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

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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 ...
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Can I fix my Quick bread? [duplicate]

I added 3/4 cup of oil instead of water to a quick bread mix. Can it be saved?
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Why is my bread falling flat?

I've tried baking bread several times and I seem to always have the same problem. The dough seems fine, until I shape it and let it rise a second time, and then when it rises, instead of forming a ...
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Difference between vegetable shortening and vegetable ghee?

What is difference between vegetable shortening and vegetable ghee? Can we use vegetable ghee as its substitute?
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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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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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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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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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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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How to change a vanilla cake recipe to make a chocolate cake?

I've seen this question about how to alter a chocolate cake recipe to make a plain cake, my question is the other way around, how to alter a vanilla cake recipe to make a chocolate cake? I read in a ...
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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 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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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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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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Smell from OTG or conventional oven - coil smell. Is this normal and for how long will it last?

I have a Morphy Richard OTG (NOT microwave) - the user manual tell me to run it for 10 minutes at 230 degree Celsius before using it for baking for the first time. I have done this a couple of times ...
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What does flour do to cheesecake?

After looking through cheesecake recipes with a co-worker we discovered that many cheesecake recipes include ~1/4 cup of flour while other recipes contain none at all. What effect does flour have ...
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How do I thicken my dessert?

I was making a new recipe for lemon cheesecake tarts, but the recipe was not clear. It called for a "large package of lemon pudding". I used a package of cooked pudding and pie filling. It was to be ...
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Electric tandoor foils, food sticks to the aluminium foil

I baked potatoes and cottage cheese, in an electric tandoor. I covered the tandoor plate with the foil and placed the stuff over the foil. After baking for around 10 mins(tandoor burns like hell), ...
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Baking maple syrup on cold smoked almonds

I've been smoking almonds for years using a combination of maple syrup and seasonings, but recently I've discovered cold smoking gives a much nicer and deeper smoke flavor. I have a great soy wasabi ...
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Kneading Bread After Rising

Why should bread be kneaded before rising? If I knead bread after the first rise what difference will it make?
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Could plastic or metal cans damage my oven?

Is it possible to put vinyl plastic and metal cans in the oven at 200 degrees F for roughly 5-10 minutes? More specifically, I was came across DIY Vinyl Bowls where you place the vinyl record over 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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What will happen to my Pecan tassies if I use too much butter?

When I was making Pecan tassies, I read the recipe wrong and put a stick of butter in for the filling instead of 2 tablespoons. There are two eggs, 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, vanilla extract. Will it ...
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Why did my ceramic coated loaf pan turn brown?

I used ceramic a coated loaf pan and the inside color which was white, changed to brown, as if it has burnt, is that normal?
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what is an alternative for baking powder?

I don't want to use baking powder or baking soda. Is there something else without salt I can use in cakes to make them rise.
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Cheesecakes Baked in a Waterbath [duplicate]

How do you keep a cheesecake from absorbing water baked in a waterbath? I put four sheets of aluminum foil around my springform pan and it still leaks onto the crust.
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How was the usage of yeast for bread discovered?

From where did people get the yeast for their bread??
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Is there a bread you can mix in the evening, leave overnight, and bake in morning?

I'm afraid I know little about breadmaking. Is there a bread where you could: -- mix it and I guess knead it in the evening (say around 9pm), -- leaving it out overnight (perhaps to rise (?) etc.?) ...
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How to make butter and sugar mixture into a breadcrumb consistency?

I've been following a recipe for cinnamon biscuits which states to mix butter and sugar together until it forms a breadcrumb like consistency. Every time I attempt this is makes more of a creamy like ...
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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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Cookies rise nicely in the oven, but then collapse

Just as every year, I have been baking spicy Christmas cookies with my Granny. And like always, they have expanded nicely in the oven, but collapsed afterwards. But this year I know to go to Seasoned ...
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Can I toast pecans the night before?

I'm making pecan bars in the morning and I was thinking I'd get a jump on the work by toasting the nuts tonight. Is there a downside to toasting the pecans and then letting them sit overnight vs ...
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Baking time and temperature difference

I am baking a canned sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving. The recipe calls for the dish to be baked at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. Problem is my other sides call for an oven temperature to be 350 ...
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Shortening instead of butter

I have no butter for my chocolate chip cookies. What can I use instead? And how much? My cookies calls for one cup of butter.