Breads & Rolls

Hot Cross Buns in Brief

People have been making hot cross buns since the days of ancient Greece. At that time, the round shape represent the sun and the cross stood for either the four seasons or four moon phases.

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How to Avoid Overbaking Quick Breads

When making quick breads such as pumpkin and strawberry, don’t use a baking pan with a dark finish. Pans that are dark gray or black tend to overbake because they absorb heat. Instead, use…

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Keeping Homemade Cinnamon Rolls Together

To keep homemade cinnamon rolls from separating or unrolling when serving, dust off any excess flour from your dough after rolling it out. Then be careful not to spread or sprinkle too much…

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Kneading Dough By Hand

Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Lightly flour your hands and shape the dough into a ball. Fold the top toward you. With your palms, push it away with a rolling motion. After each…

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Kneading Dough With A Stand Mixer

For less of an arm workout when kneading dough, try using a stand mixer with a dough hook. Knead on low speed for 3 minutes, or until it clings to the hook and cleans the sides of the bowl.…

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Less Is More When Making Biscuit Dough

After you cut in shortening, add the liquids all at once and mix until just combined. The dough might not be smooth, but that's OK - it won't affect the outcome.

Knead dough as the recipe…

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Make Dough with Fewer Bowls

After mixing up yeast dough, knead it in the same bowl. Then lift out the dough, spray the bowl with cooking spray, set the dough back in the bowl, spray the top and let it rise. There’s no extra…

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Make Your Own Herb Butter

Herb butters like those served in restaurants are easy to make, and they freeze well. Simply combine 1 tablespoon of minced fresh herbs with 1/2 cup softened butter or margarine. Spoon the mixture…

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Making Accordion Rolls

Roll dough into a 14-in. x 6-in. rectangle. Brush with butter. With the dull edge of a table knife, score dough widthwise at 2-in. intervals.

Fold dough accordion-style back and forth along…

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Making Mini Loaves

If you are baking for two, you can turn full-size yeast bread recipes into mini loaves. A recipe that uses about 3 cups of flour and makes 1 loaf of bread can be baked in two 5-3/4-in. x 3-in. x…

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