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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (3)

4
votes
1answer
235 views

Why fold in ingredients, why not just whisk?

Many recipes such as those for soufflé, call for folding in ingredients into whipped egg whites, so that you don't knock the air out. But why not just whisk the ingredients in? That way there's no ...
0
votes
1answer
3k views

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?
2
votes
2answers
283 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
165 views

Fresh cranberries OR frozen cranberries

I have a recipe that calls for 1 1/2 cup of fresh cranberries mixed with 1 cup of sugar (let stand). Then you add egg whites, orange juice and vanilla. Finally, you fold with whipped cream. Since ...
1
vote
1answer
35 views

Chiffon gets stiff overnight

I left a chiffon I baked on the counter, wrapped in tin foil. And after 5~6 hours it shrank and became stiff. I thought maybe it's too warm and dry in the room(25 C, humidity around 35 %) so I put the ...
1
vote
2answers
2k views

Create my own high-gluten flour by mixing vital wheat gluten and bread/AP flour?

Has anyone had success with giving their bread or all-purpose flour an extra gluten kick by adding vital wheat gluten? I would like to know what ratio to mix the the two ingredients with, or perhaps ...
7
votes
6answers
2k views

Can I add unsweetened cocoa to a store-bought white cake mix to make chocolate cake mix?

I know that buying a chocolate cake mix would be the easiest, but there is a white cake mix whose flavor I like...
1
vote
3answers
22k views

Can I substitute whole eggs for egg whites in cake mix?

A box of white cake mix needs three egg whites. If substituting whole eggs for egg whites, how many whole eggs would I use?
1
vote
3answers
134 views

Is 440° F too hot for an oven temperature?

I recently purchased a pre made casserole and the instructions stated that it should be placed in a 440* oven for 55 minutes. This seems like a very hot cooking temperature to me - am I mistaken? ...
1
vote
2answers
75 views

The Warm Oven Temp. for Cakes

My Mom is making a cake. Its an old recipe, 50 - 70 yrs old (or older). All it says is to use a warm oven. No temperature range, just a warm oven. What temperature would this be?
9
votes
3answers
9k views

When should I use convection when baking?

I think I understand what convection does, and (some) of the benefits, such as eliminating hot/cold spots, and being more efficient overall. Does this mean that I should always take advantage of it? ...
1
vote
1answer
66 views

My soufflé turned grey

I have been trying to make a raspberry soufflé, because, well, I found a recipe, and it sounded tasty. It utterly failed, but because I'm stubborn, I wanted to keep trying until I got it right. ...
1
vote
1answer
202 views

How to tell when cheesecake is done?

I'm baking a cake that shall be categorized as "light cheesecake". The recipe says when the top of the cake is firm, the cake is done. So I baked for an hour, opened the oven and found the top of the ...
1
vote
4answers
685 views

Buying European flours in the United States?

Is there somewhere I can buy Grupen Meyer Danish Flour or Campaillette French Flour in the United States? Watching different videos of master bakers in Europe, I keep seeing these products used. I ...
11
votes
9answers
42k views

Best way to cleanly cut brownies?

So, I'm on a brownie kick, and am currently playing around with baking batches of brownies in 9"x13" pans. I want each batch to yield 15 brownies (so I'm aiming for brownies that are around 3"x2.5") ...
4
votes
1answer
51k views

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. ...
1
vote
1answer
43 views

How to keep blintzes closed

I am trying to make cheese blintzes. I made them out of egg and flour. After packaging the blintzes up and readying to put them in the oven, they slowly start to pop back open. How do I keep them ...
19
votes
2answers
19k views

When baking a cake that calls for butter, should you use salted or unsalted?

I'm baking a cake using a cake mix and extra ingredients. It calls for 5 tbsp of butter, but I'm not sure which to use, salted or unsalted. What difference would it make??
3
votes
3answers
2k views

What temperature and time do I need to bake a 35cm Madeira cake?

I am cooking a very large wedding cake (35 cm or 14 inch) and can't get the cooking time right. Is there a specific temperature I should use?
0
votes
2answers
135 views

Storing cake batter

I know ideally when you make cake batter, you want to bake it right away, but could you store it in the fridge for a day or two (like you can pancake batter)? I'm entering a lot of items in a ...
1
vote
2answers
120 views

Can a semisweet chocolate be substituted with a belgian chocolate?

Can I use belgian chocolate as a substitute for semisweet chocolate for baking brownies?
1
vote
2answers
416 views

How to fold camembert in dough

Every time I bake camembert in bread dough, I do a bad job of enveloping. Usually, I make a thin dough circle (like a pizza base) with diameter somewhat less than three times the camembert's diameter. ...
2
votes
1answer
57 views

Cookies sticking to plate

After I bake cookies I let them cool on the pan for 3-5 minutes then move them to a plate. However I have noticed the next day the cookies on the bottom stick to the plate, then break into small ...
0
votes
1answer
47 views

Baking camembert with crust in a larger pan?

I have one small wheel of camembert and some pie dough. I want to pack the camembert in the dough and bake it. I plan to have the bottom and sides in crust, but to leave the upper surface free. But I ...
2
votes
1answer
366 views

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.
0
votes
2answers
111 views

Failed chocolate sponge

I'm new to bakery and I can bake chiffon and angel food cake alright, but everytime(3 times) I bake chocolate sponge, I always end up with something with good moisture but super stiff. What could I ...
3
votes
2answers
8k views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
21 views

What is the difference between how yeast, baking powder, and baking soda work as leavening agents? [duplicate]

I know that yeast works as a leavening agent because as the yeast bacteria wake up and start eating sugar, they give off gas. How do baking soda and baking powder work differently, as leavening ...
1
vote
2answers
353 views

Using Sourdough Breads to reduce Fructans

Short version: How can you minimise the fructan content of a spelt sourdough loaf? Is using a freshly rebuilt starter (low acidity, low sourness) ok? Is 9-10 hours of proofing enough, or should I ...
9
votes
2answers
6k views

Where can I buy borosilicate (Pyrex) bakeware in the U.S.?

Because of the shattering dangers of the apparently inferior lime glass that Pyrex uses for manufacturing in the U.S. as exposed by Consumer Reports, I'd like to replace my Pyrex with borosilicate ...
2
votes
3answers
406 views

What causes a cake to sink in the center?

I just pulled an Italian specialty cake out of the oven and was disappointed to see that it has sunk badly in the middle. It's not to be frosted or layered, so it might still be quite good, but what ...
7
votes
2answers
12k views

Can you use just egg yolks when recipe asks for eggs?

Having just made a batch of meringues,I am now left with lots of egg yolks, can I use them in recipes that ask for "eggs" i.e cakes and tray bakes. Is the white of the egg needed in the baking process ...
53
votes
9answers
7k views

How can I get chewy chocolate chip cookies?

My chocolate chips cookies are always too crisp. How can I get chewy cookies, like those of Starbucks? Thank you to everyone who has answered. So far the tip that had the biggest impact was to ...
4
votes
2answers
334 views

Crispy Lembas Bread Recipe

I've been taking a crack at a few variations of the Elven Lembas bread recipe from Lord of the Rings, because I'm a nerd and like to make random things. A common recipe I see linked in various blogs ...
4
votes
3answers
5k views

Cocoa nibs used for cooking or baking?

From my understanding, a cocoa nib is unprocessed cocoa (correct me if i'm wrong please). Are cocoa nibs ever used for cooking or baking? My assumption is that they need to be processed in order to ...
0
votes
0answers
12 views

How long can cream cheese frosting be safely stored in the fridge? [duplicate]

I made a cream cheese frosting a while ago. I didn't use all the frosting, so I put the rest (quite a lot actually) in the fridge with the intent to freeze it by the weekend if I hadn't used it. ...
0
votes
1answer
4k views

Can these settings bake a cake?

I've tried baking so many times with this kind of oven settings but they never work. The exterior of the cake looks fine, but when cut opened, they look as if they were never cooked. The oven doesn't ...
1
vote
1answer
626 views

Is there a general rule as if should bake something at 375 or 350 degrees, or does it really matter?

When I create my own recipe, I am never sure if I should bake it at 350 or 375 degrees. I have several cookie recipes that says to bake at 350 and others say to bake at 375. Is there a general rule ...
1
vote
2answers
463 views

What is a non-alcoholic substitute for rum in a glaze?

I want to make an orange cake and its recipe calls for rum in the glaze. Rum, anything alcoholic, rum extract, etc. are not an option for me. Is there a way to substitute with vanilla extract? If so, ...
2
votes
1answer
65 views

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?
1
vote
2answers
90 views

What water should be used in baking bread?

Should I change the water or flour I feed my starter? I am using the same recipe provided by Chad Robertson's book 'Tartine Bread', only changing the water from Poland Spring to Nestle Pure Life ...
0
votes
1answer
71 views

yeastless bread help!

My family has been trying to get away from using yeast. So I've been experimenting with using baking powder and baking soda as a leavening agent in my bread loaves. Our first loaf was very salty! I ...
5
votes
3answers
80k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
135 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
146 views

Cheesecake Reincarnation

I significantly over-baked my cheesecake today (I forgot to check the temp extra early to compensate for the fact that there was a baking stone in the oven). Now I'm trying to decide if it is ...
6
votes
5answers
28k views

Are there any substitutes for Shortening?

I was specifically thinking about the Crisco shortening that is used in baking.
0
votes
1answer
70 views

Squashing cookie balls vs slicing them

I have two cookie recipes that I plan to enter into a competition. Both of them call for dropping balls of cookie dough onto the sheet pan and then squashing them to 1/4". If I want to make the ...
2
votes
2answers
4k views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
58 views

What to do with short crust pastry [closed]

So I was on holiday and left my friend in the house. He left a couple of days before I got back, I told him to make sure everything was switched off, unfortunately he turned off the freezer. In ...
5
votes
4answers
2k views

How to get a sourdough like effect without the hassle of a real sourdough starter?

I enjoy making bread, but the bread I make using standard yeast of course lacks that sourdough taste. But the process of making and maintaining a sourdough starter frankly requires a bit too much ...