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

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Same recipe but sometimes white chocolate cookies come out strange

I always use the same recipe (weight everything including eggs) but occasionally the white chocolate cookies come out funny. When baking in the oven I can see them making bubbles constantly, they ...
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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 close to the top should I fill a pie to avoid overflow?

I'm planning a pot-pie recipe in a casserole dish and was wondering how high I should fill it without worrying about it overflowing during cooking. A traditional vented pie crust will completely ...
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Bread too dense

I'm following this recipe: http://blog.junbelen.com/2010/03/24/how-to-make-pan-de-sal-filipino-bread-rolls-at-home/. I was careful to measure the water temperature for the yeast, etc. The resulting ...
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How to season / care for a Bundt pan?

I just got a new cast-aluminum Bundt pan and I want to take care of it so my bundts don't stick. Does anyone have any helpful advise about how to season and clean the bundt pan?
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Can I leave my cinnamon bars unbaked in the fridge for a few hours?

I'm making a cinnamon bars recipe in a 9x13 pan. (Recipe something similar to this.) I'd like to assemble it a few hours in advance and then leave it in the fridge a few hours before baking. Will this ...
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What are the benefits, if any, of using a pizza stone in a toaster oven?

My Oven Toaster Grill. From here: What kind of bakery items do not get horribly affected by electricity going off when the item is still in oven? Toaster ovens have far less thermal mass to ride ...
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baking cupcakes in a commercial sized pan?

I bought a 24 cup cupcake pan from a restaurant supply store because I am baking cupcakes for my daughter's wedding. The cups are regular size, just in one big pan. Should I place the pan on the ...
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What does it mean in a Recipe to “steep the gelatin”?

I'm making macaroons and I wanted to know what exactly this means and for how long generally do I need to steep gelatin?
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Can I make buckwheat flour starting from toasted buckwheat?

My wife asked me to buy "buckwheat" and I did, but she meant buckwheat flour (for making bread) and I got toasted buckwheat instead. I don't want to throw it out if I don't have to. We have a mortar ...
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Sausage roll pastry - how do I achieve a smooth shiny effect?

I came across this on the net and would love to be able to make them for a party next week. ...
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Are ladyfingers and Genoise made the same way?

I think I have heard somewhere that ladyfingers are made from the same batter as Genoise cake layers. But I don't remember where I heard it, whether the source was reputable, and if I'm not ...
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How should I adjust oven temperature/time to have two dishes ready at the same time?

I want to cook two vegetable dishes at one time for a dinner party. The first, a vegetable loaf, has to be cooked at 325° F for 1 hour The other, a casserole, requires 350° F for 30 min. How can I ...
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How to customize the softness of custards like flan?

How do you dial in the right amount of thickness vs soft melt in your mouth style? These are what I believe affect it: Ratio of eggs to milk egg yolk to egg white ratio condensed, evaporated, ...
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How can low-carb bread rise?

As far as I know, yeast helps the dough rise by eating away some of the sugar in the flour. But if we make low-carb bread (with, say, soya flour), yeast has nothing to eat and the bread will not rise. ...
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Most efficient technique to prepare milk and butter for proofed yeast?

I have a recipe for rolls where 1/4 cup cubed butter is added to 2 cups of warm milk. The butter / milk mixture is added to proofed active dry yeast, and then a cup or so of flour is added to get the ...
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What is the 'Steam-Chill-Bake' method of making hot wings?

This question had a response mentioning the 'Steam-Chill-Bake' method. What is that? Why would someone cook wings this way?
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Proper proportion of cream of tartar to baking soda for snickerdoodles

When I make snickerdoodles, they taste too "tangy" to me which I believe is due to the acidity of the tartaric acid. The recipe I have calls for a 2:1 ratio of cream of tartar to baking soda which is ...
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Substitutions for “European style” butter in croissants

I've been trying to make croissants at home. Many recipes I've read specify "European style" butter, with a higher fat content. However, finding this kind of butter locally is very difficult. In the ...
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Why does my calzone crust lose its crunchiness within minutes of being removed from the oven?

I have tried making meat stuffed Calzones from pizza dough. It came out really crispy, but after 10 minutes or so the bread was kind of rubbery. It was weird because I made pizza the other day using ...
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Reducing sweetness of packaged cookie mix

I have a Betty Crocker cookie mix and I find it too sweet. Is there a way to adapt it and make it less sweet? I'm not an experienced baker so I don't know if simply adding more flour will work.
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baking time adjustment when baking large quantity of fish

Do I need to increase cooking time when baking many more fish fillets than receipe calls for.
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What does tin foil do when baking a pot pie?

If you buy a pot pie at the store, the cooking instructions say to fold a strip of tinfoil around the edge before putting it in the oven. I've seen what happens if I forget to do this: the edge gets ...
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How can I tell the difference between instant yeast and active dry yeast?

I have a jar containing yeast but I'm not sure whether it is instant or active dry. Is there any way to tell the difference? Thanks.
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Is there any substitute for vital wheat gluten?

There's pizza dough recipe which calls for vital wheat gluten and I cant find it anywhere in India. Is there any substitute for it?Can I use seitan as a substitute? Thanks
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Adjusting cooking time and temperature when making smaller portions

I'm perfecting a recipe for queijadas de leite - a traditional Portuguese custard/pastry. It's a mixture of eggs/sugar/milk/flour, very liquid in its raw form. The original instructions call for 30 ...
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How can I get my chocolate cake to taste less like a brownie?

I've been testing out cake recipes, and I'm having a bit of difficulty creating a chocolate cake that doesn't taste like a brownie. What I want is a light, moist chocolate cake (doesn't everyone?), ...
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Can I substitute a stainless steel pot for the traditional iron dutch oven?

I have very limited options in my kitchen, and while the dutch oven is the preferred method for getting an 'oven spring' while baking sourdough, I do not have a cast iron pot to do it. IF stainless ...
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Search terms for potatoes inside of a bun

So, while traveling in Japan, I found that a lot of European-style bakeries have a dish that's essentially a baked potato inside of a bun. Like, it's a small potato wrapped in bread dough which is ...
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Baking a Brie with the outer rind broken

How can I fix it when the Brie is cracked on one spot? I am planning to bake it and I do not have a receipt to return it. I know last time I baked a Brie with crack, the inside just gooey spread-out. ...
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Why is there liquid at the bottom of my lemon meringue pie?

Why is it that whenever I make a lemon meringue pie, (packaged lemon filling, directions followed EXACTLY), and I cut into it, there is always a puddle of liquid on the bottom? I do use 7 egg whites ...
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Salt stick dough and shaping

Having been given a copy of "Inside the Jewish Bakery", by Ginsberg and Berg, I set out to reproduce a treat of my childhood: salt sticks. Basic outline: make a slightly enriched dough ('medium ...
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Effect of adding wet ingredients to dry when making bread?

I inadvertently omitted the eggs from my challah recipe, but realized this only after the final step of mixing in and after fully incorporating the flour. Rather than throwing everything away, I ...
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Can't get my Puff Pastry shells to rise

I baked Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Shells according to what I thought were the directions. Temperature set at 425 degrees. I brushed the top with egg wash -- and only the top. When they baked, there ...
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What is the difference between a gugelhupf pan, a bund(t) pan and a rodon pan?

I searches around a bit and found that the same manufacturer often offers forms under all three names, so I don't think this is a synonym. Also, I found a forum thread (in German) suggesting that ...
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How to make crumbly cookies?

I am trying to make alfajores, following this recipe. What steps should I take to make them more crumbly?
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Egg replacer for bread dough?

I've been reading (most) questions and answers (here) about baking bread (which I love) and how to replace eggs in many recipes (which I wish I didn't need). Turns out, I too have egg allergy (not too ...
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How long can I leave a freshly baked cheesecake out before it goes in the refrigerator?

We just baked a cheesecake and are heading over to family's house for the rest of the evening. Is it ok to leave the cheesecake out for 6 hours or so before being refrigerated?
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Can brownie dough sit?

I've been making brownies lately, and my last brownie turned out like dwarf bread. As the recipe and the oven/time haven't changed, my guess is that the preparation went wrong. I mixed all the ...
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How long should I bake a whole sweet potato for?

How long should I bake a whole sweet potato in the oven for versus an 'ordinary' potato of the same size?
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What is a better-tasting substitute for baking powder?

My wife complains that baking with bakeing power results in a bitter after-taste. We were wondering if there's a good substitute for it that tastes better. We sometimes use beaten egg whites (in ...
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For baking, is there a common “done” temperature across different kinds of breads?

I'm pretty new to baking, and it seems like the toothpick test is pretty subjective. I'm wondering, can I use my Thermapen instead? At a fundamental level, are all breads "done" at a certain ...
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How much fresh yeast should I use if I want to use it instead of dry yeast?

I have a recipe that lists the quantity of dry yeast I need, but I have only fresh yeast. How much fresh yeast should I use, knowing the quantity of dry yeast?
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Can I substitute quinoa flour for bleached flour in a baking recipe?

I wanted to substitute Quinoa Flour for bleached in an apple nut-bread recipe - will it work, any adjustments for similar substitutions in general?
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How much thermostat “range” in oven temperature is too much?

I recently renovated my kitchen and have a new Bosch wall oven. I've noticed many baking recipes that used to be reliable are no longer so. I have a ThermoWorks ChefAlarm and calibrated my oven ...
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Avoiding over-mixing when using a stand mixer

I've been having a problem when I try to make baked desserts using my stand mixer: cookies come out flat and cakes come out too dense. I've tried several recipes and had them come out great when ...
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Can you use sweet potatoes in a no-bake pie?

Can sweet potatoes be substituted for pumpkin in a no bake pumpkin pie recipe? It seems there are a lot of no bake pumpkin pie recipes but no bake sweet potato pie recipes are not as common.
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Can I bake bread in a cast iron Dutch oven with the lid on, or should I use tin foil instead?

I have a Cuisinart cast iron enamelware dutch oven that I purchased recently to bake bread in the oven. I am supposed to bake at 450 degrees. The pot states it can be baked up to 500 degrees, ...
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How to make perfect crispy bacon strips?

I recently tried to make some crispy bacon, and failed. I prepared half of it in a frying pan, half of it in the oven. Half the strips were still chewy, some were partially burnt, some were still ...
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Shelf Life of Homemade Panettone

I'm thinking of making a few panettones for Christmas presents, this year. At what time would you recommend? This question is largely motivated by the potential for them to spoil or go stale; but ...