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

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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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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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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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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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Can you bake cornbread in enameled cast iron?

I would really like to make a cornbread recipe, but I don't have a cast iron skillet. Could I bake it in an enameled cast iron Dutch oven without the lid and get a good result? If not, could a muffin ...
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How to make cornbread less crumbly?

I have a pretty basic cornbread recipe that I make very occasionally (with a bit of canned creamed corn added). The taste seems fine, but the texture is more crumbly than I want. I've tried ...
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Bake meat then veg dish back to back?

If I cook an individual stuffed pork then immediately after at same temp cook an asparagus casserole will this affect the casserole flavor? Both items cook for approx 20/25 mins each.
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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?
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Why is the butter gradually melting and only the top of my butter cake done?

I didn't use melted butter like liquid. I only used softened butter and mixed it with sugar in my blender. It became like cream. I also used 1 cup and a quarter of flour and other ingredients. I ...
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Soft dinner rolls always taste bland or flat

I proof Granular Rapid Rise yeast in mix of milk/water/honey/touch of flour and 100 - 110 degrees, adding the yeast. Always proofs really well, doubling etc. I have made these so many times, you ...
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Spreader cookies

Can anyone offer an explanation why I get runny spreaders among my medium-sized cookie batches. All balls are weighed uniformly before storage in the freezer, before baking. Upon baking, about 1-2 ...
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When baking quick breads and cakes, can I premix wet ingredients the night before?

When baking quick breads and cakes, I've premixed dry ingredients the night before to save time. Can I premix wet ingredients as well? I understand that I can't premix the full batter when using ...
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Are there any pre-made Baking Powders with Cream of Tartar

I live in Wisconsin, USA though I can always buy something online. I haven't been able to find any, but a community member says that there's some in Germany, although she never stated the name of the ...
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Latest temperature sensing tech?

I'm looking around for other, newer temperature sensing technology, beyond the inserted thermoprobe. I bake cookies (hundreds and hundreds rolled) and like to monitor the internal temperature of the ...
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Adding 'swirls' to savoury bread dough

I'd like to make a mustard bread that I can get at my local coffee shop: It's got mustard swirls in it but is a normal loaf shape. When and how do you incorporate savoury sauces like mustard or ...
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How can I make my pizza dough more workable?

When I make Neapolitan pizza dough, the dough is so soft and supple that I can hardly work it into a round shape before it is stretched far too large and overly thin in areas. After I mix the ...
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What went wrong with this bundt cake?

I've tried making Baked's Ultra Lemony Lemon Bundt Cake four times (recipe here: http://bakedsundaymornings.com/2015/04/27/in-the-oven-ultralemony-lemon-bundt-cake-with-almond-glaze/). Four times ...
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How much thermostat “range” in oven temperature is too much?

I recently renovated my kitchen and have a new Bosch wall oven. I've noticed many baking recipes that used to be reliable are no longer so. I have a ThermoWorks ChefAlarm and calibrated my oven ...
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Is the mixing order important when substituting white sugar + molasses for brown sugar?

I bake cookies at a relatively large scale (16 qt batches) My recipe calls for both white & light brown sugars. In an effort to make production more efficient I would like to substitute the brown ...
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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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How to stop burning raisins in my fruit scones

I often like to make scones and mix some raisins into half the batch to make a nice fruity scone. However often when I lay out my scones and put them in the oven ones at the surface end up being ...
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Mixing ingredients ahead of time

Can you mix all dry ingredients for a cake and place ingredients in container and make cake the next day?
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Can I double the pizza dough recipe for my bread machine

I have a Panasonic SD-ZB2512 bread maker and I like to use it to make pizza dough. It does a good enough job but only makes enough for one pizza at a time. Can I double the recipe? I'm pretty sure it ...
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Why won't my bread rise much during baking?

I'm trying some bread making for the first time and am having a hard time getting my bread to rise during baking. Here is the recipe I'm following: ...
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How can I prevent the cheese on my homemade pizza from hardening too soon?

I am on my road to perfecting thin crust pizza, but a major problem is that about 5 to 10 minutes after getting it out of the oven the cheese begins to congeal and harden, making my homemade pizza ...
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Devil's food cake turned out dry and dense

I tried this recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/devils-food-cake-recipe.html However, when I did it, the cake came out dry and dense and not very tasty. According to many other ...
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How to replace marshmallows in rice krispies cakes?

I'm making rice krispies cakes, but I just realized I'm out of gelatin and marshmallows. My mate suggested mixing normal granulated sugar with some water and it will give me the stickiness I need. Is ...
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Why does my calzone crust lose its crunchiness within minutes of being removed from the oven?

I have tried making meat stuffed Calzones from pizza dough. It came out really crispy, but after 10 minutes or so the bread was kind of rubbery. It was weird because I made pizza the other day using ...
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How to avoid using artificial food coloring in cookie and cake decorating

It's been a week since I started some cake and cookie decorating, and normally one needs many colors to come up with a lovely colorful final result whether it is Butter cream, royal icing or fondant. ...
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Coins in bread?

Is it customary, in Greek or any other cuisine, to put a nickel (or any other coin) inside the bread? I know it is tradition to bake an inedible baby figure into Mardi Gras "King Cake:" but I had ...
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Glass baking lid broke - what to substitute?

The glass lid for my pyrex 10x10 baking dish broke. What can I substitute? Tin foil doesn't work -- nothing cooks! Ideas? Thank you.
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UK scones versus US scones

I remember listening to an America's Test Kitchen podcast where they compared UK v. US scone styles. They asserted that they were quite different from one another. And they seemed to favor the UK ...
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Reducing sweetness of packaged cookie mix

I have a Betty Crocker cookie mix and I find it too sweet. Is there a way to adapt it and make it less sweet? I'm not an experienced baker so I don't know if simply adding more flour will work.
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Accidentally bought unsalted roasted pistachios how can I salt them [duplicate]

I accidentally bought unsalted roasted pistachios can I salt them now
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Can old eggs affect my Creme Brulee?

I have about a dozen eggs which are very near the expiration date and about half a dozen week or so old eggs. Now I thought I could either take advantage and whip up a Creme Brulee. My question is, ...
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Breadmaker bread not remaining fresh long enough

I have an issue with the bread we make in our bread maker. My wife claims it is not fresh enough to eat if it is more than 1 day old; however, she will eat shop brought bread that is 2 days old. This ...
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How many kilos of bread can I produce with one kilo of flour?

I wish to calculate how economic a breadmaker is compared to store bought bread. Does anyone know how many kilos of bread can be made from one kilogram of flour? To make it simple, let's say generic ...
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Butter Alternatives for Baking Pastry

I'm dairy intolerant but I really love to bake. I've found success by substituting butter with either lard or coconut oil. The other night, I made a short pastry dough that called for 13 tablespoons ...
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Minimum preparation for baking a whole fish

I suspect that if one cooks a whole fish with the guts still in, the result wouldn't be good. Other than gutting it first, is any other preparation needed for baking a whole fish, such as scaling it? ...
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Egg In My Bread

I'm tweaking the recipe I have for bread, as I'm always trying to make it better. It calls for 4c of ap flour, and uses honey rather than white sugar (there is no milk in it). I also use refined ...
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What is the optimal concentration of sugar for baker's yeast?

I'd like to do an experiment on what concentration of sugar would be best for fastest yeast fermentation. I'm thinking to put some active dry yeast into different concentrations of sugar water and ...
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Dough whisk as a substitute to a mixer or wooden spoon

I made a short bread recently(it was my first try at baking) and the recipe said that I should use a wooden spoon. My question is this: could I have used a dough whisk instead of a wooden spoon? ...
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How long should I bake a hamburger meatloaf, and at what oven temperature?

I invented my own recipe for meatloaf: hamburger, bread, 1 egg, dried onion bits, Worcestershire sauce, a bit of ketchup. Put into the oven at 350 degrees F. Please advise the ideal oven temperature, ...
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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 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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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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Oven problems in VA

I just moved from CO to VA- having mastered high altitude baking. But here I can't bake anything: cookies are burned on the bottom and uncooked on top, pizza dough is nearly raw in the middle. ...
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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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Will any sugar substitutes brown in a crumble topping?

As a diabetic (but unfortunately with a sweet tooth!!), I would welcome any recommendations for a sweetener as a substitute for sugar which will allow browning as in the topping for a fruit crumble.
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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 ...