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

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Baking Double Pans of Muffins

Do you need to adjust baking time or temperature when baking more than one pan of muffins at the same time in a single oven?
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My parchment paper soaked in oil after finish baking cookies

Is this normal? I noticed that sometimes it can get really wet and I can even see the yellow liquid on my paper. However, sometimes it isn't wet at all and I can re-use my paper 2-3 times. What could ...
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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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Can I substitute grapeseed oil with peanut oil?

I am making gluten free chocolate chip cookies. The recipe calls for 1/2 cup of grapeseed oil.Can I substitute peanut oil for grapeseed oil?
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What causes a cake to sink in the center?

I just pulled an Italian specialty cake out of the oven and was disappointed to see that it has sunk badly in the middle. It's not to be frosted or layered, so it might still be quite good, but what ...
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Cookie dough between batches - Refrigerate? Or no?

I'm making a bunch of cookies, but I only have one cookie sheet that I like and I'd just assume do it it one tray at a time anyway, so I'll be baking the cookies in several batches. They're just ...
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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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Best apples for apple pie

I am making an apple pie for the first time this Thanksgiving. I was wondering what the best apple was for apple pie. There are so many to choose from.
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Substitues for Vegetable Oil -Spread-

A cake recipe of mine calls for ½ cup of Vegetable Oil Spread (Specifically stating 70% fat), which I don't currently have. I found questions that deal with substituting either Butter for Oil, Oil ...
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How to build steam in the oven for getting an oven spring? [duplicate]

From: What makes a bread either close or open crumbed/textured? Oven spring Yeasts continue producing CO2 until they die at 60C/140F. Also, gasses expand with heat, so it will also help ...
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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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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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What is a substitute for half-and-half cream?

I need to know if there is a substitute for half-and-half (~10%) cream because I am baking a cake without it and I am allergic to it.
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How do I substitute skim milk for dry milk in a muffin recipe?

My muffin recipe calls for 1 1/3 cups of nonfat dry milk. Other than the 4 eggs, there is no other liquid. How much skim milk would I substitute for the dry milk?
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How to make a lattice pie crust?

I just made a lattice pie crust for the first time. The best I can say about it is that it wasn't a total disaster. So I would like to know what is the proper way to make it. How much dough do I ...
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Why do my cookies deflate when coming out of the oven?

Immediately after I remove my cookies from the oven, they start to deflate and lose some of their puffiness. What are the primary causes of this? This occurs with both old and new baking soda; ...
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What to add to the batter of the cake to avoid hardening when the gluten formation can't be avoided?

So, over mixing batter forms gluten, which in turn hardens the cake. Fine. The problem is that I don't want lumps in the cakes, and the above statement prevents me from fine mixing the batter. So, is ...
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how to create gratin with _thin_ cheese skin

Several years ago I knew a place where they served ragout fin au gratin in small bowls with a very thin cheese skin. I'd like to create these myself. I tried several approaches, mostly by putting ...
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Why do I need to melt butter with chocolate?

When I bake with chocolate, especially for cakes and brownies, the recipes always say to melt butter along with the chocolate. Why is this? Would melting them separately cause some sort of problem?
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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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Why should I rest gingerbread dough?

My gingerbread recipe says I should rest the dough for 20 minutes in the refrigerator before rolling out and cutting. What difference does it make?
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Tweaking a Macaroni & Cheese Cake

This is basically the first loaf I have baked and I am having difficulty knowing how I should tweak it. I have four directions to go with it and would like to know in which direction I should go, or ...
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Can I marble two cakes that call for different cooking temperatures?

I have two cupcake recipes that I would like to combine into one marbled cupcake. However one recipe bakes at 350 degrees and the other bakes at 375 degrees. Can a combination be done?
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Can I use aluminum foil as a substitute for parchment paper?

I'm attempting to make this recipe for Greek Meatza which calls for baking ground beef in a pan on top of parchment paper. I don't have access to parchment paper, so I'm wondering: can I substitute ...
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How do I stop my pastry shrinking?

So I line a flan tin with shortcut pastry. It's quite a nice deep pan (sides are maybe 2 to 3 cm) so it looks like there's going to be plenty of room for a filling. But after 20 mins baking blind, I ...
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substituting white all purpose flour with wheat all purpose flour

I thought it was one to one (more like, assumed) but I did it with a pound cake and let's just say the product could break a plexiglass window. Is there some ratio to substituting white all purpose ...
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Is it possible to use casserole dish to make no-knead bread?

I don't own a heavy enamel pot, which seems to be the best for no-knead bread. Is it possible to make good no-knead bread in a glass casserole dish?
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can i bake pine nuts?

I was thinking of adding pine nuts to a caneloni filling, but wasn't too sure if the heat would make the nuts release anything nasty.
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How to make softer biscotti?

I made this biscotti recipe yesterday - Fruity Christmas Biscotti. It contains plain flour, baking powder, mixed spice, golden caster sugar and eggs. The recipe also calls for raisins, dried cherries ...
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Technique to bake donair meat in an oven

Every time I cook Donair at home, it seems to dry up a lot faster than when I do it in the restaurant. Granted I use the same spice mix and meat mixing method. The difference is that at the ...
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ready made sugar syrup

Lorraine Pascal made some macaroons, and added a readymade sugar syrup. Would this be liquid glucose or sugar syrup made earlier and stored. I know how to make sugar syrup, but a ready made one would ...
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Cookies are too sweet

I made chocolate chip cookies and added too much brown sugar. The cookies are too sweet. I've used real butter and real chocolate chips. Does anyone have any ideas?
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Baking bread - stainless steel or potless?

I am an absolute newbie to baking bread. Just started baking veggies recently. Before I buy any baking pot, I would like to ask a few questions about bread baking. Is it always better to have a baking ...
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How do I fix and prevent a baked custard from weeping?

I made a rhubarb custard pie that turned out nicely; the custard was flavored with orange zest and 2 tablespoons of orange juice and 1 teaspoon of orange flower water. I wanted a baked custard made ...
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Why add in the eggs last when making chocolate chip cookies?

In this video about making chocolate chip cookies, eggs are the last ingredient added. This is different from what I've learned so far; what's good about this method?
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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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What is on top of this and how do you make it?

Chocolate fondant picture on yelp. As you can see this is a picture of a chocolate fondant. However what is on top of it? I have seen this many times.
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Utilizing both oven racks when baking

Are there any "rules of thumb" when it comes to utilizing both racks in the oven? I'm primarily concerned when it comes to frozen meats in the oven, but I also want to utilize both racks when I bake ...
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Smoke detector goes off when baking chicken breast

Smoke comes out of my oven when I bake chicken breast fillets. As soon as I open the oven door I can see some smoke escaping, and 30 seconds later both fire alarms are going off. This has never ...
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Can I bake 1 round of puff pastry on top of another

Can I put 2 layers of puff pastry ( 1 on top of the other ) on top of a dish to make it very high ?
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cake undercooked or too wet?

I recently tried this recipe: http://www.chef-in-training.com/2012/09/easy-pumpkin-bread/ with the following modifications: I didn't have any butter, so I substituted 1/3c olive oil and 2 pureed ...
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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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How to make a proper scone?

I love to eat scones, they are my guilty pleasure, but I can never cook them right, They just become Hockey Pucks, because they are too hard and the size of a puck. Is there any tips with making ...
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Suggestions for a substitute for almond paste in a cookie recipe?

I’m trying to find a substitute for almond paste in a cookie recipe. Does anyone have any suggestion for what I could use? This is a cookie recipe that calls for 8 ounces of almond paste. The recipe ...
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How can I avoid cakes to turn into jelly?

I am making cakes, and mostly chocolate cakes. But under certain conditions, instead of taking a nice bread texture (soft and with air bubbles), it turns into a kind of jelly (compact, a little bit ...
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Does using a sponge in a brioche make a difference?

I want to make brioche and have seen several recipes. Some use a sponge and some don't. Is there a difference in the end product (flavour, texture, look...)?
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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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What are the different effects that different washes produce in baked goods?

Just before you put something with dough in the oven, often you have to brush it with a liquid. I've seen recipes that say with egg wash, with egg yolk, with egg white, with milk etc. Does it make a ...
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Can/should I use rapid rise yeast for longer proofing?

More generally, what are the limitations of rapid rise yeast compared to other types of yeast?
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Pumpkin Roll Technique

How do you roll a pumpkin roll cake without it breaking mid-fold?