How to Bake Like a Pro with Pastry Fillings

Those scrumptious filled donuts, turnovers, and other filled pastries at your favorite bakeshop—chances are, they’re filled with Dawn pastry fillings. Dawn is the largest supplier of baking ingredients to bakeshops in America. And their fillings are outstanding. These fillings come in two categories: Fruit and cream. The fruit fillings include raspberry, lemon, cherry, blueberry, and apple. The cream fillings include Bavarian, cream cheese, and chocolate Bavarian. Our best selling fillings are Bavarian, apple, and lemon. Use Pastry Fillings to Bake Like the Pros Pastry fillings are like pie fillings on steroids!Yes, you can use pie fillings in your pastries and …

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Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies with Ganache Filling

This is really a recipe for peanut butter yoyo cookies—thin peanut butter slice and bake refrigerator wafers sandwiched with a creamy chocolate ganache filling. This recipe is bound to be a hit at your house. It’s one of our favorite recipes. For the very best ganache cookie filling, use a quality chocolate, though good quality chocolate chips will make a fine cookie. Peanut Butter Slice and Bake Wafer Cookies These peanut butter wafer cookies are perfect slice and bake refrigerator cookies. You can make the dough ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze it until you’re ready to bake. Ingredients …

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A Buyer’s Guide to Cinnamon

When it comes to using cinnamon in baking or cooking, you have to think about the flavor you want for your recipes. Do you want a sweeter cinnamon, a spicier cinnamon, or a more citrusy cinnamon? There are three types of cinnamon to consider: Korintje Cassia cinnamon, Vietnamese cinnamon, and Sri Lankan or Ceylon cinnamon. This guide will discuss all three, so you can decide which is the best cinnamon for your needs. Korintje Cassia Cinnamon Korintje cassia cinnamon comes from Indonesia, usually Sumatra. It comes from the cassia tree, not the true cinnamon tree, and is the cinnamon we …

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Easy Fried Apple Pies

Fried apple pies are flakey and crisp, like fair food, but so good. Little fried apple pies make for a rustic, quick, and easy treat; and you can use premade apple pastry filling to make it even easier. Just roll and cut out the crust, stick it into the dough press, load in the filling, crimp the edges, and fry. What You’ll Need for Fried Apple Pies Use a premade pie crust or the recipe below. Use a dough press to cut and crimp your crust. Use an apple pastry filling. Or make your filling with fresh apples. See How …

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How to Make Legendary Sugar Cookies with Flavors

Sugar cookies with banana flavoring and cinnamon chips

To make your sugar cookies memorable, add flavor and colors. You can also add small inclusions like mini chips or chopped nuts. By simply adding color to the frosting and maybe cutting them into interesting shapes, you make the cookies visually stimulating. Add a burst of flavor and you’ve got legendary good-tasting cookies. How to Add Flavor and Inclusions to Your Sugar Cookies You can add flavor to your sugar cookie dough, but it’s more effective to add the flavor to your frosting as well. In our flavored sugar cookie mixes, we add flavor to both but we depend on …

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Blueberry Cream Cheese Blintzes

Blueberries and cream cheese make a wonderful combination. It’s no wonder blueberry cream cheese blintzes are so tasty. This is a very simple, easy-to-make dessert and yet can be elegant and delicious. What is a Blintz? A blintz is a popular dessert originating from Eastern Europe. A folded and stuffed thin pancake-like treat, it’s made with a crepe as the base with a cream cheese filling, folded up almost like a wrap, and then fried in a hot pan. Blueberry Cream Cheese Blintz Recipe For the crêpes 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups milk 2 large eggs 2 tablespoons …

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Fillings for Sandwich Cookies

The best part of sandwich cookies is the filling, whether you fill them with frosting, jam, or cream. You can fill sandwich cookies with almost anything, though we prefer cookie fillings that are fairly stiff—like peanut butter—or will thicken as they set.  Setting Up the Sandwich Cookie Filling It’s okay if you choose a slightly runny filling for your sandwich cookies–like whipped cream or jam. Adding an egg white or meringue powder to the cookie filling will help it set.  Whatever you use for your sandwich cookie filling, just place a small amount—usually a teaspoon—between the cookies. Cream Cheese Fillings …

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The Starch and the Sauce

Most sauces use starch as a thickening agent to thicken and reduce viscosity. The most common starches are cornstarch and wheat starch, usually in the form of flour. How does this thickening process between starch and sauce work? Understanding the Sauce Before the Starch Sauces come in an infinite variety of flavors and types. The basic dessert sauce is a mixture of a liquid, a sweetener, a fat, and a starch. Dinner sauces are similarly constructed without the sweetener. The sweetener can be sugar, brown sugar, honey, or more. The fat gives a pleasing “mouth feel” to the sauce, usually …

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How to Make Stuffed Pancakes

Debbie heard that one of the pancake houses in Idaho Falls was serving stuffed pancakes. Intrigued, she checked it out. They were simply putting pastry filling between two pancakes. “I can do better than that,” she thought. After a morning in the test kitchen, she was making cute little pancake turnovers with raspberry or other fruit fillings inside. What You’ll Need to Make Stuffed Pancakes Pancake batter of your choice. Try one of our favorite pancake mixes. A pastry filling of your choice. Whether you want a fruity or a creamy filling, there are dozens to choose from. Syrup of …

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How to Make Filled Donuts (Bismarcks)

Bismarck donuts are filled with pastry cream or fruit-based pastry fillings. You make them the same way as regular donuts except that you don’t cut the centers out and you fill them after they cool. How to Make Bismark Donuts If you can make donuts, you can make filled or bismark donuts. You make them the same as normal donuts, but you don’t cut the holes out. Instead, you take a long thin tip from a decorator set, stick it into the center of the donut, and press until you feel the donut start to bulge. That’s all there is …

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How To Make Fried Rice

This authentic fried rice recipe is quick and easy to make; it only takes minutes to convert steamed rice to fried rice.  This fried rice is made with peas, carrots, and eggs. Really good fried rice is made with sesame oil.  The sesame oil adds a nutty-like flavor, much more flavorful than vegetable oil, and ties the dish together. About the Sesame Oil in Authentic Fried Rice Recipes Sesame oil is essential in much Asian cooking. It is fragrant and flavorful and usually only a little is used in a dish. Like olive oil, it comes in many different varieties. …

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How to Make Orange Chicken

This easy orange chicken recipe is the orange chicken that you are familiar with in most Chinese restaurants.  It’s crispy and coated with a sweet orange sauce. It’s one of the most popular Chinese dishes in the US.  Though there are variations, we’ll make it just like it is served in popular restaurants.  Chicken breasts are cubed, battered, and deep-fried.  They are then tossed in an orange sauce to make the chicken moist and tangy. What You’ll Need to Make Orange Chicken You’ll have most items, tools, and ingredients in your kitchen or find them readily in your grocery store.  …

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Cinnamon Burst Biscuits

These cinnamon biscuits are a favorite. We’ve vamped up a classic cinnamon biscuit recipe by adding cinnamon chips to give a punch of flavor in every bite. The combination of cinnamon chips and brown sugar flavor is fantastic. You may experiment with other flavors. Cinnamon Burst Biscuits Recipe Ingredients: 3 cups just-add-water buttermilk biscuit mix 3/4 cup cool water 3/4 cup cinnamon chips 1/4 cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoons brown sugar flavor melted butter for brushing on the biscuits cinnamon sugar for sprinkling Directions: Add the cinnamon chips and the sugar to the mix and stir. Add the flavor to …

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Vegetarian Eggrolls

These vegetarian egg rolls are packed with veggies and make for a quick and tasty dish. When you get the egg roll wrappers and sauce from the store, you can make these in just three simple steps. You’ll never have to order Chinese take-out again. Vegetarian Egg Rolls Ingredients 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger 2 cloves garlic 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 medium head of cabbage, finely shredded 5 or 6 green onions, chopped 3 or 4 carrots, grated 3 or 4 stalks of celery chopped 1 can water chestnuts, chopped 1 can bamboo shoots, chopped 1 cup mushrooms chopped 1 …

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How to Make Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls with a Mix

For these apple pie cinnamon rolls, we used a bread mix to make the dough, added cinnamon chips, and then spread apple pastry filling (you can use pie filling but a pastry filling is more concentrated) onto the dough before rolling it up. After baking, we frosted them with a thick caramel frosting.  The results were fabulous! What You’ll Need for the Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls A Bread Mix: Use any white bread mix like Buttermilk White or Sour Cream Potato Bread. Cinnamon Chips: For the best cinnamon rolls, add cinnamon chips. They’re made with a premium Vietnamese to give …

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Lemon Chicken

Forget those Chinese take-out menus in the drawer; you can make authentic Chinese lemon chicken in no time. It has just the right amount of crisp and zest to leave you licking your fingers and going back for more. It’s so easy, you can make it in just five steps. Crispy Chinese Lemon Chicken Recipe For the Chicken 3-4 chicken breasts 2 eggs 2 tablespoons water 2 cups panko vegetable oil for frying Lemon Sauce 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup chicken broth 1 teaspoon lemon zest 3 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 garlic …

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Banana Cinnamon Chip Muffin Recipe

We like to think this cinnamon chip banana muffin is just as good as our favorite cinnamon chip banana bread. With the banana flavor combined with a burst of cinnamon in every bite, these muffins are to die for. This is the same recipe as for standard-sized muffins except that our mini cinnamon chips are added. This recipe makes 12 standard muffins with high domes. We’ve also made these in a mini-cheesecake pan to make 24 cute, little muffins. With the mini-cheesecake pan, all you have to do is press on the removable bottoms with your finger to pop out …

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Shrimp and Pork Eggrolls

This pork and shrimp egg roll recipe is just like what you would get from a Chinese restaurant. Say goodbye to your collection of take-out menus and make these delicious egg rolls in just four easy steps. You can choose to use shrimp or pork in your egg rolls or just use both– that’s the way to do it. Pork and Shrimp Egg Rolls Ingredients 1/2 pound ground pork 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 medium head of cabbage, finely shredded 5 or 6 green onions, chopped 3 or 4 large carrots, grated 3 or 4 stalks …

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Cinnamon Breakfast Biscuits

Cinnamon breakfast biscuits are the craze right now.  You see them in the fast-food restaurants and sometimes in the grocery store.  But these are better because they are homemade with cinnamon chips.  We frosted these because that’s how they do it in the fast-food restaurant but it’s not necessary. What You’ll Need to Make Cinnamon Biscuits We used our just-add-water buttermilk biscuit mix but you can use another or a from-scratch recipe. We added some brown sugar flavor.  You’ll be tempted to leave it out, and you can, but this is a very good flavor that really adds a dimension to the biscuits. …

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