Five Things You Can Do to Make Your Baking Better

Over the years, we’ve found ways to make our baked goods taste better. We wanted to share our list with you, so you can make your family and friends fall in love with your baking every time. 1. Add More Flavor So why do we add vanilla to our cookies and cakes when you can’t taste it? Because it makes everything else taste better. And it would probably taste even better if you added twice as much. But vanilla is expensive. Try something else–French vanilla or maybe one of the synthetic vanillas (I know–that’s heresy.) We use brown sugar flavor …

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Cinnamon Burst Biscuits

These cinnamon biscuits are a favorite. We’ve vamped up a classic cinnamon biscuit recipe by adding cinnamon chips to give a punch of flavor in every bite. The combination of cinnamon chips and brown sugar flavor is fantastic. You may experiment with other flavors. Cinnamon Burst Biscuits Recipe Ingredients: 3 cups just-add-water buttermilk biscuit mix 3/4 cup cool water 3/4 cup cinnamon chips 1/4 cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoons brown sugar flavor melted butter for brushing on the biscuits cinnamon sugar for sprinkling Directions: Add the cinnamon chips and the sugar to the mix and stir. Add the flavor to …

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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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Banana Cinnamon Chip Muffin Recipe

We like to think this cinnamon chip banana muffin is just as good as our favorite cinnamon chip banana bread. With the banana flavor combined with a burst of cinnamon in every bite, these muffins are to die for. This is the same recipe as for standard-sized muffins except that our mini cinnamon chips are added. This recipe makes 12 standard muffins with high domes. We’ve also made these in a mini-cheesecake pan to make 24 cute, little muffins. With the mini-cheesecake pan, all you have to do is press on the removable bottoms with your finger to pop out …

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Cinnamon Breakfast Biscuits

Cinnamon breakfast biscuits are the craze right now.  You see them in the fast-food restaurants and sometimes in the grocery store.  But these are better because they are homemade with cinnamon chips.  We frosted these because that’s how they do it in the fast-food restaurant but it’s not necessary. What You’ll Need to Make Cinnamon Biscuits We used our just-add-water buttermilk biscuit mix but you can use another or a from-scratch recipe. We added some brown sugar flavor.  You’ll be tempted to leave it out, and you can, but this is a very good flavor that really adds a dimension to the biscuits. …

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Cinnamon Apple Muffins

Apple-cinnamon is a great combination and this apple cinnamon muffin recipe makes wonderful high-topped muffins. They are best served steaming warm with the cinnamon chips still melted from the oven heat. About the Cinnamon Chips Besides the apple pieces, the cinnamon chips make the recipe. They’re much better than your average cinnamon because they leave a burst of cinnamon in every bite. Cinnamon Apple Muffins Recipe Ingredients 1 1/3 cups plus two tablespoons all-purpose flour 3/4 cup whole wheat flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon Korintje cassia cinnamon 3 large eggs 1/2 …

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Lou Anne’s Cinnamon Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast

We were on a French toast kick a while back, when one day, Lou Anne came in and told us she was making deep-fried stuffed French toast. She prepared it like stuffed French toast with a cinnamon cream cheese filling between two slices, dipped it in a batter, and deep-fried it. The results were scrumptious. Here you will find a very good, easy stuffed French toast and a couple variations: a maple cream cheese French toast and a raspberry almond. What You Will Need Good-Quality Bread: With fried French toast, you need a good, sturdy bread that won’t fall apart …

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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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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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Raggedy Ann Cinnamon Chip Muffins Recipe

These muffins are made with cinnamon baking chips. In the high heat of the oven (the oven is set to 425 degrees), the cinnamon chips melt leaving swirls of cinnamon through the muffins. With all that melting cinnamon, the tops are often roughhewn and ragged and hence the name, Raggedy Ann Cinnamon Chip Muffins. These are very good muffins. About the Cinnamon Chips These cinnamon chips make the muffin. Unlike your basic cinnamon, the baking chips leave a burst of cinnamon in every bite. Learn when and how to use your cinnamon chips along with more great cinnamon chip recipes …

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Adventures in (Baked) Alaska

  Chocolate cake, ice cream, and meringue–there could be no better combination in one dessert, and our customers would absolutely agree. It’s one thing to make baked Alaska for six people.  It’s another to make baked Alaska for 106. What is Baked Alaska? A baked Alaska is a scrumptious, baked ice cream dessert made in three parts.  The base is a layer of cake, usually chocolate. Then there is a layer of ice cream.  The dessert is then covered with meringue and baked in a hot oven just long enough to brown the meringue.  The meringue insulates the ice cream …

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How to Get the Most from Cinnamon in Your Baking

I have a valued cookbook in my library by Marcy Goldman, in which she claims that the best thing we can do for our baking is to use only the best cinnamon. Cinnamon is our most important spice in baking. It is the most used and has the most impact. At one time, it was a treasured spice in Europe, a spice for royalty. Finding the Best Cinnamon for Your Baking Today, we can have a collection of cinnamons in our pantry. Korintje Cassia Cinnamon. This is the cinnamon Americans are familiar with and is for most of us, our …

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Going Bananas for Elvis Presley Sandwiches

Blog Home Prepared Pantry Store Shopping Cart Get a FREE Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread Mix Now! Add it to cart and use code “ZBAN” at checkout. Going Bananas for Elvis Presley Sandwiches And Taking Them to the Next Level with Banana Bread I remember Elvis Presley, barely. I think of him as a big, brawling-type of guy, singing the blues as the girls go crazy. It’s easy to picture him eating peanut butter, bacon, banana sandwiches, too, and having it named after him. You think it’s crazy, but the flavors work together marvelously. I tried a sandwich the other day, …

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French Fried Peanut Butter and Jam Stuffed French Toast

A Perfect Marriage of Childhood Favorites Growing up, French toast was always the classic breakfast and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were the classic lunch. Combining the two and deep frying them in a tempura batter? An absolute masterpiece that will leave you licking every last crumb from the plate. So simple! Making French fried PB&J stuffed French toast is as easy as making the sandwich, dipping it in an egg mixture or batter, and frying it on the pan. So tasty! PB&J sandwiches were always a childhood favorite. Turning them into French toast and topping them with syrup is …

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Falling in Love with French Toast: Banana Bread French Toast

Blog Home Prepared Pantry Store Shopping Cart Get a FREE Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread Mix Now! Add it to cart and use code “ZBAN” at checkout. Falling in Love with French Toast: Banana Bread French Toast This scrumptious banana bread French toast will change your life. We love French toast. Doesn’t everyone? We love a good bread, one of substance, soaked in an egg wash, maybe with a touch of cinnamon,and then cooked until it just starts to get crusty but not tough. There are a thousand ways to fix and serve French toast. We go to an extra effort …

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Zucchini Chocolate Cake

Blog Home Prepared Pantry Store Shopping Cart Zucchini Chocolate Cake Still got Zucchini? Make a Chocolate Zucchini Cake I’m doing a better job of keeping up with my zucchini this year. But then, I’m being more creative—adding zucchini to pasta dishes and stir fries. But what I really like is chocolate. Good chocolate and zucchini are outstanding. Zucchini makes it moist and fudgy but doesn’t compete with the chocolate.  In this post, you will find scratch recipes and recipes from a mix for: Chocolate Zucchini Pound Cake Chocolate Zucchini Layer Cake Zucchini Chocolate Sheet Cake Chocolate Zucchini Pound Cake Both …

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How to Create Recipes

How would you like to be able to create hundreds of new recipes, recipes that are your own and fit your tastes perfectly? You can. One of the joys of baking is creating your own recipes, making something truly scrumptious that is uniquely yours. While baking is precise and requires a knowledge of baking science and formulation to create recipes from scratch, it’s very practical to modify existing recipes. Understanding Before Creating and Customizing Recipes A recipe can be broken down into two parts: the basic ingredients and the inclusions. The basic ingredients include flour, butter, sugar, eggs, water, salt, …

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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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Cinnamon Burst Sour Cream Zucchini Bread Recipe

A Little Bite of Heaven We believe zucchini bread should be a sweet treat to enjoy and be shared, not a way to eat your vegetables. Step up your zucchini bread game with this super moist loaf with a burst of cinnamon in every bite. People will be lining up at your door to get the recipe. So moist!  You wouldn’t guess it, but the sour cream in this zucchini bread makes it tender and moist, unlike any loaf you likely will have tried. So flavorful! This recipe takes your typical zucchini bread and transforms it into an unforgettable sweet …

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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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