Questions about cooking by dry heat without direct exposure to a flame, typically in an oven.

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What is instant pudding mix used for in baking cookies?

In some recipes instant pudding mix/cornstarch are called. What is the main point of adding these two ingredients in your dough. Thank you
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Baking time for paper vs metal

Have made many fruitcakes in a 7" metal angel food pan, for ease of time and cleaning. I was excited to try the 7" paper tube pans, but what I ended up with was soup on the inside. The paper pan was ...
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Which rack level of oven is suitable for baking choco lava cakes?

I've always done baking and cooking in microwave ovens but I don't have any idea of the ovens installed under the cooktops.. Today I'm trying it first time..baking choco lava cakes (funfoods bake ...
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How to keep graham cracker crust from falling apart

Whenever I make any type of square using a graham cracker crust, it always falls apart upon slicing. No matter what I try, either following the receipe exactly,increasing or decreasing the amount of ...
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Can I add butter to yeast dough which has already risen?

I used yeast,water,milk,egg,sugar and flour in my dough. I forgot to put the butter the recipe called for. My dough has risen already. Can I add the butter after it has risen or can I make something ...
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Why does the “almost no knead bread” recipe use beer? Can it be replaced?

In America's Test Kitchen/Cook's Illustrated they have a recipe for an almost no knead bread that has beer as one of it's ingredients. What does the beer add? And can it be replaced by something else ...
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Is our oven at work powerful enough to bake pizza?

Do all thick based pizzas require an oven temperature of at least 300°C (575°F) to cook better as per our reference manual?
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My baked Brioche doesn't puff up after baking

I made Brioche following this simple recipe: yeast, warm water, sugar, pinch of salt, eggs, flour and 2 sticks of butter. I gave it a total of three risings, Then baked individual Briochrs at ...
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Undercooked cookies

I made chocolate-chip cookies from a store-bought mix. I followed all of the directions and added the ingredients as directed. All I had to add was one egg and a 1/2 cup of softened butter. I put ...
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Can I substitute vanilla extract with cocoa powder in a cupcake recipe?

So I found this recipe online for a chocolate cupcake recipe and I want to make it into a vanilla cupcake recipe. I know what you may be thinking "why doesn't she just find a vanilla cupcake recipe" ...
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What fruits keep their sweetness when baking?

I want to replace sugar with fresh fruit when baking. What fruit would produce the most sweetness? The fruit should not produce an undesirable flavor and be easy enough to buy in Florida. Edit: ...
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Can I cook 2 very different things at same time in the oven?

I want to bake Chicken and Chocolate Chip Muffins in an overlapping time period, at the same temperature, in separate pans, of course. I think it saves time, oven energy, and just is more convenient ...
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What happened to my macarons?

I baked macarons earlier and this happened. You can see that they're pretty tall (which I don't want) but mostly importantly, what happened to the shell? I baked at 290F for about 20 minutes (they're ...
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Why don't the Rhodes cinnamon rolls from a bag turn out as good as the ones in the foil pan?

My family and I like the Rhodes cinnamon rolls that come in a foil pan -- straight from the freezer into the oven. Getting the timing just right (not doughy, not overcooked) requires some care, but ...
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What should a good cookie dough look like?

I've been trying to make a good, chewy cookie recipe for the last 4-5 months but nothing good ever shown up. I've tried countless recipes on the internet with no success. One thing that I noticed was ...
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Adding melted butter to cold milk in baking

I've seen a lot of recipes, particularly for things like quick breads, that call for combining melted butter with milk and eggs before mixing with dry ingredients. Of course, if the milk and eggs are ...
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Coating fruit before adding to a cake

I recently had an apple cake at a restaurant that was delicious. It tasted like a gooey-er version of a spice cake with apples and coconuts. I think I can recreate this at home using a box spice ...
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Please help me to fix my bread to be more soft and smaller hole [duplicate]

This is what happen last time how to make dense texture bread? I follow what rumtscho said and went a bit out of the track. and this is my result: the hole is quite big which is not what I want. ...
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Watery Russet Baked Potato

I have tried cooking baked potatoes (Russets) using the Alton Brown recipe here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/the-baked-potato-recipe.html For some reason they keep coming out very ...
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Adjusting a brioche burger bun recipe

In my question to create the perfect burger from scratch, I want to create my own brioche bun. The first recipe I followed was far too cakey (as well as the wrong shape, see here), and too heavy. My ...
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Prevent brioche buns from spreading during rise

I am trying to work out how to make the perfect brioche bun for burgers. I followed the Pink Whisk recipe, but that had a few problems. The main one was that the buns spread wide during the rise, ...
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Could I substitute peanut butter in place of butter or crisco for cookies?

In the ever-present attempt to be healthier, I've started using peanut butter in place of crisco to keep the sugars together for my cookie dough snack (sans egg.) How would the same substitute hold ...
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Mix a cake in a bag

I saw a recipe on the web (via reddit) of someone making cupcakes in a sandwich bag, and then piping it out by snipping off the corners. The main reason was to save washing up (and in my case lack of ...
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What makes cooked chicken chewy?

Fresh bought chicken, marinated for about 3-4 hours in fresh cream and spices when baked in the oven comes out as chewy at times. We have also tried marinating using yoghurt and changing the cooking ...
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Why use boiling water in a shoofly pie?

I made a shoofly pie using the recipe from Joy of Cooking. That recipe instructed to mix 1 cup of boiling water into the mixture (of eggs and molasses) before pouring into the pie shell. Why boiling ...
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Will lowfat cream cheese keep filling from setting?

I made a cream pie filling out of 1 can sweetened condensed milk, 1 block cream cheese and 1 large cool whip. While it tasted fantastic, it did not set. I did use lowfat cream cheese and wonder if ...
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Making a carvable cake

My son and I want to make a cake shaped like a frog. Our plan is to bake two layers, cut them out into shapes, stack one on top of the other, and then finish carving the cake into the shape of a ...
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Safe to buy food baked in plastic containers:

I recently bought some baked goods (corn break I think) from Fred Meyers, and it seesm to be baked right in the plastic container it came in. Is this safe? This question makes it seems like this is ...
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Substitute for margarine in graham cracker crust

I have a recipe for cheesecake with a graham cracker crust, and the crust recipe calls for melted margarine. I'd like to make the recipe without hydrogenated oils/trans fats. I have butter and a ...
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Slow-fermented bread doesn't rise

I've tried the slow (or cold) fermentation method of baking bread at home and for the first time it turned out to be very nice. But ever since I use this method the dough just doesn't rise that much ...
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Can I use granulated sugar instead of demerara sugar

I need demerera sugar for the outside layer of my shortbread cookies. I have none. Will regular granulated sugar work? Will it burn? Note: not actually my question, was posted as a now-deleted answer ...
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Edible Non Toxic Pencil Alternative for Baking Stencils?

My daughter made macarons last week and decided to use a pencil to sketch out the shapes on parchment paper. Unfortunately the pencil markings (lead) ended up on the bottom of the macarons. What would ...
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Why fold in ingredients, why not just whisk?

Many recipes such as those for soufflé, call for folding in ingredients into whipped egg whites, so that you don't knock the air out. But why not just whisk the ingredients in? That way there's no ...
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What is the science behind Magic Cake?

Magic Cake has a seemingly simple batter, that is mixed and baked as a single entity. (See link for the full recipe and method). When it is baked, it separates into three distinct layers: A dense ...
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Impastata Ricotta for Cannoli

I have been trying to make homemade cannoli filling, but I can not find Impastata Ricotta anywhere. I have tried using regular Ricotta, leaving it to drain in a cheesecloth overnight and then food ...
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Oven Spring when first stage of recipe includes a ten hour first rise

I am baking Swedish Limpa Bread. The recipe calls for mixing rye flour with a molasses/ anise seed, salt and water mixture and letting rise overnight or nine to ten hours. Does this exhaust the ...
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Fresh cranberries OR frozen cranberries

I have a recipe that calls for 1 1/2 cup of fresh cranberries mixed with 1 cup of sugar (let stand). Then you add egg whites, orange juice and vanilla. Finally, you fold with whipped cream. Since ...
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Chiffon gets stiff overnight

I left a chiffon I baked on the counter, wrapped in tin foil. And after 5~6 hours it shrank and became stiff. I thought maybe it's too warm and dry in the room(25 C, humidity around 35 %) so I put the ...
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Ideal temperature and method to bake a deep dish pizza

What is the ideal temperature to bake deep dish pizza, and for how long? I want to bake a deep pan pizza with toppings of mushrooms, olives and mozzarella and cheddar cheese. I have an electric oven. ...
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My soufflé turned grey

I have been trying to make a raspberry soufflé, because, well, I found a recipe, and it sounded tasty. It utterly failed, but because I'm stubborn, I wanted to keep trying until I got it right. ...
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Create my own high-gluten flour by mixing vital wheat gluten and bread/AP flour?

Has anyone had success with giving their bread or all-purpose flour an extra gluten kick by adding vital wheat gluten? I would like to know what ratio to mix the the two ingredients with, or perhaps ...
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How to tell when cheesecake is done?

I'm baking a cake that shall be categorized as "light cheesecake". The recipe says when the top of the cake is firm, the cake is done. So I baked for an hour, opened the oven and found the top of the ...
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The Warm Oven Temp. for Cakes

My Mom is making a cake. Its an old recipe, 50 - 70 yrs old (or older). All it says is to use a warm oven. No temperature range, just a warm oven. What temperature would this be?
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Delaying Fermentation in Refrigerator

Yesterday, I was on the cusp of baking my bread (I had just begun the final shaping process of the dough, putting it in banettons to rest at room temp. for 3-4 hours) when I had to leave for work. I ...
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How to keep blintzes closed

I am trying to make cheese blintzes. I made them out of egg and flour. After packaging the blintzes up and readying to put them in the oven, they slowly start to pop back open. How do I keep them ...
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Storing cake batter

I know ideally when you make cake batter, you want to bake it right away, but could you store it in the fridge for a day or two (like you can pancake batter)? I'm entering a lot of items in a ...
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Can a semisweet chocolate be substituted with a belgian chocolate?

Can I use belgian chocolate as a substitute for semisweet chocolate for baking brownies?
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Cookies sticking to plate

After I bake cookies I let them cool on the pan for 3-5 minutes then move them to a plate. However I have noticed the next day the cookies on the bottom stick to the plate, then break into small ...
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changing single loaf bread into two smaller

I am wishing to bake smaller loafs of bread. Do I need to decrease time or temperature if dividing single loaf recipe into two smaller loafs?
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Baking camembert with crust in a larger pan?

I have one small wheel of camembert and some pie dough. I want to pack the camembert in the dough and bake it. I plan to have the bottom and sides in crust, but to leave the upper surface free. But I ...