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

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Why did my French bread neither rise nor bake properly?

Failed miserably at the first bread bake. I have this oven: Bajaj 28 Litres 2800TMC Oven Toaster Grill I tried this recipe: Baking the Perfect Loaf of French Bread Instead of using 4 cups bread ...
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Could I substitute peanut butter in place of butter or crisco for cookies?

In the ever-present attempt to be healthier, I've started using peanut butter in place of crisco to keep the sugars together for my cookie dough snack (sans egg.) How would the same substitute hold ...
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How to make my cinnamon rolls less bready?

I make it like this 3/4 cup milk, 1/4 margarine, 3/4 flour, 25 ounce yeast, 1/4 white sugar, 1/4 water, one egg. I leave it for thirty minutes, and it hardly rises. When cooked, the taste and texture ...
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Can a clear glaze be made without gelatin or starch?

I'd like to press some edible flowers onto a cheesecake I will be making. I'll need some sort of a glaze, and my first instinct was egg whites, but then I learned that those tend to brown, which is ...
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Can I use dried dates instead of fresh ones for baking a cake? The dates should build the base of the cake

I have a cake recipe, which is based on a mixture of 250 g dates and 200 g almonds, which is mixed in the end. Can I use dried dates instead of fresh ones? The full recipe is, for 10-12 ...
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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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Is the second rise step neccesary for no-knead bread?

In the classic no-knead bread recipe, it calls for letting the dough rise once for 12-18 hours, then folding it on a work surface and letting it rise again for two hours. Why is this second rise ...
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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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Bad eggs in baking?

I had some eggs that were a couple weeks overdue and I used them in an off-the-shelf cake batter. I've had eggs that past due date before without issues but these were two weeks overdue and I thought ...
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Pyrex pie plate on hearthstone

I recently read that one of the methods for keeping the (non-blind-baked) bottom crust of a pie from getting soggy is to preheat a baking pan with the oven and bake the pie on it so the bottom crust ...
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Do I need a special oven to cook a pizza as evenly as the chain stores?

When I buy a pizza from Pizza Hut or Domino's, it has a crispy base with a soft cooked middle and a properly done top. When I make a pizza in my own oven (electric, fan assisted, maximum 230° C), I ...
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How to get cracks in my ginger molasses cookies

I used this recipe to make ginger molasses cookies. Though the cookies tasted great, my cookies didn't develop any cracks in them like the ones in the picture. I tried baking them for longer, but that ...
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What combination of flours can be used as a substitution to a bread flour?

Following is the list of flours that I can get hold of in India easily: Whole wheat flour Semolina flour Chickpea flour Maida Multi grain flour Corn flour Rice flour What can be the combination of ...
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Why is a glaze applied to the top of a hot cross bun?

I am making hot cross buns and wondering why the buns have to have a glaze... Any scientific answer or is it just because it's nicer?
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Which side of the baking paper should face up?

My baking paper has two sides: one waxy looking silky-feeling side, and one clean looking side with more friction when you run your finger over it. Which side should face up against the food? I've ...
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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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Adding flavorings & fillings to bread dough

I have a basic sourdough bread recipe that I've made a few times with consistent results, so I decided to try modifying it with different flavors and fillings. My question is, are there general ...
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Combining dishes that need oven temps of 450, 425, 400, and 350

I have three dishes that need to be baked but all have different temps. My oven is a standard, 80's range with oven and broiler - nothing special. I am cooking a Leg of Lamb of 5 lbs at 450, which ...
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Will double-action baking powder lose potency if not baked immediately?

I use double-action baking powder to make waffles. If I bake the waffles immediately, they rise nicely. However, if I bake the waffles more than 3 hours after making the batter, they don't rise as ...
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Will chocolate eggs inside a cupcake melt when baked in the oven?

Easter is coming and I was interested in baking some cupcakes with a solid/praline-filled chocolate surprise inside. Please refer to the image below. Little side note: I will put smaller chocolate ...
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Why do my snickerdoodles always come out flat?

I've made a lot of variations of snickerdoodle recipes and I always seem to get the same results. I can make a thick chocolate chip cookie but snickerdoodles vex me. No matter what recipe I try, they ...
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Multi-step Programmable Comercial Convection Oven

I have some Turbofan convection ovens which I use for baking. They have a program mode but it only supports one time and temperature setting. What I really need is to be able to create a program with ...
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How do you make Yorkshire Puddings rise reliably?

Has anyone got a foolproof method for Yorkshire Puddings? With the recipe I have they never seem to rise properly.
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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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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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Substitute for baking parchment

I don't have access to baking parchment and I need to make a cheesecake tomorrow. Is there any substitute that I can use for baking parchment?
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Bread recipe calls for dry milk powder. Can I use dry buttermilk powder?

I'm making a white pain de mie. I'd like to try to use up some buttermilk powder in place of the dry milk in the recipe. I've swapped out some of the water for fresh milk to substitute for dry milk ...
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Is it possible to substitute Wax Paper for Parchment Paper during baking?

If I don't have parchment paper, can I substitute wax paper for baking recipes. What is the difference between the two?
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Using the same baking paper as always, suddenly my bread sticks, what's happening?

I regularly bake bread (1+ times a week). I usually reuse a sheet of baking paper a few times, and for the last 20+ times it has been from the same roll. Now suddenly the last two breads I made are ...
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Which plastic wrap is okay for oven use?

On television I have seen cooks use plastic wrap, then foil over a pan of food that is going to be baked. I can see how this would stop the chemical reaction between certain foods and the aluminum and ...
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Is it possible to have a good crust without prebaking a quiche?

I'm planning on making a quiche (Lorraine with leek to be exact) and I was looking up recipes for quiches. Most recipes call for blind-baking the crust in advance (or at least partly), but some skip ...
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Reduce Calories in Batter-Baked Vegetables?

I have a recipe for batter-baked vegetables that comes out very well, but I'm wondering if there's a way to cut down on the calories added by the batter. The recipe is something like as follows: Make ...
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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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Baking a rib eye in the oven

I saw a video on Facebook the other day...and it was about seasoning a steak...(it didn't say what kind,)..... but I will be using a rib eye. after seasoning it says to bake in the oven until it ...
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Why did my Sourdough starter stopped rising? [duplicate]

Ok so I started my starter (no pun intended) a few days ago. I got a recipe that said I should keep it at room temp and feed it once a day with 1/2 cup of any flour (I used whole wheat) and 1/4 cup of ...
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How do different techniques impact sourdough bread?

I have recently started baking sourdough bread (with a 100% hydration starter). My current method is: Take starter from the fridge, feed, wait a couple of hours. Add flour and water (approx 70% ...
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How to keep baked seitan from being too tough?

I've been trying to make seitan at home more often and have a great slow cooker version that has won me over, but no matter how hard I try, every time I bake it it comes out awful. For instance, I ...
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Why are my macarons cracking on top?

I've tried to make macarons eight times in a row and I failed. I used this recipe (text version is in the description below the video). They all cracked on top and the surface collapsed as you see in ...
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How to enhance sweetness of a baked chocolate brownie?

I am not sure if it is even possible or not. I baked a almond and walnut chocolate brownie. While I was preparing the mixture I added extra cocoa powder, I though it will give the brownie a perfect ...
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Substitution of root beer concentrate for extract

I'd like to make these root beer float cupcakes. The recipe calls for root beer extract, but I haven't found any locally, and the cost plus shipping on Amazon is a little more than I'd like. I've ...
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Removing that eggy smell from cakes

I've been baking for not that long now and I usually peruse the web and the hundreds of books I have at home before I attempt a recipe. However there is one thing I am just not able to get down right. ...
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Can i substitute cream cheese for butter in banana bread?

I'm making banana bread and want to incorporate cream cheese into it. should I just substitute it for the 1 c butter called for in the recipe?
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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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Baking flour and sour cream -US /UK terms [duplicate]

What is the UK equivalent of US 'baking flour' and does the term 'sour cream' describe the same product in both countries?
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How do you make Hull Hotcakes? [closed]

I am fast going barmy trying to find someone who remembers the Hull Hotcake recipe. This hot cake was very very popular over generations through to the 1960's then seems to have disappeared. It was a ...
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Can I partially bake a pie?

I am planning on making a pie for my dad for father's day. I know when you buy most pies at the grocery store, you have to pop it in the oven for a few minutes to heat it up. Is it possible to do a ...
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Can I make a latticed cream pie (no-bake filling)?

I want to experiment with a cream pie with a nonbaked filling (containing whipped cream, thickened with gelatine - basically a flavored diplomat cream). But for aesthetical reasons, as well as a ...
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Can baked savory pastries with ham or bacon be left at room temperature? [duplicate]

I am going to be traveling with pastries that will be served the next day. I will not have a good way to keep them cold. I was wondering if ham and/or bacon are okay at room temperature (for 24 hours) ...
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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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is it ok to use parchment paper when baking cream puffs

Is it better to use parchment paper when baking cream puffs so that the middle does not end up being wet and soggy?