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

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converting pure chocolate to “bittersweet” chocolate

A chocolate cookie recipe I'm looking at calls for melting down a cup of bittersweet chocolate chips. However, I happen to have a brick of completely unsweetened cooking chocolate in the fridge. Can I ...
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Why and what kind of breads should be scored?

Inspired by this question How can I score wet bread dough more easily?, I am quite keen to know why and what kind of breads should be scored? What will happen if we don't score the breads?
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Baking naan without an oven?

Is it possible to make eggless naan without an oven?
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Cooking Chemistry: lemon juice/soymilk buttermilk substitute turning bitter and 'rising'

I made a soup recipe the other night (mainly potato, spinach, and veggie broth) that called for buttermilk. I substituted soymilk and lemon juice, reading online that that was a good substitution for ...
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What is the purpose of baking soda in chocolate-chip cookies?

I thought baked goods which include baking soda should be put into oven immediately, otherwise they won't rise. But some cookie recipes call for cooling the dough in the fridge or even freezing it, ...
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Ingredients or techniques to a more solid lasagna

What are the crucial ingredients or cooking techniques to a more solid, or "brick" like lasagna? Most lasagna I've seen tends to get a bit sloppy in the pan as it's being dished out but I have seen ...
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What are the best potatoes for baking?

What are the best varieties of potatoes to use for baking with a roast that will give a nice golden brown finish on the outside? [Edit: to clarify, I'm from Australia and we don't really distinguish ...
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How does the order of mixing ingredients affect the resulting cake?

I wanted to bake a Devil's cake yesterday. I got my recipe from a trusted book and I was surprised to see that the order of mixing was as follows: sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt, ...
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Will double-action baking powder lose potency if not baked immediately?

I use double-action baking powder to make waffles. If I bake the waffles immediately, they rise nicely. However, if I bake the waffles more than 3 hours after making the batter, they don't rise as ...
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How accurate is the window pane test? (breadmaking)

I recently bought Michael Ruhlman's Ratio and started trying out baking. I knead my bread for about 10 to 15 minutes, but the window pane test (pulling a chunk of dough so that it's translucent ...
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How to make softer scones?

I used the scone recipe from here, but the scones turned out really hard and dry. What should I have done differently? More butter, more milk. Less cooking time? ...
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What purpose does coffee serve in a chocolate cake recipe?

I have a recipe for a chocolate buttermilk cake. It's not constructed like most cakes, but it's always turned out OK. I've always wondered what does the coffee in the recipe do? Is the coffee ...
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How do I clean this silicone tray?

I use this silicone muffin pan to cook things in the oven. It's supposed to be non-stick, but actually food sticks to it quite a lot. Often I can just scrape dried food off with my fingers, but it's ...
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What flavor (besides chocolate) goes well with hazelnut?

I have a family recipe for a to-die-for hazelnut torte with chocolate frosting. I want to bake it for an occasion coming up, but there will be at least two, possibly three people there who are ...
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What causes popovers to rise so much?

I recently made popovers and I knew they would 'pop over'. Yet, I was surprised they came that high. I'm curious how this is possible, since there is no yeast, baking powder, self-rising flour, beaten ...
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Can I partially bake a pie?

I am planning on making a pie for my dad for father's day. I know when you buy most pies at the grocery store, you have to pop it in the oven for a few minutes to heat it up. Is it possible to do a ...
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What can I use instead of corn syrup?

I saw the question about UK, but I don't think I can find treacle of any kind in Germany. I am looking for a substitute which will keep the physical qualities of the pie filling reasonably close to ...
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Can I use yogurt cheese in cheesecake by substituting the cream cheese?

It is very hard to find cream cheese or mascarpone where I live in India, so I just wanted to know whether I can make a cheesecake with yogurt cheese or not?
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Substituting hazelnuts for almonds, baking

I simply prefer hazelnuts to almonds, especially in sweet applications. I've been recently gifted with a pound of very nice bittersweet chocolate so I've decided to do America's Test Kitchen's Sacher ...
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Is it true that putting spices in something then baking it destroys the spices?

I heard that putting spices in something and putting it in the oven will eliminate the taste of the spices. Is this true? For example if I were to put spice in lasagna before putting it in the oven ...
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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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Cooking cakes on asbestos mats

My mother tells me when she was young her mother would bake cakes on an asbestos mat inside a lidded electric frypan. I'd assume the practice is gone now because of the reputation of asbestos, but ...
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Do I need hard or soft brown sugar for brownies?

I found a recipe for brownies I want to try. It calls for 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar How can I recognize if they mean hard or soft brown sugar? And how much of a difference does it ...
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Is it possible to prevent a japanese cheesecake from deflating or sinking?

A japanese cheesecake is basically like a cheesecake fused with a spongecake. When i beat the egg whites they peak perfectly then i am required to get 1/3 of the egg white mixture and fold it into ...
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Optimal egg size?

Yesterday while making some pancakes I came to the realization that I may have been sabotaging recipes that call for eggs. For years I've always purchased the largest sized eggs I can get in the ...
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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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Greasing a pan with butter vs. with shortening

Is there any reason one should prefer one over the other? I've always used shortening (probably because that's what my mom always did), but my fiancee has always used butter. There's no significant ...
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Possible to over-knead dough?

It will be my first attempt to bake with yeast this weekend and I'm interested to know how you know when you have kneaded dough enough. Is it possible to over-knead dough? If it makes a difference ...
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What are alternate uses for leftover buttermilk? [closed]

Buttermilk is one of those pantry items that I buy for a specific recipe, then don't know what to do with the leftovers (and I think this is not uncommon). In my question about buttermilk in soda ...
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What is substitute for rum in baking?

Some cake recipes calls for rum, and there is none available. How to substitute? If possible, it should be non-alcoholic. Also, what is its role in baking or cooking?
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What causes the crown of the bread to crack during baking?

What causes the crown of a bread loaf to crack as it bakes? I would like to prevent it.
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Can I substitute a stainless steel pot for the traditional iron dutch oven?

I have very limited options in my kitchen, and while the dutch oven is the preferred method for getting an 'oven spring' while baking sourdough, I do not have a cast iron pot to do it. IF stainless ...
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Stirring with knives?

So this past weekend I encountered a peculiar line in a recipe which I am hoping someone with more cooking knowledge than me can shed light on Combine flour, brown sugar, and a pinch of salt in ...
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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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Effect of adding wet ingredients to dry when making bread?

I inadvertently omitted the eggs from my challah recipe, but realized this only after the final step of mixing in and after fully incorporating the flour. Rather than throwing everything away, I ...
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Which is better, baking in glass or metal?

How does baking in glass differ from Baking in metal?
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Can I leave a cake / cupcakes frosted with cream cheese frosting out on the counter?

I need to frost a cake and cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting for a late morning party tomorrow. I do not do a lot of baking so I'm concerned about when I should frost the cakes. For the sake of ...
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How do I stop my brownies from rising?

I have been trying out brownie recipes baked in a muffin tin. I am using the muffin tin so that I can get all edges. (And I have been decorating the tops!) My brownies tend to rise, in my opinion, ...
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For baking, is there a common “done” temperature across different kinds of breads?

I'm pretty new to baking, and it seems like the toothpick test is pretty subjective. I'm wondering, can I use my Thermapen instead? At a fundamental level, are all breads "done" at a certain ...
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Would the same mixing principles that apply to paint work for Food Coloring variations?

If I wanted to create different shades using Food Coloring, is there a different method of mixing them or would the same principles apply as with paint. Is there a standard mixing chart that details ...
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What is the 'Steam-Chill-Bake' method of making hot wings?

This question had a response mentioning the 'Steam-Chill-Bake' method. What is that? Why would someone cook wings this way?
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Potatoes in bread? How to estimate potatoes needed?

Just found out that adding potato to a bread recipe can make it softer and more moist. I'd like to experiment with this. If I were following a recipe that didn't include potatoes, how could I modify ...
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Is there any loss of nutrition when toasted?

I have heard that when you toast whole grain bread, you lose most of the nutrition. I'm wondering if this is true, and if so, do you lose the nutrients when toasting nuts?
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Additional Cooking Time When baking more than one loaf of quick bread

How much time would I need to increase cooking banana quick bread if I am cooking three loaves together. Time for one is 40 -45 minutes at 350 degrees. I am a baking novice. Advice would be greatly ...
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My bread cuts doesn't expand the way I like

I can't seem to get that final rise in the oven. I would expect and prefer the cuts to show a more prominent rise. This bread is - 310g water - 501g bread flour (13%protein) - 12g salt - 20 grams ...
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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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How to build steam in the oven for getting an oven spring? [duplicate]

From: What makes a bread either close or open crumbed/textured? Oven spring Yeasts continue producing CO2 until they die at 60C/140F. Also, gasses expand with heat, so it will also help ...
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What kind of bakery items do not get horribly affected by electricity going off when the item is still in oven?

I have a nice oven but I have stopped making cakes for the reason being that if electricity goes off in between I'll have to throw the cake. Now, if I prepare brown/multigrain breads which need whole ...
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Do the cup cakes bake faster in a 24 hole cup cake tray rather than a 12 hole cup cake tray?

The cupcakes cook faster than the big one piece cakes, so does it make sense to assume that the cup cakes bake faster in a 24 hole cup cake tray rather than a 12 hole cup cake tray? My oven has a ...
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What to add to the batter of the cake to avoid hardening when the gluten formation can't be avoided?

So, over mixing batter forms gluten, which in turn hardens the cake. Fine. The problem is that I don't want lumps in the cakes, and the above statement prevents me from fine mixing the batter. So, is ...