Bread Making Primer

Bread-Making Primer Whether you’re new to making bread or just need a little refresher course, this bread-making primer will answer all of your questions about making bread. Click on any of the links below for a refresher course and extra information on each step to making bread. Making this in your bread machine? Click Here for Instructions Click any of the links below to jump to the right step: 1. Mix the Dough 2. Knead the Dough 3. Let it Rise 4. Form the Loaf 5. Bake 1. Mix the Bread Dough Bread Mixing Basics Additional Resources Bread Mixing Basics …

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Bread Making Made Easy

Bread Making Made Easy Get White Breads for $2 Get Wheat Breads for $2 Make great bread! Choose the Country White Collection or the Country Wheat Collection and get our three favorite white or wheat breads for just $2 each when you add it to cart and use code “ZEZ1” at checkout for white breads and code “ZEZ2” for wheat breads. Look How Easy It Is to Make Bread Click to Learn More: Mixing the Dough Kneading the Dough Letting it Rise How to Form the Loaf Getting the Bread Baked Right Making this in your bread machine? Click Here …

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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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How to Form a Bread Loaf

Choose a FREE White Bread Mix! Add it to cart and use code “ZWHITE” We’ve already discussed how to mix bread dough, remembering to allow enough time for your yeast to work its magic and getting your dough just right. Now it’s time to go over how to form a bread loaf. In this article, we will discuss how to form the perfect bread loaf by hand, whether it’s free-standing or going into a bread pan. Basics of Forming a Bread Loaf Forming a bread loaf doesn’t have to be as hard as we often make it out to be. …

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Homemade Burger Buns

Choose One! Get a FREE Burger Press or a FREE Bun Mix! Add it to checkout and use code “Z507” or “ZBUN” at checkout. The weather is warming up, and it’s time to let the neighborhood cookouts and family picnics begin. Burgers are the spotlight of the season, and it’s always best to impress. While you’re showing off your homemade burgers on the grill, why not also give our favorite homemade burger buns a try? As Dennis likes to say, “the buns make the burger,” and it’s true. I’m sure we can all remember eating a burger fresh off the …

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Make Your Own Hamburger Buns and Sandwich Rolls

(with a Salted Water Roll or Other Bread Mix or with a Recipe) Consider making your own hamburger buns or sandwich rolls for that next picnic or family outing,. They are easy and so much better than what you buy from the stores. Our Salted Water Roll Mix makes fantastic burger buns and sandwich rolls but you can use any bread mix or bread recipe. The Salted Water Roll Mix comes with a packet of black and white sesame seeds plus Pink Himalayan Salt to put on the top of the buns and that is a very nice touch. The …

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What People Want Most in a Sweet Roll and How to Make Them

The Customer’s Secret “Looks like a party,” one of our associates in the store said. (I don’t remember which one.) She was buying a bunch of raised, glazed donut mixes. “I’m making cinnamon buns.  These make the best cinnamon buns in the world,” she replied. The light went on.  Raised, glazed donuts–the kind you make with yeast–are the lightest, fluffiest concoctions in the world. Could we make really fluffy cinnamon rolls with them? We headed to the test kitchen.  It wasn’t long before we had a mix for super-duper cinnamon buns made from our donut mix.  We called them “donut …

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Really Easy Pulled Pork Sandwiches

On Sundays, we invite our children and their families over for dinner.  Last Sunday, Merri Ann and I made pulled pork sandwiches.  They were very good and very easy.  Here’s how she did it.  She bought five pounds of carnitas which is boneless and inexpensive but any pork roast will do.  Five pounds was more than enough and Ben and Paige, our youngest son and his bride, took extras home. She put the meat in the crock-pot before church and added enough root beer soda pop to make sure it was well covered.  (Don’t worry about adding too much.)  She …

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How to Make Egg Rolls

Egg rolls are easy to make.  You buy the wraps at your grocery, you cook the filling, you fold the wrap around the filling, and you deep fry the egg rolls.  (Egg rolls can also be baked but they are not as crisp.  We’ll address baked egg rolls another day.) Place the egg roll wrap in front of you.  Since it is a square, turn it so that the corner is facing you.  (See the pictures below.) Put 1/2 cup of filling onto the center of the egg roll wrap.  Press the filling together so that it is shaped into …

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Country Pork and Asiago Cheeseburger

This burger is not for the faint of heart but for those once-in-a-great-while splurges, it is excellent.  It’s a meat lover’s burger made with a mixture of ground pork, country sausage, and bacon.  If you would like to tone it down a bit, use lean ground beef instead of the pork.  If asiago cheese doesn’t suit you taste, use mozzarella.  This recipe makes six quarter-pound plus burgers. Ingredients one large sweet onion, sliced 1 tablespoon butter 1 pound ground pork 1/2 pound country sausage 8 strips bacon, chopped 1/4 cup parsley, chopped 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme salt and pepper Asiago …

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Chicken Soup with Homemade Egg Noodles Recipe

To us, this is the ultimate in comfort food. We have fond memories of chicken soup simmering on the stovetop and Mom rolling out rich egg noodles on the counter. You’ll find this comfort food easy to prepare. Simmer the chicken soup with vegetables, mix the easy egg dough, roll the dough out and slice it into noodles with a sharp knife, and drop the noodles in the simmering soup. What follows is a wonderful chicken soup recipe that you can use with potatoes, rice, homemade noodles, or pasta. If you choose to make chicken soup with homemade egg noodles, …

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A Recipe for Hard Dinner Onion Rolls

Follow the package directions. Instead of warm water, use tepid (room temperature) water. Add 1/4 cup dry minced onions and the melted butter. Add more flour if needed until you have a soft but not sticky dough.  Knead the dough as described in the recipe directions.  Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight or up to three days. Remove the dough from the refrigerator on the day you would like to bake the rolls. Let the dough warm on the counter for three or four hours. The dough will rise and look bubbly. Sprinkle some …

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Easy Barbecue Beef Sandwiches

Ingredients 4 Kaiser Rolls 1 pound deli roast beef Your favorite barbecue sauce Directions 1. Cut roast beef in two-inch pieces and place in a small frying pan. Drench beef with   barbecue sauce. Heat to bubbling and allow it to simmer while you prepare the buns. 2. Slice the rolls almost all the way through, leaving a “hinge.” Spread the buns with butter and place them under a broiler until they start to brown around the edges. Fill generously with the barbecue beef. Serve hot with coleslaw or potato salad.

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Easy Barbecue Beef Sandwiches

Ingredients 4 Kaiser Rolls 1 pound deli roast beef Your favorite barbecue sauce Directions 1. Cut roast beef in two-inch pieces and place in a small frying pan. Drench beef with   barbecue sauce. Heat to bubbling and allow it to simmer while you prepare the buns. 2. Slice the rolls almost all the way through, leaving a “hinge.” Spread the buns with butter and place them under a broiler until they start to brown around the edges. Fill generously with the barbecue beef. Serve hot with coleslaw or potato salad.

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Easy French Dip Sandwiches

This is a quick and easy main dish.  It’s made with deli roast beef from the grocery store but if you have roast beef left over from Sunday dinner, you can use that.  Be sure and slice it thin. For the meat 2 packets of au jus mix (to make 4 cups) 1 lb sliced deli roast beef 1 teaspoon garlic salt or to taste In a large skillet, make the au jus according to package directions. Cut or tear the roast beef into 1-2 inch strips and add to the au jus.  Stir the garlic salt into the beef-au …

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Easy Barbecue Beef Sandwiches

Ingredients 4 Kaiser Rolls 1 pound deli roast beef Your favorite barbecue sauce Directions 1. Cut roast beef in two-inch pieces and place in a small frying pan. Drench beef with   barbecue sauce. Heat to bubbling and allow it to simmer while you prepare the buns. 2. Slice the rolls almost all the way through, leaving a “hinge.” Spread the buns with butter and place them under a broiler until they start to brown around the edges. Fill generously with the barbecue beef. Serve hot with coleslaw or potato salad.

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Baking Bread in a Dutch Oven

Dutch ovens were made for baking.  In the hands of a practiced baker, a Dutch oven will create beautiful breads and desserts.  (Though some of us tend to burn breads in a Dutch oven.) You can always bake bread in a well-oiled Dutch oven but instead of baking directly in the oven, consider this method: Put the dough in a baking pan and the pan in the Dutch oven. Recently, a reader from California told us of her success baking bread with a pan inside of a Dutch oven.  She used a mix for Irish Potato Bread.  This mix creates …

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Whole Wheat Soft Dinner Rolls

These are traditional rolls for dinner, soft and moist.  You can place them close together in a 10×15-inch pan for pull-apart rolls or a baking sheet for individual rolls. This recipe calls for baker’s dry milk which is high heat treated to neutralize the enzyme that impedes the growth of the yeast.   You can use regular dry milk but the yeast will not grow as rapidly.  Dairy—milk, buttermilk, or sour cream—makes bread richer and more flavorful. This recipe also calls for dough conditioner which makes the bread lighter and better textured. Ingredients 1/4 cup melted butter 1 1/2 cups water …

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Potato Dinner Rolls

Potato rolls are moist and wonderful. The potatoes make them moist, both because of the consistency of the potatoes and because potatoes are hygroscopic, they attract and retain moisture. This recipe calls for mashed potatoes. You can also use potato flour which makes for a quicker, simpler recipe. Potato flour has the same effect as mashed potatoes. The mashed potatoes in this recipe may vary in moisture content and that may affect how much water you need to reach the right dough consistency. If your dough is too dry, drizzle in a little water while kneading. If it is too …

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