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Mixes used to make bread

"Butter Pecan Bread" is a quick bread that begins with a cake mix
"Butter Pecan Bread" is a quick bread that begins with a cake mix

When it comes to bread, many bakers have a few recipes for breads that are good and reliable. Biscuits and cornbread are among the most popular in the south, though yeast-leavened breads have their place in many homes, also. There are cooks that can turn out the best bread there is, and there are some that insist they can't make good bread.

If you find yourself in the rut of making the same breads over and over, and would like to try something new and different, I have some suggestions. In this column, I'll be passing along some recipes for some breads that are easy to make and a bit different. And they all rely on a packaged mix! First, A recipe for "Sesame Seed Rolls". This is a bread that is very easy assembled and make a good dinner bread. It's also a good roll recipe for someone new to bread baking. This one also uses packaged biscuit mix, so that makes it even easier.

Then, a recipe for "Cheese Sausage Biscuits", which is a variation of the favorite "Sausage Ball" recipe we see at the holidays and parties. This one gets it cheese flavor from a can of Cheddar Cheese Soup! It also uses biscuit mix and this is one to remember when you're serving hot soup this winter as it accompanies it very well.

For a dessert bread, here's one for "Poppy Seed Bread". This has instant coconut pudding to add to the taste and texture of the bread, so it's definitely different, yet a great bread served warm. The butter pecan cake mix gives this bread an interesting flavor all it's own!

Sometime back, I shared a recipe for "Southern Spoonbread", which is a bread that doesn't use a mix, but it's one that you literally eat with a spoon. A very interesting recipe and here's the link to get the recipe:

If you're "breaking bread" with your family and friends, get out a packaged mix and try some different bread recipes!


  • 1 Tbls. Sesame Seeds
  • 1 Egg
  • 1-1/2 C. Milk
  • 3-3/4 C. Biscuit Mix (such as Bisquick)
  • 1 C. Shredded Cheddar Cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1 Tbls. Dry Parsley

Preheat oven to 350 degrees; grease a shallow 2 qt. casserole dish and sprinkle with sesame seeds evenly over the bottom and sides; beat egg in a large bowl on low speed; beat in the remaining ingredients using medium speed for 30 seconds; pour into prepared dish; bake for 40-45 minutes; remove and invert pan onto a serving plate and cut into rolls. Serves 12.


  • 1 lb. Mild Pork Sausage
  • 1 Small Onion, chopped
  • 1 (11 oz) can Cheddar Cheese Soup
  • 1/2 C. Water
  • 3 C. Biscuit Mix (such as Bisquick)

Crumble sausage into large skillet; add onion and cook over medium heat until sausage is browned; drain on paper towels; combine all ingredients, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened; drop batter by heaping tablespoonfuls about 2 inch apart on lightly greased baking sheets; bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Makes about 4 dozen.


  • 1 Pkg. Butter Pecan Cake Mix
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Pkg. Instant Coconut Pudding Mix
  • 1/2 C. Vegetable Oil
  • 1 C. Hot Water
  • 1/2 Container Poppy Seeds (about 1 Tbls.)

Mix all ingredients except the water thoroughly, then add the hot water, followed by the poppy seeds; bake in a greased 9x5 inch loaf pan at 325 degrees until bread springs back when touched. Makes 1 loaf.

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