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

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Breadcrumbs or flour when greasing and dusting a cake form?

I unthinkingly followed a recipe for a type of chocolate cake where it said to dust the cake form with breadcrumbs after greasing. Unsurprisingly the toasted breadcrumbs were clearly visible on the ...
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Why are there no recipes combining both yeast and baking powder?

I've never seen anything with both yeast and baking powder. What's the reason for that? Shouldn't e.g. muffins get even more fluffy by adding some yeast? Or bread by adding baking powder? I know there ...
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Cake help urgent!

I am baking 1kg chocolate cake and it is already in oven from 50 mins. I'm baking it at 180 degrees temperature. The cake has risen well. But the mixture is not set yet. (I did the toothpick test) I ...
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at what temperature does yeast die [duplicate]

what water temperature will it kill yeast? I know if the temperature is too hot it will kill yeast but do not know the temp. does it matter what type of yeast?
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How can I tell the difference between instant yeast and active dry yeast?

I have a jar containing yeast but I'm not sure whether it is instant or active dry. Is there any way to tell the difference? Thanks.
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What is the difference between genoise sponge and victoria sponge?

Just wanted to find out the differences between Genoise sponge and Victoria sponge. In particular, I was interested to find out which one turns out softer. Here are the 2 recipes for comparison. ...
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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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Can you separate out the Gliadin from Gluten?

When I looked this up, this is the information that is first presented to me- Gliadin is a class of proteins present in wheat and several other cereals within the grass genus Triticum. Gliadins, ...
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Inside of the cookies turn up soft, almost uncooked?

I don't know what temperatures I have to be using to bake cookies but I am following a European cookie recipe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LON4tuXR93A The problem is I searched for the same ...
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Why is sugar a wet ingredient?

The last time I checked, most sugar is really dry (unless it's something like brown sugar). So why is it categorized as "wet"?
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Do silicone baking mats come in 14x16" sizes?

I've really liked the non-stick silicone backing mats that I have. I use them all the time. They fit perfectly in our 12x16" jelly roll pans. My cookie sheets are a bit bigger though at 14x16". I ...
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Use of pizza stone in gas oven

I have a new gas kitchen stove. The oven seems to burn so easily. I have a thermometer in there and it is registering the temp that I have the oven set on. I have seen where people have used a pizza ...
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Does one really need to add bicarbonate of soda if one already uses baking powder?

I find the taste of bicarbonate of soda ruins the taste of many cakes and cookies. If I'm using double acting baking powder, do I need to add the soda as well? I have come accross so many recipes that ...
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Tartine + Sourdough Taste

I just moved to the San Diego area and began making my bread starter from scratch (it's 3 weeks old now) from the Tartine cookbook. I just made the country loaf and it rose perfectly and looks just ...
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Why should I boil pretzels in baking soda water before baking?

This weekend I made pretzels from Alton Brown's recipe. This recipe, and others I've seen, call for dipping the pretzels one by one in boiling water with baking soda for 30 to 60 seconds. I assume ...
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When is it best to do stretch and fold versus mechanical kneading?

I have recently starting making bread using the stretch and fold technique, getting much better results in terms of crumb than previously using my kitchen aid and mechanical kneading. I'm wondering ...
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How do I fix my dough after I did not activate the yeast properly?

This is my first time making anything using yeast, but I decided to try making Dominique Ansel's At-Home Cronut recipe. Everything was going fine, but I realized that I had bought rapid-rise yeast ...
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What combination of flours can be used as a substitution to a bread flour?

Following is the list of flours that I can get hold of in India easily: Whole wheat flour Semolina flour Chickpea flour Maida Multi grain flour Corn flour Rice flour What can be the combination of ...
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How to make Barley bread?

I started experimenting with baking using mixture of wheat and barley. The loaf was very tasty when made this way. Barley is one of the grains that has gluten. So is there a recipe for bread with ...
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Making a 2 ramekin recipe into an 8 ramekin recipe: Do I change the cooking time?

I've read answers about doubling a casserole recipe in a larger container, or putting two cake pans in the oven instead of one. But what about a recipe that asks you to put your ramekins into a ...
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active dry yeast and rapid rise yeast [duplicate]

My recipe calls for 1 packet active dry yeast. All I have is rapid rise instant yeast. How much instant yeast do I use in substitution?
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Can you make bread with the yeast in beer?

I am looking to make some beer bread by substituting beer for water in some of my favorite recipes. I have heard that beer has yeast though, so I was wondering if the yeast in beer would work to ...
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Is it possible to have a good crust without prebaking a quiche?

I'm planning on making a quiche (Lorraine with leek to be exact) and I was looking up recipes for quiches. Most recipes call for blind-baking the crust in advance (or at least partly), but some skip ...
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Forgot to put brown and white sugar in cookie dough

I made cookie dough. I already put white chocolate chips and so on. I forgot to put in brown and white sugar... How can I fix this?
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Non-glass baking containers for both microwave and oven use

Are there any lightweight baking containers that can be used in both microwave and oven. I have bought prepared meals in these but have never seen them for sale. I do not want glass.
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What ensures big holes in my bread?

Is it a high hydration rate? Minimal kneading? High-protein flour to hold hydration?
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When adding vital wheat gluten to a bread recipe, should one reduce the amount of flour equal to it?

I've always thought that the rule of thumb for adding vital wheat gluten to a bread recipe was to add one tablespoon of it per cup of flour called for. A friend is telling me that rather than do that, ...
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Why and when do you need to dock dough?

When making a pie, you almost always have to make holes in the dough with a fork. This is called docking. What is the exact reason for doing this? Are there kinds of pastry (puff, short crust, flaky) ...
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What does “until fork tender and the juices run clear” mean and how do I tell?

Many texts I see say that chicken is done when it is "fork tender and the juices run clear". What does that actually mean and how do I tell? I found Is "until juices run clear" a valid test ...
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Distribution of heat using a silicone oven tray

I have recently bought a silicone oven sheet, which consists essentially of a thick sheet of silicone rubber stretched across a metal frame. It shrugs off grease and caramelised food, and it's a joy ...
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Do extracts add sweetness or just the flavor?

I really don't know how to best phrase this question, but do extracts add sweetness or just the flavor? That is, what should I expect from an extract? For example, say I put maple extract into milk. ...
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How to keep baked seitan from being too tough?

I've been trying to make seitan at home more often and have a great slow cooker version that has won me over, but no matter how hard I try, every time I bake it it comes out awful. For instance, I ...
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Adjusting cooking time and temperature when making smaller portions

I'm perfecting a recipe for queijadas de leite - a traditional Portuguese custard/pastry. It's a mixture of eggs/sugar/milk/flour, very liquid in its raw form. The original instructions call for 30 ...
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Cheesecake in or next to waterbath

I've heard of two separate ways to use a water bath when cooking a cheesecake: placing the cheesecake in the waterbath, or placing a roasting pan full of water on the bottom rack of the oven, with the ...
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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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Does spoiled milk make any ingredient?

Bear with me here, My roommate insist that she wants to keep her spoiled 2% milk in the fridge, it's been 1 month! That thing look disgusting. To my knowledge, you don't use rotten milk for ...
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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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What is instant pudding mix used for in baking cookies?

In some recipes instant pudding mix/cornstarch are called. What is the main point of adding these two ingredients in your dough. Thank you
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How do you quickly prepare tomatoes for pizza?

Whether is be homemade pizza or adding topping to the self-rising frozen pizza we love adding meats and veggies. We often have tomatoes at hand. I slice them thin and lay them on a paper towel and ...
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Using homemade pasta instead of dried in a bake

I'd like to use fresh homemade pasta tonight in place of bagged egg noodles. My question is, should I prep the noodles in boiling water in anyway, or should I skip that step and add the freshly made ...
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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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How to bake large batches of bread

I want to make a double or triple batch of of this Italian bread recipe that I have. It's for a bread similar to what they serve at Macaroni Grill. My problem is that I am using a pizza stone in the ...
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Why is there liquid at the bottom of my lemon meringue pie?

Why is it that whenever I make a lemon meringue pie, (packaged lemon filling, directions followed EXACTLY), and I cut into it, there is always a puddle of liquid on the bottom? I do use 7 egg whites ...
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Using Glucose instead of Fructose

My recipe calls for 100g of fructose, I don't have any. Can I use Glucose instead? If so would the amount be the same? If not what could I use instead of the fructose?
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How long does yeast live after baking?

I am pretty sure I know the answer to this, but I need to know for sure to settle an argument with someone... Is yeast still active after the bread has been baked and cooled?
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Can you cook a 25 lb turkey in an oven that is 9 inches from the bottom rack to the heating elements?

I am trying to find out how big an oven has to be to cook a 25 lb. turkey. There is a new double oven on the market at Sears that has the two ovens about the same size...a standing stove not a built ...
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Why do my pastries come out flat when I use butter instead of margarine?

I am making Danish puff and also mini cream puffs. When I make them with butter, they are coming out thinner and flatter, spreading out. they should be high and round. It calls for margarine (which I ...
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Bread dough doesn't keep its shape

I've just made some 50/50 loaves using a biga. The taste is quite good but I'd like the crumb to be more open. The biggest issue is that while raising the dough tends to "spread" rather than rise. ...
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home made cough sweets didn't set properly

Please could you help me find out what went wrong? I have made these before and they were slightly soft, but edible. This batch half set, but still runny Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup water 1 ...
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Peanut Butter substitute in baking

I love to bake and have come across several peanut butter recipes (cakes, cookies, even a multi-layered/multi-component [cake & cheesecake layers] cake) that sound really good. My problem is I ...