices as a dessert or for breakfast. Learn more and how to braid the bread on thewoodandspoon.com

To make this baklava brioche, we start with the dough. Yeast is dissolved in a bit of warm milk and brown sugar before eggs and honey are added. The dry ingredients, flour, cinnamon, and salt, come next, and are followed up by an incorporating of softened butter. The dough is extremely moist, kinda stretchy, and so delicious that you may end up nibbling on little raw bits before it’s baked. No judgment.

Once the dough for this baklava brioche has risen for the first time, we can prepare the filling. The rolled-out dough is slathered in butter and coated in a sprinkle of sugar, spices, pistachios, and walnuts. Roll the covered dough tightly, cut the log lengthwise to expose the filled innards, and spiral the two pieces together to create and braided wreath of dough. Allow the dough to rest in a warm spot of your kitchen while it rises for a final time.

Braided Baklava Brioche by Wood and Spoon. This is a wreath loaf inspired by the meditteranean dessert filled with cinnamon, honey, walnuts, and pistachios. The yeast dough is sweetened with brown sugar and honey syrup and the crunchy nut filling adds flavor and texture. Heat up warm slices as a dessert or for breakfast. Learn more and how to braid the bread on thewoodandspoon.com

Fresh from the oven, this baklava bread boasts all of the nutty, spiced flavors of traditional baklava. I love to serve this baklava brioche as a warm breakfast slice, but I think you’d find it to be a suitable dessert or snack as well. This recipe yields a massive loaf of bread, so if someone gets the gumption to test it out as two smaller loaves, I’d love to hear your results! Either way, give this baklava brioche a try and let me know what you think! Many thanks to Kerrygold for sponsoring this baklava brioche post, and many thanks to you all for supporting brands that make Wood & Spoon possible. Happy baking!

If you like this baklava bread you should check out:

Orange Swirl Bread

Peppermint Bark Bread

Cinnamon Bread

Raisin Swirl Bread

Chocolate Peanut Butter Babka

 

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Braided Baklava Brioche

Braided Baklava Brioche by Wood and Spoon. This is a wreath loaf inspired by the meditteranean dessert filled with cinnamon, honey, walnuts, and pistachios. The yeast dough is sweetened with brown sugar and honey syrup and the crunchy nut filling adds flavor and texture. Heat up warm slices as a dessert or for breakfast. Learn more and how to braid the bread on thewoodandspoon.com

This braided baklava brioche is loaded with pistachios, walnuts, honey, and cinnamon- all the flavors of traditional baklava!

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

For the dough:

  • ½ cup (120 gm) whole milk, lukewarm
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 21/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 11/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons (290 gm) all-purpose flour, plus more
  • ½ cup (115 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature

For the filling:

  • ½ cup (115 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (100 gm) brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • ½ cup shelled pistachios, finely chopped
  • ½ cup shelled walnuts, finely chopped

For the syrup:

  • ¼ cup (60 gm) water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Pour the milk into the bowl of a stand mixer and stir in the brown sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over top and allow it to dissolve completely, about 5 minutes. Stir as needed to get some of the yeast on top dry.
  2. Once dissolved, stir in the honey, eggs, salt, cinnamon, and 1 cup of flour. Once combined, put the flat beater on the stand mixer and stir in the remaining flour. With the mixer on medium speed begin to add the butter a tablespoon at a time until it is combined, and then continue to beat for 4-5 more minutes until the dough becomes slightly stringy/ stretchy on the beater. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. Place the finished bowl in a large lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow it to rise and double in size in a warm spot of your kitchen ( I let mine rise by the oven) for about an hour and a half.
  3. Once the dough has doubled in size, prepare the filling. Stir together the softened butter with the brown sugar, cinnamon and lemon zest. Roll the dough out on a floured surface into a 12”x15” rectangle. Spread the mixture evenly over the dough and sprinkle both varieties of nuts on top. Starting with one of the long ends, tightly roll the dough and pinch the final edge together to seal. Flip the dough log over so the seam is on the bottom and use a large sharp knife (like a chef’s knife) to slice down the center of the length of the dough leaving 1” piece of dough uncut up top. This top piece of dough will hold the two halves of dough together. Twist the two dough tails so the innards are facing upwards and then twist around each other to the ends. Bring the tail to meet the head and wrap one on top of another so that you make and O-shaped wreath of dough. Place the wreath into a lightly greased 10” dish or skillet and cover with plastic wrap to rise a second time while you preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Once puffed (about 35-40 minutes) remove the plastic wrap and bake in the preheated oven for about 30 or so minutes. In the meantime, make the syrup.
  5. Combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a bubble, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Once the top of the bread has tanned, the dough in the center looks dry, and the internal temp reads 180 degrees, remove the pan from the oven and immediately pour the syrup on top of the hot bread. Set aside to cool some prior to eating.

 

Banana Crumb Cake

Small batch banana crumb cake recipe for a few on the wood and spoon blog by Kate wood. this is a petite crumb cake like banana bread with brown sugar and butter streusel topping and icing drizzle. The cake is moist and perfect for breakfast or dessert. This cake is a great way to use old brown bananas. Make to share with friends too! Recipe for this mini treat is on thewoodandspoon.com

I really wanted this to be a Lady and the Tramp moment. This was supposed to be a petite, small batch banana crumb cake, perfect for a pair of forks and two starry-eyed lovers. Although my initial intentions for this cake were not fully realized, we still wound up with a seriously good treat that you’ll want for breakfast, dessert, and every snack in between. I’m going to call it a win.

Every once in a while, when a marriage rut leaves Brett and I more enchanted with “just one more” episode of Chicago PD than each other, I start trying to think of little things or activities to make our time together a little more special. Sometimes it’s a lowball filled with a bourbon old fashioned waiting for him when he gets home. Sometimes I’ll hire a babysitter for a night out, or we’ll opt to play cards instead of zoning in on our phones. If all of that fails, I usually just nag and sulk until it escalates to WWIII, although I’m finding this tactic hasn’t yielded the desired results so far. There’s lots of ways and opportunities to connect, but if we’re being totally honest here, sometimes it’s easier just to stay in the rut and pretend it doesn’t exist. I know you know what I’m talking about.

Small batch banana crumb cake recipe for a few on the wood and spoon blog by Kate wood. this is a petite crumb cake like banana bread with brown sugar and butter streusel topping and icing drizzle. The cake is moist and perfect for breakfast or dessert. This cake is a great way to use old brown bananas. Make to share with friends too! Recipe for this mini treat is on thewoodandspoon.com

So this banana crumb cake was my attempt of hightailing out of a marital ditch. I liked the idea of producing a bitty treat that you guys (read: I) could make for a special someone and nibble on together with fluffy forkfuls straight from the pan. I envisioned something akin to a scene from a 1950’s black and white show where the wife casually pulls a cake from the oven and the husband, proud and salivating at the site of his super sexy and talented wife the piping hot baked good, tosses his briefcase and trench coat on the floor to embrace her for a kiss. Let’s just LOL at my delusion, shall we?

Small batch banana crumb cake recipe for a few on the wood and spoon blog by Kate wood. this is a petite crumb cake like banana bread with brown sugar and butter streusel topping and icing drizzle. The cake is moist and perfect for breakfast or dessert. This cake is a great way to use old brown bananas. Make to share with friends too! Recipe for this mini treat is on thewoodandspoon.com

My cake turned out giant. This big, honking loaf-like treasure was large enough to feed a small army- not exactly the cutesy treat I envisioned. Then the crumble on top ended up being so delectable, so sweet and salty delicious, that my hungry, pregnant self had nibbled most of it away before Brett even got home. Of course when I finally did offer him a slice, he took a skeptical glance at it and said he would eat Oreos instead.

Small batch banana crumb cake recipe for a few on the wood and spoon blog by Kate wood. this is a petite crumb cake like banana bread with brown sugar and butter streusel topping and icing drizzle. The cake is moist and perfect for breakfast or dessert. This cake is a great way to use old brown bananas. Make to share with friends too! Recipe for this mini treat is on thewoodandspoon.com

Whatever. My banana crumb cake wasn’t the romantic gesture I had hoped it would be, but it was freaking delicious, so I’m sharing it here anyways. This small batch(ish) treat is the perfect way to use those dingy looking bananas on your counter while simultaneously baking up something you won’t be able to resist. It’s moist, tender-crumbed, and incredibly flavorful, just the type of sweet nibble that will push your wedded woes to the back-burner of your brain. Bonus: if your husband is anything like mine, he’ll be more interested in the Oreos, so you’ll get more cake for yourself. #winnning

Small batch banana crumb cake recipe for a few on the wood and spoon blog by Kate wood. this is a petite crumb cake like banana bread with brown sugar and butter streusel topping and icing drizzle. The cake is moist and perfect for breakfast or dessert. This cake is a great way to use old brown bananas. Make to share with friends too! Recipe for this mini treat is on thewoodandspoon.com

This banana crumb cake is super simple to make. First, we start with the crumble. This is a brown butter and brown sugar streusel that comes together quickly in a small bowl. If you need a little extra help on browning butter, you can check out my tutorial post here. Throw the crumble into the fridge while you preheat the oven and whip up the batter. Butter, sugar, banana, and eggs are stirred together with milk and the dry ingredients. We dump all of that mixture into a small pan and crumble the streusel on top. SIMPLE. The cake bakes in the oven until golden, puffed, and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. The vanilla bean glaze on top is totally optional. If we’re being honest, that was my attempt at sexi-fying an otherwise simple looking cake, but we all know how that worked out for me.

Small batch banana crumb cake recipe for a few on the wood and spoon blog by Kate wood. this is a petite crumb cake like banana bread with brown sugar and butter streusel topping and icing drizzle. The cake is moist and perfect for breakfast or dessert. This cake is a great way to use old brown bananas. Make to share with friends too! Recipe for this mini treat is on thewoodandspoon.com

If you have a special someone to cook for, or even just a few forgotten bananas, you should give this banana crumb cake a shot. It’s humble in appearance but totally fab in taste. Give it a try and let me know what you think! I’m coming in hot later this week with another banana recipe, so hold onto your hats, folks. It’s going to be a delicious week. Happy Monday and Happy Baking!

Small batch banana crumb cake recipe for a few on the wood and spoon blog by Kate wood. this is a petite crumb cake like banana bread with brown sugar and butter streusel topping and icing drizzle. The cake is moist and perfect for breakfast or dessert. This cake is a great way to use old brown bananas. Make to share with friends too! Recipe for this mini treat is on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this banana crumb cake you should try:

Raspberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake

Lemon Berry Crumb Cake

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Blueberries and Brown Butter Crumble 

Peach Crumb Muffins

Apple Crumb Cake

 

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Banana Crumb Cake

Small batch banana crumb cake recipe for a few on the wood and spoon blog by Kate wood. this is a petite crumb cake like banana bread with brown sugar and butter streusel topping and icing drizzle. The cake is moist and perfect for breakfast or dessert. This cake is a great way to use old brown bananas. Make to share with friends too! Recipe for this mini treat is on thewoodandspoon.com

This banana crumb cake is a rich brown butter and brown sugar flavored cake with a sweet and salty streusel and a vanilla bean glaze.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: Cake
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Ingredients

For the crumble:

  • ¼ cup (55 gm) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup (65 gm) brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons (155 gm) all-purpose flour

For the cake:

  • ¼ cup (55 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) sugar
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup (60 gm) buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup (230 gm) mashed bananas
  • 1 cup (140 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • For the drizzle:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Instructions

To prepare the crumble:

  1. Dice the butter and place in a small saucepan over medium heat. Allow the butter to melt and, stirring all the while, brown the butter. You’ll remove the butter from the heat when you notice it becomes nutty in fragrance and auburn-colored flecks appear at the bottom of the pan. Don’t let the butter burn and see notes for more on this. Pour the butter into a bowl and add the brown sugar, salt, vanilla and cinnamon. Stir in the flour until large crumbles appear and then place in the fridge to chill while you prepare the cake.

To prepare the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar for one minute. Scrape the sides of the bowl and then beat in the egg until pale, about 2 minutes. Add the buttermilk, vanilla, and bananas and stir just to combine. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt, and stir on low just until combined. Grease a small baking dish (I use an 8”x4” pan but you can substitute whatever you have) and spread in the batter. Use your fingers to crumble the brown butter topping evenly over top of the batter. Bake in the preheated oven until the cake has fluffed and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 30-35 minutes depending on your pan. Allow to cool and then drizzle with the topping if desired. To prepare the topping, combine the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk in a small bowl until smooth. Add a smidge more milk if the mixture is too thick. Drizzle over top of the cooled cake.

Notes

  • For more on browning butter, check out the link to my tutorial in the post above.
  • Note that if you use a glass or ceramic dish baking time will differ. Always trust the toothpick test to determine if the cake is done.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Babka

Peanut Butter Chocolate Babka by Wood and Spoon. This is a fluffy and sweetened braided bread filled with dark chocolate and peanut butter. This can serve as dessert or morning pastry! Making babka can be hard to learn how to do but with these steps you'll be baking in no time! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

We’re nearly halfway through #monthofchocolate, and just the thought it all being over soon is kind of devastating to my spirit. I get more excited about serving up chocolatey stuff throughout February, and to think that we’ve completed as much as we have to look forward to makes me want to extend this whole shebang an additional month. Any of y’all in support of that?

Peanut Butter Chocolate Babka by Wood and Spoon. This is a fluffy and sweetened braided bread filled with dark chocolate and peanut butter. This can serve as dessert or morning pastry! Making babka can be hard to learn how to do but with these steps you'll be baking in no time! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Today’s recipe for chocolate peanut butter babka is really special. Sometimes I get in a baking slump and find myself lacking inspiration or motivation to get in the kitchen and create. I reach for the same recipes and lean on bland, unimaginative methods and ingredients in order to not fail. That’s totally lame, right? Full transparency- I am guilty of being that person who hesitates to try something new because it’s scary for things to not work out and feel like a flop. I recognize that I’ve hidden that tendency over the years with an, “I have it all together” facade, so I’ve really been making a conscious effort to make choices based on my desires instead of resorting to operating out of fear. I’m definitely a work in progress (but thank God we’re not finished products, right?), and I hope that you readers will keep sending me emails and messages asking about new recipes and techniques. You guys kinda force me to throw caution to the wind and go for it, which I love and appreciate more than you know.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Babka by Wood and Spoon. This is a fluffy and sweetened braided bread filled with dark chocolate and peanut butter. This can serve as dessert or morning pastry! Making babka can be hard to learn how to do but with these steps you'll be baking in no time! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

This chocolate peanut butter babka is one of those things. I don’t claim to be a terrific bread baker or have an extensive knowledge of Jewish baked goods. Putting in the time (and it takes some time, y’all!) to make the dough, let it rise, braid the loaves, and bake the bread just seems like a lot in my brain when it’d be a whole lot easier to buy fancy pastries from the store or make the same old batch of cookies. But we’re going for it, right? We are going to be those people who jump in and achieve something new! So while this chocolate peanut butter babka is definitely a stretch for my baking know-how and efforts, I’ve found the yield is rewardingly worth it and I think you’ll think so too.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Babka by Wood and Spoon. This is a fluffy and sweetened braided bread filled with dark chocolate and peanut butter. This can serve as dessert or morning pastry! Making babka can be hard to learn how to do but with these steps you'll be baking in no time! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

To make this chocolate peanut butter babka, you need to throw all of your old bread making know-how out the window and prepare to learn something new. While the dough is rather similar to the brioches and other braided loaves we’ve made in the past, the filling and the braiding technique is super unique. The dough, made with eggs and loads of butter, is rich and sweetened, yet still strong enough to hold a hefty filling. The rising process is similar to other breads, and once our dough is made we can let it rest in a covered bowl for some time before it gets an overnight chill in the fridge. I can already hear some of you protesting- you probably wanted to make this in a flash or on a whim. Unfortunately, this is not that bread. The babka dough develops in flavor throughout it’s duration in the fridge and the soft, moist dough also firms up substantially so that it can be rolled out thin, filled with heavy chocolate, and then manipulated into the pretty braid we’re on the hunt for. You can put together the dough after supper, let it rest in the fridge, and then bake it first thing in the morning. Totally worth the wait.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Babka by Wood and Spoon. This is a fluffy and sweetened braided bread filled with dark chocolate and peanut butter. This can serve as dessert or morning pastry! Making babka can be hard to learn how to do but with these steps you'll be baking in no time! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

The filling here is a mixture made up of butter, chocolate, cocoa powder, and peanut butter. We melt it all down to allow it to come together, but then we also have to wait for it to cool down enough to spread on the dough. If you put hot filling on your dough you’ll wind up with a melty, slumpy mess, and after waiting all night for the dough to chill out it’d be a major bummer to blow it here. Just wait until the filling is room temp before you start filling your dough, okay? Spread half of your filling on each half of rolled out dough and then roll the dough with quick fingers into a tight spiral.  If your dough is super cold your filling will start to firm up quickly and can become more difficult to manipulate. Work quickly! Pinch the end edges together to seal in the filling and then use a sharp knife to cut the dough in half down the length of the roll. Quickly twist the two pieces around each other until you’ve braided the length of the dough and then barely tuck the ends under to fit the loaf into your prepared pan. Repeat this whole process with the second loaf and then allow them both to rise in a warm spot in your kitchen.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Babka by Wood and Spoon. This is a fluffy and sweetened braided bread filled with dark chocolate and peanut butter. This can serve as dessert or morning pastry! Making babka can be hard to learn how to do but with these steps you'll be baking in no time! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

After baking, these loaves are dark golden and puffed with little spirals of chocolate twisting over the tops and insides of each slice. Allow the bread to cool some before you dive in, but be sure to reheat any room temperature pieces before consuming. Even though this bread is loaded with butter and sweets, I maintain it tastes best lightly toasted with a schmear of fresh butter. This brings me to my most exciting news: today’s post (and a few more over the next couple of months!) is sponsored by Kerrygold! Kerrygold has long been my go-to butter of choice for making treats that require excellent, high-quality ingredients. Things like my danishes, cinnamon bread, and pie crusts taste substantially better when a high-quality fat is used, so getting the chance to work with Kerrygold is an actual dream come true. This chocolate peanut butter babka benefits from the real ingredients and high-fat percentage in Kerrygold Unsalted Butter, and that extra schmear of melty goodness on lightly toasted slices has no comparison. It’s just plain delicious.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Babka by Wood and Spoon. This is a fluffy and sweetened braided bread filled with dark chocolate and peanut butter. This can serve as dessert or morning pastry! Making babka can be hard to learn how to do but with these steps you'll be baking in no time! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Keep your eyes peeled for more over-the-top baked goods made with Kerrygold products over the next few months, and please join me in taking a risk to make them! I’m really excited about how beautiful these chocolate peanut butter babka loaves turned out, and I think that extra bit of go-get-em was totally worth it. Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think! Happy baking and happy weekend, friends!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Babka by Wood and Spoon. This is a fluffy and sweetened braided bread filled with dark chocolate and peanut butter. This can serve as dessert or morning pastry! Making babka can be hard to learn how to do but with these steps you'll be baking in no time! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

If you like this chocolate peanut butter babka you should try:

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Peppermint Bark Bread

Orange Swirl Bread

Raisin Swirl Bread

Chocolate Sweet Rolls

 

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Babka

Peanut Butter Chocolate Babka by Wood and Spoon. This is a fluffy and sweetened braided bread filled with dark chocolate and peanut butter. This can serve as dessert or morning pastry! Making babka can be hard to learn how to do but with these steps you'll be baking in no time! Read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

This chocolate peanut butter babka is a dessert-like bread with a rich swirled filling and loads of flavor! Learn how to make it today!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 60
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 480
  • Yield: 2 Loaves 1x
  • Category: Bread
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Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 1 cup (240 gm) milk, lukewarm
  • 21/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 large egg plus one large egg yolk
  • 4 cups (560 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (100 gm) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 10 tablespoons (140 gm) unsalted butter (I use Kerrygold), at room temperature

For the peanut butter filling:

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 10 tablespoons (140 gm) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¾ cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 egg, beaten for egg wash

For the syrup (optional):

  • ½ cup (100 gm) sugar
  • ½ cup (120 gm) water

Instructions

To prepare the dough:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large dough, sprinkle the yeast over the milk and allow to dissolve, about five minutes. Add the egg and egg yolk and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the flour, sugar, and salt and beat on low to combine. Once combined, continue beating for an additional 5 minutes. With the mixer on low, add the butter 1 tablespoon at a time until combined and then beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. If your dough is extremely sticky and doesn’t stretch some away from the wall of the bowl, sprinkle in another 2 tablespoons or so of all-purpose flour. The dough will be loose and wet but should hold its shape decently. Once combined well put the dough into a large, lighty greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow it to rest for an hour. After an hour, dump the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into two equal-sized pieces. Gently work each piece into a flat square. Place a sheet of parchment or Silpat on a baking sheet and grease it with baking spray. Place both squares of dough on the parchment, cover the sheet with plastic wrap, and allow the dough to rest in the fridge overnight.

To prepare the filling:

  1. When ready to shape your loaves, combine the chocolate chips and butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir regularly until melted and smooth. Add the peanut butter and stir to combine. Add the confectioner’s sugar, cocoa powder, and salt and stir to combine. Allow to cool to just above room temperature.

To shape the loaves:

  1. When the filling is nearly cooled, spray two loaf pans with cooking spray and line the long sides and bottom with a piece of parchment paper. Roll one piece of dough out onto a floured surface into a 13”x16” rectangle. Spread half of the cooled filling in a thin layer over the top of the dough. Starting at one of the short ends, roll the dough up tightly and then pinch the end to the roll to seal. Use a sharp knife to cut down the length of the center of the dough log into two pieces. Twist the two pieces around each other into a spiral and then place the wrapped loaf in one of the prepared pans. Repeat the process with the second piece of dough. Cover the pans week and allow the loaves to rise in a warm spot in your kitchen, about 1-1/2- 2 hours.

To prepare the syrup (optional):

  1. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a gently boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside while you bake your loaves. This can be made and refrigerated in advance as well.

When ready to bake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Brush each loaf with a thin layer of lightly beaten egg. Place in the preheated oven to bake for about 40 minutes or until the top is golden and the inside registers at 180 degrees F. Remove the loaves from the oven and use a thin skewer or cake tester to poke tiny holes all over the loaves. Pour or brush the syrup over top (optional) or each loaf. Allow to cool slightly in the pan and then continue cooling completely on a cooling rack.

This post has been sponsored by Kerrygold. Thank you for supporting brands that make Wood and Spoon possible.

Lemon Pound Cake

Lemon Pound Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a southern style pound cake loaf scented with lemon juice and zest and topped with a sweet and tangy lemon glaze. This recipe makes one loaf or three mini loaves of bread. This baked good can double as dessert or breakfast! Sweet, tart and beautifully yellow, this pound cake can be cut and served in trifles or stand alone. Find the recipe and read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

There’s something about January that is comforting to me. The gray skies force me inside to cozy up in worn blankets, and thick sweaters cover me like a second skin. Life’s pace seems to naturally slow after the holidays, and there is a calm within that time lulls me to rest. Almost instinctively, I read more, sleep more, think more, and as I fall in step with the gentle metronome of these winter days, I’m reminded to slow down.

Lemon Pound Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a southern style pound cake loaf scented with lemon juice and zest and topped with a sweet and tangy lemon glaze. This recipe makes one loaf or three mini loaves of bread. This baked good can double as dessert or breakfast! Sweet, tart and beautifully yellow, this pound cake can be cut and served in trifles or stand alone. Find the recipe and read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Lemon Pound Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a southern style pound cake loaf scented with lemon juice and zest and topped with a sweet and tangy lemon glaze. This recipe makes one loaf or three mini loaves of bread. This baked good can double as dessert or breakfast! Sweet, tart and beautifully yellow, this pound cake can be cut and served in trifles or stand alone. Find the recipe and read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate WoodI like that this lemon pound cake feels right for January. Just as it seems fitting to warm myself by a simmering pot of stew on the stove or to sit with my children in front of the oven watching loaves of bread rise, I like waiting for this cake to bake and to cool. Just like these January days, this lemon pound cake feels simple and lazy. It’s the type of recipe that it suitable for snacking on throughout the day but is always best served with a cup of coffee or an afternoon tea.

Lemon Pound Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a southern style pound cake loaf scented with lemon juice and zest and topped with a sweet and tangy lemon glaze. This recipe makes one loaf or three mini loaves of bread. This baked good can double as dessert or breakfast! Sweet, tart and beautifully yellow, this pound cake can be cut and served in trifles or stand alone. Find the recipe and read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Lemon Pound Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a southern style pound cake loaf scented with lemon juice and zest and topped with a sweet and tangy lemon glaze. This recipe makes one loaf or three mini loaves of bread. This baked good can double as dessert or breakfast! Sweet, tart and beautifully yellow, this pound cake can be cut and served in trifles or stand alone. Find the recipe and read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate WoodPreparing this lemon pound cake is simple. Cream together butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer until light and fluffy. Eggs and extract come next and is incorporated before the dry and wet ingredients are added. Lemon zest and juice lend a bright and tangy flavor to this dense and moist loaf. After baking, the lemon pound cake should be golden, fairly flat on top, and left to cool in the pan before flipping out onto a serving platter. The glaze for this lemon pound cake is entirely optional. I like the tang and zip the sour cream and lemon juice icing adds to the loaf, and although the glaze simple, it makes an pretty adornment for an otherwise plain cake.

Lemon Pound Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a southern style pound cake loaf scented with lemon juice and zest and topped with a sweet and tangy lemon glaze. This recipe makes one loaf or three mini loaves of bread. This baked good can double as dessert or breakfast! Sweet, tart and beautifully yellow, this pound cake can be cut and served in trifles or stand alone. Find the recipe and read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

So what do you all do this time of year? Are you rushing to get caught up from the holiday whirlwind? Are you busy tackling your resolutions and to-do lists? Or have you, like me, settled on being settled for a while and to quiet yourself and your life? Either way, I hope you’ll give this lemon pound cake a try and let me know what you think. Happy Baking to you, friends!

Lemon Pound Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a southern style pound cake loaf scented with lemon juice and zest and topped with a sweet and tangy lemon glaze. This recipe makes one loaf or three mini loaves of bread. This baked good can double as dessert or breakfast! Sweet, tart and beautifully yellow, this pound cake can be cut and served in trifles or stand alone. Find the recipe and read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

If you like this lemon pound cake you should try:

Marble Loaf Pound Cake

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Blueberries

Blood Orange Bundt Cake

Carrot Bundt Cake with Brown Butter Glaze

Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

 

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Lemon Pound Cake

Lemon Pound Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a southern style pound cake loaf scented with lemon juice and zest and topped with a sweet and tangy lemon glaze. This recipe makes one loaf or three mini loaves of bread. This baked good can double as dessert or breakfast! Sweet, tart and beautifully yellow, this pound cake can be cut and served in trifles or stand alone. Find the recipe and read more at thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

This lemon pound cake is a bright and sweet in flavor, but comforting and rich in texture. Perfect for breakfast or dessert!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Loaf 1x
  • Category: Cake
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar (200 gm), see notes
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 11/2 cups (210 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (120 gm) milk
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

For the glaze:

  • 13/4 cup (200 gm) powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream (buttermilk can be substituted in a pinch)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease a loaf 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 light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the eggs one at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl and the beating an additional minute to incorporate. Stir in the vanilla and lemon zest.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add half of the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and stir on low until almost combined. Add half of the milk and the lemon juice and stir to almost combine. Repeat this process with the remaining dry and wet ingredients, and fold with a rubber spatula to incorporate the last bits of ingredients.  Do not overmix. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for about 20 minutes and then invert onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

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!

Notes

  • For an ultra dense and moist cake, you can add up to a ½ cup of brown sugar to this recipe.  This is a delicious addition, but in the spirit of the new year, I decided to keep it light for you all. Make the adjustment if you prefer.

Orange Swirl Bread

Orange Swirl Bread by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a cinnamon- swirled yeast bread twisted with orange zest and drizzled with orange glaze. Served warm, this is an excellent breakfast treat but is also perfect for nibbling on at dessert. This bread is a baking challenge and a fun way to learn more about baking! Read more about this citrus cold-weather recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Happy New Year, friends! I hope your midnights were filled with kisses and bubbles and all sorts of wonderful glittery things. We ate dinner with friends but were home in our pajamas eating cereal by 11:00 pm. It was GLORIOUS. I’m all about parties and fun, but it felt good to be comfortable enough to be tired and content at home. Count on more of that from me this year.

Orange Swirl Bread by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a cinnamon- swirled yeast bread twisted with orange zest and drizzled with orange glaze. Served warm, this is an excellent breakfast treat but is also perfect for nibbling on at dessert. This bread is a baking challenge and a fun way to learn more about baking! Read more about this citrus cold-weather recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

I always like to ask people what their New Year’s resolutions are, and in years past I’ve totally been one to produce a laundry list of goals. This year, instead of goals, I spent some time considering what types of things I wanted more of in 2019- what things would be productive and healthy inclusions to my coming 12 months? After loads of consideration (and, okay, a little list making), I want to share my ideas with you in hopes that you may be able to include some of these things in your own life. It felt good to be self-reflective in a loving, encouraging way, so I hope you get the opportunity to do so yourself. So here it is: my to-do list of sorts for 2019.

Orange Swirl Bread by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a cinnamon- swirled yeast bread twisted with orange zest and drizzled with orange glaze. Served warm, this is an excellent breakfast treat but is also perfect for nibbling on at dessert. This bread is a baking challenge and a fun way to learn more about baking! Read more about this citrus cold-weather recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

  1. Cook More Real Food. The end of 2018 saw me ordering lots of carry-out and fast food. I was exhausted from our pending move and decided to give myself a break by leaving dinners to someone else. But here’s the thing: I love to cook. In an effort to get back in my kitchen, I plan on joining Epicurious’ Cook 90 Challenge. They’ve mapped out ways to make it easier to prepare fresh, real food three times a day for an entire month. Even if I only end up cooking 75 or so meals this month, I’ll consider that a victory.
  2. Take Better Care of Me. When you’re a mom of two toddlers, self-care can go down the drain quickly. I spend a lot of time with greasy hair and unshaven legs because I’m really just kinda tired. My dear friend recently became really passionate about the benefits of clean skincare, so I decided to invest in a few new products that I knew were good for my body from the outside in. If this whole thing is new to you too, you can check out Follain online, which is kinda like the Sephora of clean beauty. Two of my favorite products so far are this nighttime moisturizer and this rosehip oil. I may still have fuzzy legs, but it feels good to know I’m taking a little better care of me
  3. Get Organized. Ok, this looks totally different for everyone. I know you’ve heard me ramble on about decluttering and my favorite day planners, but I wanted to do a little extra at the beginning of this year to stay tidy. For me, that meant closet and drawer organization. I purchased brand new velvet hangers online and invested in several sets of plastic drawer organizers. Now my closet look streamlined and my chip clips, measuring spoons, bobby pins all have a home in my drawers. I don’t know what getting organized would look like in your life, but I think that it’s sometimes healthy to have a little method to our madness.
  4. Spend Time Connecting. Look- 2019 was weird, y’all. I felt out of sorts and insecure and really kinda lonely at times. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m alone in this. So in 2019, I want to be more connected. For me, this means more one-on-one conversations with dear friends and more date nights with my husband. It means more time playing on the floor with my kids instead of shooing them away. It means more time praying and more time spent telling people why I love them. A simple way to get connected? Engage in an out-of-the-box manner. I’ve long been a fan of snail mail, and I’d encourage you to consider taking time to write a note to someone you love. I adore Kate Spade notecards like these, and I have purchased multiple sets of custom watercolor stationary from my artist friend here. Put your phone down and spend some time loving someone- it’s always worth loving a little harder.
  5. Read More. There’s a million different studies that have been done on the benefits of reading. My goal to read more began simply from wanting to be a better writer here on this space. I have literally zero clue where to begin reading again, but I think I’m going to start with Oprah’s book club. I’ve heard rave reviews about this month’s addition (Michelle Obama’s book!) and I can’t wait to get started.
  6. Challenge Yourself. I think we sometimes have the tendency to play it safe. We stay on the sidelines because the possibility of failure seems kinda scary or just downright depressing. I’m planning to challenge myself more in the kitchen this year. I don’t want to stray away from recipes or skills that seem outside of my wheelhouse simply because I think I’ll fail. I want to be better! So count on me deboning whole chickens, cooking more seafood, and experimenting more with from-scratch recipe development. 100% I’m going to fail sometimes, but my bet is that I’ll surprise myself a little too and that will feel awesome. For a baking challenge, I’d encourage you to check out my cinnamon breadtiramisu profiteroles, or maybe even today’s recipe: orange swirl bread.

Orange Swirl Bread by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a cinnamon- swirled yeast bread twisted with orange zest and drizzled with orange glaze. Served warm, this is an excellent breakfast treat but is also perfect for nibbling on at dessert. This bread is a baking challenge and a fun way to learn more about baking! Read more about this citrus cold-weather recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

I actually developed this recipe for orange swirl bread for Southern Cast Iron last year. My image landed on the cover (!!!) and I have been waiting for the right time to share the recipe on this site. If you didn’t buy the magazine when it was out (how dare you, btw), you’ll finally have the chance to take a stab at this recipe yourself right here from the comfort of this site!

Orange Swirl Bread by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a cinnamon- swirled yeast bread twisted with orange zest and drizzled with orange glaze. Served warm, this is an excellent breakfast treat but is also perfect for nibbling on at dessert. This bread is a baking challenge and a fun way to learn more about baking! Read more about this citrus cold-weather recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

This orange swirl bread is an airy yeast bread with orange zest, cinnamon, and sugar spiraled in the center. The dough is rolled, braided, and formed into a wreath before it’s baked in a cast iron skillet. Once golden and baked, the bread is drizzled with an orange glaze that makes the otherwise mild bread just a touch sweet. I like to serve wedges of this bread for breakfast and snack on little edge pieces in the evening as dessert. My children love feasting on this in the morning, and honestly, it’s just so beautiful that I’m really proud to serve it to anyone. You know?

Orange Swirl Bread by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a cinnamon- swirled yeast bread twisted with orange zest and drizzled with orange glaze. Served warm, this is an excellent breakfast treat but is also perfect for nibbling on at dessert. This bread is a baking challenge and a fun way to learn more about baking! Read more about this citrus cold-weather recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Spend some time reading through the instructions for this orange swirl bread before you get started. The rising process takes time and you certainly don’t want to rush it. In a pinch, you can bake the loaf, freeze it, and rewarm to serve with the glaze at a later date. I think it tastes best warmed, but there’s no shame in grabbing a room temp piece on the go.

I can’t wait to spend more time with you all this year. I’ve got a ton of ideas and I can’t wait to connect with more of you. So happy new year, happy January, and as always, happy baking. Cheers!

If you like this orange swirl bread you should check out:

Raisin Swirl Bread

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Peppermint Bark Bread

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

 

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Orange Swirl Bread

Orange Swirl Bread by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a cinnamon- swirled yeast bread twisted with orange zest and drizzled with orange glaze. Served warm, this is an excellent breakfast treat but is also perfect for nibbling on at dessert. This bread is a baking challenge and a fun way to learn more about baking! Read more about this citrus cold-weather recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

This orange swirl bread has a cinnamon sugar and orange zest filling and is topped with an orange glaze. The bread is an airy braided yeast loaf!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 240
  • Yield: 1 Loaf 1x
  • Category: Bread
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Ingredients

For the dough:

  • ½ cup (120 mL) whole milk, lukewarm
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) sugar
  • 21/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 cups (260 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons (55 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature

For the filling:

  • ½ cup (100 gm) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature.

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup (120 gm) confectioner’s sugar
  • 23 tablespoons orange juice

Instructions

  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 in the remaining sugar and 1/2 cup of the flour into the milk mixture. Add 1 egg and the salt and stir to combine. On low speed, add the remaining 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 KitchenAid stand mixer) and add the softened butter 1 tablespoon at a time. Scrape the sides of the bowl and then continue to beat on medium speed for an additional 4 minutes or until the dough is moist, sticky, and slightly stretchy.
  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.
  3. Once the dough has risen, roll it out into a 12”x18” rectangle on a lightly floured surface. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, and orange zest for the filling. Use the back of a fork to cut in the butter, smooshing it together to make a thick paste/spread. Spread this mixture evenly over top of the rolled out dough.
  4. Starting with one of the long ends, roll the dough somewhat tightly into one long tube and pinch the ends of the dough to seal in the filling. Use a sharp knife to slice down the middle of the length of the dough, leaving one inch at the top of one of the ends uncut. You should end with two strands of rolled dough connected by a 1” chunk of dough at the top (this will serve as the starting point for your braid, so you want the dough to remain connected here). Turn the exposed innards of the dough roll to face upwards and then twist the dough, right over left, right over left, until the entire length of dough has been twisted into one long piece. Join the ends of the dough to make a ring, pinching the ends together slightly. Carefully transfer the ring of dough into a lightly greased 10” cast-iron skillet. Cover the skillet with a piece of plastic wrap and allow the dough to rest while you preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Once the oven is preheated and the loaf has risen slight (about 40 minutes), stir the remaining egg with 1 tablespoon of water and brush a thin layer of the mixture over the surface of the dough. Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes, or until the dough is puffed and golden brown throughout. Allow to cool slightly.
  6. Once cooled slightly, combine the confectioner’s sugar and orange juice in a small bowl, whisking until smooth. Add additional sugar, if desired, to thicken it up or extra juice to thin it out. Drizzle over top of the bread and serve. Bread is best served warm and will keep covered at room temperature for 2-3 days.