How to Make Chocolate Covered Caramel Apples

These chocolate caramel candy apples are easy, delicious, and make beautiful gifts. Dip your apples in caramel, chocolate, or even melted candy and top them with cinnamon, candies, or chopped nuts. Use your imagination and the options are endless. Choosing Your Apples for Candy Apples The key to these best candy apple is contrast. Chocolate and caramel are sweet on their own. While adding a crisp apple to crunch into will be nice for the texture, choosing a sweet apple could be a headache. For the best contrast against the sweet caramel and chocolate coating, you’ll want a nice, tart …

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Lemon Chicken

Forget those Chinese take-out menus in the drawer; you can make authentic Chinese lemon chicken in no time. It has just the right amount of crisp and zest to leave you licking your fingers and going back for more. It’s so easy, you can make it in just five steps. Crispy Chinese Lemon Chicken Recipe For the Chicken 3-4 chicken breasts 2 eggs 2 tablespoons water 2 cups panko vegetable oil for frying Lemon Sauce 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup chicken broth 1 teaspoon lemon zest 3 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 garlic …

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Got Fruit? Fabulous Dessert Recipes for Your Summer Fruits

How to Make Clafoutis and Other Fabulous Desserts with Your Summer Fruits I love fresh fruit. I love to eat it. I love to bake with it. One of my favorite things to do growing up was go fruit picking. We’d go to the best orchard we could find, pick enough peaches, cherries, blueberries, and strawberries to feed an army, and go home with bellies full because they never charged you on how much you ate. There are so many summer fruits to choose from, and they’re so fun to bake with. Here are some fabulous summertime dessert ideas to …

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Easy Mini Corn Dogs

Want More Fun? Get a free ooey, gooey caramel popcorn kit. Plus get free recipes for pigs in a blanket, homemade playdough, painted cookies, corn dogs, and peanut butter brownies in an ice cream cone. Tell us where to send it! Using tempura batter mix makes these mini corn dogs easy to make—with only four ingredients.  They are as good as any at the county fair. The Mini Corn Dog Recipe One package of eight good quality hot dogs cut crosswise 2 cups tempura batter mix 1 cup milk 1 large egg 16 wooden skewers about 4-inches long (cut longer skewers into shorter sticks) …

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Storing and Freezing Piroshki

You can make piroshki ahead of time and store them before baking in either the refrigerator or freezer.  You can also refrigerate or freeze leftovers piroshki and reheat them when you’re ready to enjoy them again.  Here’s how: How to Do Make-Ahead Piroshki To do make-ahead piroshki, follow the recipe filling the piroshki and sealing the seam.  Instead of baking the piroshki, store them tightly wrapped in the refrigerator for up to five days or in the freezer for up to three weeks. Use this as a base recipe for your make-ahead piroshki. When you get ready to bake your …

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Vanilla and Chocolate Almond Slice and Bake Cookies

This slice and bake cookie recipe makes very good but unusual almond cookies. You can make light and dark cookies from the same batch—vanilla almond and chocolate almond slice and bake cookies. These scrumptious little cookies are unusually light and crisp. If you are looking for a recipe that makes crisp almond cookies, try this one. Vanilla and Chocolate Almond Cookie Recipe Ingredients 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup butter 2 1/2 cups brown sugar 1 teaspoon almond extract 2 large eggs 1 cup slivered almonds 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted but still …

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Peach Berry Crisp with Cinnamon Spiced Whipped Cream

This crisp is to die for! Summertime treats couldn’t get any better than mixing fresh peaches and berries together and topping them with a caramelized oat streusel and spiced whipped cream topping. The flavors combine perfectly.  So easy! This isn’t your typical pie; you don’t need to make and form a perfect pie crust and worry about the edges flopping or burning. All you have to do is place the filling in the pan and throw on the streusel topping.  Completely foolproof! No need to bring out the perfectionist with this berry peach crisp because it turns out perfect and delicious …

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Almond Nut Slice and Bake Wafers

These almond nut wafers are great cookies to make for company. They’re elegant and unusual– buttery, yet crisp and studded with almond bits. But they really won’t take much time out of your busy day. These are slice and bake cookies that mix up quickly. Let the dough chill for a couple hours and stick slices in the oven. Almond Nut Slice and Bake Wafer Cookie Recipe Yeild: About 2-3 Dozen Ingredients 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup cold butter 1 cup slivered almonds 1/2 cup whipping cream 3/4 teaspoon almond extract …

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Camping with Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Summertime means it’s time for camping, hiking, and backpacking trips. Some of the best camping memories involve munching on a crisp apple around the campfire as the rest of the food cooks. Unless you’re camping in an RV, cooler space is limited. If you’re backpacking, you have no cooler. That doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables. Some fruits and vegetables will keep for three to five days without any refrigeration, so you can save the ice and cooler space for those foods that demand refrigeration. Fruits and Vegetables for Camping that Don’t Require Refrigeration Here’s a …

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Roasted Garlic for Johnny Carino’s (Copycat) Olive Oil Bread Dip

Everyone knows the best part of going to an Italian restaurant is the appetizer bread and butter, but you can’t get any better than Johnny Carino’s roasted garlic olive oil bread dip. The herb-infused olive oil is great on its own, but the roasted garlic gives it an extra pop of flavor and crisp texture that make it amazing. Now you can make it too! Ways to Use Johnny Carino’s (Copycat) Roasted Garlic Bread Dip Use the dip just like it sounds, as a dip for your bread sticks, or you can use it as a topping for garlic bread …

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Rhubarb Nut Crisp

Surprise the family with one of these great rhubarb recipes. Strawberry rhubarb is a classic combination, and the flavors pair so well together. Here’s a few recipes to get you into the season. Rhubarb Nut Crisp Recipe I like rhubarb. I have a rhubarb plant in my back yard that has grown into a monster perennial. It takes no care and provides enough stalks for few rhubarb pies and crisps each spring. This makes a great springtime dessert.A crisp can be served hot or cold with whipped cream or ice cream. This is another crisp that goes well with lemon …

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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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Cantina Stuffed Burger Recipes

Get a Stuffed Burger Press for just $1. Add it to cart and use code “ZBURG” at checkout. Get the Stuffed Burger Press Now (Reg. Price: $10.99) With summer and backyard barbecues coming around, there’s nothing like a good, juicy burger. I’m talking the drip down your chin, piled high with toppings, and nearly too big to bite kind of burger. But we’re moving burgers to the next level: stuffed burgers. We like to call them cantina burgers. Imagine biting down into a soft, tasty bun on top of crisp lettuce, tomato, and zesty condiments followed by a bite of …

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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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How to Make Fifteen Minute Pizzas

(Updated From May 12, 2014) Get a FREE Pizza Roller! Add it to cart and use code “ZPIZA” at checkout! 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 …

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How to Make Your Pie Crust Pretty in 3 Easy Steps

Get a FREE Pie Crust Sheild! Add it to cart and use code “ZPIE” at checkout. 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 …

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Our Favorite Garlic Bread

Garlic bread should be crisp and buttery–not soggy and not harsh but with a nice, nut-like garlic flavor without being too overpowering.  This bread meets those criteria. The roasted garlic gives your garlic bread a pleasant nutty-garlic taste that is much milder than using raw garlic. Ingredients 8 to 10 cloves of roasted garlic 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese 1 lb loaf French or Italian bread 2 teaspoons dried parsley Directions Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Set out a cookie sheet. Squeeze the roasted garlic from its outer wrappings into a small bowl. Mash with …

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Six Great Snacking Cheeses to Serve with Fruit

(Updated from May 10, 2014) Finding a snack that is quick, easy, and not too unhealthy can be hard to do. Sometimes the simple foods are the best . . . and there is nothing better on so many occasions than fresh fruit and cheese. It makes a party better, it makes a great mid-afternoon snack, it’s a wonderful appetizer, and it goes well in a packed lunch. But there are so many cheeses to choose from. We’ll help. Here are our favorite snacking cheeses to serve with fruit—apples, grapes, pears, and more. Snacking Cheeses to Pair with Tart Fruits …

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How to Make a Calzone like a Pizza Shop

The Perfect Make-Ahead Freezer Meal (Updated From May 10, 2014) Get a FREE Pizza Crust Mix! Add it to cart and use code “ZPIZB” at checkout. 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 …

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Comparative Fat Content in Donuts and Cookies (Including Baked Donuts)

Donuts have always been a guilty pleasure–the crisp outer layer from deep-frying with the fluffy inside all topped with a sweet glaze or icing. It’s hard to say no, but sometimes we worry about the donut calories, especially the calories from fat in a donut. Are all donuts really that unhealthy, and how do they compare to cookies with fat content? Here’s our discoveries. Donut Calories from Fat For our research, we analyzed our donut mix recipes for the fat content, or calories from fat, compared to the total ingredients and calories. We did the same with a few cookie …

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