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

The Customer’s Secret “Looks like a party,” one of our associates in the store said. (I don’t remember which one.) She was buying a bunch of raised, glazed donut mixes. “I’m making cinnamon buns.  These make the best cinnamon buns in the world,” she replied. The light went on.  Raised, glazed donuts–the kind you make with yeast–are the lightest, fluffiest concoctions in the world. Could we make really fluffy cinnamon rolls with them? We headed to the test kitchen.  It wasn’t long before we had a mix for super-duper cinnamon buns made from our donut mix.  We called them “donut …

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An Easy Way to Make Fantastic Desserts in 14 Minutes

These will stop them in their tracks!  They’ve never had desserts like this before.  Not even close.  They’re mini pannekoeken. Think of them as individual desert cups, only really good.  The ones above are raspberry cream.  Make a batch of dessert cups in less than 14 minutes.  Squeeze a little premade pastry cream into each cup.  Throw a handful of berries on top and drizzle them with a fruit syrup.  Add dollops of whipped cream. You can also make hot fudge sundaes, banana splits, strawberry shortcakes, and hundreds of other desserts in these easy dessert cups. You can even make …

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How to Make Miniature Dutch Babies in 14 Minutes

You’re looking at a very scrumptious dessert—a raspberry cream miniature Dutch baby. And it’s as easy as it is good.Make a batch of dessert cups in less than 14 minutes. Squeeze a little pre-made pastry cream into each cup. Throw a handful of berries on top and drizzle them with a fruit syrup. Add dollops of whipped cream. Your actual prep time is less than 10 minutes—14 minutes includes the baking time. These are more fun, more impressive, and better than strawberry shortcakes. You can even make them in chocolate if you wish. How to Make the Dessert Cups Preheat …

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How to Make Cupcake Sandwiches

We’ve had a ball making cupcake sandwiches. Cupcake sandwiches are easy, they’re fun, and they’re scrumptious–like these: Raspberry Cream Cupcake Sandwiches (pictured on this page) Lemon Pie Cupcake Sandwiches Chocolate Fudge Cupcake Sandwiches My daughter, Debbie, made some Wormy Green Apple Cupcake Sandwiches. She added green food coloring to the cake mix, used apple filling between the layers, and dangled some gummy worms out of the filling. Very cute. You can make all these with a boxed cake mix and frosting mix—incredible desserts that are easy to make. So how do you do it?  It’s a very simple concept.  You …

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How to Make a Banana Cream Pie – in as Little as 20 Minutes

We nearly always have bananas around our house. Most of the time, they get eaten before they are too ripe. When they do get too ripe, they end up in banana bread, a smoothie, or the freezer. (To freeze bananas, peel them and put them in zip lock. They’ll last for months.) There’s no such thing as too ripe for baking but for the perfect banana pie, you want them ripe but still firm.Try to catch them just before they get soft. Today, I’ll tell you how to make a traditional banana pie with a cooked cream filling as well …

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Bavarian Apple Pie

Bavarian cream is a filling used for donuts and other pastries.  It makes a fine complement for tart apple slices.  This recipe has plenty of cream filling, about two-thirds apples and one-third cream filling. This is a simple apple pie to make.  The cream filling doesn’t have to be cooked before baking.  It is made with packaged Bavarian cream and brown sugar.  Lemon is added for tartness and to help keep the apples from turning brown. 4 1/2 to 5 cups 1/4–inch thick sliced apples (4 or 5 medium whole apples) 6 tablespoons Original Clearjel 1 cup brown sugar 1 …

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Specialty Desserts

~ TIP: Hold [Ctrl] and [F] on your keyboard to search these recipes ~ Crème Chantilly Italian Meringue The Best Strawberry Shake Make Your Own Ice Cream Sandwiches Peanut Butter Brownie Sundaes in a Cone Brownie Pudding Cake Sundae Grandma’s Cookie Pizza Sunshine Smoothie Easy Italian Zeppole Strawberry Blintzes Chocolate Covered Caramel Apples Cranberry Walnut Heavenly Hash Easy Fudge Cinnamon Vanilla Sugared Pecans Easy Mint White Chocolate Fudge Chocolate Banana Pops Apple Pastry Fruit Topping Bismarcks Yeasted Donuts Chocolate Cake Donuts Spiced Baked Donuts Chocolate Baked Donuts A Pastry Filling Dessert Pizza Streuselkuechen Raspberry & Cream Trifle Strawberry Fool Brownie, …

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Debbie’s Funnel Cake Recipe

With this recipe, you can make funnel cakes like those at the state fair.   You’ll delight the kids and impress your friends.  They’re easy but there are a couple tricks to making them. The concept is simple: Drizzle cake batter into hot oil to cook much like you would donuts—but with a batter that is much wetter.   You will need a funnel or other container for the batter.  It needs to be easy to control so that you can pour a steady, continuous stream of batter into the hot oil.  We’ll give you three alternatives: Funnel.  A large funnel is …

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How to Make White Chocolate Cheesecake

This is a great cheesecake recipe. The white chocolate makes this cake particularly rich.  We have served this repeatedly in our test kitchen and in classes and it is always a favorite. Additional Recipes and References Free! How to Bake, a free 250 page baking book Free! Easy Cheesecakes from A to Z (Includes “A Cheesecake Troubleshooting Guide) Free! A Manual for No-Bake Cheesecakes Springform Pans from Round to Square Click to see the Cheesecake Recipe Index with over 40 additional recipes Ingredients For the crust: 1 2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs 1/2 cup butter, melted 2 tablespoons granulated sugar …

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Bavarian Apple Pie

Bavarian cream is a filling used for donuts and other pastries.  It makes a fine complement for tart apple slices.  This recipe has plenty of cream filling, about two-thirds apples and one-third cream filling. This is a simple apple pie to make.  The cream filling doesn’t have to be cooked before baking.  It is made with packaged Bavarian cream and brown sugar.  Lemon is added for tartness and to help keep the apples from turning brown. 4 1/2 to 5 cups 1/4–inch thick sliced apples (4 or 5 medium whole apples) 6 tablespoons Original Clearjel 1 cup brown sugar 1 …

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Stuffed french toast newsletter

  See how easy it is to make stuffed French toast! Free! Make Italian Garlic and Herb Monkey Bread! Make the ultimate brownies and get a free Everywhere Timer! Dear ${token1}, It doesn’t take much to be news in a small town. Last week, one of the TV stations sent a reporter to cover our free cooking classes. It happened to be stuffed French toast. Folks learned a variety of ways to make stuffed French toast, they ate until they were full, and had a good time. Today, we’ll show you how to make your own stuffed French toast with …

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Five minute omelet

  How to Make an Omelet in Five Minutes Save $5 on the perfect omelet pan plus get a free mix and spatula! Dear ${token1}, We were teaching an easy omelet class making individual three egg omelets as fast as the class could eat them. “What would you like on this one?” We had all the fillings lined up: cooked sausage, grated cheese, crumbled bacon, red and green sautéed bell peppers, caramelized onions, and sautéed mushrooms. To the right were bottles of Asian and other sauces for topping. A couple on the front row had a question: “Making the omelets …

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Emergency bread landing page

Methods and recipes for making bread without an oven in an emergency or while camping Contents Bread is an important part of living.  Yet, we may not always have an oven available.  Terrorists may strike or Mother Nature may wreak havoc.  It’s nice to know, you can still have bread. And for those of you who like to visit the woods, it’s nice to be able to make bread at a campsite.  In fact, many of these recipes and techniques have been developed camping through the years-often with scouts or other youth groups.  Deep in the woods, bread is a …

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What People Want in a Sweet Roll

Everyone loves sweet rolls.  We wanted to make them even better.  So we started making sweet rolls and experimenting with recipes and techniques.  We gave them to employees and asked which were better.  We gave customers and their kids sweet rolls and asked them to critique them.  Here’s what we found: People love soft, fluffy sweet rolls fresh from the oven.  Give your sweet rolls extra time to rise. They like plenty of frosting—thick fudgy-type frosting, not a thin glaze. They want plenty of filling.  They like tightly wound rolls with lots of filling between thin layers of rolls. They …

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Frosted Cinnamon Raisin Bread Recipe

This beautiful bread is an attention-getter. It’s like cinnamon rolls in a loaf. You’ll find this a great snacking bread that will attract kids and neighbors but try to save several slices for your morning toast. You can make this with a mix or use the recipe below. Cinnamon Raisin Bread From a Mix You can make this bread from your favorite bread mix but this is what we  recommend: Sally Lunn bread makes a delightful, tender white loaf that is particularly suited for cinnamon rolls.  It’s just a little sweet and has an airy crumb. The Original Raised Donut mix …

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Of Trifles, Fools, and Parfaits

In the little town where I was raised, we didn’t have trifles and parfaits.  We didn’t have many fools either—and none of the dessert kind.  So when Debbie introduced me to trifles, they didn’t seem right, like “real men don’t eat trifles” though admittedly, they were very good. But a strawberry fool, that erased any resistance.  A peach fool would have done so too.  Fools are so good that they made a zealot out of me. So what’s the difference between trifles, fools and parfaits? Trifles, fools, and parfaits are close cousins.  There is so much overlap that what I …

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50 Ways to Make Potatoes for Easter Dinner

Dear ${token1}, We live in Idaho where potatoes are king. That means potatoes and gravy for Sunday dinner. But for Easter, we want extra special potatoes. So what kind of potatoes do you serve for Easter? We’ll give you 50 choices today including baked potatoes, twice baked potatoes, scalloped potatoes, and potato salad. Plus you’ll get a free e-book. Save up to half at the chocolate and baking chip sale! Gourmet baking chips make a terrific difference in your baking. Save from 20% to 40% on chocolate chips, cinnamon chips, butterscotch chips, mint chips, and more. Make your best cookies …

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How to Make Homemade Pop Tarts®

  “I’m going to make Pop Tarts,” Julie announced. I wasn’t a fan.But before we were through, we had terrific pop tarts—pop tarts that even adults would love. My favorites? Boston Cream Pie Pop Tarts, Chubby Cherry with Cream Cheese Frosting Pop Tarts, and Cherry Chocolate Pop Tarts. They are easy and quick to make. We’ll give you the recipes and tell you how to make them. There are three components to these pop tarts: the pastry (crust), the filling, and the frosting. You can use pie crust mix for the shell or make a chocolate pastry shell. You can …

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Fried Breads from Around the World

When we started this project, we envisioned an overview of fried breads from around the world with a handful of accompanying recipes. We soon realized that this was a project with no end, that every culture seems to have fried breads with never ending iterations. We ended up with a sampling of breads. We hope that this whets your appetite. Do a little research and experimenting. Fried breads are wonderful—especially in the summertime when we may not want the oven on. North America Pancakes and waffles are the most popular fried breads in North America. Typically served for breakfast or …

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How to Make an Omelet in Five Minutes

We were teaching an easy omelet class making individual three egg omelets as fast as the class could eat them. “What would you like on this one?” We had all the fillings lined up: cooked sausage, grated cheese, crumbled bacon, red and green sautéed bell peppers, caramelized onions, and sautéed mushrooms. To the right were bottles of Asian and other sauces for topping. A couple on the front row had a question: “Making the omelets that way is easy but the fillings take time to prepare. There are just two of us. Can we make and freeze extra omelets?” No …

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