Thai Mango Salad with Sweet Chili Dressing

Mango salad with fresh mango, peanuts, and sweet mango chili dressing

Thai Mango Salad with Thai Sweet Chili Dressing Recipe I love Thai food. I love the kick that Thai sweet chili brings. I love peanut sauce, even the chopped peanuts. And I love mangos. So, this is a perfect combination with its bright sweet chili and lime dressing and ripe mangos. When we made this in our test kitchen, we served this to customers and employees. (That’s what we do in the test kitchen.) Most loved it! The dressing has a little kick. You can control how much by how much of the pepper that you add. We’re in Idaho–meat and …

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Cinnamon Dutch Almond Refrigerator Cookies

Cinnamon almond refrigerator baked and ready to serve

This is an unusual refrigerator cookie and one of our favorites. We like it so much that several years ago, we determined to make a mix based on this recipe. It was one of those projects that never made it out of the gate but in so doing, we felt like we perfected the cookie. We reverse-engineered the mix to create this recipe. This is a hard, crisp cookie that is served in Europe with a beverage. It’s sort of like having biscotti at the corner café. This is an easy cookie to make. Unlike other recipes, do not underbake …

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How to Cut a Mango—for salsa, salads, and ice cream recipes and more

A fillet of salmon with mango salsa

Here you will find instructions for how to cut a mango with a knife or a mango slicer and illustrated with a video. You’ll find a collection of recipes for those who would like to cook and bake with mangos: Mango cobbler, salsa, chicken and fish with mangos, mango ice cream, mango muffins, and a Thai mango salad. Mangoes are wondrously versatile fruits! They make great sweet salsas for fish or chicken. You can make a great fruit salad. And we love them in a cobbler. Maybe best of all, ripe plump mangoes are available in the winter when other …

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Apple Pie Stuffed French Toast

Apple Pie French Toast The Apple Pie French Toast above is stuffed with apple filling and topped with whipped cream. Take two slices of bread and make sandwich with apple filling in the center. Dip the sandwich in egg wash just as you would with regular French toast. To make the caramel whipped cream, add 1 teaspoon of caramel flavor to one cup of heavy whipping cream along with two tablespoons brown sugar and whip until stiff.

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Brownie Sundaes in Ice Cream Cones

An example of brownies baked in ice cream cones and then topped with ice cream. These have added chocolate fudge sauce.

Want More Fun? Get a free ooey, gooey caramel popcorn kit. Plus get free recipes for pigs in a blanket, homemade playdough, painted cookies, corn dogs, and peanut butter brownies in an ice cream cone. Tell us where to send it! Brownies and Ice Cream — The Perfect Marriage You can buy ice cream with brownie chunks. Or you can pile ice cream on top of a brownie–a brownie sundae. But you probably haven’t thought of baking the brownies inside ice cream cones. Brownie sundae ice cream cones How to Bake Brownies inside ice cream cones! There are brownies inside …

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How to Make an Easy Dinner with Pigs-in-a-Blanket using Biscuit Dough or Bread Dough

Pigs in a Blanket with cheese in the center

Want More Fun? Get a free ooey, gooey caramel popcorn kit. Plus get free recipes for pigs in a blanket, homemade playdough, painted cookies, corn dogs, and peanut butter brownies in an ice cream cone. Tell us where to send them! Two Ways To Make Pigs In A Blanket, With Easy Dinner Ideas I grew up with pigs in a blanket. Loved them. My mother wrapped biscuit dough around sausages or hot dogs. They were quick and easy and her kids were excited about them. She could add a salad and maybe some chips and had an easy meal. A …

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Fabulous Orange Marmalade Cakes

Marmalade cake

What else would you like to make with your marmalade? From Marmalade Cookies to Chinese Chicken to Egg Rolls, get our Marmalade Recipe Collection, six recipes that your family will love includes the “Quickest and Easiest Marmalade Recipe on the Planet.” Just tell us where to send your collection. Get your collection! It’s under construction. We’ll send it to you once completed! Fabulous Orange Marmalade Recipe These are made from our vanilla bean cake mix. Each mix will make four loaves in pans three inches wide by five inches long for cakes about 3 1/2 x 6 inches. Cut these …

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Seven Key Facts about Yeast that Will Make You a Better Baker

Hot water or water with too much chlorine or salt will kill yeast. You might try bottled water from the store. Make sure your water is under 120 degrees. What looks like yeast is not really yeast. They are little maltodextrin or other balls encapsulating yeast spores. The yeast spores are microscopic. Those little balls dissolve in the water to release the spores. Let the dough rise–a lot. In most applications, let it rise until it has doubled in size and then form the loaves. Forming the loaves forces much of the gas out and redistributes the yeast. Don’t handle …

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Seven Keys to Make Perfect Scones

Scones are probably the easiest and quickest of breads. Once you get the ingredients assembled, most recipes only require ten minutes of prep time and another ten minutes or so of baking time. A mix is even quicker. There are some keys to making those flakey, tender scones that you’ve been dreaming about. Key #1: Use the right flour. Use a soft, low protein flour—we use a quality pastry flour. You want soft, tender scones and too much protein leads to too much gluten which makes your scones chewy. Key #2: Keep your ingredients cold. Temperature is critical to buttery, flakey scones. …

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Delightful Whipped Cream Topping

​ This Will Change How You Bake! Posted on the wall in our test kitchen is the standard recipe for whipped cream. We use it so often that most of us have it memorized. Flavored whipped cream is common whipped cream with a flavor and sometimes a color added in place of vanilla. Enough stabilizer is added that the whipped cream will remain stable for at least four hours between whippings. Use flavored whipped cream on desserts from strawberry shortcakes to cakes to banana splits. Often you will use flavored whipped cream instead of ice cream. This is the recipe …

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Cheesecake Brownies Recipe

You can add a cream cheese filling to any brownie mix.  There are two ways to do this: either swirling the cream cheese filling through the brownie batter or putting a cream cheese layer over the brownie batter to make a layered dessert.  We’ll describe both ways. Swirled Cream Cheese Brownies 1 brownie mix 2 8-ounce packages of cream cheese 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 large egg yolks Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Dust with flour or line with parchment paper. Mix the brownie batter according to …

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Tips for Baking: Cookies, Cakes, Breads, and More

 Cookies The tendency is to over-bake cookies. Take them out just before you think they are done and you won’t be wrong often. Make cookies uniform in size. Not only are they more attractive but different sizes of cookies take different times to bake. Put the same number of cookies on a sheet each time. The more cookies on a sheet, the longer it takes to bake them. It seems that the last sheet of the batch has six cookies instead of twelve. If so, reduce your baking time by at least a minute. Don’t let your cookie dough get …

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The Secrets to Baking Almost Everything Perfectly

Are my breads, cookies, or cakes ready to come out of the oven? The ability to tell when products are baked properly seems to cause more trouble than almost any other phase of baking. And it’s critical. Over-baked cookies are dry and hard; under-baked bread is soggy. But you can get it right. In this post, we will give you the techniques and pointers to bake your goods to perfection. Yeast Breads — Internal Temperature The tendency is to under-bake yeast breads. The internal temperature of most yeast breads should be 210 degrees and must be at least 185 degrees. …

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Cookies on a Stick

These are simple and so much fun! Use a cookie mix or your favorite recipe.  Just choose a drop cookie with a flat profile.  Make the cookie dough according to directions.  Scoop dough onto the cookie sheet and insert sticks into each of the cookies.  With the cookies that we’ve used, we have not had to flatten the cookies to keep the sticks in place. Bake the cookies. Remove the cookies to wire racks to cool completely. Make the frosting according to directions.  You may need to thin the frosting just a little to get a smooth layer of frosting …

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How to Make Ordinary Recipes Extraordinary

I stopped at a bakery café the other day and tried a slice of their zucchini bread. It was extraordinary. They had included pineapple, pecans, coconut, and citron. (It took me a while to identify the citron.) Yesterday I tried a cranberry orange muffin. It was extraordinary. They had added frozen cranberries, not dried. They call these “inclusions”—ingredients that are added to the basic recipe. They can make all the difference. Today we would like to share some somewhat random inclusions that we’ve used Fresh and frozen fruit Use every opportunity to slip in some seasonal fruit. Frozen is almost …

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If You Want to Get Out of the Kitchen . . . Learn How to Bake on the Patio

The Prepared Pantry The Baking Forum Ideas. Methods. Deals     If You Want to Get Out of the Kitchen . . . Learn How to Bake on Patio It’s hot. Maybe you just want to get outside and enjoy the weather.  You don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen—especially when your friends or family are on the patio. So, learn to bake on the patio.  They’ll think you’re a genius. They make fancy grills designed for baking.  You don’t have to have one.  A grill that has a lid, one that pulls down and captures the heat is …

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The Key to Baking Banana Bread, Zucchini, and Other Quick Breads

It seems the middle of the loaf is always gooey or the outside is crusty It takes a long time to drive the heat through a big loaf of dense quick bread nestled in a heavy pan. The outside starts to get dark, yet when you stick a toothpick in the center, it comes out wet. It’s not baked all the way through. So, you cover the top with aluminum foil to keep it from getting darker and you’re tempted to turn the temperature up. There’s a better way. Bake the loaf at a lower temperature for a longer time, …

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How to Make Your Favorite Cake and Cookie Recipes Even Better

How to Make Your Favorite Cake and Cookie Recipes Even Better Experiment! Look what you might add to your recipes. This is a carrot cake. It started out as a yellow cake. We added spices, grated carrots, and nuts. Then we had a carrot cake. (If you want to see the basic mix and how to morph it into a carrot cake, click here. The mix is on sale right now for $1.00.) But we didn’t stop there; we kept adding. Now we have a recipe for pineapple carrot cake, cinnamon carrot cake, candied ginger carrot cake. Read on see …

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Delightful Whipped Cream in an Array of Flavors

​ This Will Change How You Bake! Posted on the wall in our test kitchen is the standard recipe for whipped cream. We use it so often that most of us have it memorized. Flavored whipped cream is common whipped cream with a flavor and sometimes a color added in place of vanilla. Enough stabilizer is added that the whipped cream will remain stable for at least four hours between whippings. Use flavored whipped cream on desserts from strawberry shortcakes to cakes to banana splits. Often you will use flavored whipped cream instead of ice cream. This is the recipe …

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