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

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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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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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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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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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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, ...
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Substitute for flaked coconut

I would like to bake an Italian Cream Cake. Most recipes call for sweetened flaked coconut and a few shredded coconut. I readily have fresh grated coconut and dessicated coconut. Can either of these ...
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Saving sanding sugar

I make sanding sugar cut out cookies often. I sometimes have excess sugar left on the cookie sheets after baking. Could this excess sugar be saved and reused for the next tray. I often dump the excess ...
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What kind of vegetable oil should I use for baking?

I'm going to bake this cake: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/French-Yogurt-Cake-395471 and was wondering what sort of vegetable oil (canola etc) I should use? Would the type of oil make ...
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How can I make my crinkles less dry?

I just made chocolate crinkles for the first time and I really like them, but they are a bit too dry, making them slightly crumbly. It's possible I over-baked them a little bit, I'll try to bake them ...
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How to bake lokum rolls well?

These rolls are made by rolling short pastry dough thin (0.5 cm/0.2 inch), cutting it in small squares (ca. 5 cm / 2 inches) and rolling a small log of turkish delight (1x1x4 cm, 0.5x0.5x1.5 inches) ...
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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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How long can a stacked carrot cake be stored

I'm baking a cake for someone's wedding and need advice on whether a carrot cake can be stacked and how long can it be stored.
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How can I thicken an already cooked pie filling?

I made a coconut cream filling using 2% milk as that was all I had. Now, more than 6 hours later, it still has not set although it was thick while I was waiting for it to cool before pouring into the ...
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How do I make brown rice bread rise without any wheat flour?

My brown rice bread is not rising and I do not know if I am doing something wrong or if yeast does not work with brown rice flour. I baked brown rice bread in the following way: 600 g brown rice ...
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using a square tin in a small oven

I have a family size convection microwave oven instead of a full size oven. I make fruit cakes and have to change the tin for next year's competition. I've always used a round tin and now I have to ...
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How to make apple pie stay intact

I made an apple pie just the other day, and everything came out fine. The only problem was that the filling didn't stick to the crust (home made butter crust if it makes a difference). Is there ...
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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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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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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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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 do you minimize cake doming? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to make a cake lift equally? I'm working on a layer cake for a birthday and did a test run today since I really have no experience with baking cakes. I had some ...
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How long can I store homemade caramel or butterscotch sauce?

I made a butterscotch sauce for a butterbeer cupcake, but I have about a cup of the sauce left. How long can I leave it in the fridge since it has heavy cream? Can I freeze it? I imagine for most ...
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Why does flatbread have to be microwaved / cooked / toasted?

I was eating at a Subway restaurant the other day and they asked if I would like my flatbread toasted... I responded with a "No thanks." The Chef said, "Well technically the flatbread still HAS to be ...
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What should I do with too-dry vanilla beans?

A few weeks ago, I bought a few vanilla beans to make mint ice cream. I only needed one, so I put the other bean back into the glass container it came in. Today, I was having a hard time using the ...
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How to melt butter most conveniently?

Many cake recipes ask to add melted butter and mix it in. In my experience butter needs to be melted to a temperature of about 50-70 degrees Celsius to be soft enough for mixing in. Melting a piece of ...
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What are the ways of classifying bread?

What words and dimensions are used to describe bread and their recipes? I realize describing bread is subjective, I'm only looking for common words to describe bread.
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Eggs in Pancakes, health hazard?

I want to make pancakes. I have a powder mix that needs only milk to be ready. However there is a note on the powder mix's box that says I can add an egg to the mix as well. How safe is that? Are ...
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How does “Brownulated” light brown sugar compare with regular light brown sugar?

I'm assuming that the granulated sugar in the bag is easier to work with and won't turn into a hard block. It's also more expensive than the boxed kind. Are there any other differences, e.g. in the ...
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Can oil be replaced with yoghurt in a cake recipe?

A cake recipe is asking for "one cup" oil!! I don't want to eat so much "oil", can I replace it with yoghurt or something else?
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Identifying Strands of Dough

I'm trying to write up a how-to guide for braiding six strands of dough. I figured that for comprehension I would instruct the cook to move the pieces of dough based on a color-coding scheme. E.g. I ...
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Are glass jars from the supermarket oven safe?

I recently discovered from the working class foodies video on french onion soup that mugs are oven safe, or at least their mugs and my mugs seem to be by experimentation. I also happen to be one of ...
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Why doesn't my quick bread rise properly when substituting splenda for sugar?

I used Splenda in one of my favorite quchinni (squash) recipes and it did not rise at all. It is about 3 inches thick and is heavy as the batter was thick. Why did this happen, and is there any way ...
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My bread cuts doesn't expand the way I like

I can't seem to get that final rise in the oven. I would expect and prefer the cuts to show a more prominent rise. This bread is - 310g water - 501g bread flour (13%protein) - 12g salt - 20 grams ...
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Extreme Speed Baking

What techniques/recipes exist that are utilized specifically to considerably reduce baking time (to between 1 and 2 minutes) of, say, chocolate chip cookies - without perceptibly diverging from the ...
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Adding baking powder as a final step

Being someone that bakes infrequently I prefer to have plain flour on hand and add baking powder rather than purchase self-raising flour. Something I've noticed recently by experimentation and further ...
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What should be understood by “refrigerate until firm, 2 hours or overnight”?

The cookie recipe asks for: 1½ cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1¼ teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ground cloves ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1 ...
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Buying European flours in the United States?

Is there somewhere I can buy Grupen Meyer Danish Flour or Campaillette French Flour in the United States? Watching different videos of master bakers in Europe, I keep seeing these products used. I ...