Baby, Give It Up to Me: Dassant Baking Mixes

by Rachel on August 18, 2011

Who wants some carbs????

dassant cinnamon bread

(I know. That wasn’t a serious question.)

A few weeks ago, Dassant reached out to me and asked me if I’d like to try some of their mixes. I was all set to receive four free samples, when I realized, “WAIT!!!!”

“Can I have some for my friends too?”

I mean, I don’t like to talk about something unless I have enough to share with everyone, you know?

So they said that I could have some to share with you too!

Over the past few weeks, I’ve tried three of the four mixes they sent me.

First, there were the truffle brownies. They were easy to make (mix + butter + an egg) and turned out perfectly — chewy, chocolately, and begging to be smothered in vanilla ice cream (which I did).

Next, there was the beer bread.

I love beer bread, and while it’s super easy to make — I have a very trusty recipe I use often —  I didn’t mind going this route. It was just beer + mix and baked up pretty quickly, thanks to my super-hot oven (side note: if anyone can recommend a good/cheap oven thermometer, I’d appreciate it). I served it with the chicken kebabs and creamy pesto dip I made a couple weeks ago and loved it. It was definitely better than my homemade stuff!

On Sunday night, in an effort to get excited for the week ahead, I made the cinnamon bread (egg + water + mix). I’m torn between the cinnamon bread and the beer bread as my favorite, but the cinnamon bread definitely wins the award for “Best In-Oven Smell.” It just smelled amazing while it was baking. The bread was even better than I expected; the flavor isn’t strong like cinnamon raisin bread — it’s more of a light, sweet, carmel flavor. It doesn’t need butter or anything; I’ve just been having it plain as a bedtime snack.

I haven’t made the pumpkin mix yet, because you actually need canned pumpkin for that, and since it’s 100 degrees outside right now, buying pumpkin just isn’t on my mind. I might save that mix for when I want to pretend it’s fall here.

Overall, I really liked all the mixes! The brownie was good, but I probably wouldn’t order it online, just because it was as good as some store mixes I love making things from scratch, but I have no problem getting help from the experts from time to time, especially when it means I can keep myself from dirtying up more measuring cups.

Give It Up to Me

Dassant has generously offered to give one of you a four-pack of the mixes of his or her choice! To win:

1. Check out the Dassant website and choose which mix you’d most like to try. (It’s not easy!)

2. Leave a comment here letting me which baking mix you’d choose and what person, dead or alive, you’d most like to spend an hour in the kitchen making said mix with (and tell me why)!

You have until Sunday 8/21 at 11 PM PST to enter; I’ll choose a winner at random from the all of the comments.

And if you can’t wait that long to try out one of their mixes, you can use the promo code RACHEL when you order on the Dassant website for 25 percent off your purchase!

Over and out!

{ 83 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Claire @ Live and Love To Eat August 18, 2011 at 11:16 am

Making me so hungry… I’d love to try the cinnamon!


2 Kelly August 18, 2011 at 11:21 am

I’m a huge sucker for pumpkin ANYTHING, so I would have to go with the pumpkin bread (although your descriptions of the other ones are making my mouth water too…) And it’s cold enough in the mornings here in the midwest I can start to pretend it’s getting towards fall….

As to who I’d like to bake it with, probably my beloved MSU roomie Alicia, who is a medical resident, meaning I never get to see and hang out with her. I could use some good bread, some good coffee, and some good girl talk!


3 sara @ the foodie diaries August 18, 2011 at 11:22 am

Carbs are my weakness… How did you know!? ;) That looks delicious. I agree with Claire, I’d love to try the cinnamon!!!


4 Melissa August 18, 2011 at 11:29 am

I have to be all fall-ish and go with the pumpkin! I’ll bet it would be super yummy with some coffee for breakfast!

Who would I like to make it with? Well, if you throw the dead or alive in, I’d choose my great grandmother who passed away when I was in 6th grade. She was the sweetest lady and I’d love to have one more hour with her.


5 Erin (Travel Eat Repeat) August 18, 2011 at 11:34 am

Just the words “truffle brownies” make me drool. Yum.


6 Liz August 18, 2011 at 11:35 am

Definitely the Truffle Brownie mix! Yum!

I’d like to bake them with my dog. Even though she can’t lick the bowl, she’s nice to talk to/sing to.

BTW, your hyperlink to their site has an extra “w” in the address. :)


7 Rachel August 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Fixed! Thanks!


8 Leslie August 18, 2011 at 11:39 am

The Scone Mix. I love scones. I would probably throw some chocolate chips in there to make them extra tasty!

And I’d love to bake them with my mom – she passed away 14 years ago, and I still miss her every day.


9 Marte August 18, 2011 at 11:44 am

Dying to try that beer bread! I’ve never attempted it, partly because I don’t/can’t bake, and partly because I always assumed it was difficult, but I’d love to try their mix (and will try your recipe as well!)


10 Kate August 18, 2011 at 11:45 am

I think I’d really like to try the Beer Bread Mix and hang out with former president Lyndon B. Johnson. I know he was fond of beer and I get the feeling he had a good sense of humor which would make for one fun hour.


11 Sarah H. August 18, 2011 at 11:52 am

I’d choose the chocolate chocolate chip cake mix because um yum! And as far as who’d I want to spend an hour in the kitchen with, id have to choose Paula Deen. She is like the grandmother of my dreams. My relationship with my grandmothers was never strong nor can I really remember spending any one on one time with them. So being able to spend time and bake with her would just give me that experience I feel like I’ve missed out on. Also she’s amazing and I’m guaranteed the food will be delish!


12 Kim August 18, 2011 at 11:53 am

I would love to get the beer bread because I turn 21 in 3 weeks and I’ll be able to buy beer!

I’d love to make the mix with Adam Levine from Maroon 5 because, well, we have to do SOMETHING while it’s baking, right?


13 Angela August 18, 2011 at 11:59 am

I love me some carbs! I also love me some brownies, so I would have to order the Truffle Brownie Mix. I would also love to make a salad with Jake Gyllenhaal. Why? So we could smear the Truffle Brownie Mix all over ourselves for dessert!!!


14 Anne Weber-Falk August 18, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I think we would like the Premium American Pie Applesauce cake mix. This is one the whole gang would enjoy. My daughter Emma and I would make this together. Then I would have to crack open the chocolate mix to bake with my other daughter Raven. Both girls are learning how to cook from recipes so this is a good way to learn and easy too.


15 Carrie @ No More Tomorrows August 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm

The link wouldn’t open for me. Just an fyi. But I found the site. And I’d go for the Vanilla Pound Cake and add some cherries on top. Mmm

And I would choose to make it with my guy. I love being in the kitchen with him. It’s my second favorite thing to do that involves him.


16 Rachel August 18, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Fixed it! Thank you!

PS Haha “second favorite thing”


17 Julia August 18, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I would love to try the pumpkin bread mix. I fell in love with pumpkin bread at a restaurant in Georgia on vacation years ago and have been trying to recreate it ever since, with little success.


18 Julia August 18, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Oh, and I would want to bake with Julia Child because I loved her show as a kid and now that I know she was a spy it’s 500x cooler.


19 Jessica August 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I would love to try out the cinnamon mix. Caramel flavored cinnamon carb deliciousness? Sign me up. And I would love to make this with my man. We are moving in together this weekend and things like boxed mixes that taste amazing sounds like a great weekend morning together.


20 Lori August 18, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Um, I want to say “Louisiana Banana” because just saying that out loud makes me happy. (I am easily amused.) BUT – I would love to try gingerbread because I can’t for the life of me find a from scratch gingerbread recipe that is worthy of my noms.

And, I’d love to bake with Martha Stewart. She would have the best tips… like how to protect cast iron skillets or how to make make color-coordinated shanks for the prisoner with a sense of style.


21 Beth August 18, 2011 at 1:08 pm

I’d use the pumpking bread mix because the first picture I saw on the site was for a Chocholate Chip pumpkin muffin top recipe….mmm mmm mm!!!

And who would I bake it with? Christian Bale. (And then I would accidently spill the baking mix all over him so he would have to take his shirt off while its in the laundry.)


22 kelly August 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I’d definitely go for the Cinnamon Bread Mix , I’m obsessed with cinnamon.

And I’d love to spend an hour in the kitchen with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I don’t think I need to explain that one… ;)


23 Carolyn August 18, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I would try the pumpkin bread mix, and would most def want to make it with Tom Welling (Superman) because he is so smokin hot. (Fanning self) THAT would be a hot time in the kitchen! ;)


24 Lisa August 18, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Cinnamon bread, for sure! I would spend my hour in the kitchen with my father (although to be honest, I would give almost anything to spend one more hour with my dad, baking or not.)


25 Sharon Lookabaugh August 18, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I would try either the Meyer Lemon Cake or the Scone mix. I would love to bake these up with my mom. I lost her 2 years ago to a liver and kidney ailment. I moved to Michigan 2 years after graduating high school in Oklahoma. My hubby (at the time) and I rarely had the extra funds for a trip home so those visits were very few and far between. My biggest regret is not finding a way to be home more often. I would love a day of baking and talking–I’d definitely make the most of it!


26 Marie August 18, 2011 at 1:28 pm

I’d go for the brownies…they look so good!

And I’d probably want to make them with my sister, who I don’t get to see enough of, and who loves brownies more than most things.


27 Mel August 18, 2011 at 1:35 pm

You have me all giddy about the cinnamon bread smell! I’d definitely try up some truffle brownies and pound cake too. My little sis is off at UT-Austin now so I would def treasure an opportunity to spend an hour baking and eating my face off with her. Plus I think she’s the only person in the world with whom I share the same eating habits and cravings!


28 Eva August 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm

You sold me on the cinnamon bread mix! I’d most like to bake this with my great-grandmother. I was named after her but never knew her, and she was a legendary baker!


29 naomi winkel August 18, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I would love to try the pumkin mix with my mom.I love her so much and we really enjoy each others company and of course cooking together also.


30 Katie August 18, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I would like the pumpkin bread. It is cold enough here in Michigan and it would be perfect for Sept. I would make it with my Nana. She is best cook ever.


31 Kristin August 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Beer bread with my brother, who lives in Brooklyn and who I only get to see a couple times a year!!! He loves beer and cooking at least as much as I do, if not more :)


32 Madeleine August 18, 2011 at 2:06 pm

As I love all things lemon, I would love to to try the lemon cake. I am also a fan of scones, so would also try that. I would love to bake this with my sister, because we love each other and only get to see each other about once a year. I miss her!


33 Krista August 18, 2011 at 2:13 pm

I would love to bake the Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake Mix with my Dad. He was the one who taught me how to cook and I really miss him. (He died 20 years ago, when I was in my 20’s.) I know there is so much more he could have shown me if we’d had the time. He once tried to make a chocolate cake from scratch with no recipe and using chocolate syrup for the chocolate flavoring: Epic fail! I am positive using this mix would be a huge yummy improvement!!!


34 Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy August 18, 2011 at 2:28 pm

I gotta go with the beer bread. Mostly bc…well it’s made with beer.
And I think I’d like to make it with any member of the cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I’ve been talking about that show a lot lately and watching old episodes, and those people are funny. Like..owch my side hurts, now let’s go make some beer bread! funny.


35 Lauren Roady @ Recipes for a Quarterlife August 18, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Beer bread all the way! There’s nothing more indulgent in concept or practice… yum.

I’d love to spend time in the kitchen with my grandma. She’s the family cook and I remember her always cooking for me and my parents as a kid. She’s older now and less lively, but still with us :)


36 Lori C. August 18, 2011 at 2:42 pm

It is hard to choose. But Gingerbread Spice sounds yummy.


37 Lori C. August 18, 2011 at 2:44 pm

It is hard to choose. But Gingerbread Spice sounds yummy. I would want to spend time baking with my grandma. Everything she made tasted better. :)


38 Manon August 18, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I have to go with the beer bread because beer and bread are pretty much the greatest things in the world and putting them together just makes me happy. I’d love to try a new mix! As for who I’d want to bake with, my grandma who passed away when I was 9. She pretty much sucked in the kitchen, but she loved beer, and we’d probably have a great “so, we accidently got drunk and burned down the house trying to bake bread” story…..Oh, and I’d make her wear her “President of the Itty Bitty Titty Club” tshirt, and her Old Milwaukee fishing hat. Gee, wonder why people always tell me I remind them of my grandma :)


39 bosue August 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I would love to have the beer bread. I heard how yummy and easy it is to make.

I would love to make this with my mom. She doesn’t bake because she thinks it’s too difficult


40 Phoebe August 18, 2011 at 2:59 pm

I would have to go with the applesauce cake mix. I have a huge thing for applesauce cake as well as just plain applesauce. I ate it for breakfast every morning for like two years.

I would choose Richard Feynman (the famous physicist) to bake with. He’s been my personal hero for as long as I can remember. Even though I did not end up pursuing a career in the sciences, as I originally thought I would (inspired by his books), he is such a fascinating person on a variety of subjects that I am sure it would be a fantastic hour of conversation.


41 Kristen Obermyer August 18, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Definitely the Cinnamon Bread mix, yum! I would most definitely like to mix up a batch with Bobby Flay, because, well, I’m sort of in love with him! Just, don’t tell my husband, he thinks our DVR is full simply because I love to cook =).


42 Rachel August 18, 2011 at 3:26 pm

I would love to try the lemon cake mix! I love lemon everything. I would want to bake it with my grandmom – she was such a great cook/baker. I’d also invite my cousins (7 year old triplets) to help out since they never got a chance to meet her.


43 Sabe August 18, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I’d try the cinnamon mix, mainly because I’ve been searching for the perfect cinnamon quick bread. And it would be a toss-up between my mom and my boyfriend as to whom I’d most like to bake with. Too hard to choose between them!


44 April August 18, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I would love to try the Vanilla Scones mix. Love scones of any kind.

Hard to decide who I want to spend time in the kitchen with. Too many to choose from. I’d love to spend time with my daughter who just loves helping out in the kitchen. But I do miss cooking with my friend Cory who has taught me a lot of how to cook more efficiently.


45 Kitty August 18, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Mmm… definitely the Truffle Brownies. You make them sound delicious! ^_^


46 Angie August 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm

I’d love beer bread, mostly because anything that can combine beer with food I’m all about. (Separately or together). I’d like to spend time in the kitchen with my grandparents (sorry, I can’t choose one…I’m not following directions). They all died when I was in high school and I didn’t get to do fun things with them like that, mostly because they were sick when I was older and because I was never thinking about their mortality. So it’d be awesome to be able to spend time with any of them.


47 G August 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I like to try to the Vanilla Pound Cake mix and make it with my Baba (grandma) who passed away a few years ago. She loved to bake using mixes so she’d be all about this! :)


48 CBarry @ Barry's Bites August 18, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I would like the beer bread one. I would like to spend the time with my grandpa. He has been missed.


49 Amy August 18, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Oy. I’m trying to cut out sweets, but now I’m dying to try their Lemon Cake Mix. I’m a sucker for anything lemon! I’d love to make them with my sister, who now lives in NYC and who I haven’t seen since January and frankly, I’m just not happy about that. I’m a baker and she’s into cake decorating so that would be a delicious, gorgeous cake!


50 Michelle August 18, 2011 at 6:15 pm

I think I’d like to try the pumpkin spice one the most. I’d spend the hour in the kitchen with my grandma because so much of what I know about baking I learned from her!


51 Lauren at Keep It Sweet August 18, 2011 at 6:46 pm

I’d love to try the cinnamon bread mix!


52 Sarah August 18, 2011 at 6:58 pm

It’s a tough call, but I’d go for the lemon cake! I’d like to make it with my grandfather – he was a chemistry professor and my cool genetics come from him. Parkinsons made it much harder to get to know him while he was still alive. I would very much have liked to get to know the younger version, I think we’d be great friends!

(I know that this is really sappy… in all honesty, I was torn between this and a certain boy I’d start a food fight with any day… if he didn’t live across an annoyingly large continent)


53 Allison August 18, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Oh man, I want the scone mix. I am not a good scone maker, maybe that would help!


54 Jess-The SemiAbnormal Gal August 18, 2011 at 8:18 pm

You had me at “beer bread” but “pumpkin spice” sounds oh, so nice!


55 Corey August 18, 2011 at 9:32 pm

I’m a sucker for banana bread, so I think that’s the one I’d have to pick. As for who I’d like to make it with, it’s cheesy but probably my boyfriend. We cook together a lot, and it’s always so much fun. And, he LOVES bananas, so it’d be perfect!


56 Natalie J Vandenberghe August 18, 2011 at 10:29 pm

I’ve tried several of the Dassant mixes in the past and loved them all! I was really happy that the Beer Bread could be made with water (I don’t like beer); it was delicious! I’ve made the Lemon Cake, the Pound Cake, and the Brownies all with wonderful results.
I’d love to have my step-Dad in the kitchen while I made the beer bread. He was such a wonderful man and I learned almost everything I knew about cooking from him. He did not uses mixes; however, I know he would love the bread. He insisted that bread be served with dinner every night. My Dad married my Mom in 1963 when she was a widow with five children (you know it takes a special man to take on that responsibility). He cooked for our family every day and I wish I had another opportunity to make something for him.
Thanks for the giveaway.


57 Alexa August 19, 2011 at 12:06 am

I’d have to go with Dassant’s Vanilla Scone mix. I like making my brownies and beer bread from scratch, but scones are just one of those things that I can’t be bothered to make (although I LOVE eating them).

As for who I’d like to make them with, is it too corny to say my boyfriend? It’s not that there aren’t a lot of interesting dead people I’d love to meet, it’s just that I love spending time in the kitchen with my boyfriend, and he’s been traveling for work all summer. I need some quality scone time with him!


58 Kiki August 19, 2011 at 2:37 am

The beer bread sounds too amazing and those photos are too good. I am drooling as I write.
Too obsessed… anywayzz

Person dead or alive? Julia Child!! Durrr!!! Is there any other answer???


59 Di August 19, 2011 at 6:47 am

Pumpkin bread…to go with the pumpkin beer that I have in the fridge…and the fact that fall’s coming.

I have two answers. One famous person, one not. Famous: George Clooney. I don’t know if he can bake, but he’s hot, and it’d make my entire decade to spend an hour with him. Or…for an equally impossible request of a not famous person…my grandmother. She died 14 years ago and I’d really like to have her back, if even only for an hour. ♥


60 Nicole @ Giraffelegs August 19, 2011 at 7:40 am

pumpkin bread!!! fall fall fall


61 Amanda August 19, 2011 at 7:46 am

I’m always jonesing for bread with dinner, so I’d most like to make the beer bread mix. I’d love to make it with my great grandmother. I recently found her old recipe box and have been cooking my way through her 80+ year old recipes.


62 Christa August 19, 2011 at 8:03 am

I’d love to try the beer bread. And even more than that, I’d like to have my baby brother here with me to make it. He took a job in July teaching english to kids…in Korea. Do you know how far away that is. Even worse he will be gone for an entire year! No birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years or best friend’s wedding celebrated together. Why the beer bread, you may ask? One of our favorite things to say to each other when the other is acting a fool…”I remember when I had my first beer”–StepBrothers.


63 Jen August 19, 2011 at 9:49 am

I want to try the beer bread – the photos you posted look amazing!

I’d love to have my dearest friend, Maggie, with me to make it. She lives in London now and we only get to be in the same place at the same time a few times a year, but when we are, we love to cook and more importantly EAT together! This bread is right up our alley!


64 Al August 19, 2011 at 11:06 am

I’d love to try their beer bread mix (I mean, it combines two of my fav things so who wouldn’t LOVE to try it.)

Cooking with my Mom would be great, since I now live 4 hours away from her and don’t get that special time with her anymore.


65 Lizilla August 19, 2011 at 12:01 pm

The truffle brownie mix for sure! I would like to bake them with my husband because he’s been on the road for work a lot and we always cook together when he’s home. (Also he LOVES brownies!)


66 Vanessa August 19, 2011 at 4:14 pm

I live in TX and it’s insanely gross hot outside so I would LOVE to try the pumpkin… I’m having wishful thinking that we may actually have fall sometime… I’m over summer! :)


67 Vanessa August 19, 2011 at 4:16 pm

whoops my whole comment didn’t post! I would make it with my neices and nephews because we love baking/cooking together!!


68 Samantha M. August 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I’m going to go for the Truffle Brownie mix as my choice, with Jennifer Weiner as my baking companion. While it’d be easy to go for the hot-celebrity-I’m-already-fantasy-banging, at least with Jennifer Weiner I know that she’d appreciate the brownies, she’d be a blast to talk to while making the brownies, and I wouldn’t have to worry how I look naked before, during, and after eating them like I would with, say, Christian Bale. ;D


69 jen August 19, 2011 at 6:55 pm

i’d love to try the pumpkin mix (with chocolate chips thrown in, obvs)!


70 Liz August 19, 2011 at 8:19 pm

I would like the gingerbread since it’s my husband’s favorite. I would like to spend an hour with my grandma. She passed away 10 years ago, and I know she would have liked to meet my spouse and children. We were very close


71 Carrie August 19, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Brownies all the way! I’d love to make a mix with Philip Pullman.


72 Colleen August 19, 2011 at 10:45 pm

I would love to try the truffle brownie mix!


73 Britney August 20, 2011 at 4:18 am

Such a tough decision – but I think I’d go with the applesauce cake mix!


74 Dani August 20, 2011 at 8:23 am

This is an easy one for me – my mouth was watering at your description of the cinnamon bread. I looked at the others and while they did look yummy, I have good, tried and true from scratch recipes for most – I don’t have a really stellar cinnamon bread though – so cinnamon bread it would be :)

As for the hour in the kitchen to make it with anyone I wanted? I started to say my grandmother, who I miss dearly and who instilled her love of the kitchen (and the library/reading too) in me, and then I realized I would like to share that time with my best friends 3 kids – my “adopted” kids. That would give me the chance to hopefully pass along that same love of cooking that was shared with me (since we don’t have kids of our own)


75 Michelle August 20, 2011 at 11:10 am

I’d like to try the pumpkin bread mix and spend an hour making it with Julia Child because she inspired me to learn how to cook. I love pumpkin bread and fall is around the corner!


76 Monica August 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I think the lemon looks delicious :) I would have to say I would like to spend an hour in the kitchen with my sister. She is a grad student at University of Michigan and I live in South Carolina so I don’t get to see her as much as I would like!


77 Christine August 20, 2011 at 4:51 pm

I’d love to try the lemon cake mix because I just recently accepted the fact that while I am not a dessert person, I am so a lemon dessert person. I’d like to spend an hour in the kitchen making the lemon cake with my Grandma. she passed away when I was 9 and we never got a chance to bake together.

thanks for another awesome contest, Rachel :)


78 Darcy August 21, 2011 at 9:56 pm

beer bread please w/ beer cheese dip!


79 Cassandra August 26, 2011 at 3:36 am

Yum this look really delicious! I love cinnamon bread and the person I want to be with when I bake his mix is my husband! :)


80 FoodCents August 26, 2011 at 6:24 pm

I can’t decide on just one, so you are getting three from me : beer bread, ginger bread mix & pound cake. All are ways to my heart…


81 Morgan @ Endorphaholic August 27, 2011 at 12:26 am

Cinnamon bread, and I’d make it with my man. Because long distance blows, and some simple kitchen time is exactly what I’m craving.


82 Kitty September 8, 2011 at 7:41 am

I missed the giveaway but the coupon for 25% off worked for me this morning. With the free shipping offer Dassant has thru the 12th it worked out perfect. I’ve been wanting to try the mixes and we have a birthday coming up so, thanks again.


83 Rachel September 8, 2011 at 10:06 am

Oh yay! That’s great to hear!!


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