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 Long Should You Bake Your Mini-Loaves?

Mini-loaves make the perfect gift, and with our linked mini-loaf pan, you can make multiple at a time and get your gift shopping done early. We absolutely love to bake mini-loaves.  Wrap them in cellophane or a pretty paper from the craft store and tie them with ribbons for gifts.  It’s easy.  You can use your favorite bread, cake, muffin, or quick bread recipes to make mini-loaves.  You can certainly use our quick bread mixes or our bread mixes, but you have to be sure to adjust the baking time. Mix up the batter or dough just as the recipes …

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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 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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Understanding Baking: Banana Nut Bread

There are two major methods for mixing quick breads, muffins, and other batters: The muffin method and the creaming method. With the muffin method, the liquid ingredients are mixed together, the dry ingredients are mixed separately, and then the dry and liquid ingredients are combined with a minimum of stirring. The other major make-up method for quick breads is the creaming method.  In the creaming method, the butter or shortening is creamed with the sugar to entrain air in the batter and make the bread light and tender.  The sugar crystals cut into the butter or shortening creating tiny air …

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Six Ways to Make Your Baking Better

Ingredients to Enhance to Your Bread and Pizza Doughs What do the pros know that you don’t?  They understand the science of baking and what they can use to enhance their baked goods.  We’ll tell you what those enhancers are. Dough conditioner.  Dough conditioner is a proprietary product, that is, every producer sells his own formula.  Ours does four things: It strengthens the gluten structure by increasing the length of the gluten strands.  Your bread will rise higher and be less crumbly. It lowers the pH.  Yeast grows best in a slightly acidic environment.  Your bread will be lighter and …

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Apricot-Orange Nut Quick Bread

We love moist, fruity quick breads–and this is one of our favorites.  It’s nutty, flavorful, and full of wholesome ingredients.  We would like to share this recipe with you and demonstrate the baking principles for wonderful quick breads. The definition of quick breads is imprecise.  Often cookbooks classify muffins, coffeecakes, and biscuits as quick breads–not just those moist loaf breads made without yeast–breads like banana nut bread and date nut bread.  And there is a thin line between quick breads and cakes.  Quick breads contain less sugar and fat than cakes.  They usually, but not always, contain fruits or nuts …

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Pumpkin Nut Bread

This is a classic pumpkin nut bread made into mini-loaves.  This quick bread is easy to make.  In our test kitchen, this was a favorite. Ingredients 3 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon cloves 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup vegetable oil 3 large eggs 3 cups sugar 1 small can pumpkin (16 oz) 2/3 cup walnut pieces Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the flour, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, together in a medium bowl.   In another bowl, stir …

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Banana-Pineapple Nut Quick Bread

We don’t have a lot of confidence in recipes that we find on boxes but this one proved us wrong.  We quite enjoyed this bread.  Like most quick breads, this is much better after it has been refrigerated overnight.  Ingredients 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon cinnamon 3 large eggs 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 cups sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 2 cups ripe bananas 1 teaspoon banana flavor (optional) 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 8-ounce can crushed pineapple, drained 1 cup chopped walnuts Directions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the flour, baking powder, and cinnamon in …

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Cranberry Nut Quick Bread

This is a great quick bread made with fresh cranberries.  It is not overly sweet and the cranberries shine through with their tang.   The sweet orange adds a very nice counterpoint flavor.  It tastes even better when eaten the next day or frozen and defrosted. Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose or pastry flour 1 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 large egg 1 teaspoon grated orange peel 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 3/4 cup orange juice 1 1/2 cups whole fresh cranberries, chopped 1 1/2 cups walnut pieces Directions Preheat oven to 350 …

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Apple Chunk Granola Bread Recipe

We love this sweet quick bread recipe made with apple chunks and plenty of granola. The cinnamon and spices complement the apples well. If it is made with granola and fresh apples, you know it must be as wholesome as it is good. This is an easy recipe to make. This moist, dense, apple-filled bread is best if refrigerated overnight to allow the flavors and moisture to penetrate the loaf. Ingredients 1 1/4 cup flour 1 3/4 cups granola 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1 egg 1/2 cup …

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Summer Zucchini and Carrot Bread

In some parts of the country, the first fresh vegetables of the summer are on. You’ll find that you can use many of the vegetables from the garden in your baking—adding color, flavor, and nutrition to your baking. Here is a wonderful bread recipe for all that zucchini squash that seems to overwhelm us each summer. Some fresh carrots are added for color and nutrition. Unlike the quick bread recipes for zucchini squash, this is a yeasted recipe. This is not a sweet bread recipe and so it makes wonderful sandwiches and toast. We like it with peach and apricot …

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Pineapple Macadamia Nut Bread

This just-sweet-enough quick bread works very well as mini loaves.  Wrap them in cellophane, tie a ribbon on each, and give them to your friends. The combination of macadamia nuts, pineapple, coconut, and orange is perfect. Ingredients 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 cup melted butter 1 cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoon vanilla extract zest from one orange orange juice and evaporated milk to make one cup 3 large eggs 2 cups crushed pineapple, drained 2/3 cup macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped 2/3 cup shredded coconut Directions Whisk the flour, …

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Old-Fashioned yeasted Banana Nut Bread

Everyone loves banana nut bread. It’s a quick bread that is tender and moist and flavorful. But what if you made banana nut bread as a yeast bread? Then it would be chewy instead of crumbly but with lots of bananas, still moist and flavorful. So we went to work on it. You can make a yeast bread with bananas. And it really does make a striking bread. (By the way, this bread makes great French toast with its bananas and nuts. We also did a little experimenting; this recipe makes for very interesting caramel rolls.) If you are an …

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Classic Lemon Poppy Seed Bread Recipe

Get your poppy seeds free! In fact, get enough poppy seeds for ten batches–free with any $25 purchase. Put your free poppy seeds in your cart now. Use this great recipe to make Classic Lemon Poppy Seed Bread. No wonder this has long been a favorite . . . the sweet-sour flavor of lemon and the crunchy taste of poppy seeds all drizzled with a lemony syrup. Quick breads store very well. To see how, click here. To get a free copy of “Ingredients and How They Work”, click here. Classic Lemon Poppy Seed Bread Recipe 2 1/4 cup pastry …

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