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Year-End Recap and the 10 Best Recipes of 2023

These are the 10 best recipes of 2023! Check out the most popular recipes from this site this past year, including cookies, bars, biscuits, and more! The recipes are found here on thewoodandspoon.com

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I cannot tell you how good it feels to say “2024.” Last year was a good one, for sure, but I love the idea of a fresh start. Unlike in past years, I’m entering this January pretty content- fewer resolutions and goals, but really happy about another year of days to spend with the people I love. Is “grateful” the word I’m looking for? Probably. 🙂

Today, I’m giving a bit of recap (a highlight reels, if you will), including the best recipes, tutorials, and more of 2023. Sit tight as we wrap up 2023.

Up first, HER DAILY BREAD!

I’d be remiss if I failed to remind you about my daily devotional (with recipes throughout!), Her Daily Bread. It’s a 365-day book with daily readings beginning on January 1st, and it’s the perfect little nugget to begin you year with. Personal stories, correlating scripture references, and bits of fun and hope sprinkled throughout make this the short and sweet one-a-day reading for the bakers, mothers, daughters, friends, and women in your life. You can find the book at all major booksellers, but I’ll share the amazon link HERE. Please give it a read- I really believe you’ll enjoy it.

Her Daily Bread Kate Wood and Spoon

10 Best Recipes of 2023

Before I get started, did you know I can track the most popular pages on this site? These 10 recipes below are the 10 Best Recipes of 2023- the most visited and baked treats on Wood & Spoon. To be honest, you guys have great taste- these are some of my faves, too. Whether you’re looking for a perfect chocolate chip cookie, my favorite maple pie, or the flakiest overnight buttermilk biscuits, you’re covered. Good job, y’all- you really know how to pick them.

1. Overnight Buttermilk Biscuits
2. Brownie Petit Fours
3. Salted Maple Pie
4. The Best Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies
5. Mini Cinnamon Rolls
6. Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Biscuits
7. Peppermint Bark Bread
8. My Best Mini Muffins
9. Sugar Cookie Double Doozies
10. Easy Chewy Brownies

Baking Tutorials

You guys also *loved* the tutorials in 2023, and you know what- I love that about you! We 100% can do new things and tackle challenging stuff in the kitchen. Whether you learned how to lattice a pie, make homemade ice cream, or bake pâte à choux, I’m proud of you for stepping out of your comfort zone and into the kitchen. I’ll list the top 3 tutorial below, but you can check them all out HERE.

How to Make Homemade Caramel

    You Need to Know How to Make Caramel by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a tutorial with visual cues on how to caramelize sugar. Learn how to know when caramel is done, when to pull caramel off the heat, and how to prevent a crystallized, grainy caramel mess! Learning about caramel is an essential baking skill that you can master today! Read more here on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood caramel sauce, salted, spun sugar, drizzle


    Stacking a Layer Cake


    How to Stack a Layer Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. Learn the tips and how to for stacking pretty naked cakes and layer cakes from scratch homemade! Step by step tutorial with photos for learning can decorating for beginners. Learn about leveling cakes, crumb coats, filling a cake, piping borders, and more. On thewoodandspoon.com


    How to Whip Egg Whites


    You Need to Know How to Whip Egg Whites and Make Meringue Cookies. This is a tutorial on whipping egg whites to firm, stiff, soft, or foamy peaks and how to make a meringue! Learn how to make easter resurrection cookies with pecans and how to troubleshoot what went wrong with your egg whites. Why did they defeat, not fluff up, not whip, etc. Learn how to use up egg whites in this tutorial post on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

    What’s Next in 2024?

    I’m busy daydreaming about what’s to come in the days, weeks, and months that will follow this one. Please know that I just love having you be apart of this journey. I hope 2024 is our tastiest year yet. Happy 2024 and happy baking!

    One-Banana Banana Bread

    One-Banana Banana Bread Recipe by Kate Wood. What to do with a leftover brown banana? MAKE BANANA BREAD! This one has browned butter, is sweetened with brown sugar, and has a hint of cinnamon and vanilla. You can make this as a mini banana bread loaf or just a sized-down version in a normal loaf pan. Find the recipe and more on thewoodandspoon.com

    There are few things in life that are certain, but one thing is always for sure: There is always a brown banana on our counter. When you live with three hungry kids and a husband with a morning smoothie habit, bananas are essential. And no ripe banana stays that way for long- eventually, it’s going to brown! That’s why I have been dying for a one-banana banana bread recipe. What is a girl to do with that last brown banana that is hanging on for dear life? Duh. Bake it into this recipe. So let’s talk about it.

    One-Banana Banana Bread Recipe by Kate Wood. What to do with a leftover brown banana? MAKE BANANA BREAD! This one has browned butter, is sweetened with brown sugar, and has a hint of cinnamon and vanilla. You can make this as a mini banana bread loaf or just a sized-down version in a normal loaf pan. Find the recipe and more on thewoodandspoon.com

    One-Banana Banana Bread

    You might be asking yourself, “Why all the fuss over a brown banana?” Well, in a baker’s economy, brown bananas are gold. The already-sweet flavor of a banana intensifies as it ages, meaning brown bananas are loaded with baking potential. Have you ever tried adding an under-ripe banana to banana bread? Not as good, right? Brown bananas make the best banana bread.

    One-Banana Banana Bread Recipe by Kate Wood. What to do with a leftover brown banana? MAKE BANANA BREAD! This one has browned butter, is sweetened with brown sugar, and has a hint of cinnamon and vanilla. You can make this as a mini banana bread loaf or just a sized-down version in a normal loaf pan. Find the recipe and more on thewoodandspoon.com

    Also working in this bread’s favor? BROWN BUTTER. We use brown butter to add an extra layer of flavor, and I think it makes all the difference. Combined with cinnamon and brown sugar, brown butter take this one-banana banana bread to a whole new level.

    One-Banana Banana Bread Recipe by Kate Wood. What to do with a leftover brown banana? MAKE BANANA BREAD! This one has browned butter, is sweetened with brown sugar, and has a hint of cinnamon and vanilla. You can make this as a mini banana bread loaf or just a sized-down version in a normal loaf pan. Find the recipe and more on thewoodandspoon.com
    One-Banana Banana Bread Recipe by Kate Wood. What to do with a leftover brown banana? MAKE BANANA BREAD! This one has browned butter, is sweetened with brown sugar, and has a hint of cinnamon and vanilla. You can make this as a mini banana bread loaf or just a sized-down version in a normal loaf pan. Find the recipe and more on thewoodandspoon.com

    Making the One-Banana Banana Bread

    To make this recipe, we start by browning butter. If you need a little help in that department, be sure to check out my detailed how-to here. Once fragrant and golden, combine the butter with sugar, brown sugar, an egg, and the mashed banana. Finally, the dry ingredients stir in. From there, you are free to bake the batter in a mini loaf pan OR even just a standard loaf. Size and bake time will change based on your pan, so be sure to read recommendations in the full recipe below.

    One-Banana Banana Bread Recipe by Kate Wood. What to do with a leftover brown banana? MAKE BANANA BREAD! This one has browned butter, is sweetened with brown sugar, and has a hint of cinnamon and vanilla. You can make this as a mini banana bread loaf or just a sized-down version in a normal loaf pan. Find the recipe and more on thewoodandspoon.com

    This one-banana banana bread is not just a great use for leftover bananas- it’s delicious too! Give the recipe a make this holiday season and let me know what you think. I hope you enjoy this simple recipe! Happy baking, friends.

    If you have like this one-banana banana bread recipe, you should check out:

    Banana Bread Cake
    Easy Banana Zucchini Bread
    Cinnamon Streusel Bread
    Banana Nutella Muffins
    Banana Crumb Cake

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    One-Banana Banana Bread

    This one-banana banana bread recipe only requires a single banana to create one mini loaf. It’s perfect for those leftover bananas!

    • Author: Kate Wood
    • Prep Time: 10
    • Cook Time: 35
    • Total Time: 45 minutes
    • Yield: 4-5 Servings
    • Category: Quick Bread

    Ingredients

    • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced
    • ¼ cup brown sugar
    • ¼ cup sugar
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 large overripe banana, mashed
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
    • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
    • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt

    Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a mini loaf pan with baking spray and set aside.
    2. In a small saucepan, gently cook the butter over medium-low heat, stirring regularly. Once the butter is completely melted, begin stirring more often. The butter will melt, sizzle, and foam as it browns. The butter will slowly turn from pale yellow to golden and you will see dark flecks forming in the mixture. Once fragrant, remove from the heat immediately by pouring into a medium-sized mixing bowl.
    3. Add the brown sugar and sugar to the browned butter and stir to combine. Next, add in the egg, banana, and vanilla extract, stirring after each addition. Finally, toss in the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir just until combined. Pour the batter into a prepared pan and bake in the oven for about 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted barely comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly before removing from the pan to cool completely.

    Notes

    • If you don’t have a mini loaf pan, you can bake this in a standard sized loaf pan. Baking time will be less, approximately 22-25 minutes total.

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    Cinnamon Streusel Bread

    Cinnamon Streusel Bread by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple fluffy coffee cake loaf filled with a cinnamon brown sugar filling and topped with a crumbly streusel. The end result is a yummy quick bread that tastes great as breakfast or dessert. Learn how to make this make ahead brunch bread on thewoodandspoon.com.

    With St. Patrick’s Day coming up tomorrow, I have been thinking about all the things we chalk up to luck: things like the weather, a catch made by our favorite team, or even a good hair day. Over the years, I’ve given luck a whole bunch of credit to luck without really considering if there was more at play. Is the goodness in my life really just an accident, something that happened by chance? Or is it possible that all of the “luck” in my life is actually a gift offered intentionally for me at the very moment I need it? Before we dive into this cinnamon streusel bread, let’s talk about favor.

    Cinnamon Streusel Bread by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple fluffy coffee cake loaf filled with a cinnamon brown sugar filling and topped with a crumbly streusel. The end result is a yummy quick bread that tastes great as breakfast or dessert. Learn how to make this make ahead brunch bread on thewoodandspoon.com.

    Favor

    A friend of mine from church introduced the concept of favor to me a few years ago. She didn’t throw it on me or force me to accept her version of things as truth; instead she offered up her perspective for my consideration. The idea, basically, is this: God loves us. He wants good things for us. And He’s always at work on our behalf. Could it be possible that every good thing in our life is not just luck or a result of our own actions but, instead, a little sign of love from God? What if that open parking space, the dollar bill in the back of old jeans, or various other happy coincidences are really just nuggets of favor lavished on you by a loving Father? My mind was blown.

    Cinnamon Streusel Bread by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple fluffy coffee cake loaf filled with a cinnamon brown sugar filling and topped with a crumbly streusel. The end result is a yummy quick bread that tastes great as breakfast or dessert. Learn how to make this make ahead brunch bread on thewoodandspoon.com.

    The following week, I saw evidence of it all around me. It seemed that the more I looked out for the good things in my life, the more I found them. Perfect weather at a picnic I planned for friends? A last-minute opening at a restaurant I’ve been dying to go to? Even a single afternoon in my home where everyone is content and joyful and kind to one another. I began to look at each one of those things as a gift and the end result was a whole lot of love and gratitude.

    Cinnamon Streusel Bread by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple fluffy coffee cake loaf filled with a cinnamon brown sugar filling and topped with a crumbly streusel. The end result is a yummy quick bread that tastes great as breakfast or dessert. Learn how to make this make ahead brunch bread on thewoodandspoon.com.
    Cinnamon Streusel Bread by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple fluffy coffee cake loaf filled with a cinnamon brown sugar filling and topped with a crumbly streusel. The end result is a yummy quick bread that tastes great as breakfast or dessert. Learn how to make this make ahead brunch bread on thewoodandspoon.com.

    Now, I’m all in. At times, I forget to look for signs of grace and love at work in my life, but the second I open my eyes again, it’s all around me. My kids, new opportunities, the magnolia tree blooming outside of my room, or even just a wildly pink streak of clouds in a dusky sunset- it’s all favor, all love. Anyways.. just for for thought. 🙂

    Cinnamon Streusel Bread

    Now, onto the main event: cinnamon streusel brad. I’ve continued my venture to bake more breakfast items, and this cinnamon streusel bread is serious. Honestly guys, I love it so much. Soft cakey insides, a swirl of brown sugar and cinnamon throughout, and a crumbly topping. It’s truly so delicious and the perfect thing to enjoy for breakfast (or dessert??) this weekend. Let me tell you how to make it.

    Cinnamon Streusel Bread by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple fluffy coffee cake loaf filled with a cinnamon brown sugar filling and topped with a crumbly streusel. The end result is a yummy quick bread that tastes great as breakfast or dessert. Learn how to make this make ahead brunch bread on thewoodandspoon.com.

    First we start with the batter. Butter, oil, and two kinds of sugar come together with eggs and vanilla. Flour and leavening come next with a splash of buttermilk. Next comes the topping. Flour, brown sugar, salt, and melted butter stir together until dry clumps form. We layer the batter in a prepared pan and swirl in the cinnamon sugar filling. Finish it off with the crumble and bake for an hour or until a clean toothpick comes out. Voila!

    Give this cinnamon streusel bread a try and lmk what you think! Happy Thursday, Happy St. Patty’s and Happy Baking!

    Cinnamon Streusel Bread by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple fluffy coffee cake loaf filled with a cinnamon brown sugar filling and topped with a crumbly streusel. The end result is a yummy quick bread that tastes great as breakfast or dessert. Learn how to make this make ahead brunch bread on thewoodandspoon.com.

    If you like this cinnamon streusel bread you should try:

    Coffee Cake Muffins
    Banana Bread Cake
    Banana Zucchini Bread
    Mom’s Homemade Bread
    Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins

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    Cinnamon Streusel Bread

    This cinnamon streusel bread is a fluffy coffee cake swirled with a cinnamon sugar filling and topped with brown sugar crumble!

    • Author: Kate Wood
    • Prep Time: 15
    • Cook Time: 60
    • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
    • Yield: 1 Loaf
    • Category: Breakfast Bread

    Ingredients

    For the batter:

     

    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
    • 2 large eggs, room temperature
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    • 2 cups cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 ¼ teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 2/3 cup full-fat buttermilk

    For the filling:

    • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
    • 11/2 teaspoons cinnamon

    For the streusel:

    • ½ cup all-purpose flour
    • ¼ cup light brown sugar packed
    • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

    Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×5” loaf pan and set aside.
    2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, oil, sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed until smooth, about one minute. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat to combine. Add 1 cup of the flour, the baking powder, baking soda, and salt and beat on low just until almost combined. Add the buttermilk, stir, and then mix in the remaining flour. Beat on low until the batter is smooth and uniform, but do not over-mix. Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon for the filling in a small bowl. Spoon half of the batter into the prepared pan and smooth. Top with the streusel. Add the remaining batter and smooth. Finally, prepare the streusel. Combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a small bowl. Stir in the melted butter, just until clumps form. Sprinkle on top. Bake in the pre-heated oven about 50-60 minutes or until the top is domed and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

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    Funfetti Loaf

    Funfetti Loaf by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple sprinkle quick bread made with butter and rainbow sprinkles. The batter comes together quickly to make a baked good that is great as dessert or breakfast. Learn how to make it on thewoodandspoon.com.

    Saturday mornings are best served with a side of delicious breakfast: bagels, eggs, maybe even homemade danishes if you’re feeling fancy. Maybe you’re the kind that chugs a smoothie before a long morning at the gym. Or perhaps you’re the brunching type who likes to sleep in, waking just in time for a mimosa and an ambitiously portioned steak frites (Hey, I’m not here to judge.) I don’t know what your weekends look like, but in our house, Saturday mornings start the same way they do every other day of the week: EARLY. Snacks like this funfetti loaf make waking up on a Saturday a tiny bit easier, so let’s get right to the recipe.

    Funfetti Loaf by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple sprinkle quick bread made with butter and rainbow sprinkles. The batter comes together quickly to make a baked good that is great as dessert or breakfast. Learn how to make it on thewoodandspoon.com.

    If I had to pick a favorite genre of baked good, there’s a sincere chance I’d land somewhere in the vicinity of funfetti. That nostalgic flavor of vanilla, sprinkles, and a hint of mix cake mix is so comforting and delicious to me. Somehow, I’ve made it so many years on this site without making a funfetti loaf, and I figured it was high time we rectified that. Today’s recipe is a simple quick bread made in a single bowl that serves as a great breakfast or snack. If sprinkles for breakfast sound great to you too, let’s talk about how to make it.

    Funfetti Loaf by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple sprinkle quick bread made with butter and rainbow sprinkles. The batter comes together quickly to make a baked good that is great as dessert or breakfast. Learn how to make it on thewoodandspoon.com.

    Making Funfetti Loaf

    To make this funfetti loaf, we start with fats and sugar. Butter, oil, sugar, and brown sugar come together in a bowl. The oil adds moisture while the butter adds flavor. Next comes three eggs and a splash of clear vanilla extract. Clear vanilla offers that box mix flavor we all know and love. After combining, we toss in the dry ingredients, a little buttermilk, and sprinkles. I typically buy the grocery store rainbow sprinkles, but you can opt for another variety if you’d like. The batter spoons into a prepared loaf pan before baking just shy of an hour.

    Funfetti Loaf by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple sprinkle quick bread made with butter and rainbow sprinkles. The batter comes together quickly to make a baked good that is great as dessert or breakfast. Learn how to make it on thewoodandspoon.com.

    The end result is a sweet, fluffy, and seriously moist loaf of bread. It keeps well for a couple of days and is crazy simple to make. If you’ve been wondering how to up the ante on your weekend baking, this funfetti loaf is definitely an easy way to jump in. Give it a try and let me know what you think! Happy Saturday and Happy Baking!

    Funfetti Loaf by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple sprinkle quick bread made with butter and rainbow sprinkles. The batter comes together quickly to make a baked good that is great as dessert or breakfast. Learn how to make it on thewoodandspoon.com.

    If you like this recipe you should try:

    Funfetti Biscuits
    Funfetti Mini Cakes
    Overnight Biscuits
    Funfetti Scones
    Funfetti Rolls

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    Funfetti Loaf

    This funfetti loaf is a fluffy and colorful quick bread that makes a great breakfast or snack!

    • Author: Kate wood
    • Prep Time: 5
    • Cook Time: 60
    • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
    • Yield: 1 Loaf
    • Category: Breakfast

    Ingredients

    • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • ¼ cup vegetable oil
    • 1 cup sugar
    • ¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
    • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
    • ½ teaspoon baking soda
    • ½ teaspoon baking powder
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup buttermilk at room temperature
    • ½ cup sprinkles

    Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9×5” loaf pan with baking spray. Set aside.
    2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, oil, sugar, and brown sugar until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition. Add the clear vanilla and stir to combine. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl; stir together. Add half of the dry ingredients to the butter bowl. Stir on low until almost combined. Add the milk and stir. Scrape the sides of the bowl and stir in the remaining dry ingredients on low. Fold in the sprinkles and spread the batter into the prepared pan. Bake* in the oven for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. *Note: If using a dark nonstick pan, immediately lower the oven temp down to 325 upon putting the loaf in the oven. Bake until the top has domed slightly and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

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    Easy Banana Zucchini Bread with Cream Cheese Butter

    Easy Zucchini Banana Bread by Wood and Spoon blog. My favorite way to use up ripe bananas and summer zucchini is this quick bread! Served with a simple whipped cream cheese butter and loaded with pecans, bananas, cinnamon, and fresh zucchini, this bread is a delicious breakfast or snack treat! find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com

    Well, we made it to the end of the summer! I’m on Day 2 with a half-empty house, and working from home has never seemed so fun. Every summer, I forget how challenging it is to keep up with recipe testing and photography jobs; apparently working with children hanging on your ankles is easier said than done.

    Luckily, the kids and I were able to work on a few recipes together. Today’s easy banana zucchini bread came together in an attempt to use up our squash reserves, and it. is. GOOD. With the addition of a whipped cream cheese butter spread, it is really worth writing home about. Let me tell you all about it.

    Easy Zucchini Banana Bread by Wood and Spoon blog. My favorite way to use up ripe bananas and summer zucchini is this quick bread! Served with a simple whipped cream cheese butter and loaded with pecans, bananas, cinnamon, and fresh zucchini, this bread is a delicious breakfast or snack treat! find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com

    Easy Banana Zucchini Bread

    The idea for this banana zucchini bread came from a recent trip to Atlanta. My mom, nana, sister, and I traveled east to do some antique shopping. Thankfully, our hotel had a delightful breakfast spot that served delicious breakfast breads. My favorite was their zucchini bread that came with a whipped cream cheese spread. I immediately knew this was a recipe to recreate at home.

    My version of the quick bread is slightly different due to the addition of banana. We have an endless supply of bananas in our house, and they’re rarely yellow and prime for eating. Instead, the green bananas collect dust and the brown ones get even more brown. So I decided to create an outlet for all the dying fruits of the world. Bananas, meet zucchini, your new BFF.

    Making the Bread

    Making this banana zucchini bread is pretty simple. In a single bowl, mash together the bananas and oil. Add the sugar, eggs, and extract, stirring all the while. Next comes the dry ingredients which, for this recipe, includes cinnamon; I just love the subtle addition of spice. The shredded zucchini and optional pecans add in last before two loaves bake in the oven.

    The cream cheese spread is optional but really yummy. Slightly sugared and more buttercream than buttery, it really take this bread over the top. Make it or don’t, but certainly it’s worth trying once.

    Easy Zucchini Banana Bread by Wood and Spoon blog. My favorite way to use up ripe bananas and summer zucchini is this quick bread! Served with a simple whipped cream cheese butter and loaded with pecans, bananas, cinnamon, and fresh zucchini, this bread is a delicious breakfast or snack treat! find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com

    I hope you all get to bake this easy banana zucchini bread soon. If you do, let me know what you think! Happy Saturday and happy baking!

    If you like this easy banana zucchini bread you should try:

    Carrot Pound Cake
    Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins
    Vanilla Butter Loaf
    Banana Bread Cake
    Banana Crumb Cake

    Easy Zucchini Banana Bread by Wood and Spoon blog. My favorite way to use up ripe bananas and summer zucchini is this quick bread! Served with a simple whipped cream cheese butter and loaded with pecans, bananas, cinnamon, and fresh zucchini, this bread is a delicious breakfast or snack treat! find the recipe and how to on thewoodandspoon.com
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    Easy Banana Zucchini Bread

    This banana zucchini bread is an easy, no-frills recipe that makes for a delicious breakfast or afternoon snack!

    • Author: Kate Wood
    • Prep Time: 20
    • Cook Time: 60
    • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
    • Yield: 2 Loaves
    • Category: Quick Bread

    Ingredients

    For the bread:

    • 1 cup mashed ripe banana (from about 3 medium-sized bananas)
    • 1 cup canola oil
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 4 large eggs
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 31/3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 21/2 teaspoons cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 11/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 11/2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 11/2 cups shredded zucchini
    • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

    For the cream cheese butter:

    • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
    • 2 tablespoons salted butter, softened to room temperature
    • 11/2 cups powdered sugar
    • ½ teaspoon cinnamon, optional

    Instructions

    To make the loaves:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray two 8”x4” loaf pans with baking spray. Set aside.
    2. In a large bowl, stir to combine the banana, oil, sugar, eggs, and extract. Add in the flour cinnamon, salt, baking powder, and baking soda and fold to combine. Add in the shredded zucchini and pecans, folding just until combined. Divide the batter between the two prepared pans and bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 1 hour. Allow to cool completely.
    3. In the meantime, prepare the cream cheese butter. In a medium-sized bowl, use a hand mixer to combine the cream cheese and butter, beating until smooth, about 1 minutes. Add the powdered sugar and optional cinnamon, stirring to combine. If you wish to smooth out the mixture a bit, add a tablespoon of water or milk. Otherwise, pop the spread in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it on slices of the zucchini bread.

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    Pumpkin Swirl Bread

    It’s October, which means I officially don’t feel bad about pushing pumpkin baked goods. I know some of you fall into the uber-cozy category of humans that thinks things like pumpkin spice lattes, fluffy scarves, fleece socks, and jewel tones are appropriate all year long, but I’ve been holding back on this recipe for weeks in an attempt to salvage the sanity of those who can only tolerate fall-ish stuff sometime after Labor Day. Today’s recipe, this pumpkin swirl bread, certainly falls into the cozy category, and it makes for an excellent baking challenge for those of you who might be willing to roll up your sleeves and attempt a slightly more challenging baked treat. Let me tell you how to make it!

    Pumpkin Swirl Bread by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fluffy pumpkin yeast bread swirled with brown sugar and cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. The bread is fragrant and works wonderfully for morning toast. Learn how to make a fall sandwich or yeast bread and how simple it is to add sugar to bread dough on thewoodandspoon.com
    Pumpkin Swirl Bread by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fluffy pumpkin yeast bread swirled with brown sugar and cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. The bread is fragrant and works wonderfully for morning toast. Learn how to make a fall sandwich or yeast bread and how simple it is to add sugar to bread dough on thewoodandspoon.com

    This pumpkin swirl bread is a love child of two of my favorite recipes: pumpkin yeast bread and cinnamon swirl bread. For years, cinnamon toast has been a go-to breakfast favorite in my house, and I decided it was high time we had a fall alternative for our mornings. The dough for this tender bread has pumpkin purée, sweet maple syrup, and flavored pumpkin pie spice. The center is a swirl of cinnamon and brown sugar- just enough to add a smidge of flavor and that beautiful inner spiral, but not so much that it becomes overpowering. I like to serve slices warm and toasted with salted butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar.

    Pumpkin Swirl Bread by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fluffy pumpkin yeast bread swirled with brown sugar and cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. The bread is fragrant and works wonderfully for morning toast. Learn how to make a fall sandwich or yeast bread and how simple it is to add sugar to bread dough on thewoodandspoon.com

    How to Make Swirl Bread

    To make the bread, we start with the dough. Active dry yeast dissolved in lukewarm water before we add in the remaining liquid ingredients: milk, maple syrup, oil, and pumpkin purée. Once combined, we add in the flour, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. The dough is stirred and kneaded in a stand mixer until stretchy and slightly tacky.

    After its first rise, we roll out the dough and layer in the filling: first an egg wash, then a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar. The dough is rolled tight into a loaf and allowed to rise a second time in a prepared loaf pan. After baking, the loaves are golden brown and fragrant with yummy autumnal spice!

    This pumpkin swirl bread is a great weekend baking challenge. Bonus: it makes two loaves, so you can keep one for yourself and share the second with someone else! A win-win for everyone! Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think. Happy Baking!

    Pumpkin Swirl Bread by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fluffy pumpkin yeast bread swirled with brown sugar and cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. The bread is fragrant and works wonderfully for morning toast. Learn how to make a fall sandwich or yeast bread and how simple it is to add sugar to bread dough on thewoodandspoon.com

    If you like this pumpkin swirl bread, you should try:

    Pumpkin Yeast Bread
    Cinnamon Swirl Bread
    Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread
    Raisin Swirl Bread
    Pumpkin Pancakes

    Pumpkin Swirl Bread by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fluffy pumpkin yeast bread swirled with brown sugar and cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. The bread is fragrant and works wonderfully for morning toast. Learn how to make a fall sandwich or yeast bread and how simple it is to add sugar to bread dough on thewoodandspoon.com
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    Pumpkin Swirl Bread

    • Author: Kate Wood
    • Prep Time: 25
    • Cook Time: 35
    • Total Time: 240
    • Yield: 2 Loaves
    • Category: Bread

    Ingredients

    For the bread dough:

    • ½ cup (120 mL) warm (not hot) water
    • 21/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
    • 1 cup (240 mL) milk, room temperature (I use whole)
    • ¼ cup (60 mL) maple syrup
    • 2 tablespoons oil (I use canola)
    • 1 cup (225 gm) pumpkin puree
    • 5 cups (650 gm) all-purpose flour
    • 11/2 teaspoons salt
    • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

    For the filling:

    • 1 large egg
    • 6 tablespoons (75 gm) sugar
    • 21/2 teaspoons cinnamon
    • 1 tablespoon flour

    Instructions

    To prepare the dough:

    1. Pour the warm water into the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast over top of it. Allow the yeast to dissolve, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the milk, maple syrup, and oil. Add the pumpkin puree and stir to combine. Add two cups of flour, the salt, and the pumpkin pie spice to the wet ingredients and stir until well integrated. Add an additional 2-1/2 cups of flour and, using the dough hook, knead the bread on medium speed for about 5 minutes or until the bread starts to become stretchy. Add additional flour to the bowl during the kneading process to get the dough the right texture. You are looking for a tacky, stretchy dough.
    2. Grease a large bowl and place the dough in it, covered with a piece of plastic wrap, to rise until doubled in size, about 1-1/2 hours. If the dough seems to have a hard time rising, move the bowl to a slightly warmer area of the kitchen. I like to let mine rise next to a warm oven.

    To prepare the filling:

    1. Once risen, remove dough from bowl and separate into two equal pieces. Roll each sheet of dough on a lightly greased work surface into a 6”x20” rectangle. Whisk the egg with 2 teaspoons of water and brush this wash over the surface of each sheet of dough. Reserve the extra wash.
    2. Combine the cinnamon, sugar, and flour in a small bowl and sprinkle the mixture evenly over the surface of each piece of dough.
    3. Starting at one of the narrow ends, roll the dough snug up the length of the long ends of the rectangle until you’re left with a tube-shaped roll of dough. Pinch the ends to seal the dough closed. Place each loaf roll into their own greased loaf pan (8.5″ X 4.5″ X 2.75″). Cover with Saran wrap and allow to rise again for about 1 hour, or until the dough has risen one inch over the top of the pan. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
    4. Once risen, brush a thin layer of wash over the tops of each loaf. Put the loaves into the oven and immediately lower the temperature to 375. Bake for about 30-35 minutes, or until loaves have turned golden and sound slightly hollow when tapped on the top.
    5. Allow to cool in pan for ten minutes and then remove to finish cooling on a cooling rack.

    Notes

    • Beware of using a small pan. This recipe requires a large enough pan to accommodate the dough.
    • If your bread is not rising well, place loaves in a slightly warmer spot in your kitchen. I let my bread rise next to a warm oven.
    • Allow bread to cool completely prior to slicing.
    • Bread will keep on the counter for several days but will keep best in the refrigerator for up to 6-7 days. There’s no preservatives in this stuff so it won’t last as long as your supermarket bread- eat fast!
    • Wrapped securely in aluminum foil, bread will keep in a freezer for up to four months.

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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? What about 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
    Pumpkin Yeast Bread
    Sweet Potato Meringue Pie
    Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread
    Cheesy Dinner Rolls

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    Sweet Potato Buns

    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
    • Category: Bread

    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!

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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.

    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 Cake

    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

    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
    • Category: Cake

    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!

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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

    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

    Vanilla Butter Loaf

    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 easily receives whatever fresh fruits you have. Here, I opted for figs and toasted almonds; 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

    Finally, 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 thanks to the butter. You already know that I count on Kerrygold for all of my most flavorful baked treats; 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. Also, 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 recipe you should try:

    Marble Loaf Pound Cake

    Cherry Pound Cake

    Banana Crumb Cake

    Lemon Pound Cake

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    Vanilla Butter Loaf

    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
    • Category: Dessert

    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.

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    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.

    “Play is the work of the child.” – Maria Montessori

    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.

    English Muffin Bread

    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

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    English Muffin Bread

    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
    • Category: Bread

    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

    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
    • Category: Condiment

    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.

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