Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake

Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake: a boozy alternative to the typical loaf cake by ibakeheshoots.com

Time has slipped away from me. How did it happen? …in so many ways but most of all it was work. Once you start baking and shooting for other people, your own work might fall by the way side. Not to worry. I return to you bearing a boozy gift: Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake.

Recently, I made a mini peanut butter bundt cake which is handy if you want a bundt cake that bakes in under 30 minutes. This here bourbon pecan pound cake is more traditional (60 minute bake time), but I might like it more. Why?

Bourbon.

Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake: a boozy alternative to the typical loaf cake by ibakeheshoots.com

Bourbon is like bacon: it makes everything better. Out of all the recipes I’ve tested for Clabber Girl so far, it’s definitely one of my favorites.

When I first tasted the silky, boozy batter I shouted “Glory be!” to no one in particular. Ok, I don’t think those were my exact words, but you get the gist. Bourbon is great in my glass and my pound cake. You know what I’m talking about.

Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake: a boozy alternative to the typical loaf cake by ibakeheshoots.com

Just try not to drink all the booze before you start baking. Eh, who am I kidding? Drink it, if you’ve got it.

 

Recipe for Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake

Recipe for Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake adapted from Clabber Girl

Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake
 
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One Bourbon Peace Pound Cake, 9 x 5in
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • Cake:
  • ½ c. vegetable shortening
  • ½ c. butter
  • 1½ c. granulated sugar
  • 2 c. cake flour
  • 1½ tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda
  • ⅓ c. sour cream
  • 3 tbsp. bourbon whiskey
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ c. chopped pecans
  • Glaze:
  • 1 c. confectioners' sugar
  • 1.5 tsp. bourbon whiskey
  • 1.5 tbsp. water
Instructions
  1. Coat 9 x 5 X 3 inch loaf pan with baking spray.
  2. Place rack in the middle of the oven.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  4. Place butter, shortening, and sugar in a bowl and mix on medium for 1 minute.
  5. In a separate bowl combine Clabber Girl Baking Powder, Clabber Girl Baking Soda and salt; mix well. Reserve one tablespoon for the pecans.
  6. Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix on low for 1 minute.
  7. In a measuring cup combine sour cream, whiskey, and eggs. Add mixture to the batter and combine on medium for 1-2 minutes. Make sure to scrape the side of the bowl.
  8. In a small bowl coat the pecans with the reserved tablespoon of flour (this should prevent the pecans from sinking to the bottom).
  9. Gently fold pecans into batter.
  10. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 50-55 minutes.
  11. Let cake cool before glazing.
  12. Glaze
  13. Combine whiskey, water and powdered sugar until smooth. Pour over cooled cake.

 

 

 

 

Peanut Butter Maple Bacon Granola Bars

Pack your lunches with these protein-filled Peanut Butter Maple Bacon Granola Bars by ibakeheshoots.com

School is back in session, my friends, which means I’m happy and sad.

I’m happy because:

a) As soon as school started (3 days ago) the weather became more like Fall, and you know how I feel about Fall.

b) Dave bought me some back-to-school supplies ( I gotta have my Zebra F-402s)

c) Most of my day is spent learning American Sign Language

I’m sad because:

a) My days are no longer free which means I have less time to bake, shoot and write.

b) Chevron is taking all my money (why is school 60 miles, roundtrip?)

c) Some of my classmates don’t realize that high school is over (let’s keep it drama-free, shall we?)

Pack your lunches with these protein-filled Peanut Butter Maple Bacon Granola Bars by ibakeheshoots.com

Still, I get to hang out with the cool, smart classmates and occasionally share my latest culinary adventure. This time around it’s Peanut Butter Maple Bacon Granola Bars. What?

Pack your lunches with these protein-filled Peanut Butter Maple Bacon Granola Bars by ibakeheshoots.com

I’d never made my own granola bars before, but I learned how easy it was while testing recipes for Clabber Girl this summer (super-cool job, btw). I’m not sure why everybody doesn’t make their own. Perhaps, they’re newbies, like me. Or maybe they’re just intimidated by the millions of recipes on Pinterest (please forgive my hyberbolic-speak).

Want my advice? Choose a no-frills peanut butter granola bar and get started; I suggest this recipe by the always trustworthy Jessica from How Sweet Eats. I just added a ton of bacon (Jessica would be proud) and used maple syrup to sweeten the deal.

Delicious!

Pack your lunches with these protein-filled Peanut Butter Maple Bacon Granola Bars by ibakeheshoots.com

Now, if I could just figure out how to trade them for gas…

 

Recipe for Peanut Butter Maple Bacon Granola Bars

Recipe for Peanut Butter Maple Bacon Granola Bars adapted from How Sweet Eats

Peanut Butter Maple Bacon Granola Bars
 
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Makes 12-15 Bars
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Serves: 15
Ingredients
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1T sesame seeds, optional
  • ½ cup salted peanuts, chopped
  • ¾ cup natural peanut butter, melted
  • 2T butter
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 10 strips of bacon, cooked, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place parchment paper in 9 x 13 pan.Push down into corners and make sure that it overlaps.
  3. With your hands combine the oats, peanuts, bacon and sesame seeds(if using) in a large bowl.
  4. In a separate microwave safe bowl, melted peanut butter and butter; watch carefully.
  5. Pour melted peanut butter, butter and maple syrup into bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.
  6. Place mixture in in pan. Press down evenly.
  7. Bake granola bars for 25 minutes.
  8. Cool bars in pan for 10 minutes.
  9. Lift out of pan an cut while still warm.
  10. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks (I like to keep mine in the frig).
  11. Enjoy!

 

Spicy Cheddar Rosemary Sables

You need to make these Spicy Cheddar Rosemary Sables. They're buttery, crispy and the perfect snack for cocktail hour. | ibakeheshoots.com

How should I describe these spicy cheddar rosemary sables? Simple, with 3 words:

1. Easy
2. Amazing
3. Addictive

I first saw these babies on Food52 and I was immediately drawn to them. Why? Because rosemary is awesome, duh! The fact that they are so incredibly easy to make is the icing on the nonexistent cake.

Did I mention how well they go with cocktails or basil beerade? No? Well they do. Boom!

When you bake these crackers make sure to immediately give them to your guests. If you don’t you will eat half a dozen before your realize what you’ve done. Getting a drink, grab a cracker. Leaving the kitchen, snatch a cracker. Wake up from a nap, inhale 10 crackers. I’m not saying I did that. I’m just saying…it could happen to you.

You need to make these Spicy Cheddar Rosemary Sables. They're buttery, crispy and the perfect snack for cocktail hour. | ibakeheshoots.com

I had to make a second batch because the first one disappeared like that bottle of wine I promised to save for a “special occasion”. You know where I’m going with this…buy some fresh rosemary and get on these crackers. Just make sure to share them with your friends.

You need to make these Spicy Cheddar Rosemary Sables. They're buttery, crispy and the perfect snack for cocktail hour. | ibakeheshoots.com

 

Recipe for Spicy Cheddar Rosemary Sables

Rosemary for Spicy Cheddar Rosemary Sables barely adapted from Food52

Spicy Cheddar Rosemary Sables
 
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Makes ~25 crackers
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 100 grams butter, softened
  • 100 grams flour
  • 100 grams strong cheese, shredded or grated(I used white cheddar)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes ( half this amount if you don't want it too spicy)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary needles, finely chopped
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Chop rosemary or give them a spin in a spice grinder along with the red pepper flakes.
  2. Grate cheddar.
  3. Dump flour, baking powder, grated cheddar, butter, spices and salt into food processor.
  4. Pulse to combine.
  5. Scrape dough onto wax paper and shape into 7 inch log.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. Freeze dough for 25 minutes.
  8. Remove dough and slice into 25 crackers, slightly bigger than ¼ inch.
  9. Bake 14-16 minutes.
  10. Cool on rack, 5-10 minutes.
  11. Serve immediately.