How to Make a Banana Cream Pie—in as Little as 20 Minutes

When you’re running short on time but still want to have a dessert ready for that dinner party tonight, you need a quick fix like this banana cream pie that you can make in less than twenty minutes. Especially if you’re using our just-add-water pie crust mix and premade Bavarian cream filling, this dessert will be, well, as easy as pie. Today, I’ll tell you how to make a traditional banana pie with a cooked cream filling as well as a banana pie made with Bavarian cream. About the Crust Regardless of the pie you choose, you’ll need a premade …

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Rhubarb Nut Crisp

Surprise the family with one of these great rhubarb recipes. Strawberry rhubarb is a classic combination, and the flavors pair so well together. Here’s a few recipes to get you into the season. Rhubarb Nut Crisp Recipe I like rhubarb. I have a rhubarb plant in my back yard that has grown into a monster perennial. It takes no care and provides enough stalks for few rhubarb pies and crisps each spring. This makes a great springtime dessert.A crisp can be served hot or cold with whipped cream or ice cream. This is another crisp that goes well with lemon …

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How to Make Ice Cream Sandwiches Three Ways

Try our favorite Brownie Sugarsnap Cookie mix for FREE! Add it to cart and use code “ZSNAPS” at checkout. You can make ice cream sandwiches three ways. Any way you choose, you can make far better ice cream sandwiches than you can get at the convenience store down the street. And you can be creative mixing and matching cookies with ice cream flavors and maybe dipping them in chocolate or frosting them.We’ll show you all three ways and give you the advantages of each so that you can choose the way that is best for you. Method 1: Making Ice …

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Scrumptious Cheesecake Bars

Get the Vanilla Bean Baby Cake Mix for $1. Add it to cart and use code “ZVBEAN” at checkout. The best part about these cheesecake bars is that you can do them your way. What flavors do you think your family will love the most? Mix and match flavors until you find a new family favorite. The options are endless. You can use either a vanilla or a chocolate crust. Some of our favorite ones are cherry vanilla, black forest, lemon, pineapple, and raspberry. The crust is made with our Vanilla Bean Baby Cakes Mix or our Fudgy Baby Cakes …

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How to Make Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes in 15 Minutes

Get the Vanilla Bean Baby Cake Mix Now for $1. Add it to cart and use code “ZVBEAN” at checkout. These are my favorite cupcakes—and you can make them a batch of 18 in 15 minutes prep time, about 30 minutes elapsed time with baking. Boston cream pie cupcakes are made with a vanilla bean cake mix, filled with Bavarian cream, and topped with chocolate ganache. Here’s how to make them with step-by-step pictures. Step 1: Bake the Cupcakes Mix the batter as directed on the cake mix package. We used our vanilla bean cake mix and our stand-type mixer. …

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How to Make Whoopie Pies

Extraordinary Whoopie Pies and How They’re Made Get the Cake Mix for $1. Add it to cart and use code “ZVBEAN” at checkout Whoopie pies won’t go away. They’ve been around for decades and unlike most food fads, these just stick around. That’s usually a pretty good sign that they’re worthwhile. These are not your ordinary whoopie pies. We served whoopie pies in our store. Instead of two cake-like cookies sandwiched with frosting, we filled them—chocolate cookies with cherry filling and others with strawberry frosting and cream cheese centers. Very yummy and very easy. We dipped each whoopie pie in …

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How to Use a Mix to Make Carrot Cake that Will Rock Their Socks!

Get a Vanilla Bean Cake Mix for the Base for $1. Add it to cart and use code “ZVBEAN” at checkout. This is not your ordinary carrot cake; it’s so much better. Whenever we served it in the store, our customers would go crazy over it. This is sure to be the best carrot cake you’ve ever made. Carrot cake is a great variation of the typical vanilla cake, and now you can make it different ways with a carrot cake mix or even a vanilla bean cake mix. Learn how to use a cake mix to make carrot cake …

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How to Make Easy Strawberry and Other Berry Shortcakes

Get the Vanilla Bean Baby Cake Mix for $1. Add it to cart and use code “ZVBEAN” at checkout. Every day is a baking day at The Pantry. We bake, we test, and we share the good stuff with our customers in the store. We made cakes using our Vanilla Bean Baby Cakes mixes and then topped them with fresh or frozen fruit, sauces, and flavored whipped cream. When we got them right, they were luscious. The Vanilla Bean Baby Cakes mixes are cream cake mixes— denser and moister than the fluffy mixes from the store. They are about halfway …

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Whipped Cream Cakes

These cakes are absolutely scrumptious. We have served them to hundreds of people in our store and repeatedly we hear, “Best cake I’ve ever had.” The cakes are good but it’s the frostings that folks are finding heavenly. All you have to do is make a regular vanilla cake in a 9×13 pan, mixing your preferred flavors into the batter, cut the cake half, stack the halves on top of each other with your preferred fillings or frosting in between, and topped with your favorite whipped cream frosting. The Whipped Cream Frosting is to Die For The frostings are made …

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The Perfect Banana Muffin Recipe (Jumbo Muffins)

(Updated from May 11, 2014) Make Muffins the Family Will Love! Get the Banana Flavor for FREE! Add it to cart and use the code “ZFLA” at checkout. Fill the house with smiles for days with these jumbo banana muffins. The ripe bananas give them a strong flavor, and the nuts give it just the right amount of crunch. This recipe will even get you the highest domes for your jumbo muffins. This is the same recipe as for standard-sized muffins except that the baking times are different. This recipe makes six jumbo muffins with high domes. Jumbo Muffin Keys …

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Traditional Strawberry Shortcakes with Flavored Whipped Cream

We served traditional strawberry shortcakes in our store on Saturday. That means 400, maybe 500 desserts and 30 pounds of strawberries. How do you make 500 desserts in a hurry? You take every shortcut you can without sacrificing quality. We simplified the shortcakes. We took our just-add-water biscuit mix, added a little sugar, and baked sheets of sweetened biscuits. It worked. Repeatedly we were asked, “Where can I get this recipe?” We used a strawberry slicer for the berries. We had nice, neat slices and probably cut our prep time by two-thirds. We made caramel whipped cream by the quart. …

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How to Make Muffin Tops

(Updated from May 23, 2014) Make Perfect High-Domed Muffin Tops! Get a FREE Strawberry Muffin Mix! Add it to cart and use the code “ZMUFF” at checkout. Everyone knows that the top of the muffin is always the best part. Muffin tops are crunchy, have the most flavor, and can even taste like fluffy cookies if you do it right. They’re not crusty or sweaty like the bottoms of the muffins sometimes are. Once you start making muffin tops, you’ll never go back to standard muffins. Use a Muffin Top Pan All it takes to make muffin tops is a …

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How to Remove Your Muffins from the Tins

FREE! Make these Strawberry Cream Muffins for your family or friends! Add it to your cart and use code “ZMUFF” at checkout. Claim Your Muffins Back from the Tin! Melissa Tracey was a rockstar in our test kitchen. She graduated from two culinary programs, one in New York and one in Idaho. She knew how to bake. Alas, she’s teaching in Arizona now. “She said the most valuable tool we had in our test kitchen was this long, thin blue (it comes in red also) silicone spatula. It’s long enough, thin enough, and soft enough that you can run it …

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Ten Ways to Make Flavored Whipped Cream

Make the Best Desserts Ever with Flavored Whipped Cream! Make this Flavored Whipped Cream with a FREE Stabilizer! Add it to cart and use code “ZPOW” at checkout. OR choose one FREE flavor for your flavored whipped cream. Add it to cart and use code “ZFLAV” at checkout. *Only One Coupon Use Allowed Per Order* Flavored whipped cream will give you the best desserts on the planet. So many people play it safe with the plain vanilla whipped cream you get from the store, but with any of the recipes below, your whipped cream will be more versatile, more stable, …

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Tips for Great Brownies

(Updated from May 22, 2014) Choose One Free Brownie or Snickerdoodle Mix! Add it to cart and use code “Z333” at checkout. Even if you’ve never made brownies before, you can bake brownies like a pro. Don’t know how to prepare the pan, how long to cool the brownies, how to properly cut them, or how to store them? No problem. Follow these seven helpful tips, and you’ll get the best brownies— ooey-gooey and super chocolatey— every time. How Do You Prepare the Pan for Brownies? For the best brownies, we usually line our pan with parchment paper or foil. …

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Learn How to Bake Bread on Your Grill

(Updated from May 22, 2014) Choose a FREE Bread Mix! Add it to cart and use code “Z123” at checkout. Baking your bread on the grill can provide a nice respite from the midday heat, and you don’t have to add the extra heat into your kitchen while it’s baking. Enjoy the fresh air and fresh-baked bread at the cabin, on the patio, or the next family reunion as your neighbors turn their noses upwind to get a swift of the aroma of fresh-baked bread wafting over the fence. Believe it or not, you can bake your bread on the …

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Mixing Methods Commonly Used in Recipes

(Updated from May 10, 2014) Try out Your New Mixing Skills with a Free Brownie or Snickerdoodle Mix. Choose one, add it to cart, and use code “Z333” at checkout. Want to become a better baker and feel like a pro in the kitchen when you can recognize exactly which method of mixing will be used just by looking at the recipe? This article will help you to do just that. While there are scores of mixing methods used in baking, many recipes for cakes, muffins, cookies, and more utilize one of two methods: the muffin method or the creaming …

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Troubleshooting Quick Breads

(Updated from May 22, 2014) FREE! The “Best Banana Bread” Ever! Guaranteed! Get this Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread Mix!  Free with code “ZBAN” at checkout.Limit 1. Be sure to add it to your cart. It is truly awesome!This is a dessert bread that really surprised me! I wouldn’t have thought to put cinnamon chips in banana bread, but WOW? Definitely worth trying!” Melody Knopf (customer review) Quick breads make for a fast and tasty treat, and they can be really easy to make. But it’s common to run into some issues along the way. The most common causes for these …

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How to Make Fifteen Minute Pizzas

(Updated From May 12, 2014) Get a FREE Pizza Roller! Add it to cart and use code “ZPIZA” at checkout! Thin crust pizzas have become a recent favorite here at Prepared Pantry. They aren’t as rich and heavy as their thicker deep-dish counterparts, but they still taste just as great without all the guilt. We’ve also found that thin-crust pizzas are much faster to make. Debbie is the thin crust pizza queen. She’s gotten it down to a science in making three crusts out of just one pizza dough mix and pulling her famous thin crust pizzas out of the …

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How to Make Your Pie Crust Pretty in 3 Easy Steps

(Updated From July 9, 2015) Get a FREE Pie Crust Mix! Add it to cart and use code “ZCRST” at checkout. The pie crust shouldn’t be the most intimidating part of the pie, and it doesn’t need to be when you use these three easy steps and our pie crust mix. The perfect pie has a pretty, flaky, melt-in-your-mouth kind of crust. You can make your pie crusts look and taste just like a pie from a professional bakery, and we’ll tell you how to do it in just three easy steps. The “Key Ingredient” to a Perfect Pie Crust …

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