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

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Very Bitter Cocoa Powder Measurement

My father is a retired chef so he is kind of picky with the quality of his ingredients. In most cases it causes no problem, but there is a single exception. The cocoa powder he buys is extremely rich, ...
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How should I incorporate separated eggs in a cookie recipe without instructions?

I found a partial (ingredients only) recipe of my Mother's that called for 3 eggs separated for an "Italian Cookies" recipe. I would love to try it but without any instruction\directions how would I ...
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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 can I bake crunchy chocolate chip cookies?

Since I'm British, I'm used to biscuits that are crisp, dry and crunchy all the way through, with no soft chewy centre. Most chocolate chip cookie recipes are trying to do the exact opposite. How can ...
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Making a carvable cake

My son and I want to make a cake shaped like a frog. Our plan is to bake two layers, cut them out into shapes, stack one on top of the other, and then finish carving the cake into the shape of a ...
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How long should I bake hamburger meatloaf, and what temperature oven?

I invented my own recipe for meatloaf: hamburger, bread, 1 egg, dried onion bits, worcester sauce, a bit of ketsup. Put into the oven at 350 degrees. Please advise - ideal oven temperature, and length ...
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Avoiding over-mixing when using a stand mixer

I've been having a problem when I try to make baked desserts using my stand mixer: cookies come out flat and cakes come out too dense. I've tried several recipes and had them come out great when ...
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Why would a recipe be sensitive to the brand of cream cheese I bought?

I have a chocolate chip cheesecake recipe I have made several times before without problem. My mother's recipe says to use a particular brand of cream cheese. I thought this was nonsense. Anyways, ...
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Is there a plastic bowl/dish that can withstand high temperature in the oven?

I am looking for a plastic bowl or dish that can withstand high temperature in the oven? A bowl or dish that won't melt nor emit odour. Is there such a thing?
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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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Is it safe to eat the skin of a potato? [duplicate]

Is it safe to eat the skin of a baked or boiled potato, or are there any health or sanitary reasons not to eat it? Contrarily, are there any reasons to eat it, e.g. does the skin contain vitamins or ...
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Baking granbarksost (spruce bark cheese) (Brie) with little mould

We have this amazing cheese from Sweden just like Brie cheese but surrounded by tree bark and meant for baking. Should I remove the little bits of green mould from the outside of the cheese before ...
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Home made yeast cinnamon rolls deflating?

I use an old time recipe that uses high-gluten flour, mashed potatoes flakes, sugar, salt, oil, yeast, eggs - I make them very often and lots of times have no issues. However, lately I'm having ...
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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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Why is my quiche soggy?

I have tried making the same quiche recipe twice, but both times it has turned out soggy. I whisked together 3 eggs, milk, half and half, and seasonings and poured it over the crust with ham and ...
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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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Dividing Pizza dough to balls before baking

I see in a lot of recipes for Pizza baking that you need to divide the whole mass into several balls before the first proofing or before you make the pizza. I find it more convenient to just have the ...
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Baking concentrate using Hard Alcohol ex Jack Daniels

I am trying to find a way to use hard alcohol such as Fireball, Jack Daniels, Sailor Jerrys and so on and turn them into a baking concentrate. This means the flavor of the alcohol cannot burn off at a ...
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Is aluminum foil porous?

When cooking certain items in the oven, I line the baking pan or sheet with aluminum foil. Without fail, when cleaning up, I find oil or juices from the food between the foil and the pan. I always ...
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How to keep the fruit on an upside-down cake?

I made an upside-down pineapple cake. It consisted of a layer of buttered caramel, a layer of pineapple pieces, and a layer of batter, baked together. I pressed the batter between the pineapple pieces ...
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What is Zwieback toast and where can I find it?

I am baking a black forest cake and it calls for zwieback toast. I cannot find this anywhere. Does anyone know what this is or where I can find it?
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Prevent brioche buns from spreading during rise

I am trying to work out how to make the perfect brioche bun for burgers. I followed the Pink Whisk recipe, but that had a few problems. The main one was that the buns spread wide during the rise, ...
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How to make softer biscotti?

I made this biscotti recipe yesterday - Fruity Christmas Biscotti. It contains plain flour, baking powder, mixed spice, golden caster sugar and eggs. The recipe also calls for raisins, dried cherries ...
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My meringue forms syrup beads on top

Every time I make a pie , topped with meringue , little beads of sugary syrup form on the top of the meringue a few hours later. Why?
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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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One base cake mix and then make several flavors

Does anyone know how to make one base cake mix and then make several flavors for cupcakes? I was thinking a basic white cake mix then SPLITTING mix into Vanilla Bean, Chocolate and Strawberry. Thank ...
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What is the white powder on sourdough bread?

I often see sourdough bread loaves with a white powder/dust on the crust. What is this white powder?
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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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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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Best vegan substitute for egg wash

What would be the best way for replacing egg wash when baking bread? I've tried unsweetened soy milk but it didn't brown that well.
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What do the base ingredients in pancakes do?

So here are the ingredients for "Dutch" pancakes (which are much like French crepes, quite flat): Flour Milk Eggs Pinch of salt And for more "American" style I guess you also need: Baking powder ...
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Is the oily liquid from roasting a turkey worth keeping?

I placed a 14 lb young Round Hill Frozen Basted Turkey in a pan, and roasted it inside an oven. After it was roasted, there was quite an amount of oily liquid left in the pan. Is this liquid worth ...
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Why is my pecan pie always runny?

My pecan pie used to be firm years ago. Now going by the same recipe it's always runny. This time I added an extra egg, stirred it less and with a wood spoon so as not to get air and foam in the ...
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Non-melting fruity filling for cookies

I'm trying to bake a kind of cookies in an oven at 400°F and I need a fruity tasting filling that wouldn't melt at this temp. Any advice? P.S. Just for reference, the original Russian recipe uses a ...
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How do I prevent cream puff shells from deflating?

Every time I try to bake cream puffs the shells deflate before I can fill them with the cream. I have tried poking a hole in the shell with a toothpick in the last few minutes of baking. I have ...
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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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Why does my glaze soak into my doughnuts?

I fried up some yummy doughnuts and let them cool. Shortly after glazing them, I noticed that the glaze has soaked into the doughnuts. How can I prevent this from happening?
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Can zucchini be increased in zucchini bread recipes?

I would like to increase the amount of zucchini in my zucchini bread recipe. Can I? How much? Does increasing the amount of zucchini make other changes necessary?
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How to season / care for a Bundt pan?

I just got a new cast-aluminum Bundt pan and I want to take care of it so my bundts don't stick. Does anyone have any helpful advise about how to season and clean the bundt pan?
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Durable loaf pans for quick breads?

I'm a quick bread kind of guy (pumpkin bread is my fave). I love my teflon-coated steel pans, until they start to flake and rust and I have to buy new ones so I don't get schmutz on my crusts. Two ...
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What can I make a baking form from?

I'm looking for a way to make a precise form for baking bread in it. I have a gas-powered oven at home and I'd like to find an easy to shape material that could be used to make a complex form or parts ...
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Spritz cookies not sticking to pan when pressed from cookie press

We're having a good deal of trouble getting our spritz cookies from our cookie press to separate from the cookie press and stick to the cookie sheet. Is there something we can add to the cookie batter ...
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Can you use sweet potatoes in a no-bake pie?

Can sweet potatoes be substituted for pumpkin in a no bake pumpkin pie recipe? It seems there are a lot of no bake pumpkin pie recipes but no bake sweet potato pie recipes are not as common.
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Does sprinkling salt on top of brownies give the same result as putting it in the batter?

Standard recipes for brownies have a teaspoon of salt in them. Questions like this one and this one explain that it's only for taste. Can you just put some salt on top after they are baked? For ...
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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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Dough Too Wet - what to do?

I'm trying out a recipe for a type of dinner roll. After kneading it on my mixer for 15 minutes, I put it in a slightly warmed oven to rise. I noticed that the dough was very wet, though. There is no ...
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What can I subsitute for Aluminum foil in the oven? I am allergic to Aluminum

I am allergic to Aluminum and have always had a problem with what else I can use to line baking dishes or pans in the oven and toaster oven. Can you give me an idea of what else might be oven proof ...
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What do eggs do in cakes and how should we replace them for vegans? [duplicate]

What do eggs do in cake recipes (both sponge and rich fruit cakes) and thus what is a suitable substitute when baking for vegan guests? Another question asks the first part: What role do eggs play in ...
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Oven temperature vs time adjustments

My cake recipe calls for baking at 350°F for 55 minutes. I had to bake it for 15-20 minutes longer for inside to be done. Can I adjust the temperature to 360°F to bake for 55 minutes without burning ...
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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 ...