Homemade Caramel Recipe

This homemade caramel recipe makes great caramel for coating candy or candy apples. It’s better than the caramel that you buy in the store and is way easier than unwrapping a million little caramel squares. It’s easy and leaves lots of room for variations. The Basic Homemade Caramel Recipe Ingredients 1 lb brown sugar 1 cup (two sticks) butter 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk 1 cup light corn syrup 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon butterscotch flavor Directions Care needs to be taken to assure that there are no sugar crystals in your candy as you make it. A few …

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How to Make Legendary Sugar Cookies with Flavors

Sugar cookies with banana flavoring and cinnamon chips

To make your sugar cookies memorable, add flavor and colors. You can also add small inclusions like mini chips or chopped nuts. By simply adding color to the frosting and maybe cutting them into interesting shapes, you make the cookies visually stimulating. Add a burst of flavor and you’ve got legendary good-tasting cookies. How to Add Flavor and Inclusions to Your Sugar Cookies You can add flavor to your sugar cookie dough, but it’s more effective to add the flavor to your frosting as well. In our flavored sugar cookie mixes, we add flavor to both but we depend on …

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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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Pineapple Coconut Sticky Toffee Pudding

This is one of our favorite sticky toffee pudding recipes. Made with shredded coconut and crushed pineapple, it has a very tropical flavor that pairs nicely with the sticky toffee topping. Pineapple Coconut Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe For the sticky 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 cup (1/2 cube) salted butter 1 teaspoon butterscotch flavor Instructions: In a large heavy saucepan, add the cream, brown sugar, …

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Peach or Mango Sticky Toffee Pudding

I love peaches in my baking—peach cobbler, peach crisp, peach pie, and peaches in muffins. Peach sticky toffee pudding is no acception to that and absolutely to die for. Substituting with Mangos in the Sticky Toffee Pudding Often peaches are not available in our local grocery store.  When the peaches are not in season, it seems that mangos are available.  In this sticky toffee pudding recipe, and most recipes, you can substitute one for the other. The Peach Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe For the toffee sauce: This is not complicated to make.  You will need a candy thermometer.  Just cook …

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Plum Sticky Toffee Pudding

We think this plum sticky toffee pudding recipe has old English origins. Never mind that you don’t have any fresh plums—this recipe calls for dried plums that are rehydrated in hot water before baking.  This is an excellent recipe. In the past, we made plum pudding with a pourable caramel sauce to make a delightful dessert but it’s really an intriguing dessert with a sticky toffee topping. The Plum Stucky 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 …

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Zucchini Sticky Toffee Pudding

If you think the banana sticky toffee pudding is good, you’ll like this zucchini sticky toffee pudding even better. You will be tempted to leave the flavors out. Don’t. The sauce is good with vanilla flavor; it is phenomenal with butterscotch flavor. Caramel flavor, brown sugar flavor, and French vanilla flavor are all good and each gives a distinctly different tone to the sauce. Using Up Zucchini in Sticky Toffee Pudding We have the best, friendliest neighborhood. And so, in the heat of the summer, everyone shares their zucchini. I love zucchini but I can’t eat them that quickly. So …

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Banana Sticky Toffee Pudding

It always seems like we have extra bananas that are becoming too ripe. Usually, we put them in zipper-type plastic bags and freeze them—and then forget about them. This banana sticky toffee pudding is a great recipe for your ripe bananas. If you use frozen ones, thaw them in the microwave before using them. About the Flavors in the Sticky Toffee Pudding You will be tempted to leave the flavors out. Don’t. The sauce is good with vanilla flavor; it is phenomenal with butterscotch flavor. Caramel flavor, brown sugar flavor, and French vanilla flavor are all good and each gives …

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The Most Popular Dessert in the World: Sticky Toffee Pudding

They say sticky toffee pudding is the most popular dessert in the world. It’s a British dessert that has found its way around the globe,a dense cake-like pudding topped with a warm toffee sauce. This one was paired with peaches but we have added everything from mangos to chopped Snickers candy bars. Sticky Toffee Pudding: A World Renowned Dessert One day there was a lady from Chicago in the store. She had just spent two months in England. (Hmm, I didn’t know that Idaho was a stopping point between Chicago and London.) Anyway, she had fallen in love with Sticky …

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How to Make Easy Strawberry and Other Berry Shortcakes

Every day is a baking day at The Prepared Pantry. We bake, we test, and we share the good stuff with our customers in the store. We made cakes using our Vanilla Bean Baby Cakes mixes and then topped them with fresh or frozen fruit, sauces, and flavored whipped cream. When we got them right, they were luscious. The Vanilla Bean Baby Cakes mixes are cream cake mixes— denser and moister than the fluffy mixes from the store. They are about halfway between the fluffy mixes and a pound cake. Technically, they’re a cream cake. With more substance, we think …

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Traditional Strawberry Shortcakes with Flavored Whipped Cream

We served traditional strawberry shortcakes in our store on Saturday. That means 400, maybe 500 desserts and 30 pounds of strawberries. How do you make 500 desserts in a hurry? You take every shortcut you can without sacrificing quality. We simplified the shortcakes. We took our just-add-water biscuit mix, added a little sugar, and baked sheets of sweetened biscuits. It worked. Repeatedly we were asked, “Where can I get this recipe?” We used a strawberry slicer for the berries. We had nice, neat slices and probably cut our prep time by two-thirds. We made caramel whipped cream by the quart. …

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Ten Ways to Make Flavored Whipped Cream

Make the Best Desserts Ever with Flavored Whipped Cream! Make this Flavored Whipped Cream with a FREE Meringue Powder! Add it to cart and use code “ZPOW” at checkout. Look at All the Different Kinds of Whipped Creams You Can Make! If you want to make the best desserts on the planet, use flavored whipped cream—like caramel or strawberry or chocolate or even peanut butter. Just let your imagination roam. Consider different flavors but don’t overlook inclusions—like peanut butter, chopped nuts, minced pineapple, spices, zest, flavored syrups, chocolate, jams, and pastry fillings. Think of all the ice cream flavors. You’re …

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How to Turn Your Whipped Cream into Frosting

Make the Best Cakes with Whipped Cream Frosting! It’s better than buttercream frosting! Make whipped cream frosting now with a free stabilizer! Add it to cart and use the code “ZPOW at checkout, Whipped cream is so good you could eat it out of the tub or can, but what if I told you that you could make your own whipped cream and never have to run into an empty can or tub and out to the store again. Better yet, you can make that luxurious whipped cream into frosting. Whipped cream frosting is absolutely scrumptious —better than butter or …

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Thirteen Ways to Make Your Sugar Cookies Anything but Ordinary

Sugar cookies with huckleberry tidbits mixed in and purple huckleberry flavored frosting.

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 ordinary sugar cookies extraordinary: Sugar Cookie Inclusions and Flavors Chocolate …

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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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Five Essential Frosting Recipes that Every Cupcake Lover Should Have

These are your “go to” frosting recipes.  These are all you’ll need for most of your cupcakes. Basic Buttercream Frosting Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Best Fudge Frosting Light and Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting Browned Butter Frosting The first four would make anyone’s list and I’m just in love with browned butter frosting.  It’s too good not to include. We also use buttercream frosting mixes for both vanilla and chocolate buttercream. They are nearly foolproof and save loads of time. Basic Buttercream Frosting Use this on cakes and cupcakes.  It can be piped or spread.  Add color and flavor to it to …

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Favorite Fancy Whipped Creams

It’s funny.  For years I thought vanilla whipped cream was just fine.  Now I find it boring. When we want to create a buzz in the store, serve them something with fancy whipped cream. Here is a list of all-time favorites! 1. If I had to go the rest of life with only one whipped cream, it would be Caramel Whipped Cream.  If you are serving apple pie, make Cinnamon Caramel Whipped Cream with a teaspoon of good cinnamon added. 2. Salted Nut Caramel Whipped Cream is caramel whipped cream with chopped salted snack nuts folded in.  The contrast of …

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8 Ways to Never Serve Ordinary Pancakes Again

How to Make Ordinary Pancakes, Extraordinary Pancakes should never be boring. There are a thousand ways to make ordinary pancakes extraordinary. The following guide will get you started. 1. Buy a Gourmet Pancake Mix We sell over 20 different kinds of pancake mixes. Try the Raspberry Sour Cream Pancakes, our best seller. Choose from other pancake mixes with raspberry, blueberry, or strawberry chips. Other pancakes that are popular include whole grain pancakes, Lemon Meringue Pancakes, and Hawaiian pancakes with tiny pieces of pineapple. I’ve eaten a ton of Texas Corn Cakes. 2. Top Your Pancakes with a Gourmet Syrup We …

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How to Make Scrumptious Banana Bread French Toast

We like bananas. But unless the grandkids are around, we never seem to get though the bunch before they are overripe. That’s okay. We never throw them out.  We peel them, put them in plastic bags, and freeze them. Then we can have banana bread whenever we want. Banana bread is always better when refrigerated overnight. And it’s denser and easier to cut. Banana bread can keep for up to a week in the refrigerator. That’s good; it’s breakfast fodder for the week. Banana Bread French Toast with Vanilla Butterscotch Syrup and Orange Cloud Whipped Cream This is a delightful …

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Blackberry Peach Skillet Cobbler

with Butterscotch Whipped Cream Blackberries or raspberries and peaches is a classic combination.  These can be made with either fresh or frozen blackberries.  The peaches are best fresh but can be made with canned peaches.  The red currant jelly adds color and zest.  The butterscotch whipped cream is simply whipped cream with brown sugar and butterscotch flavor added. You can make this cobbler either from scratch or using our mix. While these are called skillet cobblers, the butter is melted in a pan on the stovetop, the batter is added, and then the cobbler transferred to the oven to bake.  …

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