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Eat this Brown Butter Loaf for Breakfast *and* Dessert

March  9, 2016

The Breakfast-Dessert Continuum is an inarguable, if arbitrary, part of life: Muffins, croissants, and rolls are breakfast; pies, cookies, and cupcakes are dessert. Plain and simple.

But the breakfast-dessert overlords gave us a gift: the loaf. A creation that falls magically in between a cake and a breakfast pastry, the loaf is a perfectly acceptable breakfast, and with a little bit of frosting, it's a swoon-worthy dessert.

This Brown Butter and Butternut Loaf from fiveandspice feels hearty and wintry, thanks to butternut squash, nutty brown butter, and earthy nutmeg. Leave it plain for breakfast or—and we highly recommend this—douse it in a brown butter frosting. When your whole house smells rich with the cozy brown butter smell emanating from your oven, who cares what time of day it is?

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  • onion
  • fiveandspice
I eat everything.


onion November 25, 2018
Ugh. I really wanted to like this but it's disgusting.
fiveandspice March 9, 2016
YAY! Glad you guys enjoyed this! And I 100% agree about the gift that is the loaf cake, er, bread. ;)