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

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Is cheesecake a cake or a pie?

Is cheesecake technically a pie or a cake? I'm curious as to why. Are there solid definitions of what makes a dessert a cake or a pie?
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Baking with unhulled sesame seeds versus hulled

I'm baking a sesame seed bread recipe from the Tartine Bread book and it calls for toasting the hulled seeds. Penzey only had hulled so, not having written it down, I figured that was what I was ...
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What baked good involves crushed digestives, peanut butter, and marbled chocolate?

Recently i found a recipe for something I was interested in baking, but I cannot remember the name of it and my computer isn't accessible for a few weeks. Can someone help me identify the name of the ...
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What happens to partially baked cake, when it is cooked in Microwave? [duplicate]

Today I was baking a cake in convection mode of my microwave, with setting of 30 mins @ 180°C. On completion, I found cake was not fully baked so I decided to bake it for 10 more mins. Here I made a ...
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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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Shiny side or not for foil?

Does it make any difference when you wrap food with aluminum foil for grilling or baking or making a steam pouch whether you put the shiny side in or the shiny side out? I've seen at least one answer ...
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Why use yeast instead of baking powder?

Both yeast and baking powder are used to gas-fill the pastry, make it expand and thus make it soft and fluffy. Using yeast is rather inconvenient - it can be dead already or if the yeast is submerged ...
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UK alternative to corn syrup?

I've noticed that often when using recipes from the US that corn syrup is called for, and I was wondering what the best alternative to it would be to get in the UK? I've heard some people saying that ...
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Is it okay to use stainless steel in oven?

Its stainless steel dish so can I put it in the oven at 250c/482f ?
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roasting vs microwave+roasting beets

We made a recipe tonight for halibut and beets. It called for cooking the beets in the microwave with some water until tender, peeling and slicing them, then putting them in the pan with the fish to ...
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Fan bake vs bake

Are there any general rules to follow when choosing between bake and fan bake to cook something in the oven? What effect does each have and what are the advantages and disadvantages of both?
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How to replicate this bakery's bread

A local bakery is going out of business and they sell the most delicious bread. The pretzel bread is my favorite. All of their loaves tend to be heavy and dense, they stand up well to slicing, and the ...
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Is it safe to eat a cake with semi spoiled lemon rind?

I made a lemon cake and used a little bit of lemon rind. I had the lemon in my fruit basket for around a month, it still had it's shape and colour so I thought it was alright and decided to bake a ...
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In baking, can yoghurt replace butter?

By baking, I mean cakes / muffins / biscuits. This is mainly to cut down on fat. I've tried replacing butter with yoghurt in all of these and the results were OK. Are there any cases where it's not ...
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Substitute ratio when using butter instead of shortening

How much butter should be used to use as a substitute for 1/2 cup of shortening for a banana nut bread recipe? I don't have any shortening on hand.
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how to make shiny figures for cake decoration?

I am wondering how are the little figures on this cute cake are made? Whats the material and where can you buy molds and casts to shape them? and how are they so shiny?
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How to get my croissant flakier and bigger? Is it possible to get a hollow inside?

I am slightly new to the puff pastry process and have gotten the layers and and folding. I use a three fold, and the temperature remains at a cool degree so the butter does not melt or seep out of the ...
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Is lemon rind supposed to feel sticky when being grated?

I was grating lemon rind for a lemon cake and noticed that it left a sort of sticky film on my hand. Is this normal or does it suggest that the lemon was not fresh? My other question was about ...
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Using baking powder versus self rising flours and corn meal

Everything I bake with baking powder is bitter. If I use self rising flour or corn meal there is no bitter taste. So why do so many recipes call for baking powder?
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What happens if I use vegetable oil in a cake?

I want to bake a cake out of baking mix bought at a shop. The mix already contains flour, baking soda, vanillin, other minor components. The manual says I need to add butter. I'd like to use ...
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How can I make sugarless chocolate brownies more moist

I am making chocolate brownies without sugar using the following ingredients: cocoa nibs, 1 & 1/4 cups carob powder, 1/4 cup margarine, 125 g flour, 50 g stevia, 1 tablespoon vanilla essence, 2 ...
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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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How to get a brown/burned texture on cornbread?

I am using the recipe here to make oven baked cornbread. The image in the recipe shows a nice brown/burned texture. I was wondering if I have to brush the top with butter or egg to get that texture? ...
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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 do I make my baking powder biscuit dough stick together?

I am trying to make baking powder biscuits for strawberry shortcake. i followed the recipe on the baking powder can and i was trying to roll them out but the dough doesn't stick together very well. ...
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Are there any situations where untempered chocolate is better than tempered?

Every chocolate-based recipe I've seen either requires tempered chocolate or can use either tempered or untempered chocolate. Are there any recipes or techniques that specifically require untempered ...
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Gummy residue from baking spray/oil

I'm sure everyone's seen this - that brownish stuff left behind when you grease an area of a baking dish that gets left exposed to the heat. Soap doesn't bother it too much, and it likes to gum up my ...
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Can I put a layer of almond paste in my tart that will not be baked?

All the recipes I'm finding are for pies where you put the layer of thinly rolled almond paste on the pie shell, add the filling and then bake. I'm wanting to blind bake my pie shell, lay down the ...
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Dog biscuits - curl after baking

I make dog biscuits. After rolling and docking the dough and baking, the biscuits will often "curl" as they cool and air dry for 24-36 hours. It happens about 50% of the time. What am I doing that ...
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Preheating Onida convection microwave oven

I am using Onida's microwave oven. There is no option to preheat on that. Please give me some advice how should I bake things without preheating the oven. It's a 20 litre grill microwave oven.
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How to keep my oven evenly heated

While baking at 350 yesterday part way through cooking the broiler element came on and burned the top of my cake. Any ideas on why that would happen?
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Cakes cooked in same tin but come out different sizes

I have recently made a wedding cake with 3 layers of cake for each tier. For each size the same tin was used for each 3 layers but when putting them together they were all different in size and had ...
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Baking in gas oven does not brown the top

I need advice from those who bake in gas oven without fan. I bake on the middle rack and have an oven thermometer(my oven is -20 deg off). My cakes get baked darker on bottom and paler on top. Cookies ...
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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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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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want to know baking time for creme brulee at 225 degrees in the oven

im making creme brulee. it says to keep it in oven at 325 degrees for 45minutes but my over is maximum till 225 degrees. kindly advice and for how much longer should i let it stay in oven at 225 ...
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How to bake with self raising flour?

Is it possible to use self raising flour instead of all purpose and letting it raise with yeast? Also, is it necessary to add baking soda to self raising flour?
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Baking Adjustments When Using a Countertop Oven

I'm planning to bake some scones for a friend, but they only have a simple countertop oven. Although it's rated up to 250W, I would like to know if I should make any adjustments (I'm used to baking ...
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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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What should I do if power goes out while I am baking cake/cookies?

If I am baking cake or cookies in the oven and I lose power, what should I do? Does it make to sense to leave the cake/cookies in the oven until the power comes back on, or should I take them out? ...
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Storing cake batter

I know ideally when you make cake batter, you want to bake it right away, but could you store it in the fridge for a day or two (like you can pancake batter)? I'm entering a lot of items in a ...
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Do I need to grease, grease-proof paper?

This feels like a very silly question, but I'm about to bake some american style cookies, and I wanted to know if I had to grease the grease-proof paper first, or if the idea was that 'grease' would ...
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Unrefrigerated Mashed Bananas: Are they safe to bake with?

If mashed bananas are accidentally left on the counter overnight can they still be used for baking?
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How much time is required to bake?

How much time should the oven be preheated to reach the desired temperature? To bake cupcake recipes that say 180 C, how long should the oven be preheated and which level must be set among LOW, ...
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How can I identify dutch process cocoa?

I have a hard time finding "dutch process cocoa" in the store sometimes. What other names might dutch process cocoa be known as? Is there something else in the ingredients that might identify ...
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What can I substitute for vegetable oil in a recipe?

Is there something that I can use as a substitute for vegetable oil in a recipe? I'm actually making cornbread (I think it matters), and normally the recipe calls for 1/3 cup vegetable oil. ...
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How to convert a recipe calling for active dry yeast into rapid rise yeast?

I have a recipe for rolls where the first stage calls for 2 packages active dry yeast, 1 tbsp sugar, and 1/2 cup warm water to be mixed until the yeast is proofed, and then 1/4 cup cubed butter is ...
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How do I make a “baking powder” substitute in a pinch

Every once in while we run out of "Baking powder". What would be a good receipt for a substitute that you have used that works well?
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Baking powder substitutes

So I found this amazing pizza dough recipe. It calls for flour and baking powder (or self rising flour) and sour cream, but I do not have self rising flour or baking powder/soda. Is there anything I ...