How to Use Fresh Pumpkin in Your Baking Plus a Pumkin Bread Recipe

It’s easy to open a can of pumpkin and use it in your favorite recipe but it’s nice to use fresh pumpkin in baking. It adds flavor, color, extra nutrients, and often more moisture than the canned pumpkin. Plus, there’s just something special about making your pumpkin baked goods entirely from scratch. Get this free pumpkin baking guide with recipes and instructions. Choosing Your Baking Pumpkin When buying pumpkins, choose the smaller sugar or pie pumpkins, not the larger ones used for jack-o-lanterns. The larger pumpkins are not as sweet and are often stringy. Choose full-sized, mature, deep-colored pumpkins. Leave …

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How to Make and Easy Upside Down Cake with Almost Any Fruit

Upside down cake is one of my personal favorites. Pineapple upside-down cake is the most common, but you can make an upside-down cake with any fruit. It’s easy with a cake mix. Choose any fruit, layer it over brown sugar with cake batter over the top, bake it, and turn it over for an ooey-gooey treat. Step 1:Choose the Fruit for Your Upside Down Cake You can choose nearly any fruit for your upside-down cake, as long as it cooks well. Think of any fruit you could include in a pie, and you could use it in your upside-down cake. …

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The Easy, Foolproof Way to Make Omelets

Everyone loves a good omelet, but they aren’t always easy to make. You get unevenly cooked eggs, a scrambled mess instead of the perfect fold, or uncooked filling. We’ve found a foolproof way to make perfect omelets in just five minutes, and we’d like to share it with you. How to Make a Five-Minute Omelet Choose the right size of pan.  A three-egg omelet requires an eight-inch pan.  The pan should be nonstick. Whisk the eggs together in a bowl. Put a pat of butter in your nonstick pan.  Place it on medium-high heat.  On our stovetop, a high BTU …

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How to Bake Bread Machine Mixes in Your Oven

You don’t have to own a bread machine to enjoy the variety of bread machine mixes. And you don’t have to make blocky, square loaves with holes in the bottom. You can make wonderful rolls, traditional sandwich loaves, and artisan loaves with or without the aid of a bread machine. In this article, we will tell you how to convert any bread machine mix into great breads by hand or with your stand-type mixer and in the oven. Prepare the Bread Machine Mix: Heat the butter until it is almost melted. (If your mix calls for butter, it will be …

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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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How to Mix Bread Dough

There’s nothing quite as rewarding as making homemade bread. Sure, it may take time, energy, and hard work; but it’s always worth it when you pull out that fresh loaf of bread from the oven, with the crust a delightful golden brown, filling the house with the sweet aromas and filling hungry mouths with tastes as if it came fresh from the bakery. Results like that can be done in no time at all and little effort in a bread machine, but in this article, we will be discussing how to make your bread by hand. There are four major …

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The Quest for the Perfect Omelet

We wanted omelets that were easy and quick. Many recipe books instruct the reader to turn the omelets in the pan. Often they don’t fold well or break apart. We needed a solution to that. We wanted them to cook evenly, the interior set but the outside just burnished with a little gold but no tough skin. Problem 1: Cooking the Omelet Properly with No Skin on the Outside Omelets tend to be overdone on the outside when they are well set on the inside. That is especially true with thicker omelets, when the pan is overloaded a bit. Problem …

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What Every Baker Needs to Know About Flavors

Using flavors is a good way to change up your baking and add new excitement to your baked goods. There are a few things to keep in mind when experimenting with flavors, like the difference in taste, the makeup of flavors, understanding the effects of heat, and more. Our Flavor Experiments One day we wanted a frosting for some tropical cookies we were developing. We made batch after batch of frosting–coconut, coconut and pineapple, coconut and banana, and more. The combinations rarely turned out a compromise between two flavors. They were new flavors. Understanding the Chemistry of Flavors Flavors are …

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How to Make Blintzes and Crepes

Delight your family and impress your friends with these delightful treats! Use your favorite fruit!  Even if you’ve never made crepes before, you can now! Crepes are simple to make. Pour a little batter in a hot pan, tip the pan to cover the bottom with batter, and fry them. Then use your crepes to make blintzes. Fill them, fold, them and refry them. To make the crepes: You’ll need a good nonstick pan to cook your crepes.  You can use a special crepe pan but an eight-inch nonstick frying pan works just fine.  Heat a small skillet or crepe pan until medium hot. Melt some butter …

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How to Bake: The Art and Science of Baking

Become a Culinary Expert for FREE! Who needs an expensive culinary school when you can learn it all here with this free 250-page ebook? Learn how the ingredients work together, the best baking methods, tons of recipes, and even secrets from the baking pros. You’ll be an expert in no time and even have some tasty recipes up your sleeve to show off your new skills and impress the guests. Learn what they teach in culinary school–without the tuition! Baking: An Art and a Science I believe baking to be an art. There’s a certain creativity and flow to it …

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