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

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Sponge cake: excessive cooking time

I haven't baked anything for over a decade. But the other day I decided to have a go at doing a Victoria sponge. As a result, I now have lots of questions. But I'll try to keep things focused. All ...
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How do I keep my enchiladas from getting soggy when they cook?

I love enchiladas. I almost always order them at a Mexican restaurant. I've made them at home a few times with a recipe that's delicious, but it's not the same as what I'm getting at a restaurant. The ...
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why do some pavlova recipes have cream of tarter to be added

What is the function of cream of tarter when it is included in a pavlova recipe. Some receipes do not require it.
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What does cream of tartar do in baking recipes?

I am making the following recipe for a birthday party: Pinata cookies!, and it calls for cream of tartar in the dough. This is the first time I've seen that in a cookie recipe and I can't figure out ...
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Wouldn't this cake batter be too runny? Would the coffee affect the texture?

I came across What purpose does coffee serve in a chocolate cake recipe? as a similar question to one I'd just asked about baking. Looking at the recipe she provided there, wouldn't the amount of ...
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missing ingredients in banana bread

I have my grandmothers handwritten recipe for banana bread. the paper tore and I lost some of the recipe. it calls for 1 1/2 cup sugar, 2 cups flour, 3/4 tsp baking soda, 1/2 cup of milk, 1 tsp ...
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How can I make my banana bread more moist?

I've followed lots of standard recipes online, and the result is always more cake like: dark on the outside white and dryish in the middle. When I go to the store and buy it it's always dark and ...
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yeast substitutes and proper measurements

I was wondering if I could get some advice as I have intolerances to yeast and have heard of a few substitutions from: baking soda, baking powder, lemon juice, milk and yogurt. The question comes to ...
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Can I add Xanthan Gum to cookies made with all purpose flour to decrease softness which causes cookies to break?

Use a shortbread recipe which adds eggs to the basic recipe of flour, butter, sugar and flavoring. The cookies taste fantastic, but break too easily. Need to ship the cookies as gifts, but they are ...
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Is it possible to bake a cake without an oven?

I don't have an oven; is there any way to simulate what an oven does with any other tools available at my home? In particular I would like to be able to bake cakes.
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What's is the internal temperature of pancakes?

I made pancakes made out of a nutritional shake but some of the health benefits disappear if heated over 115 degrees F. So wanted to know what the typical internal temp is for pancakes?
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How much fresh potato to substitute for instant potato flakes when baking?

I would like to bake hamburger buns from a recipe that calls for instant potato flakes, only I can't find instant potato flakes. This is the original recipe: 1 cup lukewarm water 1/3 cup (3/4 ...
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Mixed bread dough shelf life?

I have just picked up baking confectionery bread buns and I wanted to ask how long can I keep a mix of dough, yeast and water in the freezer or refrigerator? The mix has no butter or eggs by the way. ...
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Compensating for extra moisture from cold flour

I've been baking Hallah of late from a high-precision recipe: weights and percentages provided for all ingredients. I store flour in the freezer. Typically, the dough comes out considerably stickier ...
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substituting black treacle/molasses for brown sugar

I would like to replace some of the brown sugar in a dark fruit cake recipe with black treacle (similar to molasses I believe), as I like the rich taste and think it will add to the moistness of the ...
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How long can I store homemade caramel or butterscotch sauce?

I made a butterscotch sauce for a butterbeer cupcake, but I have about a cup of the sauce left. How long can I leave it in the fridge since it has heavy cream? Can I freeze it? I imagine for most ...
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For Pizza cooking at home. What is the best alternative to the pizza stone?

For Pizza cooking at home. What is the best alternative to the pizza stone?
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How to make part bake baguettes and rolls?

I'm not sure if these are available everywhere but in the UK we buy these part baked bread rolls from the supermarket and after about 10mins in the oven, you essentially have fresh baked bread and ...
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Not getting the creamy result beating butter and sugar

I have this "weekend meyer lemon cake" recipe: The problem I am facing while making the cake is that I don't get the creamy mixture, mixing sugar and butter. it's like bread crumbs right now, or ...
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Why is milk powder used in bread machine recipes?

In a bread machine bread recipe, why is milk powder included? And is milk powder needed? I have baked several loaves without milk powder. When the bread is baking sometimes the loaf ...
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What kind of tray or tray coating to use for pretzels?

I've been making traditional German pretzels with a lye bath, but the pretzels tend to bake onto the baking sheets. I've tried a few different kinds of trays, all with less that perfect results. ...
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What size cake pan could be substitued in place of muffins?

I have a recipe that the blogger said made 24 mini muffins and had enough batter left for 4 regular sized muffins. If I want to make it into a cake or loaf, what size pan would I need? I know it ...
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Why are Cinnabons so soft and moist?

This is a question about the science of baking. What factors contribute to the softness and moistness of the Cinnabon buns? Particularly, I'm interested in: The type of flour to use (e.g. cake, AP, ...
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Are there any tricks to making a light-textured “whipped cream cake”?

During a web search, I found a cake recipe that uses heavy cream instead of butter. However, when I made it, the cake texture was terrible; thick and doughy even though I tested the cake with a ...
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Smoke detector goes off when baking chicken breast

Smoke comes out of my oven when I bake chicken breast fillets. As soon as I open the oven door I can see some smoke escaping, and 30 seconds later both fire alarms are going off. This has never ...
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Egg replacer for bread dough?

I've been reading (most) questions and answers (here) about baking bread (which I love) and how to replace eggs in many recipes (which I wish I didn't need). Turns out, I too have egg allergy (not too ...
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What can I subsitute for Aluminum foil in the oven? I am allergic to Aluminum

I am allergic to Aluminum and have always had a problem with what else I can use to line baking dishes or pans in the oven and toaster oven. Can you give me an idea of what else might be oven proof ...
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What happens when you bake Winesap apples?

In researching the answer to a question of why the apples in a pie became mushy, I noticed that two of my cookbooks contradicted each other on the Winesap apple, on whether it remains firm upon ...
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Why won't my crueler rise [duplicate]

I followed a recipe for cruelers that came out delicious! Unfortunately they didn't puff the way I was expecting them to. Just wondering if Anton might know why or have some tips for getting them to ...
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making scalloped potatoes, need to be in oven for 3 hours,what temperature should I have them on

I need to put scalloped potatoes in the oven for 3 hours, what tempterature should I have them on?
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baking time versus number of items in oven

I doubled a recipe for apple cake, and filled two 13x9 pans. Into the 350F wall oven they went. Recipe estimates 50-60 minutes. 60 minutes later, probe comes out pretty damp, and cakes are more than ...
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Where to find a large individual brownie pan?

I'm looking for a large baking pan for cooking individual square brownies, preferably at least 8cm x 8cm (3.14 inches) but I can't find anything anywhere!! Can anyone suggest where I can get something ...
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Making Herman the German starter using brown sugar

I have a recipe for Herman the German cake and starter that calls for white sugar. One of the comments said the person used brown sugar to feed Herman. It wasn't clear if she used brown sugar to ...
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Amish Friendship Bread starter with buttermilk

I saw a recipe for an Amish Friendship Bread that called for buttermilk in the starter and feedings. If I made this and gave some away, are the recipients now required to continue to feed the starter ...
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Bread breaks in the middle while in the oven

Would like to ask a question based on your experience in bread making. We have made in our house several loafs of bread in various shapes and sizes and with many different methods, manually, robot ...
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Burned Cookies - Now what?

I made Cookies and they are burned at the bottom. What can I do to remove the burned layer without destroying the cookies and keeping as much as possible from the good parts? I was thinking of sand ...
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Is there any advantage to resting (banana) bread batter?

I make several different types of breads (apple, banana, etc.). All of them have some commonalities, which includes that they start out life as a batter, don't require yeast (baking soda and hot water ...
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What determines the shape-holding ability of cookies?

What things can you vary to make cookies hold their shape better during cooking, and not spread out like a pancake? From my experimenting, the initial temperature of the dough before cooking seems to ...
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cake baking problem (white lumps of flour)

I have a cake recipe called oil cake that has been in my family for a long time. It calls for flour and sugar and to make a well and add egg, buttermilk, cocoa, pinch of salt, cinnamon, and oil. Then ...
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Why doesn't my conventional-oven Naan bread taste authentic?

I recently tried this recipe for Naan bread in an oven, and followed it diligently, but the product that came out did not have that characteristic flavor of Naan. It was more like a pizza bread ...
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choosing a red food color for red velvet cake

Are there any tell tell signs to choosing a red food colouring for red velvet cakes. Having just whipped one up, mine is sadly brown despite a bottle and half (45ml) of red food colouring. Also can ...
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How to add more toppings to frozen pizza?

I generally buy frozen Pizza Margherita in store for making a quick lunch if I am running out of time. However, I don't really like the taste of the baked Pizza because it is just Tomato and Cheese. I ...
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What kind of beer for beer bread?

Beer bread is bread wherein beer is used for liquid and leavening. I tend to use a basic pilsner, but I'm a beer snob, and I've taken to wondering what would happen if I substituted something a little ...
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Runny Cookie Dough

Roasted Peanut Cookies It is raining outside and the water drops are pelting my window.Warmed some milk and gathered some pots to bake some cookies Flour (1 1/2 cups) White & Brown Sugar ...
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Baking bread for fishing bait

I would like to experiment a little with new fish bait. So I want to make special bread for fishing with specific aromas and tastes like this bread. Bread needs to be elastic and rubbery-spongy, so ...
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Why don't other grain proteins behave like gluten?

There are many excellent explanations here (and elsewhere) of what gluten "does." What I haven't seen anywhere is an explanation of what makes gluten so special. Where do its marvelous elastic ...
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Gas or electric for rack oven in a bakery?

I plan to purchase a rotating rack oven for my bakery. What type (gas or electric) would achieve the best result for pastries and small breads?
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How can I prevent my honey cake from splitting open? [duplicate]

I've made honey cake pretty often, and it almost always splits open in the middle. Why does that happen and how can I prevent it? Edit: attaching a picture of the cakes I just made Basic recipe ...
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Why don't my cookies flatten?

I have baked Betty Crocker's Giant Honey and Oat Cookies three or four times now, and every time, my cookies do not spread out, I just get thick cookies. Is there something I am doing wrong? As far as ...
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Why does my glaze soak into my doughnuts?

I fry up some yummy doughnuts and let them cool. Shortly after glazing them, I notice that the glaze has soaked into the doughnuts. How can I prevent this from happening?