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

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Oven temperature for multiple ducks?

Do I need to adjust the oven temperature in a roast duck recipe if I want to put more than one duck in the oven at a time. I suspect I should keep the same temperature but keep them in longer. ...
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Can I bake bread in a cast iron Dutch oven with the lid on, or should I use tin foil instead?

I have a Cuisinart cast iron enamelware dutch oven that I purchased recently to bake bread in the oven. I am supposed to bake at 450 degrees. The pot states it can be baked up to 500 degrees, ...
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Can you use bread flour that is 2 months past the best use by date? [duplicate]

I've got some bread flour that has been in the refrigerator that has a best use date of Sept. 2015, and it's now Nov. 2015, is it okay to still bake with it?
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Pâte Brisée, Sucrée and Sablée [duplicate]

Why is it necessary "to make holes" when a Pâte Brisée, Pâte Sucrée or Pâte Sablée or go to the oven if they are not made with baking powder?
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Can silicone moulds be used for making cupcakes in electric tandoor

I am preparing cupcakes as I have bought new electric tandoor. Now I am confused, can silicone moulds be used in electric tandoor or not?
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Incorporate oreo bits in cookie recipe

What's the best way to incorporate prepacked oreo bits into a tested chocolate chip cookie recipe? Mix with dry ingredients or wet ingredients? Consider weight of oreo bits equivalent to flour, or ...
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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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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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Any reason I can't use popover batter to make one huge popover without separating into little cups?

Something like http://www.food.com/recipe/perfect-popovers-189284 but all in one baking pan?
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Why does my Victoria sandwich have a hole in the base?

I've made the same cake recipe for years, no changes but suddenly my cakes look fine on top but when I turn them out there's a big hollow underneath! Help!
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How can I use these peaches in a box cake mix?

I have a box of Super Moist cake mix, butter recipe Yellow. It calls for 1 cup of water, 1/3 cup butter, softened, and 3 eggs. I also have a 15 ounce can of Sliced peaches. How can I combine these ...
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What is the shelf life of cookies made with Greek Yogurt?

After baking cookies with greek yogurt, How long would they be good if stored in the freezer or fridge? Will they still be safe to enjoy? Is this the same with greek yogurt cakes/pies?
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How can I keep the shape of my free-form bread dough when it is rising?

I have been trying to bake my own Italian bread, French bread and Rolls. I have found many tasty recipes but I keep having the same problem so I'm guessing it's my technique somewhere. Please advise ...
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Glazing bread pre-baking

I was at a restaurant for brunch this past weekend and had a pastry basket that included, among other things, a dried fruit focaccia. It was much lighter than a typical, savory focaccia, almost like a ...
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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 to make hazelnut oil

I want to ask the best way to make hazelnut oil using an oven, a blender, and...cheesecloth? (At this point no online article seems helpful). My plan is to bake hazelnuts at 300 F for 8-15 minutes ...
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Why did the crust get too hard on my Blueberry Cheesecake?

I recently made a no bake blueberry cheesecake with its crust made of cookie crumbs(Used Digestive Biscuits as cookies), Brown sugar and melted butter. After keeping the cake overnight in the ...
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What is the difference between crème anglaise and crème pâtissière?

I am amateur and novice baker. I cannot differentiate the two recipes. Are they only different in proportion? I know that the two are egg-based, mixed with sugar and starch and tempered with milk (or ...
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How to make perfect crispy bacon strips?

I recently tried to make some crispy bacon, and failed. I prepared half of it in a frying pan, half of it in the oven. Half the strips were still chewy, some were partially burnt, some were still ...
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Best way to preserve choco-chip cookies: food saver?

Hi cookie perfectionists! What is the best way to preserve chocolate chip cookies for one-week? Here's my short-list: Vacuum-sealed mason jars? Vacuum-sealed bags? (will deform the cookies) Any of ...
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Difference between baking a cake in cooking range and microwave oven

I don't know much about the difference between cooking range and oven. But I just want to know what difference must be made to bake a cake using a cooking range. I used to bake cakes in a microwave ...
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To bake a chicken in the oven [duplicate]

Is it safe to cook a chicken for 20 minutes at 250 degrees, Then take it out of oven and put back in refrigerator and then cook it thourghly the next day.
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What is the difference between sour cream & butter in baked goods?

I'm a little unsure what the difference is between the two. I found a banana bread recipe that specifically called for the use of sour cream for the batter as opposed to butter; the same applied when ...
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Why should I bake baking soda for making ramen noodles?

I see this recipe for ramen noodles ("alkaline noodles") that says to use bicarb / baking soda that is baked in a very slow oven for an hour (250F / 120C) before incorporating into the noodle dough. ...
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What happens if bread is made with sparkling water?

I am making a white bread with 500g regular flour, about 300g water, sourdough starter, yeast and salt. It will rest and raise some time before being baked. Pretty basic. Now I was wondering, what ...
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Can Parkay Spray be used in place of melted butter for baking muffins?

Can Parkay Spray be used in place of melted butter for baking muffins to reduce calories?
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How do I prevent dougnuts deflating when moving them into the pan?

I find that each time I cook dougnuts, as I slide them off the tray into the oil pan, they deflate a fair bit, and sometimes crinkle up. How do I effectively prevent this, and keep them gorgeous and ...
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Should I bake cookies with the oven heated from the top or the bottom?

Last time I made a chocolate chip cookies, my cookies became black because I did not know which side of heat to use. Should I heat the oven from the top or the bottom? I thought maybe I needed to heat ...
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what does “draft-free” mean?

Almost every bread recipe I came across says to let the dough proof in a draft-free place. I was wondering what does "draft-free" actually mean? Looking at the dictionary, the closest thing related is ...
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Biscuits (cookies) turning out more cake-like than biscuity

Yesterday, for the first time ever, I tried baking some biscuits. I found a suitable recipe for some malted milk biscuits (I love malt), and followed it almost exactly; I endeavour to make everything ...
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Can I refrigerate bread dough after the first rise and bake it later?

I do not have enough time to bake my bread. Can I refrigerate it or let it sit on the counter and bake it later in the day?
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Baking with oven without bottom heating element

My mom wants to do baking but her oven doesn't have bottom heating element. It only has an element on top, with a fan at the back. She told me that she can't make me a good pizza or cake without it. ...
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How can I adjust oven temperature correctly

I recently bought an oven but it was just yesterday that I saw that the knob for the temperature does not indicate any temperature. Only hi and lo. How can I adjust the temperature correctly?
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What can I do if I forgot to cream the butter and sugar in my cookie recipe?

I got distracted and forgot to cream the butter and sugar before making sugar cookies. I baked half and they were dry, tasted like flour and smelled like flour (although rolled in sugar and cinnamon)....
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Combining melted chocolate with eggs

I've come across a number of recipes (the most recent of which was this) which suggest various combinations of adding hot melted chocolate to a mixture that contains eggs. The problem that I have ...
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Making crumpets in advance?

My fiancée lived in England for a few months a couple of years ago, and has spoken about crumpets ever since. I've never tried them myself, but I'm planning on making a few for her breakfast on her ...
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What are good tips for an oven that is too hot at the bottom?

I am cooking various food at home in a new oven that I am kind of stuck with. We're renting and this is the only oven we have at the moment. It has four gas stoves at the top. The oven is fan ...
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What does it mean for a flour to be “strong” or “reinforced”?

When describing flour, I sometimes see people comparing flours and saying that one is strong or stronger than another. I also see flours that claim to be reinforced such as the Antimo Caputo 00 ...
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Bread: Higher rise/coarser crumb [duplicate]

I tend to make a starter for my bread, typically a poolish. Sometimes I make ciabatta without a starter. I tend to see the same results either way. I give the starter 10-12 hours, then rise the dough ...
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Where can I buy a pipe for a Weckmann in the US?

I want to bake a Weckmann or Stutenkerl. Traditionally, these have a clay pipe for decoration. Where can I buy such pipes in the US?
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Commercial Bakery to Provide Dough

We want to approach a commercial bakery to provide me with dough for a restaurant's use (so the restaurant can bake the buns in house). The restaurant will handle the shaping and adding the filling to ...
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Shelf Life of Homemade Panettone

I'm thinking of making a few panettones for Christmas presents, this year. At what time would you recommend? This question is largely motivated by the potential for them to spoil or go stale; but also,...
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Xanthan Gum for Cinnamon Rolls

Are there any guidelines to the ratio of brown sugar to cinnamon to xanthan gum to get that gooey texture in cinnamon rolls? I'm trying to make cinnamon rolls and want the perfect filling. :)
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How do you make pie with Citron watermelon (not just the rind)?

Citron watermelon (AKA Pie Melon, Tsamma, and Colorado Preserving Melon) is said to be useful for making pies, preserves, jam, pickles and such. It is not used for fresh eating, typically, and is hard ...
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How do packaged cookies stay good for so long?

How come packaged cookies, even those without preservatives, don't go bad after a few days and have such long shelf lives? Is it because of the packaging? Especially cookies that contain ingredients ...
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Cooking baked potatoes

I am an experienced cook, more than 50 years in the kitchen. I recently attempted to make a baked potato (basic Idaho baking potato) to go with my meatloaf. I gave it 1 hour and 15 minutes, which has ...
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Should the oven temperature be the same for smaller batch?

Im making the no knead ciabatta bread and it calls for 4 cups of flour but i used 2 cups. It says to throw it in a 425 degree F oven for 35-45 minutes but i did that before and it would cook quickly. ...
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How to bake ground beef

I have 3.5 pounds of 93% lean ground beef. I want to easily cook it like this: Put tinfoil on a pan. Put all of the ground beef on it. Put it in the oven preheated to 450F for 30 minutes. Is this ...
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Sugar alternative when beating eggs and sugar together

If I wouldn't want to use refined white sugar in recipes warranting sugar and eggs beaten fluffy, what would be the best alternative to use? Would the result be very different?
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Why did my brownie batter separate?

The recipe is: 1/2 cup butter 8 oz semi-sweet chocolate 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup light brown sugar 3 large eggs 1 tsp ...