Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Brown Butter & Spice Nature's Pride Bread Sticks with Dark Chocolate Ganache

As part of my sponsor Foodbuzz's Tastemaker Program, I elected to receive a coupon for a free package of Natures Pride Bread. But, my impatience got to me so I went and purchased a loaf. And I'm glad I did. And once the coupon arrives, I'll most definitely use it. Free goods are always welcome in my house. Especially if its in the form of food. teehee.

Amongst the different varieties of wonderfully tasting bread, I chose the Healthy Multigrain Bread. With this hearty tasting bread, I wanted to create a simple recipe using the bread as a dessert. I love desserts, who doesn't. And with Fall upon us, I wanted to use spices that reminds us of pumpkins and cinnamon. My house still has a lovely fragrant aroma of pumpkin spice and cinnamon.

And of course I had to implement dark chocolate in some way. Anything with dark chocolate is a winner in my opinion. A healthy bread soaked in a spiced brown butter, baked and slathered with dark chocolate. YES please! Its the perfect trade off. Don't you think?

Printable Recipe
2-3 Slices of Natures Price Healthy Multigrain Bread or Bread of your Choice
4 tbsp Brown Butter
2-3 tbsp Brown Sugar
1 tbsp Pumpkin Spice
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Salt

Dark Chocolate Ganache
1 Cup Bittersweet Ghirardelli Chips (Bittersweet is the same as Dark Chocolate)
1/4 Cup Heavy Cream

1. Heat a pan over medium heat to make the browned butter. I recommend using a stainless steel pan so that you can keep an eye on the butter. I used my cast iron skillet, I think it gives off a better flavor. Place the sliced butter in the pan and whisk constantly until butter turns a golden color. Click here for detailed explanation on how to make brown butter. Preheat oven to 375º degrees.

2. Lower heat to low and add the brown sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin spice and nutmeg and whisk until well blended. Turn off heat. Place the bread and allow to soak up the buttery goodness. Flip bread over and using a spoon spread the spiced butter evenly on both sides.

3. Place the bread on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and bake for 10 minutes. Then flip the bread over and bake for an additional 5 minutes. Allow the bread to cool and cut into strips.

4. Prepare the dark chocolate ganache. I made a make shift double boiler using a medium pot filled with water, a steamer basket and a metal bowl. Melt the dark chocolate chips over medium heat, stirring until completely melted. Add the heavy cream and stir well. Allow to cool. Then spread the ganache onto the bread sticks and allow to sit so the chocolate hardens a bit.

These delicious ganache dipped spiced breadsticks are extremely flavorful with an added bit of crunch. The spices gives this unique dessert a nice flavor and the brown butter is definitely a great addition. I'm really enjoying this recipe and I hope you will too. I'll be making this for some friends this week and can't wait to get some feedback. Happy baking friends!

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  1. A Little Yumminess said... September 28, 2010 at 10:26 PM

    Simple and GOOD! Great, easy project with little ones

  2. Fun and Fearless in Beantown said... September 28, 2010 at 10:34 PM

    This is ridiculously creative! I really want to make brown butter sometime!

  3. baking.serendipity said... September 28, 2010 at 10:49 PM

    I can't believe this started with a regular old loaf of bread! It's such an awesomely creative and delicious recipe :)

  4. whatsfordinneracrossstatelines said... September 28, 2010 at 11:23 PM

    Anything with dark chocolate is a winner with me! Got my vote in hoping to see you in the next round!

  5. Monet said... September 28, 2010 at 11:43 PM

    I saw this challenge...but had no idea where to go with it. You are obviously so much more creative than me! Kudos to taking a simple loaf of bread and turning it into something beautiful! Chocolate always helps make things like this possible!

  6. robbynnoel said... September 29, 2010 at 12:04 AM

    Hugs. Love love love this. You've got my vote. xo

  7. Sommer J said... September 29, 2010 at 12:25 AM

    I have to check if that bread is sold here! What a yummy looking snack!

    My children are carb and chocoholics so this is right up their alley. They thank you in advance, Lisa ;-)

  8. Treat and Trick said... September 29, 2010 at 12:58 AM

    Hi Lisa,

    This is absolutely great, love your recipe, oh my goodness the chocolate ganache is so tempting...

  9. sinfullyspicy said... September 29, 2010 at 1:09 AM

    what a easy and decadent way to deck up bread sticks...you are clever & creative :P

  10. roxan said... September 29, 2010 at 1:47 AM

    Lisa, that's so adorable that you couldn't wait for the coupon! Great idea drenching the bread with chocolate. Maybe more people will like multigrain bread that way! Personally i love the earthiness of multigrain bread but some people hate it.

  11. roxan said... September 29, 2010 at 1:49 AM

    Ugh, my comment disappeared! Anyways - to sum up, I love multigrain bread! Hopefully more people will be willing to eat it now that it's drenched in chocolate :)

  12. Priya said... September 29, 2010 at 2:49 AM

    Simply tempting and very cute..

  13. jose manuel said... September 29, 2010 at 3:45 AM

    Esto se ve un aperitivo delicioso. Que rico con chocolate.


  14. Gitte said... September 29, 2010 at 7:04 AM

    I love the pumpkin and cinnamon season and the fact you incorporated it into you bread stick treat. So simple and delicious.

  15. cooperl788 said... September 29, 2010 at 7:12 AM

    Oh yum! I've recently been enlightened to the greatness of brown butter, so I'm really excited for me and Georgia to try this out!

  16. Food Lover said... September 29, 2010 at 7:32 AM

    My Goood, that looks really yummy Lisa :) can't wait to try it really, thanks so much :)

  17. Chef Dennis said... September 29, 2010 at 6:28 PM

    what a great idea, I never would have thought of that! Those sticks look incredible too, I bet the aroma was heavenly!! I love grain bread, but my wife is a white bread girl....sigh..have to get my fill at school!
    thanks for sharing a great recipe...and you got my vote...good luck in the challenge!

  18. Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron said... September 29, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    OMG, you're so creative Lisa! I got a coupon but couldn't find ones in a neighbor. Seriously, I went to 3 or 4 stores and none of them carrying Nature's Pride, so I gave up and bought different brand.

    These bread sticks are definitely my cup of tea!

  19. Marisa said... September 29, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    This is an exellent idea, Lisa! It kind of reminds me of having nutella on toast. SOAKING it in brown butter!? Yum!! How do you become part of the Tastemaker Program? It sounds like something I would be interested in. Thanks!

  20. ~Lisa~ said... September 29, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    @ ALY I agree simple and you can have the kids dunk the bread in chocolate. Although I bet it would go straight into their mouths (=

    @ FFB, you must try. SOO good!

    @ Sarah, Thanks your apple bacon pancakes, Oh my!

    @ Gina, aww thanks, your pho was very authentic and I really need to try it soon. You always have my vote!

    @ Monet, Lady you are such a fine writer and baker. Believe me you're overflowing with creativity (=

    @ Robby, thank you (=

    @ Sommer, you could use any bread but this particular on is so good. And your welcome to your lil ones!

    @ Treat & Trick, thank you. I loved your chocolate rolls!

    @ Sinfullyspicy, oh my your egg rolls sounded out of this world! Love the indian flair to it.

    @ Roxan, I love multigrain bread too. And great job on the matcha gnocchi!

    @ Priya, thank you so much!

    @ Jose, Gracias my friend. You are one awesome bread maker (=

    @ GItte, it really was tasty. It didn't last very long.

    @ Laura, this was my first with brown butter and oh my, So good. And how cute is Georgia in your wordless wednesday post!

    @ Food Lover, please try it so simple and good (=

    @ Chef, your breakfast spread for the girls is amazing! They are so lucky to have you.

    @ Tanantha, oh no I'm so sorry to hear that. It's generally sold in larger mainstream chain grocers.

    @ Marisa, not sure how foodbuzz directs these programs. But hope one comes your way. You'll do fabulous!

  21. Mama Hen said... September 29, 2010 at 11:53 PM

    Looks delicious Lisa! Have a great night!

    Mama Hen

  22. Evan @swEEts said... September 30, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Yum! It's like a super simple biscotti with some delicious bread! I'm posting my Nature's Pride post tomorrow! Love the stuff.

  23. Annette said... September 30, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    These look HEAVENLY! Plus, I love your creativity in adding some great fall spices to the mix. I have to check out the challenge, but I absolutely want to give you my vote! You're such an inspiration!

  24. MamaJ said... September 30, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    Wow... looks so yummy esp with the choc! :) I voted for you on Foodbuzz! All the best! *Waves pompom and cheers*

  25. Lifewithpurpose said... September 30, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    This is kinda like French Toast sticks with chocolate. I think my son will like these. Yummy!

  26. Dimah said... October 1, 2010 at 8:43 AM

    This looks scrumptious! can't wait to try it, thank you so much for sharing :)

  27. Karen said... October 2, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Wow...what a transformation! I love the brown butter with the dark chocolate. These sound wonderful!

  28. aipi said... October 3, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    This is irresistible for a chocoholic like me. Yumm!!

    US Masala

  29. Kay Heritage said... October 4, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Oh, geez, is this legal? Looks fantastic.

  30. Debbie said... October 12, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    Wow, I never would have thought of combining chocolate and bread, brilliant!