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

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Oven Spring when first stage of recipe includes a ten hour first rise

I am baking Swedish Limpa Bread. The recipe calls for mixing rye flour with a molasses/ anise seed, salt and water mixture and letting rise overnight or nine to ten hours. Does this exhaust the ...
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Can't I just grease the Baking Sheet instead of using Parchment Paper

Recipes such as http://paleoleap.com/avocado-banana-chocolate-cookies/ say to line baking sheet with parchment paper. Why can't we just grease the baking sheet?
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How-to Cut Baking Chocolate bar clean for perfect squares

My recipe calls for 1/2 square of baking chocolate per cookie. But trying to cut thru the bar into the indicated squares just crumble and are not neat or exact. Is there a method of somehow either ...
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All my breads seem to taste and look the same

I have been working through a few different recipes from the bread bakers bible, and I can't seem to get the breads to differentiate. I am using the specified ingredients, and following the ...
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Why use yeast instead of baking powder?

Both yeast and baking powder are used to gas-fill the pastry, make it expand and thus make it soft and fluffy. Using yeast is rather inconvenient - it can be dead already or if the yeast is submerged ...
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Challah rolls open up when baking in the oven

I cook Challah rolls very often. Sometimes it all goes great. Some other times I encounter an issue I cannot identify where it comes from. The baked challah roll comes rises in the oven and opens up ...
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What is the difference between corn flour and corn meal?

I have a recipe that calls for a mix of corn and wheat flours, but my local grocery stores (in the south east US) only carry corn meal. What is the difference between corn flour and corn meal? Can ...
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How do I get my chocolate chip cookies to turn out thick and soft?

How can I get my chocolate chip cookies to come out thick and soft? I always use real butter; is this a problem?
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What is the difference between various types of flour?

Is there a difference between the various types of flour that you see in the stores (i.e. Cake, Bread, and All-Purpose? Is it really necessary to stock 3 types of flour in my pantry or is this just a ...
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I used evaporated milk instead of sweetened condensed milk in a fudge recipe. How do I fix this?

I was given a fudge recipe citing evaporated milk instead of sweetened condensed milk. Is it possible to fix this by adding sugar and re-cooking the fudge or is it just a recipe gone bad?
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Egg Yolks in Making Tassies

I am making the pecan filling for some tassies. I have extra egg yolks, and want to know if I can use 2 yolks intstead of 1 whole egg.
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Best vegan substitute for egg wash

What would be the best way for replacing egg wash when baking bread? I've tried unsweetened soy milk but it didn't brown that well.
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bread flour strength?

I know nothing about bread making and I'm a novice. I've got a new recipe that I really want to try, but it calls for bread flour and doesn't mention the bread flour strength. I have strong bread ...
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Baking below sea level

I now live on the Sea of Galilee (600+ feet below sea level), and my cakes all seem to fall, no matter what I do. Is baking affected by being below level?
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Can I substitute powdered walnuts for all-purpose flour in a cake?

I saw a recipe where ground-up walnuts were a substitute for flour but this was for a cake that you do not cook (it was a recipe for chocolate cake made out of zucchini. Can powdered walnuts ...
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creme brulee without torch

Is it possible to finish a creme brulee without a torch? Are there any other creative methods to get the sugar to crisp up on the top of this delicious dessert?
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Substituting oil in baking?

I have a cake recipe which calls for 1 1/3 cup of vegetable oil. What are the essential properties of vegetable oil in baking? What changes would be expected if I were to substitute peanut or canola ...
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How to make cookies less crumbly?

I baked cookies last night and they came out rather crumbly. It felt like I put in quite a lot of flour - would that affect the crumbliness?
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Baking a cheesecake at 325 instead of 350

I have a cheesecake recipe that I have used for years, It is as close to perfect as I need it to be...except, sometimes it cracks (maybe 1 of 5). I have never used a water bath and I don't want to ...
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How do you make a cake lift equally and minimize doming?

Some time ago, I baked a cake (Sachertorte to be exact). The taste and texture was fine, so my recipe is okay. My biggest issue was the shape. In the middle it was really a lot higher than on the ...
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Preheating Onida convection microwave oven

I am using Onida's microwave oven. There is no option to preheat on that. Please give me some advice how should I bake things without preheating the oven. It's a 20 litre grill microwave oven.
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Substitute for margarine in graham cracker crust

I have a recipe for cheesecake with a graham cracker crust, and the crust recipe calls for melted margarine. I'd like to make the recipe without hydrogenated oils/trans fats. I have butter and a ...
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Why would you place potatoes on salt when baking in the oven?

Several of my recipe books call for baking potatoes on a layer of (rock) salt, e.g. I'm currently following one for gnocchi that has this very instruction. Searching yields many recipes, but I can't ...
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How to convert a muffin/cupcake recipe to a large muffin recipe

I'm looking at the side of my "breakfast - O - meal" box at a recipe for 12 muffins. The kind you would use with a standard muffin tin. What kind of variation should can I use to make the recipe work ...
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Properly melting butter and sugar together for butterscotch bar recipe

I've been trying to make butterscotch bars. I'm not a new baker, but I don't have much experience in melting brown sugar and butter together. The recipe (included at bottom of post) I'm using says ...
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Which cooking method gives the leanest bacon?

I've recently discovered the joy that is baking bacon. It's made me curious: does baked bacon render out more fat than pan-fried? How about microwaved?
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Does using egg+yolk in a chocolate chip cookie recipe make a big difference? [duplicate]

Some recipes I've seen use an egg + yolk combination. A lot of them just use one egg. Does it make a big difference, as long as there is enough liquid in the batter? Would big brands use egg + yolk ...
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Using gas cooker now having problem cooking food

I have a new world gas cooker bur I am finding following recipes cooking guidelines results in undercooked bases of i.e. scones, fruit pies, or Xmas fruit loaf. When baking blind, the top of food ...
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How to decide the baking temperature when recipe doesn't mention it?

On what factors does the temperature setting depend? Of course if I have to bake a stone, I would need to set the temperature at 900C perhaps :rolleyes: ;), but in normal cakes where you have a ...
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Baking a pie in air grill / electrical convection oven?

I got a following device, apparently not too common one. :) Marketed here as air grill, but also named electrical convection oven. It took me a bit of trial and error to learn to cook meat in it ...
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Shiny side or not for foil?

Does it make any difference when you wrap food with aluminum foil for grilling or baking or making a steam pouch whether you put the shiny side in or the shiny side out? I've seen at least one answer ...
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Why is my pecan pie always runny?

My pecan pie used to be firm years ago. Now going by the same recipe it's always runny. This time I added an extra egg, stirred it less and with a wood spoon so as not to get air and foam in the ...
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Difference between Maida and All purpose flour

I'm baking tonight and I'm out of All purpose flour. I'm lazy to run out to the grocery store. Can I replace All purpose flour with Maida (Maida is better known to Asian Indians - we use it for making ...
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Why put Sprite in a baking recipe?

My Apple Dumpling Recipe calls for Sprite or Ginger Ale to be added around dumplings before baking. What is the effect of the Sprite?
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Why can't I use toaster oven instead of real oven?

My toaster oven has a temperature gauge just like my oven 200-450 degrees. I opened a package of fish sticks and the instructions said "Do not cook in microwave or toaster oven." It only had ...
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Why does my cakes fall? [closed]

When I bake cakes from scratch they fall in the middle. When I bake boxed cakes they do not fall. I do not know if I am overbaking or using too much liquid.
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Water bath issue when doubling a cheesecake recipe to make bars

I have a recipe for a cheesecake that I'd like to double. Of course I would have to use a 9 X 13 pan and make it into bars (which I don't mind). It will eventually get covered with a chocolate mint ...
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How to make gingerbread more moist and fluffy?

I have a gingerbread recipe (http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/gingerbread-loaf) I recently made with gluten free flour and honey instead of white sugar. While it was somewhat moist I wanted to make ...
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Ideal temperature and method to bake a deep dish pizza

What is the ideal temperature to bake deep dish pizza, and for how long? I want to bake a deep pan pizza with toppings of mushrooms, olives and mozzarella and cheddar cheese. I have an electric oven. ...
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Why pre-mix baking soda into 2 tsp of milk?

I am not much of a cook, but about this time every year, I pull out a favorite family recipe for cookies. My grandmother made these cookies for me when I was a child, and when I got older she wrote ...
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tartine bread without dutch oven (inverted mixing bowl on top of heavy skillet)?

I'm contemplating buying a dutch oven to make tartine bread. It would be a strict unitasker for my purposes. It's bulky and if I get a bare one, I might not bake often and it could rust. An ...
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Correct way to join two halves of sponge cake?

When you join two halves of sponge cake (as in this photo) which way round are you supposed to do it? The instructions I've used seem to assume what comes out of your two cake tins are two fairly ...
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What considerations should be taken into account when adding any fruit to any cake?

I have a pineapple-orange cake recipe that is very good, but is from a relative - I didn't develop it. I am curious how to adjust a typical cake recipe or even a box cake mix so that I can add fruit ...
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Can I substitute parchment paper for foil?

can I substitute parchment paper for the foil in a bar cookie recipe
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Using skim or low-fat milk in recipes

When a recipe calls for milk, does using skim or low-fat milk over whole milk matter? Even though the difference between whole and skim milk is about 2 percent fat, will it affect the result? Is ...
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“Banging” cookies half way through baking

So I found a recipe for cookies which calls to "Bake the cookies for 10 mins, taking the tray out halfway through and banging sharply on a work surface covered with a couple of tea towels - this ...
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Cookies are too sweet

I made chocolate chip cookies and added too much brown sugar. The cookies are too sweet. I've used real butter and real chocolate chips. Does anyone have any ideas?
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Why doesn't my quick bread rise properly when substituting splenda for sugar?

I used Splenda in one of my favorite quchinni (squash) recipes and it did not rise at all. It is about 3 inches thick and is heavy as the batter was thick. Why did this happen, and is there any way ...
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How to bake a sponge cake in a grill microwave oven

How can we bake a sponge cake in a grill microwave oven where there no preheating functionality? It's an Electrolux grill microwave oven. Is there any substitution to the preheating process?
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Can/should I use baking soda when cooking beans?

My recipe for hummus says to cook the garbanzo beans with a little baking soda to soften them. Does this work with other legumes? I've often seen the advice against salting the cooking water for ...