Sweet Potato Pie

We often substitute sweet potato or yam puree for pureed pumpkin. In many recipes, we can’t tell the difference and neither can the guests. Make this sweet potato pie, and it might become the new holiday favorite. Sweet Potato Pie vs. Pumpkin Pie Pictured above is a slice of set potato pie and a slice of pumpkin pie. Can you tell the difference? Sweet potatoes tend to be lighter and less dense than pumpkin. The flavor differs slightly. This sweet potato pie has a beautiful tawny color—a little lighter than pumpkin. And frankly, it’s easier to stick a couple of …

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Sweet Potato Pie with Pecan Streusel

This sweet potato pie is a happy alternative to pumpkin pie and still tastes just as good, if not better. When tasting it, before hearing the ingredients, some even called it a pumpkin pie on steroids. It uses sweet potatoes, cinnamon, ginger, and butter rum flavor instead of the typical pumpkin pie filling and a pecan streusel and is just fantastic. What You’ll Need for the Sweet Potato Pie: Three medium-large yams or sweet potatoes Fresh ginger Pecan pieces butter rum flavor Just-add-water pie crust mix A deep-dish, nine-inch pie pan A pie crust shield A pastry blender or knife …

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Chocolate Chip No-Bake Cookie Balls

Ah, these chocolate chip no-bake cookie balls are like eating sophisticated, nutty chocolate chip cookie dough! And it won’t make you sick! The pecans work well with the chocolate.  If you like, dust these with powdered sugar. Chocolate Chip No-Bake Cookie Ball Recipe Ingredients 3 1/2 cups vanilla wafer cookie crumbs 2 cups powdered sugar 1 1/2 cups pecans, chopped 1/3 cup whipping cream 1/2 cup butter, melted 1 cup milk chocolate chips 1/3 cups powdered sugar (optional) Directions In the mixing bowl of your stand-type mixer, combine the cookie crumbs, powdered sugar, and chopped pecans. Mix in the cream and …

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Golden Citrus No-Bake Cookies

These golden citrus no-bake cookies are made with crispy rice cereal, pecan pieces, orange zest, and golden raisins to give them the citrus punch that we’ve come to love. All you have to do is boil the wet ingredients, add the dry, and form the cookies into balls to set. “These are so good.” That was the word around the test kitchen. The orange zest adds just enough zip to make them sweetly refreshing. Golden Citrus No-Bake Cookie Recipe Ingredients 1 cup crispy rice cereal 1 cup pecan pieces zest from one large orange 1/2 cup butter 1 cup golden …

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The Perfect Banana Muffin Top Recipe

This is the same recipe as for standard-sized muffins except that a muffin top pan is used and the baking times are different.  This recipe makes about 12 muffin tops with nice domes.  The Keys to Success for Banana Muffin Tops Use the ripest bananas that you can find.  Ripe bananas have much more flavor. Adjust the flour if you have to.  Because bananas differ in their moistness as they ripen, you may have to add a couple of tablespoons of flour.  The batter should be halfway between cake batter and cookie dough for drop cookies.  It should be stiff …

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How to Make a Fine Chocolate Caramel Turtle Cake

Chocolate Turtle Cake

St. Paul’s Best Chocolate Cake We never make a trip to Saint Paul without making a stop— or several— at Café Latte. The pastries are exquisite; the soups, sandwiches, and salads are incredible. “What’s your best chocolate cake?” I asked the server.  Without hesitation, she answered, “The Turtle Cake.”  It was very good… and simple enough that I can talk you through making it. Keep reading for all the sweet details. Merri Ann, my wife, is gluten free so she had the flourless chocolate cake. It too was good.  We have a mix for that, the Legendary Flourless Chocolate Cake Mix. Dusted with a …

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Tropical Orange and Coconut No-Bake Cookies

If you love the buttery sweet texture of pecan sandies, try these tropical no-bake cookies. These tropical orange and coconut no-bake cookies are sweet, tender cookies made with pecans and just a touch of orange. They taste and look great. Don’t be afraid to bring these to the next party. Everyone will be surprised to hear that these are no-bake cookies. Tropical Orange and Coconut No-Bake Cookie Recipe Ingredients 3 1/2 cups vanilla wafer cookie crumbs 2 cups powdered sugar 1 1/2 cups pecans, chopped 1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed, undiluted 1/2 cup butter, melted 1 1/2 cups …

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The Perfect Banana Muffin Recipe (Jumbo Muffins)

Blog Home Prepared Pantry Store Shopping Cart Get the Banana Flavor for FREE! Add it to cart and use the code “ZFLA” at checkout. The Perfect Jumbo Banana Muffins Make Jumbo Muffins the Family Will Love! Absolutely delicious! The house will be filled with smiles for days when you make these jumbo banana muffins packed with extra banana flavor from the ripe bananas and a satisfying crunch from the streusel and the nuts. The highest domes! Nobody likes a flat muffin. This jumbo muffin recipe will give you the highest muffin domes you could ever want. Easy to make! These …

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Super-Easy No-Cook Huckleberry Fudge Recipe

This huckleberry fudge recipe and so tasty, you won’t want to g back to regular fudge. It uses real huckleberry flavor and purple food coloring to give it a real pop, but you can also use this easy fudge recipe as a template to make your favorite flavors. Ingredients 8 oz pkg cream cheese 4 cups powdered sugar 2 1/2 teaspoons huckleberry flavor 12 oz. pkg white chocolate wafers 3 drops purple food coloring (optional-our electric purple was perfect) 3/4 cup pecan pieces (optional) Directions Beat cream cheese at medium speed with electric mixer until smooth. Add powdered sugar, 1 …

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Can I Save My Leftover Pancake Batter?

I’m not very good at guessing how much pancake batter I’m going to need for the crew on any given morning. If I guess and made too much, I’ve got two options: throw it away or save it for leftovers. You can limit the waste by saving your leftover pancake batter and storing it in the fridge for the next day. This article will tell you exactly how to do it. You can also find one of our favorite pancake recipes and extra pancake tips at the bottom. Can You Save Leftover Pancake Batter? So you’ve got leftover pancake batter–can …

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How to Make Flavored Honey Butter

It’s easy to make honey butter. Simply whip softened butter and honey together with an electric mixer. To make flavored honey butter, add flavors, jams, flavored honey, and maybe some finely chopped nuts. Here are some ideas to get you started: Huckleberry Honey Butter We carry flavored honey in huckleberry, raspberry, blueberry, cinnamon, and more. They make great, super-easy flavored honey butter. Ingredients 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup huckleberry honey Directions Beat softened butter and honey together until smooth and fluffy. Cinnamon Vanilla Honey Butter This is a very good honey butter. Be sure to use a good quality vanilla. …

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Cinnamon Bun Sundaes

We always look at the dessert menus in restaurants.  If there is something intriguing, we order it.  The waiters probably think it strange that we’re studying their desserts instead of eating them.  Any dessert is fair game for a new recipe or mix. One of our favorite local restaurants is Jakers.  At one time, they had a dessert on the menu: Cinnamon Bun Sundaes made with cinnamon bun monkey bread in a caramel sauce and topped with ice cream and whipped cream.  We love making monkey bread so this one landed squarely in our sights. Back in our test kitchen, …

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The Blondies and the Baking Lessons

What You can Learn from a Blondie? These blondies are really good, so good that a major company commissioned us to make them a blondie mix.  The original Chocolate Caramel Pecan Pie Blondies are thick and moist and chewy, loaded with chocolate.  They’re made in a dark, nonstick 9 x 9-inch baking pan. These good folks wanted a blondie that would work in 9 x 9-inch and 8 x 8-inch pans and in both glass and metal pans.  Now that would take some doing. See what you can learn from our journey. Different Size Pans Require Different Baking Times It’s …

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Five Easy-as-Pie Ways to Delight Your Sweetie Pie

So your sweetie pie likes pie . . . and chocolate. So why not combine the two? I love smooth, silky chocolate pie. Here are five pies that will delight any sweetheart. If you’re not comfortable making pie crusts from scratch, use our just-add-water pie crust mix. It’s easy and it’ll make you a hero. Most professional bakers use a pie crust mix; they don’t make their crusts from scratch. At the end of the section, you will find a recipe for a chocolate pie crust that you can use instead of a white pie crust. For any chocolate desert, …

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Biscuit Recipes and Articles

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Custard Pie Recipes

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Southern Pecan Biscuits

This is a classic butter-based biscuit recipe with nuts added and made just a little sweeter than most. It works marvelously well with a soup and for breakfast served with your favorite jam. Don’t worry about leftovers; they’ll disappear before the day is done. Ingredients 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 8 tablespoons cold butter cut in pieces 1 1/3 cups buttermilk 2/3 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts) 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional) Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. 1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, …

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Chicken and Strawberry Spring Salad

This is a bright fresh salad, a chicken salad that comes alive with strawberries, nuts and cheese. Ingredients 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 4 cups iceberg or Bibb lettuce shredded 1 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries 1 cup vinaigrette dressing or your choosing 3/4 cup pecan pieces 1/2 cup crumbled asiago or bleu cheese Directions Cook and season the chicken breasts.  Cut into slices. Arrange the shredded lettuce on salad plates.  Top with sliced chicken and then sliced strawberries.  Drizzle with vinaigrette1 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries.  Sprinkle with nuts and cheese and serve immediately.

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A Guide to Making Sweet Biscuits

A sweet biscuit is a cousin to a scone but it’s not as sweet and rich as a scone.  It is often a little sweeter than other biscuits and can be loaded with fruit, nuts, or baking chips.  They are perfect for breakfast or anytime you would like something satisfying without being indulgent. Biscuits are often made with a lot of buttermilk, enough that the tang of buttermilk comes through.  Beyond taste, buttermilk has a functional purpose—to provide leavening.  Buttermilk, an acid, reacts with baking soda, a base to create carbon dioxide bubbles in the dough.  To the extent that …

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The Perfect Banana Muffin Recipe with Banana Flavor

This is a great banana muffin recipe.  Banana flavor concentrate has been added to the recipe for more rich, banana flavor. See our banana flavor concentrate >> This is just a little sweeter than the muffins that we prefer but nearly as rich as the cake-like muffins sometimes found in the stores. This recipe will make very nice, attractive high-domed muffins.  You will find more batter than you may be used to for 12 regular-sized muffins.  For high domes, use all of the batter for 12 muffins filling the cavities full.  All that batter and a burst of high heat …

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