How to Make Lemon Cream Rolls

If you can make cinnamon rolls, you can make these sweet rolls. These lemon cream sweet rolls are reminiscent of a lemon meringue pie with the lemon pastry filling and the lemon cream cheese frosting. FREE Baking Guide! Making Your Sweet Rolls with a Mix You can make these sweet rolls with a bread mix, but we’ve found that using a donut mix makes them sweeter, lighter, and fluffier–as close to bakery-style sweet rolls you can get. We like to use our Original Raised, Glazed Donut mix, but you can also use our Daily Dozen Donut mix instead. If you …

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How to Make Raspberry Cream Rolls

If you can make cinnamon rolls, you can make these sweet rolls. These raspberry cream sweet rolls have the essence of a raspberry cream pie with the raspberry tidbits kneaded into the dough, the combination of raspberry and Bavarian cream filling, and the raspberry cream cheese frosting. Sweet Rolls Made with a Donut Mix We’ve found that using a donut mix for the base of these sweet rolls results in a sweet, fluffy roll that tastes just like it’s from the bakery. Only our raised donut mixes will work for this, so either the Original Raised, Glazed Donut mix or …

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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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You’ve Never Dreamed of Cinnamon Rolls Like These!

Years ago, we started making filled cinnamon rolls…filled with everything from maple-flavored cinnamon and butter to lemon curd. And they made great and easy rolls, especially when you made them from a bread mix, but we couldn’t get them exactly as fluffy as the ones from the bakery. It wasn’t until later that we discovered the secret was making cinnamon rolls from a donut mix, leading us to our donut cinnamon roll mix. You can find variation recipes below. A Quick Note on Making the Best Cinnamon Rolls As we developed out donut cinnamon roll mix and the following recipes, …

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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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Apple Sweet Rolls

If you can make cinnamon rolls, you can make these fresh apple sweet rolls.  The method is the same except that you use an apple pie filling made with fresh apples instead of a cinnamon-sugar mixture.  It makes really loaded, scrumptious sweet rolls. You can use this same roll recipe and technique to make other sweet rolls with your choice of pie or pastry filling. Free Baking Guide! Apple Sweet Rolls Recipe Ingredients For the dough: 4 1/2 to 5 cups bread flour 1/3 cup dry milk 1/4 cup sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon dough conditioner 6 tablespoons …

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What People Want Most in a Sweet Roll and How to Make Them from a Donut Mix

Everyone loves a soft, fluffy sweet roll hot from the oven and packed with lots of flavor. We thought the easiest way to get this was by using a bread mix, but we were pointed in a different direction: sweet rolls from a donut mix. Here’s how we got to the perfect sweet roll mix. The Customer’s Secret: Cinnamon Buns from a Donut Mix One day, there was a customer in our store with her arms full of just one type of mix. “Looks like a party,” one of our associates in the store said. She was buying a bunch …

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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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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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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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How to Bake, Cook, and Live Better with Oats

What if there was a breakfast food that was readily available, very nutritious, and inexpensive? What if you could eat it plain or use it a hundred different ways? What if it was great for your health, lowered your blood sugar and cholesterol? There is such a food.  It’s oats–like in oatmeal, muffins, or bread. I eat oatmeal several times a week.  I cook a big pan of oatmeal and usually add nuts or dried fruit.  I eat what I want and store the rest in the refrigerator for up to a week. We add rolled oats to many of …

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Make Monkey Bread!

Monkey bread is more of a method than a recipe.  You can make monkey bread with a bread mix or your favorite bread recipe.  The difference in the recipes is in the filling that you roll the dough pieces through before baking. Last week we made monkey bread using our Raised Glazed Donut mixes.  They were terrific! Today we’ll tell you how to make monkey bread plus tell about mixes and recipes that you can use. We’ve been making monkey bread for years.  Obviously, we love it.  It’s a family treat, we take it to parties, and it’s perfect for holidays.  …

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Two Ways to Make Baked Donuts

Donuts are usually fried.  Deep frying is not my favorite way to cook, but I love donuts.  So, when I came across a way to bake donuts, I was very interested.  I was even more so when I found a second way.  The first came with the discovery of a donut pan.  It’s like a muffin pan but the cavities are shaped like donuts.  You fill them with a donut batter and bake them like muffins.  They’re even a little crispy like a donut.  (The recipe is fat-free; fat softens the crust.) We sell a line of mixes for the …

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Donut Sweet Roll Cupcakes and Sweet Cinnamon Roll Recipes

By Dennis Weaver This is a morph of our previous post, How to Make Frosted Donut Cinnamon Bun Cupcakes.  The method is exactly the same only we are replacing the cinnamon and sugar filling with premade pastry fillings.  Here you’ll find images for three that we made for this post:  Raspberry, Apple Walnut with Cream Cheese Frosting, and Pineapple with Cream Cheese Frosting. Premade pastry fillings are amazing and you have a lot to work with: Bavarian Cream Chocolate Bavarian Cream Cream Cheese Raspberry Cherry Apple Blueberry Strawberry Lemon Pineapple You can also mix fillings to make swirled filling, Raspberry Cream …

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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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