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Chewy Ginger Molasses Snickerdoodles

Chewy Ginger Molasses Snickerdoodles by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a soft spiced cookie sweetened with brown sugar and molasses and tossed in a cinnamon sugar. These holiday cookies are perfect for Christmas and make a great alternative to gingerbread. Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com.

Confession Time: Deep down, I truly believe that cookies are the only acceptable dessert at Christmas. Don’t even tell me I’m wrong. I know some of you will try to convince me of your brownie pie, red velvet cheesecake, or some aggressively flavored peppermint cake, but I’m not here for it. If it’s December and there’s a Christmas tree in my house, cookies are the best option. With that being said, I do think it’s easy to get stuck in the cookie rut. I, myself, reach for the same soft and chewy sugar cookie recipe every year, because that’s what I’ve grown up on. Even so, I’m making efforts this year to branch out, if only slightly, to widen my cookie offerings during Christmas. Cue these chewy ginger molasses snickerdoodles.

Chewy Ginger Molasses Snickerdoodles by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a soft spiced cookie sweetened with brown sugar and molasses and tossed in a cinnamon sugar. These holiday cookies are perfect for Christmas and make a great alternative to gingerbread. Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com.

Chewy Ginger Molasses Snickerdoodles

So, here’s another confession: I don’t actually like molasses cookies. Sure, I love making gingerbread houses, smelling cinnamon-spiced things, and the idea of ginger-y treats during the holidays, but honestly, molasses need to get in line. When there are peppermint brownie cookies, fancy-frosted sugar cookies, and bourbon snickerdoodles to taste, who wants to settle for molasses?! Even so, I know many people adore the intensity of a spice cookie, so I decided to make a toned-down version that maybe even this Grinch would enjoy. Well, guess what- we landed somewhere delicious. These chewy ginger molasses snickerdoodles are, in fact, splendid.

Chewy Ginger Molasses Snickerdoodles by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a soft spiced cookie sweetened with brown sugar and molasses and tossed in a cinnamon sugar. These holiday cookies are perfect for Christmas and make a great alternative to gingerbread. Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com.

These are chewy crackled cookies sweetened with brown sugar and a hint of molasses. The spice here is moderate too- just a smidge of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. My favorite part, though, is the roll of cinnamon sugar that the dough gets just before baking. It leaves us with a sanded exterior and a little extra texture. These cookies are mildly spiced, but wonderfully Christmas. If you have yet to be a fan of ginger cookies, this is the dough to try.

Chewy Ginger Molasses Snickerdoodles by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a soft spiced cookie sweetened with brown sugar and molasses and tossed in a cinnamon sugar. These holiday cookies are perfect for Christmas and make a great alternative to gingerbread. Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com.

I have a few other cookies in mind for this last two weeks before Christmas, so stay tuned! Happy Monday to you all and happy baking!

If you like these chewy ginger molasses snickerdoodles you should try:

Gingerbread Lemon Bars
Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls
Ginger Molasses Bundt Cakes
Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
Bourbon Brown Sugar Snickerdoodles

Chewy Ginger Molasses Snickerdoodles by Wood and Spoon Blog. This is a soft spiced cookie sweetened with brown sugar and molasses and tossed in a cinnamon sugar. These holiday cookies are perfect for Christmas and make a great alternative to gingerbread. Learn more about the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com.
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Chewy Ginger Molasses Snickerdoodles

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Yield: 32

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups (313 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon (6 grams) cinnamon, divided
  • 1 ½ teaspoons (3 grams) ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams) baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons (3 grams) cream of tartar
  • ¾ cup (170 grams) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup (220 grams) packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (85 grams) unsulphured molasses
  • 1 large (50 grams) egg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons (6 grams) pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup (67 grams) granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, 1-1/2 teaspoons (3 grams) cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment to cream together the butter and brown sugar on medium speed until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the molasses and stir on medium speed to combine. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the egg and vanilla extract, stirring on medium just until smooth. Add the bowl of mixed dry ingredients and stir on low speed to incorporate, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Once a soft dough comes together, set it aside.
  3. Line a heavy-bottomed baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1-1/2 teaspoons (3 grams) cinnamon with the granulated sugar. Use a medium (1 ½- tablespoon) spring-loaded scoop to portion out rounds of dough on the prepared baking sheet. Briefly roll the balls of dough in your hands to smooth and coat the sides of each cookie dough piece with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Once the cookies are coated and placed on the baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap refrigerate to firm up, about 1 hour.
  4. About 15 minutes prior to baking, preheat the oven to 350 °F (180 °C). Prepare a second baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper and space the cookie dough pieces 2 inches apart. Bake the pans one at a time in the preheated oven for about 11 minutes or until the tops of the cookies are cracked and beginning to set. Allow to cool slightly prior to enjoying. Cookies can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container and are best eaten within 3 days.

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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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Brown Butter Bourbon Chess Pie

Brown Butter Bourbon Chess Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a brown sugar, brown butter, and bourbon Southern chess pie. this is a gooey pie with a flaky homemade crust. The pie serves a crowd, is perfect for holidays and fall, and finishes with flakes salt. Learn how to make homemade chess pie on thewoodandspoon.com

What’s that saying? You can take the girl out of Kentucky, but you can’t take the Kentucky out of the girl? Well, today’s recipe is case in point. This brown butter bourbon chess pie is all of my favorite flavors. Sweet and salty, with subtle caramel and nutty undertones, this Southern pie is RICH and seriously delicious. If you’re looking for the perfect fall-flavored pie, you’re in luck! Let’s dive in.

Brown Butter Bourbon Chess Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a brown sugar, brown butter, and bourbon Southern chess pie. this is a gooey pie with a flaky homemade crust. The pie serves a crowd, is perfect for holidays and fall, and finishes with flakes salt. Learn how to make homemade chess pie on thewoodandspoon.com

Chess Pie

So what is a chess pie? Similar to a custard pie, chess pies bake up with eggs, sugar, cornmeal, milk, and vinegar. Sounds weird? Yeah, I kinda agree. But somehow, it totally works. Some add lemon, others add cocoa powder, and some just choose a simple buttermilk filling; all are delicious, if you ask me.

Chess pies are wildly popular here in the South and usually find a home in old timey recipe boxes and cookbooks. Usually made with a buttery pastry pie crust, chess pies have gooey centers that are somewhat reminiscent of gooey butter cake bars, and today’s pie is no exception. If you’re salivating, let me tell you about this bourbon situation.

Brown Butter Bourbon Chess Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a brown sugar, brown butter, and bourbon Southern chess pie. this is a gooey pie with a flaky homemade crust. The pie serves a crowd, is perfect for holidays and fall, and finishes with flakes salt. Learn how to make homemade chess pie on thewoodandspoon.com

Brown Butter Bourbon Chess Pie

Brown butter is king on this blog. If you’re unfamiliar with how to brown butter, please check out my in-depth tutorial here! It’s the perfect underlying flavor for this pie’s other components which include bourbon and brown sugar. For the bourbon, I like to use a high quality spirit that I enjoy sipping on, because the flavor really comes out. Rule number one: Bottom barrel whiskeys need not apply here.

Brown Butter Bourbon Chess Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a brown sugar, brown butter, and bourbon Southern chess pie. this is a gooey pie with a flaky homemade crust. The pie serves a crowd, is perfect for holidays and fall, and finishes with flakes salt. Learn how to make homemade chess pie on thewoodandspoon.com

How to Make Bourbon Chess Pie

To make this bourbon chess pie, we start with a perfect pie crust. I opt for my all-time favorite recipe which you can find here. Once par-baked, the filling ingredients come together: brown butter, sugar, cornmeal, milk, eggs, and bourbon. The mixtures stirs together until smooth and then is poured into the crust. The pie bakes for about 45 minutes or until the center of the pie barely wiggles. Allow the whole thing to cool completely prior to serving.

I’d recommend serving this pie with a cup of coffee or at least a glass of water- it is RICH. Like most Southern desserts, this bourbon chess pie will definitely satisfy a hungry sweet tooth. If you get a chance to make it, let me know what you think! In the meantime, happy Thursday and happy baking!

Brown Butter Bourbon Chess Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a brown sugar, brown butter, and bourbon Southern chess pie. this is a gooey pie with a flaky homemade crust. The pie serves a crowd, is perfect for holidays and fall, and finishes with flakes salt. Learn how to make homemade chess pie on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this recipe for Brown Butter Bourbon Chess Pie you should try:

Bourbon Pecan Granola
Salted Maple Pie
Bourbon Brown Butter Snickerdoodles
Bourbon Bundt Cake
Chocolate Chess Pie

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Brown Butter Bourbon Chess Pie

This brown butter bourbon chess pie is a gooey, sweet and salty pie with warm hints of whiskey.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 9 Servings
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

For the crust:

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

For the pie:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons quality bourbon
  • 1 white tablespoon vinegar
  • 4 large eggs, beaten

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

  1. Whiz the flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor to combine (Note: you can also do this by hand with a pastry cutter!) Pulse in the shortening and butter, just until evenly dispersed in pea-sized clumps. Begin adding ice water 2 tablespoons at a time until moist clumps begin to form. Remove dough from food processor, form it into a flat round disk, and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour prior to use.
  2. When you’re ready to bake the pie, roll the dough out on a well-floured surface into a 1/8-1/4” circle about an inch larger than your pie plate on all sides. Roll the dough loosely back onto the rolling pin and lift it into the pie dish. Gently fit the dough into the pie plate and trim off any excess dough leaving a 1” border around the edge of the dish. Fold the lip of the dough under so that it extends just over the edge of the pie plate and crimp the edges as you prefer. Prick a few holes in the bottom of the dough with a fork and place the whole pan into the freezer to chill briefly, about 15 minutes. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  3. When the oven is preheated, remove the pie plate from the freezer and line the insides of it with a piece of parchment paper. Use either pie weights or dry beans/rice to weigh down the dough and bake for about 20 minutes. Low the oven temp to 350 degrees and set the pie aside to cool while you prepare your filling.

To prepare the filling:

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, begin browning the butter. Slowly melt the butter, stirring regularly. The butter will begin to fizz and foam- stir constantly and do not let the butter burn. You’ll notice amber flecks showing up on the bottom of your pan- keep stirring until you notice a nutty aroma and the butter mixture is mostly golden. Remove from heat to a separate bowl immediately, being sure to scrape any of the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Set it aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir to combine the sugar, brown sugar, cornmeal flour, and salt. Add the eggs, milk, bourbon, and vinegar, whisking to combine. Stir in the eggs thoroughly and finally add in the butter. Pour the mixture into your par-baked pie shell. Bake in the 350 degree oven for about 45-50 minutes or until the edges are well set and the innermost circle of pie is still just a bit jiggly. Allow to cool completely prior to slicing. Serve slices with a sprinkle of flaked fleur de sel.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple fresh summer fruit crisp made in a cast-iron skillet and served with vanilla ice cream. Oats, brown sugar, and butter make up the crumble topping of this potluck dessert that serves a crowd. Learn how to make this yummy fruit dessert and how to use rhubarb on thewoodandspoon.com.

This is it! The last week before summer. It’s been 10 weeks of swimming and road trips, popsicles, and rainy movie days, but we are ready for a change of pace. Anyone else totally out of gas after this season?

I think a lot of us felt the need to be on the go. After all, the past few years have found many of us homebound. Now, with reopening borders and dusty passports, it’s as if the whole world is asking, “Where to next?” If the highways and airports are any indication, we are all just dying to go anywhere.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple fresh summer fruit crisp made in a cast-iron skillet and served with vanilla ice cream. Oats, brown sugar, and butter make up the crumble topping of this potluck dessert that serves a crowd. Learn how to make this yummy fruit dessert and how to use rhubarb on thewoodandspoon.com.

So that’s what we did. We were fortunate to go all sorts of places this summer, and, hear me out, it was definitely fun. But now, finally home and with my suitcase back in it’s proper place (as opposed to open and half-full on the floor of my closet), I kinda want to just be. I want to stay in one place long enough to fill up on the emotional, physical, and mental clarity that, honestly, I’m lacking. Anyone else in this boat with me?

“Bloom where you’re planted.”

I’ve shared this before, but I think it’s worth repeating. “Bloom where you’re planted.” That means thrive, dig your roots deep, and grow wherever you find yourself planted. I sense that I’ve missed out on some of the goodness in our backyard, and I don’t want to anymore. I want to bloom more fully here.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a simple fresh summer fruit crisp made in a cast-iron skillet and served with vanilla ice cream. Oats, brown sugar, and butter make up the crumble topping of this potluck dessert that serves a crowd. Learn how to make this yummy fruit dessert and how to use rhubarb on thewoodandspoon.com.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

This strawberry rhubarb crisp is evidence of the good things home has to offer. I picked these strawberries earlier this season and ended up freezing most of them because we were planning to be out of town. Now, at the end of the summer, I have extra produce on hand to make magic with. Better late than never, right?

This strawberry rhubarb crisp reminds me of one of my favorites pies. Several years ago, I posted a strawberry rhubarb pie, and it’s still the bomb. But since pies often take a little more work than I care to offer, a crisp seemed like a good alternative. And with all that oat and brown sugar crumble, taking the easy road has never tasted so good.

Making the Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

To make this strawberry rhubarb crisp, we start with the crumble. First, brown sugar, butter, flour, and oats toss together with a little bit of cinnamon. The sliced strawberries and rhubarb get a sprinkle of sugar and the two components layer together in a pan. I opted to use a cast-iron skillet, but you could use a baking dish if you prefer. Bake the dish in the preheated oven until the juice are bubbling throughout. Oh, and don’t forget to serve it with ice cream.

I hope you stay put long enough to get busy in the kitchen with this recipe. If you get to try it, let me know what you think! Happy Thursday and happy baking!

If you like this strawberry rhubarb crisp you should try:

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Raspberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars
Rhubarb Pop-Tarts
Strawberry Rhubarb Layer Cake

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Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

This strawberry rhubarb crisp features fresh fruit and a brown sugar oat crisp on top. It tastes terrific topped with vanilla ice cream!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed,
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups sliced rhubarb
  • 4 cups chopped strawberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir to combine to brown sugar, oats, four, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Stir in the butter just until combined and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the remaining cinnamon, sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Toss in the sliced rhubarb and strawberries. Pour the fruit mixture into a 9” cast-iron skillet or baking dish and top with crumbled bits of the oat mixture. Bake in the preheated oven for about 45-50 minutes or until the fruit is bubbling slightly throughout the entire skillet. Allow to cool slightly before serving with scoops of ice cream or whipped cream.

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Brown Sugar Buttermilk Tart

Brown Sugar Buttermilk Tart by wood and spoon. This is a salted graham cracker tart crust with a no-bake custard filling made up of buttermilk, brown sugar, and cinnamon. On top. fresh fruit and a tangy glaze transforms this simple dessert into a tasty chilled summertime treat. Make it ahead and for a crowd for fancy summer parties and seasonal fruit. Learn more about this adaptable recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This past week has been one of the weirdest, out-of-the-norm passing of days that I have experienced in a long time, and because you stumbled upon this page, we’re in it together now. I can’t wait to share about this super impressive and simple brown sugar buttermilk tart, but first, let me update you on all that transpired this week.

Brown Sugar Buttermilk Tart by wood and spoon. This is a salted graham cracker tart crust with a no-bake custard filling made up of buttermilk, brown sugar, and cinnamon. On top. fresh fruit and a tangy glaze transforms this simple dessert into a tasty chilled summertime treat. Make it ahead and for a crowd for fancy summer parties and seasonal fruit. Learn more about this adaptable recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

I’ve been spending the better part of the last few months nesting like crazy. In that time, I’ve accomplished a ton and was beginning to feel like maybe we were getting prepared to have this baby. Last Tuesday, I went in for a routine appointment at my doctor’s office to find that baby girl was attempting to jail break out of me and into the world about 5 weeks too early. NOT COOL, BABY. Although I’m no stranger to babies that come a little earlier than expected (I’m looking at you, George!), 5 weeks was a little too soon for comfort. In order to keep baby number three planted in my belly for a few more weeks, the doctor opted to put me on bedrest.

Brown Sugar Buttermilk Tart by wood and spoon. This is a salted graham cracker tart crust with a no-bake custard filling made up of buttermilk, brown sugar, and cinnamon. On top. fresh fruit and a tangy glaze transforms this simple dessert into a tasty chilled summertime treat. Make it ahead and for a crowd for fancy summer parties and seasonal fruit. Learn more about this adaptable recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Bedrest?!?

So bedrest. Certainly not the worst thing that’s ever happened to me, but definitely one of the strangest. Picking up my children, bending over to pull a roast out of the oven, and even walking up the stairs to tuck little people into their beds is  no longer okay. I have spent a week’s worth of days sitting at my desk catching up on paperwork, laying on the couch entirely bored by the drama on overshare on social media, and watching movies with my TV zombie children. It turns out that bedrest can be kinda hard on Moms but awesome for kids who are lobbying for one more episode of PJ Masks.

But there is an entirely wonderful side to all of this too. Bedrest is just about the only thing that could force me to slow down. That means more snuggling, more bedtime story reading, more occasional catnaps, more stillness. I’m not great at sitting still, and this bit of time has served as a little calm. Moreso than that, I’m reminded for the millioneth time of what wonderful community and friends we have here in Selma, AL. People come out of the woodwork to help when they find out you’re down for the count, and while I’m certainly not an invalid in need of 24-hr care, it’s heart-filling to know that people are willing and wanting to serve you. Needless to say, I’ve got lots of reasons for gratitude this week. Gratitude for time, gratitude for friends, and gratitude for this brown sugar buttermilk tart.

Brown Sugar Buttermilk Tart by wood and spoon. This is a salted graham cracker tart crust with a no-bake custard filling made up of buttermilk, brown sugar, and cinnamon. On top. fresh fruit and a tangy glaze transforms this simple dessert into a tasty chilled summertime treat. Make it ahead and for a crowd for fancy summer parties and seasonal fruit. Learn more about this adaptable recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Brown Sugar Buttermilk Tart

Let me give you the 411 on this treat that I’m sharing with my friends at Kerrygold. This is a no-bake cream tart situation featuring a salty graham cracker crust, a stovetop custard filling, and a tangy 2-ingredient fruit topping that can accompany any array of seasonal fruit that you may find in your fridge this month. It’s a make-ahead, fit for a crowd type of dessert that can be adapted to suit your preferences, and the flavors, while fairly simple and straight-forward, are comforting and fresh all at the same time.

Brown Sugar Buttermilk Tart by wood and spoon. This is a salted graham cracker tart crust with a no-bake custard filling made up of buttermilk, brown sugar, and cinnamon. On top. fresh fruit and a tangy glaze transforms this simple dessert into a tasty chilled summertime treat. Make it ahead and for a crowd for fancy summer parties and seasonal fruit. Learn more about this adaptable recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Making the Tart

To make this brown sugar buttermilk tart, we start with the crust. Graham crackers, brown sugar, salt, and loads of melted Kerrygold butter are pulsed together until the mixture resembles a wet sand consistency. Press the mixture into the sides and bottom of a fluted tart pan and allow it to chill while you make the filling. The filling, as the name brown sugar buttermilk tart suggests, is a buttermilk-based custard sweetened with brown sugar and cinnamon. It thickens quickly on the stove with the help of some egg and cools to a soft creamy consistency. We pour this whole mixture into the prepared crust to cool.

Brown Sugar Buttermilk Tart by wood and spoon. This is a salted graham cracker tart crust with a no-bake custard filling made up of buttermilk, brown sugar, and cinnamon. On top. fresh fruit and a tangy glaze transforms this simple dessert into a tasty chilled summertime treat. Make it ahead and for a crowd for fancy summer parties and seasonal fruit. Learn more about this adaptable recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Serving the Tart

Once you’re ready to serve this brown sugar buttermilk tart, adorn the heck out of it with whatever fresh fruit you fancy. Here, I used plums, blue and blackberries, and even some toasted coconut I had on hand. The fruit serves to freshen up the tar. Use ripe, ready-to-eat favorites of whoever you’re serving. I recommend a quick fruity drizzle made by combining tart preserves with a bit of lime juice. The juice thins out the sweet preserves and balances it with a kick of acid. The whole thing works together super nicely and makes for an impressive treat that you can share.

I hope you’ll call on this brown sugar buttermilk tart in the coming summer months. It’s a great way to showcase summer fruit and something about it feels effortless yet elevated. For the crust and all of your other butter needs, I highly recommend Kerrygold. Their products serve stunning desserts like this well, and it’s an honor to partner with a brand I respect. In the meantime, thank you for your prayers and support in the coming weeks! We can’t wait for baby girl to make an arrival and will share when the time is right. Happy Thursday and Happy Baking!

Brown Sugar Buttermilk Tart by wood and spoon. This is a salted graham cracker tart crust with a no-bake custard filling made up of buttermilk, brown sugar, and cinnamon. On top. fresh fruit and a tangy glaze transforms this simple dessert into a tasty chilled summertime treat. Make it ahead and for a crowd for fancy summer parties and seasonal fruit. Learn more about this adaptable recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this brown sugar buttermilk tart you should check out:

White Chocolate Cheesecake Tartlets with Blood Orange Swirl

Pumpkin Pecan Tart with Maple Whipped Cream

Honey Mascarpone Tart with Figs and Salty Graham Crust

Strawberry Pretzel Tart

Lemon Almond Tart

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Brown Sugar Buttermilk Tart

This brown sugar buttermilk tart is a sweet and salty no bake pie with a cream filling, a tangy fruit drizzle, and a salty graham cracker crust. Serve with your favorite seasonal fruit!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 120
  • Yield: 9
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1/3 cup (70 gm) brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cups (200 gm) graham cracker crumbs
  • ½  teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons (100 gm) unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

  • 5 large (90 gm) egg yolks
  • ½ cup (100 gm) brown sugar
  • 21/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 13/4 cups (395 gm) heavy whipping cream
  • 2/3 cup (145 gm) whole buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

For the topping:

  • 2 cups of fruit of your choice (berries, sliced stone fruit, etc)
  • ½ cup blackberry or raspberry jam
  • 1  tablespoon lime juice or water

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

  1. Whisk together the brown sugar, graham cracker crumbs, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Add the melted butter and stir until well combined. Press the crumbs into the bottom and sides of a 9-10” tart pan with a removable bottom. Place in the fridge to chill while you prepare the filling.

To prepare the filling:

  1. Whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium sized mixing bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the heavy whipping cream, buttermilk, and vanilla bean paste. Place the pan over medium-low heat and bring to a simmer, whisking occasionally. Once gently bubbling, slowly drizzle a small amount of the hot cream mixture into the beaten egg yolk mixture, being sure to whisk all the while. Continue to add the cream and whisk until the contents of both bowls have been combined. Pour the entirety of the mixture back into the saucepan over medium-low heat and cook for about 4 minutes, constantly stirring, until thickened slightly (about the consistency of mayonnaise). Pull the pan off the heat and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, stirring once every minute or so. Pour the content of the pan into the prepared pie crust and smooth the filling out. Place a sheet of plastic wrap directly on top of the pie filling and place in the fridge to chill.

To prepare the topping:

  1. Combine the jam and juice or water with a whisk. Add a little more liquid to make the topping more viscous if desired. Drizzle the “sauce” on top of pieces of sliced pie and serve with fresh fruit!

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Carrot Cake Cheesecake

Carrot Cake Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a spring and easter inspired cake with a cinnamon spiced fluffy carrot cake bottom and brown sugar cheesecake top. A little frosting makes this cake inspired by Cheesecake Factory . Serve with chopped pecans and caramel sauce for an extra special dessert! Recipe and how to for marbled cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com

You’re catching me on a really good week. I’m fresh off a weekend of recharging with some girlfriends, there’s carrot cake cheesecake in my fridge, and I’m a few days away from a mini family reunion. All this, plus Easter just around the corner, makes for a gal who is feeling ultra-thankful today.

We don’t really shy away from the issues here. There’s lots of real talk and nitty gritty and probably a little bit of TMI from time to time. My goal here is always to fill your bellies with delicious treats, yes, but I also feel responsible for being transparent here too. Anytime there’s sharing of life stories, I think it’s really important to remind each other to rejoice in the victories, both big and small, way more frequently than we dwell on the hard stuff. Celebrating the things we have to be joyful about doesn’t mean our lives are without difficulty or that we have to put on a facade, but it’s healthy to remind ourselves of all the good that exists in our lives. Chances are there’s plenty to feel proud of.

Carrot Cake Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a spring and easter inspired cake with a cinnamon spiced fluffy carrot cake bottom and brown sugar cheesecake top. A little frosting makes this cake inspired by Cheesecake Factory . Serve with chopped pecans and caramel sauce for an extra special dessert! Recipe and how to for marbled cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com

So today, I gotta tell you, I’m feeling like a million bucks. This is a hard, hair-on-fire-busy kind of season, but I totally recognize that I get to do it with people who love and value me. That’s rare sometimes, right? To know that there’s people rallying behind you, people championing the way ahead of you, and a handful of folks to cheer you along at all the stops in between is such an incredibly blessing to experience. This has been a trying period of life, but it’s also been one filled with inspiration, unwarranted encouragement, and lots of love from unexpected (and expected) sources. I’m just so incredibly grateful.

Carrot Cake Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a spring and easter inspired cake with a cinnamon spiced fluffy carrot cake bottom and brown sugar cheesecake top. A little frosting makes this cake inspired by Cheesecake Factory . Serve with chopped pecans and caramel sauce for an extra special dessert! Recipe and how to for marbled cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com

“It’s healthy to remind ourselves of all the good that exists in our lives.”

Maybe that’s you today. Maybe you’re in season where your cup is running over on all sides. You might be finding wins around every turned page in a story where you’re the leading lady. If this is you, don’t forget to relish in this season. Share gratitude with the people on your team and take extra time to love on the ones in (and out of!) your circle that need the encouragement.

At the same token, if this isn’t you and if you’re struggling on a road loaded with potholes and blockades, keep your chin up. Celebrate the tiny victories, no matter how lame or insignificant they may feel, and press on. Surround yourself with people who will help you stand when it’s hard to do so on your own. And remember that whatever you’re feeling is just an indicator, not a dictator, of your circumstances. You get to choose how you play the cards that you’re dealt, and my hope is that you play them like a champ.

Carrot Cake Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a spring and easter inspired cake with a cinnamon spiced fluffy carrot cake bottom and brown sugar cheesecake top. A little frosting makes this cake inspired by Cheesecake Factory . Serve with chopped pecans and caramel sauce for an extra special dessert! Recipe and how to for marbled cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com

Carrot Cake Cheesecake

So this carrot cake cheesecake. It seems fitting to talk about this hearty dessert fit for sharing during Easter season. I’m always reminded of all the cool things I have to be thankful for this time of year, and there is no shame in being really grateful for a cake, cheesecake, and 9 extra slices for your favorite friends. Am I right?

I’m sharing today’s carrot cake cheesecake with my pals at Kerrygold. I love products that can elevate treats that are already special all on their own, and Kerrygold is one of those trusted products for me. Here, their unsalted butter lends depth of flavor and moisture to the cake layer of this cheesecake. Truly, I am so proud to bolster up their butter, because it is the actual bomb.

Carrot Cake Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a spring and easter inspired cake with a cinnamon spiced fluffy carrot cake bottom and brown sugar cheesecake top. A little frosting makes this cake inspired by Cheesecake Factory . Serve with chopped pecans and caramel sauce for an extra special dessert! Recipe and how to for marbled cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com

This carrot cake cheesecake is basically a skinny layer of carrot cake topped with a brown sugar and cinnamon cheesecake and then slathered with a cream cheese frosting (drool). It’s over-the-top and extravagant in every way possible, but honestly, don’t we kinda love that sometimes? This carrot cake cheesecake is a great alternative to all those carroty desserts you’ll be making for the Easter bunny this year, and honestly, I think you’ll find it’s really hard to top this one.

Carrot Cake Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a spring and easter inspired cake with a cinnamon spiced fluffy carrot cake bottom and brown sugar cheesecake top. A little frosting makes this cake inspired by Cheesecake Factory . Serve with chopped pecans and caramel sauce for an extra special dessert! Recipe and how to for marbled cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com

Making the Cheesecake

To make this carrot cake cheesecake, we start with the cheesecake layer. Cream cheese, brown sugar, eggs and heavy cream whip into a cheesecake that is extremely flavorful and creamy. This is not a super dense cheesecake but it’s not a fluffy Japanese one either. It’s kinda like the cozy cousin to both of those and it’s perfect for topping the carrot cake. Set the batter aside while you prep your carrot cake.

Here, we’ve adapted my favorite carrot bundt cake into a simple batter than comes together easily. Spoon alternating layers of carrot cake and cheesecake batter into a 9″ springform pan and bake in the oven until set. Getting all that batter baked before it’s too brown is a little tricky, so if you notice the top of your cake getting dark before you’re close to the end of bake time, just tent it with a piece of foil to protect it.

Carrot Cake Cheesecake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a spring and easter inspired cake with a cinnamon spiced fluffy carrot cake bottom and brown sugar cheesecake top. A little frosting makes this cake inspired by Cheesecake Factory . Serve with chopped pecans and caramel sauce for an extra special dessert! Recipe and how to for marbled cheesecake on thewoodandspoon.com

Frosting the Cheesecake

The frosting for this carrot cake cheesecake is totally optional, but I decided upon it to provide a finished look for the cake. The leavening in the cake batter puffs and makes for an imperfect top to the cheesecake, so to compensate I added frosting! Just trim any craggy edges off the top of your cake to smooth it as much as possible and then slather on the frosting. It adds an extra punch of sweet and helps to adhere all those toasty pecans to the top. WINNING.

This carrot cake cheesecake is a major win thanks to my friends at Kerrygold. I hope you all will consider supporting such an excellent product, especially for decadent desserts like this. I also hope you’ll count up all your other wins this week and find some room for gratitude no matter where you are. If you need a little encouragement, feel free to drop me a line. I’d love to be the one to share it with you this week. Hugs and love and happy baking to you all!

If you like this carrot cake cheesecake you should check out:

Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins

Carrot Bundt Cake with Brown Butter Glaze

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust & Butterscotch

Smore’s Cheesecake

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Carrot Cake Cheesecake

This carrot cake cheesecake is a mix of two favorite desserts. With a brown sugar cheesecake and moist carrot cake layer, this dessert is over the top delicious!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 180
  • Yield: 10
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

For the cheesecake:

  • 24 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup (150 gm) brown sugar packed
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons heavy whipping cream, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

For the carrot cake:

  • ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted Kerrygold butter, barely melted
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (200 gm) sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (140 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 11/2 cups finely grated carrots

For the topping:

  • 2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup chopped pecans

Instructions

To make the cheesecake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and wrap the exterior of  a 9” springform pan in a sheet of foil. Lightly grease and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer begin to prepare the cheesecake. Cream the cream cheese on medium speed using the paddle attachment for 2 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the brown sugar, beating an additional 1 minute. Add the eggs one at a time and beat for an additional minute. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the heavy cream, vanilla, and cinnamon and stir to combine. Be sure no large clumps exist. If there are a lot of large clumps, your cream cheese may not have been entirely room temp and you make need to strain the mixture. Set aside the cheesecake batter while you prepare your cake batter.
  3. In the same bowl, now empty, beat the melted butter, eggs, sugar, and vanilla on medium speed for 1-2 minutes until smooth. Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt and stir just till combined. Fold in the finely grated carrots. Spread half of the prepared cake batter into the bottom of the pan. Spoon about half of the cheesecake mixture on top, taking care to cover every bit of cake batter you see. Do no swirl or spread the mixtures. Spoon the remaining cake batter on top of the cheesecake batter and then finish with the remaining cheesecake batter. Be sure no parts of the cake are exposed or you could have bit chunks of cake burst through the top of the cheesecake. Bake in the preheated oven for about 1 hour. If you notice the top of the cake is already dark by about 35-40 minutes into the baking, gently tent the top with a sheet of foil. Cheesecake is done when the center appears set and the cake as a whole only barely jiggles. It won’t look liquidy or watery under the surface of the cake. Turn the oven off and allow it to rest in the warm oven for 1 hour, then cool entirely in the fridge. Just before ready to serve, prepare the topping. Cream the cheese and butter on medium speed until smooth. Add the sugar until combined and then drizzle in the whipping cream and vanilla. Beat for about 45 seconds or until the mixture fluffs up. Remove the cake from the pan and trim off any severely uneven edges. Smooth the topping on top of the cheesecake and garnish with chopped pecans. Enjoy!

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Sweet Potato Meringue Pie

Sweet Potato Meringue Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a butter and shortening pie crust blind baked and filled with a sweet potato, pumpkin tasting filling, cinnamon, and warm spices. The topping is a brown sugar and cinnamon marshmallow meringue that is cooked on the stove and whipped to stiff peaks. The whole thing is torched for a toasty golden finish. Read more about this fall autumn favorite pie for holidays (especially thanksgiving!) on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

This post is sponsored by The Incredible Egg. All opinions expressed are my own. 

This time of year is so wonderfully cozy. Even in the South where winters threaten of 80 degree temperatures and absolutely no snow, I can’t resist bundling up in thick socks and fuzzy turtlenecks. Jewel tones and wool, cinnamon and pumpkin, crackling fires and crunchy leaves are non-negotiables for me; if that’s not an indication of how much I adore autumn then I don’t know anything.

Sweet Potato Meringue Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a butter and shortening pie crust blind baked and filled with a sweet potato, pumpkin tasting filling, cinnamon, and warm spices. The topping is a brown sugar and cinnamon marshmallow meringue that is cooked on the stove and whipped to stiff peaks. The whole thing is torched for a toasty golden finish. Read more about this fall autumn favorite pie for holidays (especially thanksgiving!) on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

As a baker, I look forward to the fall for the flavors and the time spent around the table. I know that whatever comes out of my kitchen will almost inevitably be shared with a few grateful hearts in my kitchen or the home of someone else. Those sentiments, the exploding heart feels of love and gratitude and joy are kind of contagious this time of year, and it’s so sweet that we should soak it in while we can. Let’s just linger on these fall feelings.

Sweet Potato Meringue Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a butter and shortening pie crust blind baked and filled with a sweet potato, pumpkin tasting filling, cinnamon, and warm spices. The topping is a brown sugar and cinnamon marshmallow meringue that is cooked on the stove and whipped to stiff peaks. The whole thing is torched for a toasty golden finish. Read more about this fall autumn favorite pie for holidays (especially thanksgiving!) on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Sweet Potato Meringue Pie

This sweet potato meringue pie is basically fall in a nutshell. The pie crust, the cinnamon and nutmeg flavored filling, and the fluffy brown sugar meringue all remind me of a million dishes I’ve had in autumns of years past. The nostalgia and tradition that is loaded into this super Southern pie is so thick it’s almost tangible, and if you give it a try I think you’ll agree.

Sweet Potato Meringue Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a butter and shortening pie crust blind baked and filled with a sweet potato, pumpkin tasting filling, cinnamon, and warm spices. The topping is a brown sugar and cinnamon marshmallow meringue that is cooked on the stove and whipped to stiff peaks. The whole thing is torched for a toasty golden finish. Read more about this fall autumn favorite pie for holidays (especially thanksgiving!) on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

I’m sharing this pie with you today in partnership with The Incredible Egg. This is a group I’m thrilled to work with because eggs are a HUGE part of my life in the kitchen and a versatile staple for holiday baking. Nearly all my favorite recipes, both traditional or new, incorporate those little protein-packed friends, and to work with The Incredible Egg is really like food blogger #goals, okay?

Sweet Potato Meringue Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a butter and shortening pie crust blind baked and filled with a sweet potato, pumpkin tasting filling, cinnamon, and warm spices. The topping is a brown sugar and cinnamon marshmallow meringue that is cooked on the stove and whipped to stiff peaks. The whole thing is torched for a toasty golden finish. Read more about this fall autumn favorite pie for holidays (especially thanksgiving!) on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

Making the Pie

Let’s chat about the ins and outs of this sweet potato meringue pie. First we have the crust. My tried and true trusty pie crust is the buttery, flaky base of this recipe. I opted for a fairly traditional pie crimp here, and then I par-baked the shell. Finally, a thin layer of beaten egg wash gives it that golden, glossy photo finish. She’s pretty, right?

Sweet Potato Meringue Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a butter and shortening pie crust blind baked and filled with a sweet potato, pumpkin tasting filling, cinnamon, and warm spices. The topping is a brown sugar and cinnamon marshmallow meringue that is cooked on the stove and whipped to stiff peaks. The whole thing is torched for a toasty golden finish. Read more about this fall autumn favorite pie for holidays (especially thanksgiving!) on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

The filling is literally a cinch. Pureed sweet potatoes, evaporated milk, and eggs combine with butter and seasonal spices to create a smooth and autumnal filling. It’s really that good.

Sweet Potato Meringue Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a butter and shortening pie crust blind baked and filled with a sweet potato, pumpkin tasting filling, cinnamon, and warm spices. The topping is a brown sugar and cinnamon marshmallow meringue that is cooked on the stove and whipped to stiff peaks. The whole thing is torched for a toasty golden finish. Read more about this fall autumn favorite pie for holidays (especially thanksgiving!) on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

The icing on the cake (err, pie) for this sweet potato meringue pie is the brown sugar topping. The meringue here is thick and fluffy, almost marshmallow-like. The best part is its  cinnamon and brown sugar scent. I agree, meringue is a little intimidating to make, but this one is hard to beat. I almost always opt for a cooked meringue which ensures that the egg whites are brought to a safe temperature before consuming.

Sweet Potato Meringue Pie by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a butter and shortening pie crust blind baked and filled with a sweet potato, pumpkin tasting filling, cinnamon, and warm spices. The topping is a brown sugar and cinnamon marshmallow meringue that is cooked on the stove and whipped to stiff peaks. The whole thing is torched for a toasty golden finish. Read more about this fall autumn favorite pie for holidays (especially thanksgiving!) on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood

This sweet potato meringue pie is perfect for your upcoming holiday celebrations. I hope you share thick slices with the people you love and take pride in serving something that is special and beautiful. Be sure to share your recipe recreations for a chance to win a holiday giveaway prize, including Le Creuset bakeware. To enter, post your recipe recreation on Instagram with the hashtag #IncredibleHolidayDesserts. I’ll be reviewing all entires and selecting a winner! See official rules for details.

Happy baking to you all!

If you like this sweet potato meringue pie you should try:

Caramel Apple Pie

Pumpkin Pecan Tart

Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls

Salted Maple Pie

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Sweet Potato Meringue Pie

This is a buttery pie crust filled with sweet potato filling and topped with a brown sugar cinnamon italian meringue. Perfect for holidays!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 9
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

For the crust:

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

For the filling:

  • 11/4 cups sweet potato puree (made from about 1 large sweet potato, see notes)
  • 11/4 cups evaporated milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 11/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 11/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves

For the meringue:

  • 3 large egg whites
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

To prepare the pie:

  1. Whiz the flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor to combine. Pulse in the shortening and butter, just until evenly dispersed in pea-sized clumps. Begin adding ice water 2 tablespoons at a time until moist clumps begin to form. Remove dough from food processor, form it into a flat round disk, and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour prior to use.
  2. When you’re ready to bake the pie, roll the dough out on a well-floured surface into a 1/8-1/4” circle about an inch larger than your pie plate on all sides. Roll the dough loosely back onto the rolling pin and lift it into the pie dish. Gently fit the dough into the pie plate and trim off any excess dough leaving a 1” border around the edge of the dish. Fold the lip of the dough under so that it extends just over the edge of the pie plate and crimp the edges as you prefer. Prick a few holes in the bottom of the dough with a fork and place the whole pan into the freezer to chill briefly, about 15 minutes. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the sweet potato puree and evaporated milk. Add the egg and sugar, stirring just until combined. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Set aside while you bake the pie crust.
  4. When the oven is preheated, remove the pie plate from the freezer and line the insides of it with a piece of parchment paper. Use either pie weights or dry beans/rice to weigh down the dough and bake for about 15 minutes. After this initial bake, remove the pie weights, brush the entire crust with a thin layer of egg wash, and bake for an additional 5 minutes. Remove the pie from the oven, pour in the filling, and bake for another 35-40 minutes or until the center of the pie is set and no longer really jiggly. About 10 minutes into the bake, gently cover the crust with a ring of foil to prevent the edges from burning.

To prepare the meringue:

  1. Combine the egg whites, sugar, cream of tartar, and salt in a large bowl set over a pot filled with about an inch of simmering water. I use my stand mixer bowl set over a small saucepan, just make sure the bowl is not touching the water. Stir the mixture with a spatula until the brown sugar has dissolved. Remove the bowl from the heat and place on the stand mixer, adding the vanilla and cinnamon. Beat on medium speed with the whisk attachment until it becomes fluffy, and the continue beating an additional few minutes until glossy stiff peaks form. The bowl of the stand mixer should also be cool to touch. Spread the mixture on the cooled pie and use a torch to toast the top of the meringue. Alternatively, you can bake the meringue at 375 for about 10-12 minutes until golden.

Notes

  • To make sweet potato puree, peel and dice one large sweet potato and boil in a medium-sized pot of water until the potatoes are tender to the fork, about 10-15 min depending on the size of your potato pieces. Puree in a blender or food processor with 2-3 tablespoons of water, or more as needed to get a thick but smooth puree. Allow to cool prior to using in pie mixture.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1

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Brown Sugar Apple Bundt Cake

Brown Sugar Apple Bundt Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fresh apple bundt cake with chunks of apples and pecans and a thick, brown sugar glaze. The cake bakes tall in a bundt or fluted pan and is topped with an old fashioned almost caramel like icing. This is a great cake to serve as dessert or breakfast this fall and at upcoming holidays. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

Happy Hump Day, you crazy baking fools. I hope you’re crushing this week, so much so that you’ve earned yourself a slice (or three) of this brown sugar apple bundt cake.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may know that last week I made a wedding cake. It wasn’t my first time preparing a wedding cake, but because this was the biggest one I’ve made to date I was also pretty nervous. Like any cautious amateur would do, I prepared the layers a week in advance, froze them in plastic wrap, and traveled with the unassembled cakes in a sub-zero temperature car to Atlanta where the wedding was being held.

Brown Sugar Apple Bundt Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fresh apple bundt cake with chunks of apples and pecans and a thick, brown sugar glaze. The cake bakes tall in a bundt or fluted pan and is topped with an old fashioned almost caramel like icing. This is a great cake to serve as dessert or breakfast this fall and at upcoming holidays. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

Some of you are probably thinking that this is not a big deal. Maybe you think that I do this all the time or that I’m a professional cake maker. Maybe you assume that tasks like this come naturally to me or are not even remotely intimidating. I’ll have you know, you are entirely wrong.

I am a giant, sugar-coated ball of anxiety when it comes to baking for weddings. I literally lose sleep over the details and what-ifs and tiny lists of ingredients and supplies that I need to remember to pack. What if the cake is dry? Collapses? Tastes like garbage? What if I drop the entire thing while placing it on the stand? Or if someone finds a weird hair or a giant eggshell in it? What if, what if, what if?

Brown Sugar Apple Bundt Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fresh apple bundt cake with chunks of apples and pecans and a thick, brown sugar glaze. The cake bakes tall in a bundt or fluted pan and is topped with an old fashioned almost caramel like icing. This is a great cake to serve as dessert or breakfast this fall and at upcoming holidays. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

Brown Sugar Apple Bundt Cake

I’m getting stressed just reliving it. This all goes to say that until further notice I’m sticking with one-bowl, single layer, easy peasy cakes like this brown sugar apple bundt cake. Aside from the risk of a stray hair or eggshell, there are very few things you could actually do to screw this up.

Brown Sugar Apple Bundt Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fresh apple bundt cake with chunks of apples and pecans and a thick, brown sugar glaze. The cake bakes tall in a bundt or fluted pan and is topped with an old fashioned almost caramel like icing. This is a great cake to serve as dessert or breakfast this fall and at upcoming holidays. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

I was inspired to make this brown sugar apple bundt cake from flipping through some of Brett’s Nana’s old recipes. There were multiple recipes for old fashioned apple bundt cakes, and I knew this was the type of thing you guys would want coming out of your ovens around the holidays.

In most of the older recipes I’ve seen, the bundt cake is baked and a warm, syrupy mixture is poured over the cake before removing it from the pan. This yields a super moist cake, but to be honest, it’s not the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen. To add extra flavor AND pizzazz, I went with a brown sugar glaze, thick, ultra-sweet, and with just a hint of bourbon because we love ourselves. This brown sugar apple bundt cake is faithful to its Southern roots and festive enough to add to any holiday table. Let’s chat the ins and outs on this treat.

Brown Sugar Apple Bundt Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fresh apple bundt cake with chunks of apples and pecans and a thick, brown sugar glaze. The cake bakes tall in a bundt or fluted pan and is topped with an old fashioned almost caramel like icing. This is a great cake to serve as dessert or breakfast this fall and at upcoming holidays. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

Making the Cake

We start by mixing the sugar with all of the wet ingredients. Oil and plenty of eggs keep this cake moist. The dry ingredients which includes cinnamon and apple pie spice get stirred in before finely diced apples and pecans are folded in. Spread the mixture into a bundt pan (I used this one!) and bake in the preheated oven. Be careful not to overbake it! I like to remove it from the oven when just a few large moist clumps remain on a cake tester or toothpick.Allow the cake to cool in the pan for a few minutes before cooling completely on a rack.

When it’s room temperature, prepare the glaze and spoon it on top. I test out the glaze on the side of a drinking glass to make sure that it’s the right consistency. If it’s too thin it will drip completely off the cake and if it’s too thick it won’t be pourable. Find the consistency that works best for you and pour away.

Brown Sugar Apple Bundt Cake recipe by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fresh apple bundt cake with chunks of apples and pecans and a thick, brown sugar glaze. The cake bakes tall in a bundt or fluted pan and is topped with an old fashioned almost caramel like icing. This is a great cake to serve as dessert or breakfast this fall and at upcoming holidays. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com by Kate Wood.

This brown sugar apple bundt cake is a delightful little autumnal treat to prepare in the coming months. Give it a try and let me know what you think! I promise it’s easier than a wedding cake.

If you like this brown sugar apple bundt cake you should try:

Maple Apple Cake

Pecan Apple Dutch Baby

Caramel Apple Pie

Apple Crumb Cake

Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Carrot Bundt Cake with Brown Butter Glaze

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Brown Sugar Apple Bundt Cake

This brown sugar apple bundt cake is a warmly spiced season favorite with a brown sugar glaze that you’ll love sharing these winter months!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 90
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 10
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

For the apple cake:

  • 13/4 (350 gm) cups sugar
  • 11/2 cups (360 gm) vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs, at room temp
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (420 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 2 cups (250 gm) of peeled, finely chopped apples (I use Jonathan or Granny Smith Apples)
  • 1 cup (125 gm) finely chopped pecans

For the brown sugar glaze (Adapted from Fine Cooking):

  • 3/4 cup (150 gm) light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (110 gm) unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 11/2 tablespoons bourbon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup (80 gm) heavy whipping cream
  • 11/4 cups (130 gm) sifted confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

To prepare the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla until smooth and combined. Add the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and apple pie spice and stir just until barely combined. Fold in the apples and pecans. Spray and flour a 10-cup bundt pan and spread the batter into the pan. Bake in the preheated oven for an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Be careful to not overbake the cake! Allow the cake to cool in the pan for about 20 minutes and then invert onto a cool rack to cool completely.

To prepare the brown sugar glaze:

  1. Combine the brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, bourbon, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat, allowing the mixture to melt. Add the cream, increase the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to boil, stirring occasionally. Boil the mixture for exactly one minute and remove it from heat. Whisk in the confections sugar and vanilla until the mixture is smooth and no lumps remain. Allow the glaze to cool and thicken slightly, stirring occasionally to keep it from forming a thick top shell. Once the mixture is a bit thicker but still warm to touch, pour over the finished cake. You can test the pour barely on one size to see if it glazes how you’d like. If it doesn’t glaze thin enough allow it to cool slightly and if it glazes too thick just warm it up slightly. The cake is best enjoyed the day it is made.

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Brown Sugar Danishes

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

What makes you joyful?

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

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

More Joy, Please

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

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

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

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

Brown Sugar Danishes

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

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

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

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

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

Making the Danishes

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

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

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

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

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

Breakfast Danish

Raisin Swirl Bread

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread

Chocolate Coffee Almond Scones 

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Brown Sugar Danishes

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

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

Ingredients

For the dough (recipe by Samantha Seneviratne):

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

For the filling:

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

Instructions

To prepare the dough:

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

To prepare the danishes:

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

Notes

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

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Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust & Butterscotch

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust and Butterscotch Sauce by The Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. This is a creamy, almost caramel cheesecake made with brown sugar. The crust is a sweet and salty press-in crust made from oats. The whole thing is baked in a springform pan and topped with caramel corn and butterscotch sauce by Smitten Kitchen. Find the recipe and some tips on making a pretty cheesecake without cracks or soggy crust on thewoodandspoon.com

I guess I’m supposed to tell you all about my trip to Charleston for the SAVEUR blog awards, right? You probably want to hear all about the other finalists, the food and wine, or what it was like to meet Deb in real life. Maybe you’re curious if Wood and Spoon blog brought home a win in the “Best Baking and Sweets” category (hint: we did!), or if I ever figured out how to pronounce the word “Saveur.” Though I should probably be carving out space to share about this past week and the wonderful new friends that were made, to be honest, I haven’t yet figured out how to sum it all up. So for now, let me dive into the beauty that is this brown sugar cheesecake and we can hash out the other details later.

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust and Butterscotch Sauce by The Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. This is a creamy, almost caramel cheesecake made with brown sugar. The crust is a sweet and salty press-in crust made from oats. The whole thing is baked in a springform pan and topped with caramel corn and butterscotch sauce by Smitten Kitchen. Find the recipe and some tips on making a pretty cheesecake without cracks or soggy crust on thewoodandspoon.com

Brown Sugar Cheesecake

Before we begin, let me make one thing clear: I have dreams about this brown sugar cheesecake. A perfect combination of sweet and salty, this cake is a dessert that fulfills every taste and texture desire of my heart. For starters, I think about the tangy filling, folding over itself in silky clouds inside the bowl of my mixer. The scent of the oatmeal cookie crust, rich with butter, molasses, and cinnamon, wafts to the scene, momentarily stealing my every affection. But it’s the butterscotch sauce, thick and drippy, with caramel flavors and a not-so-subtle hint of salt, that oozes in and completes the most perfect bite. Each element of this cake enhances the flavors of its counterparts and it so tantalizes my tastebuds that I could almost break out into song. Without question, this brown sugar cheesecake is the one you won’t get over.

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust and Butterscotch Sauce by The Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. This is a creamy, almost caramel cheesecake made with brown sugar. The crust is a sweet and salty press-in crust made from oats. The whole thing is baked in a springform pan and topped with caramel corn and butterscotch sauce by Smitten Kitchen. Find the recipe and some tips on making a pretty cheesecake without cracks or soggy crust on thewoodandspoon.com

Making the Cheesecake

Like the other cheesecakes on this site, we start by preparing the crust. Brown sugar, flour, oats, cinnamon, and salt are brought together with the addition of melted butter. Stir it all together and pat out the mixture into the bottom of a springform pan. While it bakes in the oven, we can prepare the filling for the cake. Cream cheese is beat on medium speed just until all of the clumps have been smoothed out. Brown sugar is added next, followed by eggs, heavy cream, and vanilla. The goal here is to incorporate each element evenly without overbeating the mixture as this can cause air bubbles and cracks in the cake once baked. Just beat in each addition until well combined, and be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl regularly.

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust and Butterscotch Sauce by The Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. This is a creamy, almost caramel cheesecake made with brown sugar. The crust is a sweet and salty press-in crust made from oats. The whole thing is baked in a springform pan and topped with caramel corn and butterscotch sauce by Smitten Kitchen. Find the recipe and some tips on making a pretty cheesecake without cracks or soggy crust on thewoodandspoon.com

A Few Cheesecake Tips

Now everyone has their own special way to make a cheesecake, but there’s a few things that are almost universal to the process. First, you don’t want the cake to undergo drastic temperature changes during the baking process. To address this need, I prefer to put my cake pan in a waterbath, a pan full of boiling water that reaches about halfway up the sides of the cake. I also try to cool the cake down slowly so as not to cause cracks or shrinkage along the edges of the pan.

Second, it’s important to not over-bake your cheesecake. To test your cake for doneness, look for edges that appear to be slightly set and a center that is  wiggly under the surface of the cake. I turn the oven off once the inner half of the cake is only slightly jiggly upon shaking the pan. Unlike flour cakes, cheesecakes don’t adhere to the toothpick test, so don’t bother sticking your hand in there, okay?

Third, we want a crust that is baked, not soggy. If you opt to use the waterbath, be sure to wrap the outside of your pan in aluminum foil to ensure that no water seeps in to muck up your crust. I go a bit overboard and wrap my pan with three large layers of heavy duty foil, but I swear to you that extra effort is worth it.

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust and Butterscotch Sauce by The Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. This is a creamy, almost caramel cheesecake made with brown sugar. The crust is a sweet and salty press-in crust made from oats. The whole thing is baked in a springform pan and topped with caramel corn and butterscotch sauce by Smitten Kitchen. Find the recipe and some tips on making a pretty cheesecake without cracks or soggy crust on thewoodandspoon.com

The Heavenly Sauce

The butterscotch is a can’t miss addition to this cake. Sure, the cheesecake is delicious on its own. But why pass up the opportunity to douse anything with a rich, decadent sauce like butterscotch? You could opt for store-bought, but let me encourage you, from the bottom of my heart, to consider making my favorite butterscotch sauce. Deb (yes, the one I met this past week) has the easiest, 5-ingredient sauce that you cannot screw up. I promise. If you prefer, Bobby Flay’s caramel sauce would do the trick here as well.

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust and Butterscotch Sauce by The Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. This is a creamy, almost caramel cheesecake made with brown sugar. The crust is a sweet and salty press-in crust made from oats. The whole thing is baked in a springform pan and topped with caramel corn and butterscotch sauce by Smitten Kitchen. Find the recipe and some tips on making a pretty cheesecake without cracks or soggy crust on thewoodandspoon.com

I’ve got a lot of joy and fun memories from this past week that I’m dying to share with you. For now, I hope you’ll accept this brown sugar cheesecake. It’s sweet, salty, and entirely delicious- a dessert worth sharing with the best blog readers the world has. Thank you for continuing to support the Wood and Spoon blog. You guys rock.

Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust and Butterscotch Sauce by The Wood and Spoon by Kate Wood. This is a creamy, almost caramel cheesecake made with brown sugar. The crust is a sweet and salty press-in crust made from oats. The whole thing is baked in a springform pan and topped with caramel corn and butterscotch sauce by Smitten Kitchen. Find the recipe and some tips on making a pretty cheesecake without cracks or soggy crust on thewoodandspoon.com

If you like this brown sugar cheesecake, you should check out:

Meyer Lemon Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tarts

S’Mores Cheesecake

Brown Sugar Pound Cake with Blueberries and Brown Butter Crumble

Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies 

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Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Oatmeal Cookie Crust

The brown sugar cheesecake boasts a sweet and salty oatmeal crust and a gooey butterscotch sauce.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 60
  • Total Time: 240

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 11/3 cup (110 gm) quick cooking oats
  • ½ cup (100 gm) packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup (45 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 7 tablespoons (100 gm) unsalted butter, melted

For the cheesecake:

  • 11/2 pounds/ 3 blocks (680 gm) of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150 gm) brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs (170 gm), room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons (90 ml) heavy cream, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a 9″ springform pan by wrapping it in sheets of aluminum foil. I use 3 layers of extra wide, heavy duty foil wrapped to the top lip of the pan. Spray the inside walls and bottom of the pan with cooking spray.
  3. Stir together the dry ingredients until combined. Add the melted butter and stir just until combined. Gently pat out your mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.

To prepare the cheesecake:

  1. Begin boiling some water in a kettle or saucepan for your water bath.
  2. Beat cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer at medium speed (I use 4 on my Kitchen Aid Mixer) for 2 minutes to remove all clumps. Do not overbeat, but scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. If many clumps remain, ensure that your cream cheese has softened to room temp.
  3. Add the sugar and beat on medium for an additional 1 minute. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat to combine an additional 1 minute. Scrape the sides of the bowl and then add the heavy cream, and vanilla. Beat to combine.
  4. Strain the cheesecake batter through a mesh strainer (if desired) into a reserved bowl. Pour the batter on top of the crust. Gently rap the pan on the counter to help any air bubbles escape.
  5. Place your springform pan into a slightly larger baking dish/pan and fill the larger pan with the boiling water you prepared for the water bath until the water reaches about halfway up the sides of the springform pan.
  6. Carefully place both pans in the preheated oven and bake for 1 hour. After an hour of baking, the edges and top of the cheesecake should be set but still slightly jiggle in the center. Turn the oven off and allow the cheesecake to bake for an additional 30 minutes in the oven. Prop the door of the oven open slightly with a wooden spoon and continue to cool the cheesecake for another 30 minutes in the cooling oven.
  7. Discard the water bath, remove the foil and then place the cheesecake in the fridge to chill for several hours or overnight. The cheesecake can be stored in the fridge for several days. Serve with butterscotch sauce (see notes) or homemade caramel.

Notes

  • I wrap my springform pan with three layers of heavy duty aluminum foil. This is to protect your crust from any water leakage of your springform pan. Many pans will claim to be waterproof but your crust will get soggy and inedible if water leakage happens. Don’t take any chances!
  • I use a 11″ round cake pan for my water bath but you can use any oven-safe dish that you have. Once of my readers used a roasting pan and that works just fine!
  • The cooling process seems lengthy and unnecessary, but it helps to prevent drastic temperature changes that can cause structural issues with your cake.
  • I love the butterscotch sauce from Smitten Kitchen and Bobby Flay’s salted caramel sauce. See the post above for the link to these recipes.

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Cheesecake adapted from Miette