A Buyer’s Guide to Cinnamon

When it comes to using cinnamon in baking or cooking, you have to think about the flavor you want for your recipes. Do you want a sweeter cinnamon, a spicier cinnamon, or a more citrusy cinnamon? There are three types of cinnamon to consider: Korintje Cassia cinnamon, Vietnamese cinnamon, and Sri Lankan or Ceylon cinnamon. This guide will discuss all three, so you can decide which is the best cinnamon for your needs. Korintje Cassia Cinnamon Korintje cassia cinnamon comes from Indonesia, usually Sumatra. It comes from the cassia tree, not the true cinnamon tree, and is the cinnamon we …

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Rolling Pins: A Buyer’s Guide

I learned how to cook in my mother’s kitchen with an old battered rolling pin. We rubbed plenty of flour on the pin, dusted the dough with more flour, and got by just fine. We didn’t know any better. We didn’t know that all the extra flour was making the dough tougher and drier. Now I would never use anything but a slick-surfaced rolling pin. What to Look for in a Rolling Pin A slick, nonstick surface. Tough, sturdy, and long-lasting. The ability to chill the rolling pin. Wood vs. Non-Stick Rolling Pins Wood is out. It meets none of …

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Essential Guide to Making Bread

If You Want to Make the Best Bread, Here’s How It’s Done! Get Free Dough Conditioner for Lighter and Airier Bread. Add it to cart and use code “ZBEST” at checkout. Books have been written about baking bread but we’ll give you the essentials so you won’t have to read a thousand pages. This guide will make you a better bread baker. Ready? Here we go! The Bread Making Essentials Learn what you need to! Click on any of the links below. Use the best bread flour you can find. Knead the bread until it’s elastic. Cover the dough and …

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How to Use Bread Mixes For Bread Machines

Get a FREE Mix for Your Bread Machine Now! Add it to cart and use code “ZMIX” at checkout. Freshly baked bread is one of my favorite scents to smell when I enter a kitchen, but making homemade bread can be pretty time consuming and take a lot of effort. Sometimes, the kneading itself can be a workout. Not everyone has that kind of energy, time, or patience though. That’s why it’s time to bring out your favorite bread mixes and the bread machine. Your bread machine can give you that delicious smell of fresh bread wafting through your house …

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A Buyer’s Guide to Cocoa at The Prepared Pantry

Here at the Prepared Pantry, we set a high standard for our cocoa powders because our customers only deserve the best. We don’t like powdery, chalky, bitter, or harsh cocoas or cocoas that taste flat. We like rich, deep, chocolaty cocoas that are smooth and almost buttery.  Really good cocoas make baked goods taste like they were made with solid chocolate, not cocoa powder. Finding the Best Cocoa Powder We don’t take the consideration of new cocoas lightly at the Prepared Pantry. We line them up, test them out, and compare. Once, we lined the new cocoa candidates along our …

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Cookie Troubleshooting Guide

If your cookies are too tough . . . You may have used too much flour or a flour with too high of a protein content. Unless you want a chewy cookie, do not use bread flour. Check your measurements–the cookies may not have enough fat or the amount of sugar may be wrong. If your cookies are too crumbly . . . They may have too much sugar, shortening, or leavening or may not be thoroughly mixed. Try adding more eggs. If your cookies are too hard . . . They may have been baked too long or at …

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