Going Bananas for Elvis Presley Sandwiches

Blog Home Prepared Pantry Store Shopping Cart Get a FREE Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread Mix Now! Add it to cart and use code “ZBAN” at checkout. Going Bananas for Elvis Presley Sandwiches And Taking Them to the Next Level with Banana Bread I remember Elvis Presley, barely. I think of him as a big, brawling-type of guy, singing the blues as the girls go crazy. It’s easy to picture him eating peanut butter, bacon, banana sandwiches, too, and having it named after him. You think it’s crazy, but the flavors work together marvelously. I tried a sandwich the other day, …

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Falling in Love with French Toast: Banana Bread French Toast

Blog Home Prepared Pantry Store Shopping Cart Get a FREE Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread Mix Now! Add it to cart and use code “ZBAN” at checkout. Falling in Love with French Toast: Banana Bread French Toast This scrumptious banana bread French toast will change your life. We love French toast. Doesn’t everyone? We love a good bread, one of substance, soaked in an egg wash, maybe with a touch of cinnamon,and then cooked until it just starts to get crusty but not tough. There are a thousand ways to fix and serve French toast. We go to an extra effort …

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Zucchini Chocolate Cake

Blog Home Prepared Pantry Store Shopping Cart Zucchini Chocolate Cake Still got Zucchini? Make a Chocolate Zucchini Cake I’m doing a better job of keeping up with my zucchini this year. But then, I’m being more creative—adding zucchini to pasta dishes and stir fries. But what I really like is chocolate. Good chocolate and zucchini are outstanding. Zucchini makes it moist and fudgy but doesn’t compete with the chocolate.  In this post, you will find scratch recipes and recipes from a mix for: Chocolate Zucchini Pound Cake Chocolate Zucchini Layer Cake Zucchini Chocolate Sheet Cake Chocolate Zucchini Pound Cake Both …

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How to Use Dry Cranberries in Your Baking

Cranberries are a great way to add flavor and zing to your baking—a burst of flavor in every bite. They become colorful, ruby red gems in breads, muffins, cookies, and pancakes. They taste good and they’re good for you. This article will tell you how to use cranberries in your baking and give some recipes at the end for where you can use your cranberries. Use Only The Best Cranberries in Your Baking Use only the best cranberries for the most flavor and color. Most commercially processed cranberries are pressed to extract the juice and part of the pulp. The …

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Essential Guide to Making Bread

If You Want to Make the Best Bread, Here’s How It’s Done! Get Free Dough Conditioner for Lighter and Airier Bread. Add it to cart and use code “ZBEST” at checkout. Books have been written about baking bread but we’ll give you the essentials so you won’t have to read a thousand pages. This guide will make you a better bread baker. Ready? Here we go! The Bread Making Essentials Learn what you need to! Click on any of the links below. Use the best bread flour you can find. Knead the bread until it’s elastic. Cover the dough and …

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How Long Should You Bake Your Mini-Loaves?

Mini-loaves make the perfect gift, and with our linked mini-loaf pan, you can make multiple at a time and get your gift shopping done early. We absolutely love to bake mini-loaves.  Wrap them in cellophane or a pretty paper from the craft store and tie them with ribbons for gifts.  It’s easy.  You can use your favorite bread, cake, muffin, or quick bread recipes to make mini-loaves.  You can certainly use our quick bread mixes or our bread mixes, but you have to be sure to adjust the baking time. Mix up the batter or dough just as the recipes …

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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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A Perfect Pancake Primer

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FREE! Choose a Pancake Mix Like This! Add it to cart and use code “ZPAN” at checkout. We all know that pancakes make one of the best breakfasts, and we’re going to help you make your pancakes even more perfect. Let this pancake primer be your guide to answer all of your pancake needs and questions. Whether you’ve got questions on batter consistency, how long to bake your pancakes, or even just ideas for more creative pancakes; we’ve got you covered. We know you can make great pancakes. With this primer, you’ll make even better pancakes. In this primer you …

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Cinnamon Burst Sour Cream Zucchini Bread Recipe

A Little Bite of Heaven We believe zucchini bread should be a sweet treat to enjoy and be shared, not a way to eat your vegetables. Step up your zucchini bread game with this super moist loaf with a burst of cinnamon in every bite. People will be lining up at your door to get the recipe. So moist!  You wouldn’t guess it, but the sour cream in this zucchini bread makes it tender and moist, unlike any loaf you likely will have tried. So flavorful! This recipe takes your typical zucchini bread and transforms it into an unforgettable sweet …

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How to Use Bread Mixes For Bread Machines

Get a FREE Mix for Your Bread Machine Now! Add it to cart and use code “ZMIX” at checkout. Freshly baked bread is one of my favorite scents to smell when I enter a kitchen, but making homemade bread can be pretty time consuming and take a lot of effort. Sometimes, the kneading itself can be a workout. Not everyone has that kind of energy, time, or patience though. That’s why it’s time to bring out your favorite bread mixes and the bread machine. Your bread machine can give you that delicious smell of fresh bread wafting through your house …

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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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Three Ways to Make Superb Banana Muffins

We love banana muffins this time of year. They fill a void waiting for the summer harvest to come on.  Besides, we’ve frozen so many over-ripe bananas over the course of the winter that it’s time to dig them out to make room for the freezer jam and more. We have so many banana muffin recipes.  Some of them call for cinnamon chips and some don’t.  They all should.  Cinnamon chips in banana bread or muffins are superb.  If you have a favorite banana bread recipes that doesn’t, add 3/4 cup to the recipe. If you don’t have cinnamon chips, …

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Understanding Baking: Banana Nut Bread

There are two major methods for mixing quick breads, muffins, and other batters: The muffin method and the creaming method. With the muffin method, the liquid ingredients are mixed together, the dry ingredients are mixed separately, and then the dry and liquid ingredients are combined with a minimum of stirring. The other major make-up method for quick breads is the creaming method.  In the creaming method, the butter or shortening is creamed with the sugar to entrain air in the batter and make the bread light and tender.  The sugar crystals cut into the butter or shortening creating tiny air …

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Six Ways to Make Your Baking Better

Ingredients to Enhance to Your Bread and Pizza Doughs What do the pros know that you don’t?  They understand the science of baking and what they can use to enhance their baked goods.  We’ll tell you what those enhancers are. Dough conditioner.  Dough conditioner is a proprietary product, that is, every producer sells his own formula.  Ours does four things: It strengthens the gluten structure by increasing the length of the gluten strands.  Your bread will rise higher and be less crumbly. It lowers the pH.  Yeast grows best in a slightly acidic environment.  Your bread will be lighter and …

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Apricot-Orange Nut Quick Bread

We love moist, fruity quick breads–and this is one of our favorites.  It’s nutty, flavorful, and full of wholesome ingredients.  We would like to share this recipe with you and demonstrate the baking principles for wonderful quick breads. The definition of quick breads is imprecise.  Often cookbooks classify muffins, coffeecakes, and biscuits as quick breads–not just those moist loaf breads made without yeast–breads like banana nut bread and date nut bread.  And there is a thin line between quick breads and cakes.  Quick breads contain less sugar and fat than cakes.  They usually, but not always, contain fruits or nuts …

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Pumpkin Nut Bread

This is a classic pumpkin nut bread made into mini-loaves.  This quick bread is easy to make.  In our test kitchen, this was a favorite. Ingredients 3 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon cloves 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup vegetable oil 3 large eggs 3 cups sugar 1 small can pumpkin (16 oz) 2/3 cup walnut pieces Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the flour, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, together in a medium bowl.   In another bowl, stir …

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Nancy’s Pineapple Pecan Bread Recipe

We’ve always been fond of pineapple upside down cake and this recipe reminds us of the famous dessert—sweet pineapple and the caramel of brown sugar. With the pineapple, it’s a little sweeter than other quick breads. Try it with cream cheese or—if you’re adventuresome—pile thinly sliced ham on a thick slice. 3 1/2 cups flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup chopped pecans 1/2 cup butter 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar 2 large eggs 2 cups canned crushed pineapple with the juice Directions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees 1. In …

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Banana-Pineapple Nut Quick Bread

We don’t have a lot of confidence in recipes that we find on boxes but this one proved us wrong.  We quite enjoyed this bread.  Like most quick breads, this is much better after it has been refrigerated overnight.  Ingredients 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon cinnamon 3 large eggs 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 cups sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 2 cups ripe bananas 1 teaspoon banana flavor (optional) 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 8-ounce can crushed pineapple, drained 1 cup chopped walnuts Directions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the flour, baking powder, and cinnamon in …

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Cranberry Nut Quick Bread

This is a great quick bread made with fresh cranberries.  It is not overly sweet and the cranberries shine through with their tang.   The sweet orange adds a very nice counterpoint flavor.  It tastes even better when eaten the next day or frozen and defrosted. Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose or pastry flour 1 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 large egg 1 teaspoon grated orange peel 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 3/4 cup orange juice 1 1/2 cups whole fresh cranberries, chopped 1 1/2 cups walnut pieces Directions Preheat oven to 350 …

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