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

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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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How can I modify my banana bread recipe to make cookies from it?

I love banana bread but it is troublesome to find a proper container to store it or even a bag big enough. For that reason and also for convenience, I would like to try to use the banana bread recipe, ...
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Can I make pasta with atta flour?

I have purchased a bag of atta flour and am wanting to make pasta - is this flour suitable? And is atta a self raising flour or plain flour?
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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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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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Adjusting for different size pan (Cheesecake) [duplicate]

I'd like to make this cheesecake recipe but don't have the 10" springform pan that it requires. Instead, I have a bunch of smaller 4" pans. How should I adjust the recipe? Bonus question: the ...
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Can you make pie crust from cookie dough?

I recently bought several packs of frozen cookie dough, sugar cookie, and I wanted to know if it's possible to reshape them and make a pie crust? If so what is the technique involved: cooking ...
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How can I make my scones rise evenly?

I've been making some scones and they are either falling away to one side or just sort of staying flat. I'm currently just baking them on a tray in the oven at 220C The recipe is: 450g self-raising ...
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Why can applesauce be used in place of oil?

In many recipes, mostly desserts, it is suggested that you can substitute oil with applesauce to reduce the fat content. But why applesauce? Is there something special about applesauce or are there ...
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How to create a muffin recipe

I would like to experiment more with muffin recipes, but I don't want to stray too far and end up with inedible product. Are there basic parameters I should follow in creating my own muffin recipe? ...
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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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Cup measurements: shake or scrape?

When you are measuring out your flour, sugar, etc with the measuring cups, is it better to scoop and then shake the cup to get a leveled cup, or scoop and then use a knife to scrape off the excess. ...
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Difference between Maida and All purpose flour

I'm baking tonight and I'm out of All purpose flour. I'm lazy to run out to the grocery store. Can I replace All purpose flour with Maida (Maida is better known to Asian Indians - we use it for making ...
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How warm must dough be in order to rise?

While making some focaccia this afternoon, my wife said, "sure the house is 'warm'; it'll be fine." One hour later, no rising. It may be worth noting that our house is 66F. So we stuck it in a warm ...
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Making batter one day, baking the next

I have to bake a white chocolate mud cake after work and I am always left with some batter, which I then use to bake cupcakes. As mudcake takes a couple of hours to bake (at least my recipe), by the ...
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Triple batch multipliers [duplicate]

I read on Wikihow that when you double batch that you should multiply seasonings times 1.5, then adjust to taste. Similarly for alcohol, multiply by 1.25. I am writing a story in which one character ...
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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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Melted biscuits [closed]

When I was young, my mother had us on a non-wheat non-sugar diet for reasons. So she made some sweet biscuits that were sugar-free (had honey or something in them instead of sugar - or something - ...
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Dishwasher safe bakeware?

The few times I've placed a standard muffin pan (or other bakeware) in the dishwasher I've regretted it. The pans end up with spots of rust remarkably quickly. What kind of materials/finishes are ...
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How do I change cake recipes for cupcakes?

This is a three-part question: Which classes of cake are unsuitable for cupcakes? Can I do angel food cake or pound cake? What changes do I need to make when converting a normal cake recipe for ...
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My dough is too brown

According to this recipe, I did exactly what the author wrote. I ended up with a dough that was too wet and brown. I have several questions about to this recipe. When the recipe calls for both white ...
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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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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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What substitution can I make for blonde cane sugar in macaroons?

I've found a beautiful (and simple!) looking recipe for coconut lime macaroons but it calls for blond cane sugar, which I haven't seen in any of my local supermarkets in the UK, nor have I ever used ...
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How does your hand/stand mixer's speed effect the texture of your cookies?

I've read many recipes asking to mix sugar and butter at medium speed for about 5 minutes. Can I use slower speed and mix it a little bit longer? Will it make any different in the end? One more ...
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What is the proper technique for making an angel food cake?

I made one this weekend for the first time in 2 years, following a recipe. As I was following the instructions, I felt like it was missing something and when I looked at the end product I determined I ...
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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 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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How does the number of eggs affect a cookie recipe?

If a chocolate chip cookie recipe calls for two eggs and I add three eggs, what will the effect be on my cookies? Likewise if it calls for two eggs and I only put in one egg what will the effect be?
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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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Can sunflower or coconut oil be substituted for vegetable shortening in cake icing?

I was reading this recipe for cake icing and was wondering what would happen if I substituted sunflower oil or coconut oil (which is thicker and may better model the texture of the shortening) for ...
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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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Using melted butter when making shortbread

I almost always forget to take the butter out to soften, and inevitably end up over microwaving it and then putting it back in the fridge for 5 min. Today it occurred to me: why not mix in the ...
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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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Why do my macarons come out looking weird?

Recipe I use: 100g grade AA brown large egg white 50g sugar 200g confectioners sugar 110g almond flour (I grind my almond flour using nutribullet) 5g egg white powder 1/4 teaspoon cream of ...
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What is the lowest and slowest way I can bake pork ribs?

I am leaving for about 7-8 hours and I was wondering if it's possible to pop the ribs in the oven before I leave and have them come out super tender. Ive seen some recipes that suggest 250 for three ...
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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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Techniques to get a nice golden-brown crust on bread

How do I make sure the crust of a baguette, etc. turns out a nice golden-brown when baking?
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How to adapt brownie recipe to cook well in a mini-muffin tin?

I've got a great brownie recipe that works awesome in a 9x11 pan. The top comes out crunchy, the bottom cake like and the middle nice and fudgy. I figured I would try to make them in a mini-muffin ...
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Will news paper covering a cake pan catch fire in the oven?

I need my cakes to bake flat and have been told to cover the cake tin with newspaper secured with sellotape. Wouldn't this catch on fire in the oven?
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How to keep graham cracker crust from falling apart

Whenever I make any type of square using a graham cracker crust, it always falls apart upon slicing. No matter what I try, either following the receipe exactly,increasing or decreasing the amount of ...
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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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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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Why are my cinnamon rolls turning into toffee?

I'm following a recipe and following it exactly, and when I finish, instead of being gooey-delicious, the cinnamon-sugar in my cinnamon rolls comes out like 'stick to your teeth' tacky goo. It's ...
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How can I make my banana bread more moist?

I've followed lots of standard recipes online, and the result is always more cake like: dark on the outside white and dryish in the middle. When I go to the store and buy it it's always dark and ...
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How does one use cocoa butter in cooking?

I'm experimenting with different vegan solid fats for baked goods, like pancakes. This fat isn't only solid at room temperature, it's hard as a rock even on a warm summer day. For baked goods, do I ...
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How should I adjust the baking temperature?

I just baked a sponge cake, its sides are fluffy and fine but in the middle it's a bit stiff. When I stick a toothpick in the center it comes out clean and when I cut the cake up, it's not wet. So how ...
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Waay too much baking soda, can I salvage these tea buscuits somehow?

I baked something from the 2014 Canadian Milk Calendar's April page, cheddar onion tea buscuits, but I didn't have cream of tartar nor baking powder, and in a rush I substituted far too much baking ...
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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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Substituting hazelnuts for almonds, baking

I simply prefer hazelnuts to almonds, especially in sweet applications. I've been recently gifted with a pound of very nice bittersweet chocolate so I've decided to do America's Test Kitchen's Sacher ...