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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What’s the Proper Way to Prepare a Baking Pan?

When a recipe tells you to place the batter or dough into a prepared baking sheet, we all know that the recipe is threatening to stick to the pan like glue if we don’t prepare the pan. But what does a “prepared” baking sheet or pan really mean? Here’s how to grease, dust, and line a pan. Preparing the Baking Sheet: Grease the Pan To lightly grease a baking pan, place a small amount of vegetable shortening on a paper towel and spread the shortening inside the pan until all surfaces are coated. The coating should be evenly spread, though …

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Rocky Road Microwave Cookie Bars

“Dad, anything with marshmallows and chocolate has to be good.” Katie was right; they are good. These interesting cookies are almost like candy bars—a chewy confection with nuts and chocolate. These are very quick microwave cookies. With all the ingredients on the counter, it took us eight minutes to pop these cookies in the microwave. We made several batches, tinkering with them to get them just right. Everyone declared them “very good”. Rocky Road Microwave Cookie Bars Recipe This recipe will make sixteen 2 x 2-inch squares. Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 1/2 cup quick rolled …

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How to Make Sticky Toffee Cupcakes

Sticky toffee pudding is basically a dense cake with a toffee topping. It’s scrumptious. And it’s very versatile. We have found that we can add everything from chocolate chips to bananas to the recipe. We have used the banana sticky toffee pudding recipe as a base recipe and then substituted other goodies for the bananas. If the batter is too dry, we’ve added milk to bring it to the right consistency. Making Sticky Toffee Pudding in a Muffin Pan It follows that anything that can be made in a cake pan should be able to be baked in a muffin …

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Candy Bar Sticky Toffee Pudding

This candy bar sticky toffee pudding really is reminiscent of a candy bar—at least it has candy bar components: nuts, chocolate chunks, marshmallows, and a sticky toffee topping. The cake mellows it down somewhat and balances the sweetness of the candy, but it is still a bit sweet yet very good. The Candy Bar Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe For the toffee sauce This is not complicated to make. You will need a candy thermometer. Just cook it until you reach the desired temperature. Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup light corn syrup 1/4 …

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Cranberry Coconut Bars

Cranberry Coconut Bars are microwave cookies that can be mixed right in the baking pan–talk about convenience and easy cookies. These cookies aren’t your typical cookie with chocolate chips and gooey goodness packed inside; they have a little extra with fruit, nuts, and coconut. But they’re so scrumptious and easy, we had to include them. They’re sure to be a hit. If you are not fond of dried cranberries, consider substituting dates, raisins, or chopped apricot pieces in this recipe. Cranberry Coconut Microwave Cookie Bars This recipe will make sixteen 2 x 2-inch squares. Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup …

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Scrumptious Cheesecake Bars

Look What You Can Do with a FREE Cake Mix! Learn how to make carrot cake, whoopie pies, shortcakes, waffles, and more with a vanilla bean baby cakes mix. Get the vanilla bean baby cakes mix FREE! Tell us where to send it. See how! Get the recipes! Get your FREE cake mix now! Make cheesecake bars your family will love! Endless options! The best part about these cheesecake bars is that you can do them your way. Use either a vanilla or a chocolate crust with flavors like these: Cherry Lemon Apple Raspberry  Strawberry Peach Apricot   Free Baking Guide! “How …

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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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White Chocolate Huckleberry Swirl Cheesecake

We have made our white chocolate cheesecake many times. It’s our most popular cheesecake. This time we put huckleberry flavor and color in one-third of the batter and swirled the two together. You could do the same with other flavors: raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, and more. A perfect marriage of flavors! The richness of the white chocolate complements the sweet and tart huckleberry flavor to make a truly scrumptious cheesecake. So versatile! As mentioned above, you can use your favorite flavors for the swirls, whether it’s raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, or even pineapple.  Shopping Tips for Your White Chocolate Huckleberry Cheesecake Use good …

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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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How Much Chocolate is Too Much Chocolate in a Brownie?

One day in the test kitchen, we started adding the chocolate to brownie recipes–mostly cocoa–to see how much was too much. We doubled and tripled until we had a ridiculous amount of chocolate. We took a several batches to a cooking class that night. “How many think these are too chocolaty?” Three hands came up “How many think not chocolaty enough?” For or five came up. The rest of the class thought they were just right. The Ultimate Chocolate Brownies We recommend Ramstadt Breda Rich Dark Cocoa or Belcolade Dark Cocoa. Be sure that your cocoa has a high cocoa …

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A Baker’s Cookie Guide

Ingredients Cookies are wonderful concoctions of flour, sugar, and a fat—usually butter and eggs. To these basic ingredients, we add fruit, nuts, and flavors. If we start out with compromised ingredients, the cookies from any recipe will be inferior. Sugars Sugars not only sweeten, they add moisture and tenderness to the cookie and help the cookie brown. Always use the type of sugar called for in the recipe. Since superfine sugar melts faster than does granulated, it will create more spread. Brown sugar adds a caramel flavor and more moisture than granulated. Powdered sugar has added cornstarch and makes a …

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A Father’s Secrets to Great Chocolate Chip Cookies

Note:  This article was edited from A Baker’s Guide to Chocolate, a volume from The Free Kitchen Library.  Click to see how to get your Free Kitchen Library with ten books.  No purchase is required. My parents are gone now, but I think of them every day.  They lived high on a ridge overlooking the Tanana Valley and the town of Fairbanks, Alaska. On a clear day, from their porch, you could see across the mountain ranges to the massive mountain, Denali. For years, Dad took care of my sweet mother who was confined to a wheelchair. At that latitude …

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Six Things You Can do with Fresh Peaches

I look forward to the peach season all year. There is not anything much better than a chilled, luscious peach. While they’re in season, enjoy them every way you can. 1. Peaches and Cream (Milk) I like to eat peaches (and strawberries) in a bowl like you would with cold cereal. I sweeten them slightly with a drizzle of honey. I like flavored honey. (There is a dazzling array of flavored honey available.) Try Raspberry Honey or Strawberry Rhubarb Honey on your peaches with ice cold milk. (Drop a cube of ice in your milk to keep it cold.) 2. Peaches …

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Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake Bar Recipe

For the crust: 1/2 cup butter 3/4 cup powdered sugar 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 3 large egg yolks 1 large egg 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup cocoa Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 1. With the paddle attachment of your stand-type mixer, beat the butter until it begins to soften. Add the powdered sugar and the extracts. Beat in the egg yolks and egg. Add the flour and cocoa and continue beating until combined. 2. Press the dough into 9×13 inch baking pan with your hand until it is of uniform depth across the bottom of the pan. …

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Granola Bars

Since this is a cousin to Rice Krispies® Treats, this is an easy recipe. Instead of melted marshmallows, you will cook a syrup with brown sugar and corn syrup but the concept is the same. To make this recipe, you can use commercial granola or make your own granola from a recipe. Ingredients 4 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup light corn syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 5-6 cups of granola Visit The Cookie Center Free articles and recipes | Free E-books | Tips | Tools | Ingredients Directions Butter a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Preheat the …

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White Chocolate Cheesecake with Orange-Glazed Strawberries

This is a great cheesecake recipe. The white chocolate makes this cake particularly rich. Use a good quality white chocolate with high cocoa butter content. We topped this scrumptious cheesecake with orange glazed strawberries.  The glaze is a simple sugar syrup with orange zest added.  This makes a marvelous dessert. You will need a ten-inch springform pan. Our glass-base springform pans are perfect. This cheesecake was made with a square springform pan. Ingredients For the crust: 1 2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs 1/2 cup butter, melted 2 tablespoons granulated sugar For the filling: 4 8-ounce packages of cream cheese 1 …

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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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Tips for a Cheesecake Bar

A cheesecake bar is an excellent way to feed a crowd something special without a lot of work.  They are easy to mix up.  You can usually double the recipe and still mix them in your stand-type mixer.  You can bake two at a time in your oven.  Each large cheesecake should make 12 servings. You can make toppings out of any fruit.  The strawberry topping is likely to go quickest so make twice as much.  Raspberry will be the next most popular. People really like cherry pie filling on a cheesecake.  Buy a couple cans. Buy spray cans of …

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