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

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Why put Sprite in a baking recipe?

My Apple Dumpling Recipe calls for Sprite or Ginger Ale to be added around dumplings before baking. What is the effect of the Sprite?
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Why can't I use toaster oven instead of real oven?

My toaster oven has a temperature gauge just like my oven 200-450 degrees. I opened a package of fish sticks and the instructions said "Do not cook in microwave or toaster oven." It only had ...
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Why does my cakes fall? [closed]

When I bake cakes from scratch they fall in the middle. When I bake boxed cakes they do not fall. I do not know if I am overbaking or using too much liquid.
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Can cheesecake be cooked without a spring-form pan?

I don't have a spring form pan but I watched a show where they seemed to cook their cheesecakes in regular pans. Is this possible or did I just not notice that they were in fact spring form pans? I ...
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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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How to make gingerbread more moist and fluffy?

I have a gingerbread recipe (http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/gingerbread-loaf) I recently made with gluten free flour and honey instead of white sugar. While it was somewhat moist I wanted to make ...
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Ideal temperature and method to bake a deep dish pizza

What is the ideal temperature to bake deep dish pizza, and for how long? I want to bake a deep pan pizza with toppings of mushrooms, olives and mozzarella and cheddar cheese. I have an electric oven. ...
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Why pre-mix baking soda into 2 tsp of milk?

I am not much of a cook, but about this time every year, I pull out a favorite family recipe for cookies. My grandmother made these cookies for me when I was a child, and when I got older she wrote ...
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tartine bread without dutch oven (inverted mixing bowl on top of heavy skillet)?

I'm contemplating buying a dutch oven to make tartine bread. It would be a strict unitasker for my purposes. It's bulky and if I get a bare one, I might not bake often and it could rust. An ...
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How do I ensure my deep dish crust gets cooked

I've made a couple of deep dish pizzas over the last several months and I occasionally get either a soggy or a not cooked crust. I've been pushing the dough into a cast iron skillet and then putting ...
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Correct way to join two halves of sponge cake?

When you join two halves of sponge cake (as in this photo) which way round are you supposed to do it? The instructions I've used seem to assume what comes out of your two cake tins are two fairly ...
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What considerations should be taken into account when adding any fruit to any cake?

I have a pineapple-orange cake recipe that is very good, but is from a relative - I didn't develop it. I am curious how to adjust a typical cake recipe or even a box cake mix so that I can add fruit ...
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How to stop my cupcakes from sticking to their cupcake wrappers?

I have found that every time I make cupcakes (or muffins, cornbread & hot dog muffins, etc) that the paper liner sticks to the finished cupcake. I know its not me because the Tim Hortons 'muffins' ...
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where can I purchase a “wonder pot”?

The "wonder pot" is a type of stovetop bakeware that seems to have been popular in Israel during a period of austerity. I'm looking for a (preferably USA based) supplier for a new one. Here's a link ...
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Can I substitute parchment paper for foil?

can I substitute parchment paper for the foil in a bar cookie recipe
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Using skim or low-fat milk in recipes

When a recipe calls for milk, does using skim or low-fat milk over whole milk matter? Even though the difference between whole and skim milk is about 2 percent fat, will it affect the result? Is ...
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Best way to cleanly cut brownies?

So, I'm on a brownie kick, and am currently playing around with baking batches of brownies in 9"x13" pans. I want each batch to yield 15 brownies (so I'm aiming for brownies that are around 3"x2.5") ...
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“Banging” cookies half way through baking

So I found a recipe for cookies which calls to "Bake the cookies for 10 mins, taking the tray out halfway through and banging sharply on a work surface covered with a couple of tea towels - this ...
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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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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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How to bake a sponge cake in a grill microwave oven

How can we bake a sponge cake in a grill microwave oven where there no preheating functionality? It's an Electrolux grill microwave oven. Is there any substitution to the preheating process?
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Can/should I use baking soda when cooking beans?

My recipe for hummus says to cook the garbanzo beans with a little baking soda to soften them. Does this work with other legumes? I've often seen the advice against salting the cooking water for ...
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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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Do I need hard or soft brown sugar for brownies?

I found a recipe for brownies I want to try. It calls for 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar How can I recognize if they mean hard or soft brown sugar? And how much of a difference does it ...
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Rescuing peanut butter frosting

I was trying to get a smooth, frothy peanut butter frosting. I used a cup of creamy peanut butter, half a cup of butter, and 2 cups of powdered sugar. I liked the consistency of the mixture. But I ...
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Help first time making cookies

I went to the supermarket to buy the sugar cookie dough already in sheet form but didn't find it can we use pie crust to make cookies
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Time and Temperature to bake small fruit cakes

I want to bake fruit cakes in foil pans holding about 1 1/4 cups of batter. Should I use bain marie ? What temperature oven will be best and for approximately how long
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Why do baking recipes call for instant coffee instead of fresh ground coffee?

I have seen many recipes for cakes, cupcakes, coffee buttercream, etc. that call for instant coffee than the freshly ground/brewed coffee because the instant coffee produces much better flavour. Why ...
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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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Bake and then Broil instead of flipping?

If I wanted to cook a meal - ie chicken wings - in a baking tray evenly on both sides, instead of turning them halfway through the cooking process, could I just switch from bake to broil midway so ...
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How should I clean, or care for, a banneton (brotform, proofing basket)?

How should I care for a rattan (cane) banneton? It would seem that washing it in water would eventually warp or ruin the basket since the wood can easily absorb moisture. I've seen people suggest ...
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Is oven an important factor in getting great baking results?

I bake almost everyday, sometimes I am very happy with my baking results and sometimes I am not and when I don't like it, I think it's me as a beginner, I might have done something wrong or not quite ...
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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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Baked item that would catch on fire/smoke?

This is an odd question. Are there any suggestions as to what baked items would catch on fire or smoke (possibly from being forgotten for a few extra minutes) and make a big mess? I am researching ...
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What are these called in english?

I'm looking for the names of "Rollfondant" and "Modellierfondant" in english. I'm new to the métier but as far as I can tell, Rollfondant is used to cover a whole cake, while Modellierfondant is used ...
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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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When baking, is it better to use a gas or electric oven?

I'm looking for an oven and wanted to know if there is any difference between a gas or electric oven when it comes to baking things like cakes, biscuits and scones?
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what is the best vegan substitute for lard?

I am attempting to re-create a heart-of-palm torte I had while in Brazil and while it is pretty simple, I am having difficulty finding a vegan substitute for the lard that will still make the crust ...
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Is it okay to put baking powder in Yorkshire Pudding batter?

It's just that, the first time I tried, they didn't rise as much as I thought they would. would baking powder help?
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How to stop oil separating from cheese

I cooked something yesterday similar to a potato Gratin using a cheese sauce. I noticed afterwards that the oil from the cheese had separated and after serving it up, there was a pool of orangey oil ...
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What can be used as an alternative for Applesauce?

This banana bread recipe calls for applesauce and it's not something that's available at the stores here. Will it be okay if I just leave it out or can I use any other common ingredient to replicate ...
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Do I have to peel red potatoes before baking them?

I recently made some potato wedges in the oven. I shared this recipe with my relative, who admonished me for not properly peeling the red potatoes before baking them. She claims that there are ...
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Substitutes for wheat flour and their challenges in baking

What are the flours that can be substituted for wheat flour in baking, specifically for breads, pastries and cakes? I found a few here: Top 10 alternatives to wheat What sort of challenges have you, ...
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Why is the liquid caramel colour separating in my cakes?

I am making Christmas cakes, and when I am creaming the margarine and sugar, I put in my liquid caramel colour and mix it through. Once all combined, I then add all other ingredients, and once ...
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How can I keep meringue pie-topping from falling?

Nothin' better on a hot summer afternoon than a slice of cold pie... And nothin' says "summer" like a great big fluffy meringue topping over that slab of rhubarb/lemon/banana custard. Unfortunately, ...
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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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Sponge cake: excessive cooking time

I haven't baked anything for over a decade. But the other day I decided to have a go at doing a Victoria sponge. As a result, I now have lots of questions. But I'll try to keep things focused. All ...
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How do I keep my enchiladas from getting soggy when they cook?

I love enchiladas. I almost always order them at a Mexican restaurant. I've made them at home a few times with a recipe that's delicious, but it's not the same as what I'm getting at a restaurant. The ...
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Does vinegar have the same function as tartaric acid in a pavlova?

My recipe for pavlova roll has 4 egg whites, 1 teaspoon vinegar and 1 teaspoon cornflour in it. Would you suggest adding cream of tartar? If I doubled the mixture how long would I need to bake it?
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why do some pavlova recipes have cream of tarter to be added

What is the function of cream of tarter when it is included in a pavlova recipe. Some receipes do not require it.