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

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How can I get my chocolate cake to taste less like a brownie?

I've been testing out cake recipes, and I'm having a bit of difficulty creating a chocolate cake that doesn't taste like a brownie. What I want is a light, moist chocolate cake (doesn't everyone?), ...
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Proper way to add marshmallows to brownies?

I've had brownies with gooey marshmallow swirled in and find them delicious. However, when I try to duplicate this by adding miniature marshmallows to my brownie mix, I find that they just turn into ...
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Cooking more than one dish that require different temperatures

I'm cooking two different dishes in the oven at the same time that each require different temperatures. One is a roasted vegetable dish that says to cook at 475 for 35-40 minutes and the other is ...
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How to make pizza crust thin and elastic at the same time?

For the title: I'm not sure if "elastic" is the perfect word here, so is anyone knows better one - put it in the comment. I like thin pizza crust, but when I've made it myself it was hard and stiff - ...
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Why did my chocolate eclairs fail?

I made chocolate eclairs, my second attempt copying exactly from Laura in the Kitchen on YouTube (full recipe here), and the pastry was not all well creamed and looked oily as I placed in oven. It ...
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How do I bake cakes in a gas oven without a temperature knob?

I want to bake a cake in my gas cooking range, but I can't find any option to set the temperature. I just have the time setting knob and flame adjustable knob. How do I preheat my gas oven and long ...
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How can I stop my pie from burning?

My oven heats up by putting on the grill. Yesterday I was making pie and the top burned a little bit. This happens almost every time. It happens at the moment the grill goes on for a short moment ...
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Turn leftover icing into buttercream icing?

I made up some basic icing for biscuits: icing sugar + water. I have a lot leftover and was wondering whether there was a way to turn it into a buttercream icing? I wondered whether by adding more ...
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Wedding Cake Questions for Hot Weather

I have a Wedding Cake and Groom Cake to decorate for the middle of August. The Bride's cake is a 5 tier and the groom cake is Chocolate. The Wedding will be outside under a Barn Shed with no ...
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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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Can zucchini be increased in bread recipes? If so how much

I would like to increase zucchini in my bread recipe. Does increasing the amount of Zucchini make other changes neccessary?
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How soon after baking can you refrigerate freshly made fruit pies?

How soon after baking a fresh fruit custard pie can I refrigerate it? Must it be at room temperature before it's put in the fridge?
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Can a water bath be used to bake brownies?

I've never used a water bath when baking, but I know that people use it for baking cheese cakes (i.e., placing the cheese-cake form in a container with water), so I was wondering if the same concept ...
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Is a (British) wedding cake just a tiered fruit cake

I'm trying to find a good recipe for a wedding cake. I'm going to keep it fairly simple, one or two tiers, plain icing with some small decorations. Many recipes seem to be variations on classic ...
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Can over whipped egg whites be used in other ways?

As a beginner baker, I have always wanted to try whipping eggs to different stages so that I can grasp at which point egg whites goes over the stiff peak and becomes unusable. Not wanting to waste ...
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Three ingredient peanut butter cookies - how to improve texture

I am Gluten free and I thought these looked good for peanut butter cookies: peanut butter, maple syrup salt. They really do bake up beautifully. However, they crumble on the way to your mouth. ...
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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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What side effects should I expect by replacing cake flour with chickpea flour in all cookie recipes?

Last time I replaced maida with chickpea flour (keeping all other ingredients and their quantities same) in carrot cupcakes. The only difference I noted was in rising. The cupcakes didn't rise much. ...
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How can I bake normally fried foods?

A lot of frozen, convenience foods are foods that are traditionally fried can be prepared by baking. I'm thinking of, fish sticks, french fries, tator tots, jalapeño poppers, etc. I'm lousy at deep ...
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What is the function of oil in baking/roasting?

Oil is almost always used when cooking vegetables or meat at high temperatures in the oven, but I'm not sure what it actually does - it obviously provides flavour, but there seem to be other purposes. ...
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When should I use convection when baking?

I think I understand what convection does, and (some) of the benefits, such as eliminating hot/cold spots, and being more efficient overall. Does this mean that I should always take advantage of it? ...
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How Do I Fix Curdled Marscarpone Cheese?

I made a marscarpone mix for a Jamie Oliver cheesecake and it has curdled. The ingredients I added to the mixture include: full cream milk, vanilla essence, and icing sugar. Why would this ...
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Commercial Sponge Cake Improver?

Many years ago (35+) my grandmother received a container of a 'sponge cake improver' from a family member whom was a commercial baker. She describes it as looking like a thick amber liquid or paste. ...
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Are there any substitutes for Shortening?

I was specifically thinking about the Crisco shortening that is used in baking.
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Why can soda be used as a substitute for eggs when using a boxed cake mix?

When making a cake from a box mix, I see that soda can be used instead of eggs and oil. What is the science behind this, and what are the properties of oil and eggs that the soda is replacing? ...
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What is the difference between corn flour and corn meal?

I have a recipe that calls for a mix of corn and wheat flours, but my local grocery stores (in the south east US) only carry corn meal. What is the difference between corn flour and corn meal? Can ...
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Can I use a china oven dish to make a sponge cake?

I want to make an ordinary sponge cake. The recipe says I need to use a metal cake tin. Can I use an (ovenproof) china oven dish instead?
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How to minimise sugar in meringue

My wife just complained that she can't eat my meringue because they have too much sugar in them. She suggested I cook them with less sugar. However, without sugar the meringue won't work right. What ...
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What is the 'best' flour to use for brownies?

Cake, Bread or AP? My goal is a 'chewy', 'moist' brownie. I have always used AP in the past, but am wondering if an alternative flour might improve the final result.
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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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Should scones dough be sticky?

I decided to make scones for the first time and picked a high rated recipefrom allrecipes.com. It instructed me to combine the ingredients like a pastry dough (cold butter cut into the dry ...
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Effects of reducing sugar in cookies

If I want to reduce the amount of sugar (to reduce sweetness) in a cookie recipe, how would that affect the end result (mainly with respect to texture) and what can be done to negate it?
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Problem in cake baking tray

I have purchased microwave safe cake baking pan but as soon as I use the pan in the microwave the spark is coming. What may be the problem ? In which mode should I keep that?
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How to melt glucose?

I recent backed a pie that included glucose and the recipe pretty much only said melt glucose...nothing about how to use it which lead me to much agony :) So the question is ... is there a common ...
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converting a muffin recipe to a cake recipe

I have a muffin recipe for chocolate zucchini muffins. The recipe calls for a 325 degree oven and a baking time of 20-25 minutes. I want to bake these in a 9 x 13 pan as a cake. How long should I ...
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Why don't my muffins rise and develop tops properly?

I would like to make muffins that have that "spilled over" look that shop bought muffins have, but no matter what I do, the ones I make always look flat or only just reach the top of the paper cases. ...
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How can I make macarons with “feet” in my oven at home?

I've tried many macaron recipes, and all have tasted very good. The problem is they always end up as a meringue, or looking like cookies. They usually don't have the "feet" that macarons are known ...
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What is the best way to go about developing and formulating a product?

I hope this is within posting guidelines. I have an exciting vision for a product but I have no formal culinary experience (mixing, baking, etc) I do have extensive knowledge in the field of nutrition ...
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A general rule which applies to different types of bread

As someone who is not new to baking different types of breads, I would like to conclude from different recipes that regardless of what the directions is about you can add dry ingredients together and ...
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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 ?