Three Essentials for Making Bread

When it comes to making bread, I believe it is an art, and like all art forms, there are a few essentials that I would never go without. Here are a few tools that I consider essentials in my kitchen for making bread. But first, consider the Art and Science of Baking. The Art and Science of Baking Baking bread is not hard, but it pays to know the essentials and the science about baking. We’ve written a book by that title: How to Bake: The Art and Science of Baking. If you are serious about baking, read that. But …

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Learn How to Bake Bread on Your Grill

Choose a FREE Bread Mix! Add it to cart and use code “Z123” at checkout. Baking your bread on the grill can provide a nice respite from the midday heat, and you don’t have to add the extra heat into your kitchen while it’s baking. Enjoy the fresh air and fresh-baked bread at the cabin, on the patio, or the next family reunion as your neighbors turn their noses upwind to get a swift of the aroma of fresh-baked bread wafting over the fence. Believe it or not, you can bake your bread on the grill, and we’ll tell you …

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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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What Should You Buy—a Pizza Stone or a Pizza Pan?

(Updated From May 10, 2014) Choose One! Get a FREE Pizza Roller, Pizza Crust Mix, or Italian Pizza Spice! Add it to cart and use code “ZPIZA”, “ZPIZB”, or “ZPIZC” at checkout. There’s nothing quite like a fresh, cheesy pizza coming hot out of the oven. Whether you use a pizza stone or a pizza pan, I have found it to be largely a matter of preference. This article will help you decide for yourself which one is better: the pizza stone or the pizza pan. Get a free pizza roller (use code “ZPIZA”) to help make the pizza-making process …

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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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How to Make Fry Bread

fry bread topped with strawberries

Get a FREE Buttermilk Bread Mix Now! Add it to cart and use code “ZYUM” at checkout. Bite down into a deep-fried, crispy outer shell and taste a deliciously light and fluffy center. What could get better than that? Referred to as scones in the Inter-mountain West, this fry bread recipe is a somewhat healthier take on fried dough and doughnuts with a crispy outer layer locking in the doughy goodness in the middle. What is Fry Bread? It’s one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make. All you have to do is prepare your favorite bread mix, let the …

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Country Breakfast Pizza Recipe

There are lots of breakfast pizzas. We like this one. It’s a twist on the breakfast sandwiches that you get at the drive-through, a combination of eggs, ham, and cheddar but on a pizza. Ingredients Classic Pizza Dough mix 1 tablespoon butter 1/2 small onion, diced 1/4 green or red bell pepper, chopped diced ham, crumbled bacon, or sausage bits 5 large eggs pepper and salt salsa 2/3 cup grated cheddar 2/3 cup grated mozzarella Directions Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.    Mix the dough according to package instructions. Divide the dough into two parts to make two thin-crust, 14-inch …

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How to Make Your Brownies Look Like They Came from a Bakery

Choose your brownies and make them so that they cut neat and square.  Our New York Dessert Brownies were designed for that.  If you want a gooey brownie, choose Uncle Bob’s Extra Moist Brownies but freeze them for an hour to make them firm before cutting. STEP 1: Line your pan with parchment paper.  Spread shortening in the pan to hold the paper in place.  Don’t worry; the fat will be outside the paper, not on your brownies. STEP 2: After removing the pan from the oven, grab the edges of the paper and lift the cake from the pan. STEP 3: Using two cooling …

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Mini Meat Loaf Recipes

Pizzeria Meatloaf Ingredients 1 ½ pounds of lean ground beef 2 large eggs 1 small can tomato paste ½ cup bread crumbs 1 can olives, chopped ¾ cup chopped red pepper 1 teaspoon Zesty Pizza and Pasta Spice ½ cup grated parmesan cheese ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese 4-6 slices or chopped cherry tomatoes ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper Directions Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix ground beef with eggs, tomato paste and bread crumbs.  Add the peppers to the mixture, reserving 3 Tablespoons for the topping.  Reserve 1 Tablespoon olives for topping and add the remaining olives to …

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How To Make A Brownie Pizza

By Dennis Weaver These are really simple to make. It’s simply a brownie baked in a pizza pan and then frosted and decorated with drizzles. 1. Bake the pizza. We used Uncle Bob’s Extra Moist and Chewy Brownie Mix. It makes a 9 x 9-inch pan of brownies. With these, we made 14–inch round pizzas. Because the batter is spread thinner than in a nine-inch pan, they baked in only 15 minutes. You can also use this mix and bake a 12-inch pizza or two 9-inch pizzas using two 9-inch cake pans. The batter is little deeper and it takes …

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How To Make Breakfast Calzones

We love to feed people in our store!  We love food and we love people. A while back we served breakfast calzones in the store.  We bought five dozen eggs, ten pounds of sausage, and about twelve pounds of bacon and started making calzones early in the morning.  We would reheat them when the customers started in. I headed home and left Aly to baking.  Two hours later, she texted and said, “I’m just about out of eggs.” Five dozen eggs!  How can you make that many calzones that quickly?  I went and bought another six dozen eggs. How do …

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How to Make Fresh Veggie Flatbread Pizzas

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Discovering the Foods of the Twin Cities: Margherita Flatbread I’m writing this from Minnesota. It’s a beautiful day, not too hot, plenty of sun, and a mere rustle of a breeze. I love St. Paul.  It’s a very ethnic town, much more so than across the river in Minneapolis. There is a Hmong neighborhood here, a German there, and an Italian over there. I went to school at The University of Minnesota.  Not far away was a row of ethnic restaurants where you could sample Somalian food or Caribbean. Now when we visit, we hop from bakery to bakery and then …

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How to Make Pizzas with Your Own Refrigerator Dough

How would you like to mix up the dough for your favorite pizza before you go to bed, put the pizza dough in the refrigerator, and pull it out to make your pizza when you get home from work the next day? You can with this refrigerated pizza dough technique. We would like to tell you how and share some great pizza recipes. We’ll also give you a chance to save money on pizza tools—stones, pans, rollers, and cutters. One of the international pizza restaurant chains refrigerates their pizza dough for eight hours. We like that concept. Refrigerated dough makes …

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Make your Own Pizza or Pasta Sauce

  Again homemade is better. This takes a little time but it’s worth it. This sauce works on pizza or pasta and with a little change in seasonings and by omitting the olive oil, you can make a salsa from this recipe. Tomato Sauce for Pizza or Pasta 2 to 3 cups peeled and seeded Roma tomatoes 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar 1 large garlic clove, crushed 1 teaspoon crushed, dried oregano or a tablespoon of fresh 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves or two teaspoons fresh 2 tablespoons olive …

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Marinara Sauce for Pizza or Pasta (Fresh Tomatoes)

2 to 3 cups peeled and seeded Roma tomatoes 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar 1 large garlic clove, crushed 1 teaspoon crushed, dried oregano or a tablespoon of fresh 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves or two teaspoons fresh 2 tablespoons olive oil Baker’s note: Alter the quantities of the garlic, oregano, and basil to suit your tastes. If you like more, add more. Directions Chop the seeded tomatoes in a food processor or blender. Cook the tomatoes along with the seasonings and sugar for ten minutes or until it …

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Rocky Road Brownie Pizza

1 batch of brownies to fill a 9 x 13-inch baking dish (either a recipe or a mix) Chocolate Frosting (see recipe below) 1/3 cup walnuts 3/4 cup mini-marshmallows 1/2 cup chocolate chips 1/3 cup caramel topping Whipped cream (optional) Maraschino cherries (optional) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour your brownie batter into a lightly greased 14-inch round nonstick pizza pan. Bake for 10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when poked into the center of the brownie. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 10 minutes. Invert the giant brownie onto a cutting board or …

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Fruit Filled Dessert Pizza

1 pizza dough mix or recipe 1 lb of fruit pie filling (your choice of fruit) streusel topping (see recipe below) white icing drizzle (see recipe below) Preheat oven to 425 Roll your pizza dough out evenly in a 14-inch nonstick round pizza pan. Spread the pie filling evenly over the pizza dough. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle the streusel over the fruit filling. Bake for an additional 3-5 minutes or until the streusel has melted slightly and the edges of the pizza crust is lightly browned. Remove from the oven and slide the pizza out …

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Tomato and Fresh Basil Pizza Recipe

Tomatoes and basil is a classic combination.  Topped with great cheeses, this makes a wonderful pizza. There are two ways to put tomatoes on a pizza: before it is cooked and after.  This recipe calls for tomato slices placed on the pizza before cooking but you can do it either way.  For the marina sauce, you can make your own or buy spaghetti sauce from the grocery store. This is a tomato lover’s pizza.  Be sure that you use good, fresh tomatoes. Ingredients 1 15-inch pizza crust made from a recipe or from a pizza crust mix 1/2 cup marinara …

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Summer Squash and Cheddar Cheese Pizza

This is a surprising pizza, a pizza made with summer squash.  It’s an excellent way to use the zucchini that grows so abundantly in your garden.  Because it’s a mild tasting pizza, even your kids will eat it. You can buy a ready-made crust at the store, use a pizza crust mix, or make your own.  The recipe below makes a very nice crust. Ingredients 1 thin pizza crust, unbaked 1 medium zucchini, sliced in 1/8 inch slices 1 medium crookneck squash, sliced in 1/8 inch slices 1/2 medium red pepper, chopped 1/2 medium sweet onion, chopped 1/2 cup marinara …

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Sausage and Caramelized Onion Pizza Recipe

This is a classic pizza made with Italian country sausage and sweet onion slices.  We caramelized the onion but you can cook it on the pizza if you prefer. This is a really great pizza with asiago cheese. Ingredients 1 15-inch pizza crust made from a recipe or from a pizza crust mix I large sweet onion such as Vandalia 1/2 to 3/4 pound Italian country-style sausage 1/2 cup marinara sauce 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 1/2 teaspoon crushed oregano 2-3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, shredded 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded 1/2 cup asiago cheese, crumbled …

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