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

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Bread Dough Dried out in Fridge

Last night, I mixed and worked some dough and put it in the fridge overnight. I didn't account for enough rise, and it rose out of the bowl and out from under the plastic wrap covering it. The edges ...
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Is salt important to the texture of dough?

Does salt have any effect on the texture of doughs? My mother in law has gone on an ultra low salt kick and has taken to not putting salt in anything. This includes her pierogi dough (you know the ...
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How do you quickly prepare tomatoes for pizza?

Whether is be homemade pizza or adding topping to the self-rising frozen pizza we love adding meats and veggies. We often have tomatoes at hand. I slice them thin and lay them on a paper towel and ...
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Cooking peanut butter cookies, is there any adjustment using crunchy vs. creamy?

I assume most recipes call for creamy. Should I use more crunchy? Should there be a cooking adjustment for time or temp?
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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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What kinds of apples are suited to be filled with cranberries and baked?

During the holidays, an apple cut in half and filled with cranberries or cranberry sauce is a commonly served item in Belgium. I want to make this too this year, but I'm not sure which kind of apple ...
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How does sourdough (wild yeast) starter differ from location to location?

I understand that sourdough starter (made from wild yeast) will differ from location to location, based on the different yeast bacteria. How will this change the flavor and type of the starter? What ...
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How do you emphasize the yeast flavor out in bread?

How do you amplify the yeast flavor in bread?
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Can I substitute whole eggs for egg whites in cake mix?

A box of white cake mix needs three egg whites. If substituting whole eggs for egg whites, how many whole eggs would I use?
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How to prevent a cookie from becoming spongy like a cake?

I was following the recipe here: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/best-chocolate-chip-cookies/ and the cookies came out a little like cake rather than cookies. It's NOT crispy, not crunchy. It's a little ...
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Do the cup cakes bake faster in a 24 hole cup cake tray rather than a 12 hole cup cake tray?

The cupcakes cook faster than the big one piece cakes, so does it make sense to assume that the cup cakes bake faster in a 24 hole cup cake tray rather than a 12 hole cup cake tray? My oven has a ...
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Baking Dark Chocolate in Cookies Without Burning Them

I just tried this amazing chocolate chip cookie recipe. The recipe calls for adding hand-smashed dark chocolate chunks into the batter and mixing. It seems like the chocolate doesn't break much. I ...
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Do I need to sift flour for quick breads?

I am making mini quick breads for Christmas. The recipe calls for 3 cups of flour. Do I need to sift the flour? If so, should I sift it before or after measuring?
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Mayonnaise substitute in cake batter

My wife's chicken cake recipe calls for mayonnaise as one of the batter ingredients. In my opinion, mayonnaise is completely unsuitable for high-temperature processing (as in baking), but I was unable ...
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What are Good Resources for Baker's Percentage Ranges?

I would like to try to apply the baker percentage concept to create my own baked good recipes (cakes, cookies, muffins, etc.). However, I can't seem to find any resources that indicate appropriate ...
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Should scones dough be sticky?

I decided to make scones for the first time and picked a high rated recipefrom allrecipes.com. It instructed me to combine the ingredients like a pastry dough (cold butter cut into the dry ...
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alternative leavening agents other than baking powder, and their ratios of substitution

Please provide a list of alternative ingredients to baking powder, and how much of the substitute to use in place of baking powder.
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How do I replace sugar for golden syrup in a cookie recipe?

I made Toll House Cookies using this recipe this recipe. They turned out fine, but you could feel the sugar crunching under your teeth (I used half brown, half normal granulated sugar). Next time I ...
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What type of fish is best suited for baking?

I have very little experience in cooking fish (of any type, using any method). So I was wondering, what type of fish is suited for baking? For reference, recently came across this recipe: ...
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Is there really such a thing as a muffin scoop?

I've been asked to get someone a muffin scoop as a gift. It was described to me as a 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup sized cookie scoop. I'm extremely confused by this request, as cookies and muffins are ...
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Can I make any modern improvements to this Russian cake recipe from 1971?

I found a recipe in a 1971 Russian booklet on holiday recipes, (see it below). I translated it to English. My questions about the recipe will be these: are there any advancements known to culinary ...
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How to add more toppings to frozen pizza?

I generally buy frozen Pizza Margherita in store for making a quick lunch if I am running out of time. However, I don't really like the taste of the baked Pizza because it is just Tomato and Cheese. I ...
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What happens when you add warm water to yeast?

I understand that the yeast activates, but why does this happen? Is the water simply absorbed into the yeast?
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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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What combination of flours can be used as a substitution to a bread flour?

Following is the list of flours that I can get hold of in India easily: Whole wheat flour Semolina flour Chickpea flour Maida Multi grain flour Corn flour Rice flour What can be the combination of ...
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How do I know when quiche is finished cooking?

Whenever I've cooked quiche, it's been in a round tin of around 10-12 cm diameter. I've used 5-6 eggs along with other ingredients like chicken and vegetables. After it comes out of the oven, I find ...
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How can I make my bread pudding firmer?

I have a bread pudding recipe I like, but would like to make it firmer. How would I go about this ?
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Substituting oil in baking?

I have a cake recipe which calls for 1 1/3 cup of vegetable oil. What are the essential properties of vegetable oil in baking? What changes would be expected if I were to substitute peanut or canola ...
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How long can frosting with butter, powdered sugar, salt, vanilla, and milk, that is covered with fondant be left out of the refrigerator?

I'm making a 9x13 chocolate cake, frosted with a vanilla buttercream, (not filled) and covered with black Fondarific fondant. Here's the ingredients for the frosting: 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1-2 ...
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Recipes for cookie cutters vs drop cookies

Today I made a batch of sugar cookies using my new snowflake-shaped cookie cutters; when I pulled them out, they had puffed so much they became flower-shaped instead. What should I look for in a ...
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What is the ideal way to prepare (and the type of) beef for a homemade meat pie?

What is the ideal way to prepare (and the type of) beef for a homemade meat pie? I'm really interested in .. 1. whether there is a certain preference for the type of cut to use. 2. how much you ...
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Cheesecake in or next to waterbath

I've heard of two separate ways to use a water bath when cooking a cheesecake: placing the cheesecake in the waterbath, or placing a roasting pan full of water on the bottom rack of the oven, with the ...
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Substitute for baking parchment

I don't have access to baking parchment and I need to make a cheesecake tomorrow. Is there any substitute that I can use for baking parchment?
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Frosting kept melting when trying to frost cake

I made a chocolate malt cake for the first time the other day. I let the cake sit overnight to cool. I made the frosting while the cake was baking and put it in the fridge for the next day. The ...
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How-to Cut Baking Chocolate bar clean for perfect squares

My recipe calls for 1/2 square of baking chocolate per cookie. But trying to cut thru the bar into the indicated squares just crumble and are not neat or exact. Is there a method of somehow either ...
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Water bath issue when doubling a cheesecake recipe to make bars

I have a recipe for a cheesecake that I'd like to double. Of course I would have to use a 9 X 13 pan and make it into bars (which I don't mind). It will eventually get covered with a chocolate mint ...
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Compensating for extra moisture from cold flour

I've been baking Hallah of late from a high-precision recipe: weights and percentages provided for all ingredients. I store flour in the freezer. Typically, the dough comes out considerably stickier ...
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Can I make my crumble topping in a mixer?

I have a basic crumb topping that I use to top fruit crumbles. It consists of 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup flour, and 1/2 cup margarine. I like to make it in big batches and freeze in individual bags in ...
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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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What is a non-alcoholic substitute for rum in a glaze?

I want to make an orange cake and its recipe calls for rum in the glaze. Rum, anything alcoholic, rum extract, etc. are not an option for me. Is there a way to substitute with vanilla extract? If so, ...
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Can you prepare eggplant by salting, then baking, then finally rinsing?

In normal eggplant preparation, you salt and rinse first. However, when the eggplant is baked, it continues to release water. This leads me to believe that I could achieve a less bitter and tastier ...
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Using dark rum instead of white rum

If my recipe calls for white rum and I only have Jamaican rum can I still use the same measurements?
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How to avoid collapse of yeast-raised dough?

I prepared yeast-based bread with both hand and bread machine. The dough looks perfect, but when I try to bake it whether in bread machine or oven, it starts to collapse upon heating. The dough ...
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Stop rhubarb compote juice from leaking

I am making a rhubarb meringue pie by first blind-baking a short pastry, afterwards I put the rhubarb-compote onto the cake and the meringue on top, and then bake that again for a short time. ...
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bread flour strength?

I know nothing about bread making and I'm a novice. I've got a new recipe that I really want to try, but it calls for bread flour and doesn't mention the bread flour strength. I have strong bread ...
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problems with buttermilk biscuits

I found the following recipe for buttermilk biscuits: mix 2c flour, 1tsp salt, 1Tbsp baking soda cut 6Tbsp cold butter into mix add 1c buttermilk pat and fold on floured surface, cut into round ...
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Ice pop recipe using egg yolks by two different ways

A few days ago i started reading about popsicles recipes. Searching this out i found out about two sort of recipes using almost identical ingredients to make a creamy popsicle. The first recipes ...
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Is it okay to bake caramel pudding rather than steaming it?

I have a simple recipe for caramel pudding. It says to steam the pudding mix until it's set. It's a somewhat old recipe I've never tried before. So, rather than steaming (which is very time ...
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Double key lime pie filling and increase from 9“ to 10” shell, new baking time?

I want to double the key lime pie recipe and put it in a 10 inch pie crust instead of a 9 inch pie crust. How much do I have to increase the baking time? The pie has a graham crust.
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In what ways does the size of the baking pan matter while baking cakes?

Rose Levy's reviews warn about using the right sized pans, and say that failing to do so will result in failure. I have glass ware and silicon cups for baking cakes. I prefer to bake the cake ...