Tips for Great Brownies

(Updated from May 22, 2014) 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. Here’s how you do it: Lightly grease the pan with butter or shortening, then line the pan …

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Learn How to Bake Bread on Your Grill

(Updated from May 22, 2014) 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 grill, and we’ll tell you just how to do it. Don’t worry, with just a …

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Mixing Methods Commonly Used in Recipes

(Updated from May 10, 2014) 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 method. Once you understand these two methods, you will quickly recognize the method in any recipe and instantly know what you must do to mix …

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Troubleshooting Quick Breads

(Updated from May 22, 2014) 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 issues is usually over-mixing the batter or adding too much fat or sugar, but that isn’t always the case. Whether your quick bread is too crumbly, too dry, too dense, or otherwise; this troubleshooting guide should help. Common Quick Bread Problems If your quick bread has: A cracked top: A cracked top is desirable and not a fault. Tunnels and voids: …

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How to Make Fifteen Minute Pizzas

(Updated From May 12, 2014) 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 oven in just 15 minutes. In this article, we’ll tell you how to do just …

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How to Make Your Pie Crust Pretty in 3 Easy Steps

(Updated From July 9, 2015) 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 Pie crusts made from scratch often turn out hard and tough. This is because the butter …

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A Perfect Pancake Primer

FREE! Choose a Pancake Mix Like This! (Updated from May 10, 2014) 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 will find: Steps to Making …

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What Should You Buy—a Pizza Stone or a Pizza Pan?

(Updated From May 10, 2014) There’s nothing quite like a fresh, cheesy pizza coming hot out of the oven. Whether you use a pizza stone or a pizza pan, I have found it to be largely a matter of preference. This article will help you decide for yourself which one is better: the pizza stone or the pizza pan. Get a free pizza roller (use code “ZPIZA”) to help make the pizza-making process even easier. You’ll get an evenly rolled out pizza crust every time, so your crust will cook evenly whether you’re using the pizza stone or the pizza …

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How to Make a Calzone like a Pizza Shop

The Perfect Make-Ahead Freezer Meal (Updated From May 10, 2014) If you can make a pizza, you can make a calzone. Calzones are easy meals that you can even make ahead of time, freeze, and then have out of the oven in just fifteen minutes. In this article, we’ll tell you how to make a calzone with methods and tips. Calzones are closely related to pizzas, sort of a folded over pizza. Somehow though, cutting into the crisp, golden crust of a calzone to reveal a luscious filling is a different experience than eating a pizza. They’re the perfect make-ahead …

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Thirteen Ways to Make Your Sugar Cookies Anything but Ordinary

(Updated From May 13, 2014) The sugar cookie is a classic and such a crowd-pleaser. They’re a go-to in my house when we need a sweet treat to share, but when you’ve made hundreds of sugar cookies, there needs to be some sort of variation to keep it interesting. Sugar cookies can be a work of art. I’m not an artist but I can make sugar cookies that taste good. Like a work of art, there is so much creativity that can be put into even the sugar cookie flavors. Here are variations to make sugar cookies more than ordinary. …

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The Secrets to a Great Quiche

Plus get a FREE Pie Crust Shield, a $7.99 value (Updated From May 10, 2014) Here’s your one-dish make-ahead meal that is perfect for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Even if you’ve never made a quiche before, following these easy steps and secrets will make you feel like a pro, and you’ll make the perfect quiche every time. Why a Pie Crust Shield is Essential to the Perfect Quiche 5 Keys to the Perfect Quiche The Four Secrets to a Perfect Quiche Nine Perfect Quiche Recipes Why a Pie Crust Shield is Essential to the Perfect Quiche A quiche is a …

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How to Cook Burgers on a Rack in the Oven

(Updated From May 10, 2014) What if it rains this weekend, and I can’t make burgers on the grill? Don’t worry; I found just the trick. Making burgers in the oven means you can cook them rain or shine. When you cook your burgers on a rack in the oven, you don’t have to turn your food. The air circulates under the food and cooks the food from above and below. Cooking times are reduced. Without turning, your burgers are incredibly juicy. There is no searing of the meat to try to hold the juices in but that doesn’t matter …

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Four Keys to the Perfect Cheesecake

(Updated From August 13, 2016) Cheesecake is my ideal treat in the summertime, but cheesecakes can be finicky creations, and it can be hard to create the perfect cheesecake. That’s why I’m going to help you make the perfect cheesecake this summer. Here are four keys to never forget to make the perfect cheesecake. Key #1: Bake Your Cheesecake Precisely. Baking is a game of precision. This couldn’t be more significant than with baking cheesecakes and custards (a pumpkin pie is a custard). If it is under-baked, it’s not set properly. If it’s over-baked, it’s burnt or dry or tough. …

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Ten Ways to Fancy Up Your Brownies (or Other Desserts)

(Updated from May 12, 2014) The decadent taste of ooey-gooey chocolate in a freshly baked brownie is amazing on its own, but have you ever considered serving your brownie with a little extra like ice cream, fudge sauce, or fresh fruit on top? Brownie toppings are all you need to make a delightful brownie dessert, and this article will tell you just what to do. Best Brownie Toppings Here are ten great ideas to transform your brownies into fancy desserts that will impress your friends and delight your family. You’ll want to keep these ideas and recipes handy. You’ll refer …

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How to Bake the Perfect Cheesecake

(With tips from experts) (Updated From May 11, 2014) Cheesecakes have stood the test of time. And well they should—they are wonderfully decadent desserts. We think it should be just as enjoyable to make a cheesecake as it is to eat one. In this article, we’ll tell you how to make delicious cheesecakes that are picture-perfect without too much trouble. If you understand the principles, you can create your own recipes. If you understand and practice these principles, chances are you will make perfect cheesecakes. You can find our favorite cheesecake recipe here. Principle #1: A Cheesecake Is Not Cake …

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Can I Substitute Butter or Shortening for Oil in My Recipe?

The perfect cookies, the best sandwich loaves, the tastiest muffins— all of these require butter, oil, or shortening, and sometimes different recipes will tell you to use one instead of the other. So what are the advantages of each? When is it better to use butter or shortening as a substitute for oil or vice versa? This article will tell you when and how to best to use each one and when and why they might not work for specific recipes. Our Preference We admit to a prejudice for butter. We love the flavor of butter and we avoid the …

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What To Do With Leftover Cheesecake? Refrigerate or Freeze?

(Updated From May 10, 2014) Cheesecake is the million-dollar dessert that you just can’t bear to throw away. They are so good but so rich. Unless you have a real party, there’s likely to be some left over. Before you guiltily indulge in every last crumb, know that those decadent treats can be stored as leftovers without a hitch. Here’s what you can do with those too-good-to-waste leftovers, whether you’re freezing your cheesecake or refrigerating it. To Refrigerate Your Cheesecake: Wrapped in plastic, your leftover cheesecake will last three days in the refrigerator. If you have an airtight container that …

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How to Make Light and Airy Bread

(Updated From May 10, 2014) It’s easy to make a lighter and airy bread loaf. All you need is the right balance of ingredients— which you can get with our easy bread mixes, dough conditioner, and enough time for the dough to rise. Time and time again, we’ve been told that our customers love the flavor that our bread mixes bring. We love our customers and know that you deserve the best, so we give you only the best mixes made with fresh ingredients and dough conditioner to give you an even fluffier bread loaf. But sometimes, it might be …

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That’s a Wrap: How to Make a Sandwich Wrap

(Updated From May 10, 2014) Learn how to make wraps! Once you know how to roll a wrap, you can make wraps for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even desserts. It’s easy to make sandwich wraps, and there’s so much room for creativity. Load them with meats, cheese, and veggies to suit. Spread them with mayonnaise or a sandwich spread or drizzle them with dressing. For breakfast, you can make a wrap with scrambled eggs, grated cheese, and snipped bacon or crumbled sausage. Add salsa, if you like, for a Tex-Mex breakfast burrito. For dessert, you can make a wrap with …

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Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread Recipe

(Updated From May 22, 2014) What makes this the best cinnamon banana bread? It’s the flavor! It’s got the most banana flavor and the best cinnamon flavor and will leave you craving more. Everyone loves banana bread. But we’ve found that it’s hard to get enough flavor with only bananas. This banana bread recipe has the strongest flavor punch that we’ve found with an extra touch of banana flavoring and a pop of cinnamon that you never knew you needed. The cinnamon chips in this cinnamon chip banana bread provide a delectable burst of cinnamon in every bite and will …

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