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

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Choux pastry (Chocolate eclairs) doesn't cook properly

Last time I tried to make Chocolate eclairs (similar to cream puffs), the choux pastry just sat in the oven and basically fried. It didn't rise/grow and so I couldn't hollow out the shells. Any ...
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Pumpkin Roll Technique

How do you roll a pumpkin roll cake without it breaking mid-fold?
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How do I work out how large a cake tin I have?

I am making a cake and the recipe calls for a 900g/2lb loaf tin. How do I work out if the loaf tin I have is the correct size - or how do I work out how big my tin is so I know whether to scale the ...
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Why do fresh mandarin oranges get very bitter when baked?

Why do fresh mandarin oranges get very bitter when baked? What compound in mandarin oranges turns bitter when heated?
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Can vegetable enzymes kill yeast? [duplicate]

I used a juicer to juice vegetables. Then, I used the juice in making bread. Some of my friends said that something in vegetables affects the fermentation, namely the enzymes. They said it can kill ...
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How to stop icing from running off iced buns?

Recently I've attempted to make iced buns and as a first attempt, they went well. However, after one night my icing began to slide off the top of the buns, leaving me with either bare or patch-worked ...
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How to know when to remove lemon squares from oven?

I'm making a lemon bars/squares recipe that I've made a few times before, and I keep having trouble deciding when to take it out of the oven. I don't want to overbake it, but I don't want to underbake ...
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How to bake a cake in a microwave oven

I wanted to bake a cake and I have a microwave oven. Can someone please let me know if I can bake a cake in it and how?
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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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Best vegan substitute for egg wash

What would be the best way for replacing egg wash when baking bread? I've tried unsweetened soy milk but it didn't brown that well.
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Should I use olive oil in in baking?

Many sources suggest that olive oil loses its distinctive flavors when heated to high temperatures (e.g., Can extra virgin olive oil be used for stir frying, roasting, grilling?). When olive oil is ...
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Flan recipe calls for a blender; how can I make it in a mixer instead?

Cream cheese flan recipes seem to all call for a blender: you just put all the ingredients (possibly minus the evaporated milk) into the blender, kind of willy-nilly, and whizz it up. Problem is, I ...
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How to bake chips in microwave using grill?

Is it possible to prepare tortilla chips using the grill in a microwave? Can I bake anything for example, Indian version of samosa in a microwave using a grill rack? Here is a picture of a microwave ...
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How is baking bread in a ceramic pan different from using a metal one?

I just used my ceramic bread pans for the first time. The top crust was just like it used to be when I baked with those cheap metal pans with the stick-free surface that I'm wanting to avoid now to ...
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choux pastry, keep mixing while waiting for the roux to cool?

I made some choux pastry last night, however it didn't come out quite right for what could be various reasons. After making the recipe, I came on here loking for some tips and came across this: ...
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Butter separation in english toffee candy

I've read recently some articles about English toffee candy and the issue of butter separation was mentioned there. I am looking for further information abut this phenomenon (what causes this ...
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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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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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Chia seeds as replacement of oil in bakery

I found that chia seeds mixed with water form a somewhat gelatin mixture that can be used for bakery instead of oil or butter. I would like to try it but I have no idea if I should replace 1/3 cup of ...
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How do you make Paillets Feuilletine?

Paillets Feuilletine, dried caramelised crepes. I have looked and cannot find any method for the making of this product. As it is in many of my books and recipes but not readily available in ...
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Amount of Brioche dough in a Brioche mould?

I have a 22 cm classic fluted Brioche mold (22 cm being the widest measurement on top). It's volume is extremely close to 1500ml. I'm wondering how much dough in total to put in it to make a "Brioche ...
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How can I stabilize a souffle?

In baking souffles, I find that they start deflating from the moment I remove them from the oven. One chef suggested adding xanthan gum which is hard to find and quite expensive. Do you think ...
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Baking time difference in pyrex versus metal

What baking time is optimal for recipes that are done in pyrex for banana bread versus metal baking dish?
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Baking batter-covered chicken instead of frying?

Yesterday I made Sweet Chicken according to this recipe: ding! It was very good. However, I really don't like making and eating deep fried food, so I figured I should try oven-baking the chicken. But ...
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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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What adjustments are needed to change a pie recipe to a turnover recipe?

I want to make turnovers (e.g. a similar product is popular at McDonalds), instead of pie in a pan. Is this simply a matter of making a dumpling-shape with the dough, and then putting the fruit ...
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How to recognize when American style chewy cookies are done?

I made chewy chocolate chip cookies. The recipe gave baking time suggestions, but noted check your cookies before they’re done; depending on your scoop size, your baking time will vary and ...
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Baking course online

I want to learn baking and have been reading recipes from the internet and trying them but, I want a more structured approach starting with the basics and going to the advanced. I don't feel that the ...
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Are American food colourings weaker than in other countries?

I was looking at baking a yet-to-be-determined-colour velvet cake, and happened upon a recipe for blue velvet cake: http://bakebakebake.livejournal.com/3342197.html This calls for two tablespoons of ...
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Gas or electric for rack oven in a bakery?

I plan to purchase a rotating rack oven for my bakery. What type (gas or electric) would achieve the best result for pastries and small breads?
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How can I get my layer cake to cook more evenly/not burned?

I usually make a two layer cake, and I have a family favourite cake recipe which is fool-proof. I now want to start making one layer (thicker) cakes and i am using catering grade tins. I just finished ...
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How many jumbo double yolk eggs should I substitute for large eggs?

If I only have jumbo double yolk eggs, should I reduce the amount of eggs called for in cake recipe (which calls for large eggs), and if so, by how much?
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Prevent the dough from “oxidizing”?

I was practicing and trying to make an apple pie depending on this source: http://allrecipes.com/howto/perfect-pie-crusts/detail.aspx In the Liquid section, it's said: "A little bit of acid--vinegar ...
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How do I distribute pastry in a tube pan?

Recently I tried to bake a cake in a silicone tube pan. I evenly distributed pastry over the bottom of the pan and put into the oven. While the cake was baking pastry expanded and started to fall ...
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Pork chops: low and slow or high and fast?

How hot/long should I bake my porkchops (bone-in)? I've done a bit of google searching and have gotten mixed results. Is it better to do the low temp slow baking or high temperature but quick? Why?
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Can vegetable juices stop bread from rising?

I used vegetables juice for the additional liquid ingredients in milk bread, and it didn't rise. I think there is something in vegetables juice that killed the fermentation of dough. This is a study, ...
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Baking or Cooking - why orange and not other sweet citrus fruit?

In most of the recipes that have any sweet citrus flavoring, it is usually Orange (zest and juice). In fact I've hardly seen a recipe that uses a substitute like mandarin, grapefruit, etc. Is there a ...
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Alton Brown's Buffalo Wings

See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSaR4WmVvRI Alton Brown refrigerates his wings, then steams them, then refrigerate them again. The rationale behind refrigerating them was to dry them out so they ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is there any loss of nutrition when toasted?

I have heard that when you toast whole grain bread, you lose most of the nutrition. I'm wondering if this is true, and if so, do you lose the nutrients when toasting nuts?
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Properly melting butter and sugar together for butterscotch bar recipe

I've been trying to make butterscotch bars. I'm not a new baker, but I don't have much experience in melting brown sugar and butter together. The recipe (included at bottom of post) I'm using says ...
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Additional Cooking Time When baking more than one loaf of quick bread

How much time would I need to increase cooking banana quick bread if I am cooking three loaves together. Time for one is 40 -45 minutes at 350 degrees. I am a baking novice. Advice would be greatly ...
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When making filled cupcakes, is it possible to bake a custard filling in it?

I'm about to make filled cupcakes for the first time. It'll be this cupcake from Ming Makes Cupcakes. The filling is basically lemon curd, i.e. a custard. Most tutorials on making filled cupcakes ...
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What's the Procedure for This Pie?

What would be the procedure for this pie recipe from a 50 year-old cookbook? 1 1/2 c. mashed, cooked pumpkin 1/2 c. sugar 1/2 t. salt 1 1/4 t. cinnamon 1 t. ginger 1/2 t. nutmeg 1/2 t. cloves 3 ...
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How can I achieve even browning on the bottom of baked buns?

I've taken to using my go-to Honey-Oat Pain de Mie recipe to make sandwich buns. I just separate the dough after the first rising into eight dough balls on a sheet pan. As a loaf, I always make this ...
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Homemade pop tarts coming out too dry / crumbly

So I just recently attempted to make my own pop tarts using the recipe found here: http://rampantcuisine.com/cuisine/homemade-pop-tarts/ But the tarts came out rather dry and crumbly like shortbread, ...