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

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How close to the top should I fill a pie to avoid overflow?

I'm planning a pot-pie recipe in a casserole dish and was wondering how high I should fill it without worrying about it overflowing during cooking. A traditional vented pie crust will completely ...
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How does hydration of a sourdough affect baking features?

Looking at different recipes for sourdough starters, there's everything from a mix as dry as cookie dough to as wet as gruel. In this (danish) recipe from the acclaimed chef Claus Meyer of a pretty ...
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Freeze friendly baked side dishes

No matter how much I love baked food, I cannot avoid a guilty feeling with the environment whenever I turn my oven on. Normally I try baking as much as possible in one go to make a better use of the ...
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Why is bacon commonly baked in a cold oven?

When cooking bacon on a sheet rack in the oven (for about 25 minutes at 400 ° F), it's common to put the bacon in the oven when the oven is cold, so that the oven is "pre-heating" while the bacon ...
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Does oil/butter help rise the dough?

When I'm baking regular white bread: wheat flour+water+yeast. I often find my first rise to do well, but my second rise halts prematurely. It does not double. I think/guess the reason is mostly ...
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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 ...
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How can I turn my muffin batter into the natural blue color from blueberries?

I'm trying to make blueberry muffins, and I will be folding the blueberries into the batter as well. How can I turn the batter slightly blue without adding excess blueberries? The recipe i'm using ...
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Can I turn coarse coarnmeal into fine with a blender?

I wonder if running your cornmeal (dry) through a blender for a couple of minutes might break it down a little? Like when you want finer sugar. Note: taken from a deleted answer to How do I eliminate ...
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When making filled cupcakes, is it possible to bake a custard filling in it?

I'm about to make filled cupcakes for the first time. It'll be this cupcake from Ming Makes Cupcakes. The filling is basically lemon curd, i.e. a custard. Most tutorials on making filled cupcakes ...
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What's the Procedure for This Pie?

What would be the procedure for this pie recipe from a 50 year-old cookbook? 1 1/2 c. mashed, cooked pumpkin 1/2 c. sugar 1/2 t. salt 1 1/4 t. cinnamon 1 t. ginger 1/2 t. nutmeg 1/2 t. cloves 3 ...
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How to reheat a baked potato?

How should baked potatoes be reheated in order to most closely approximate fresh-from-the-oven quality?
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How can I achieve even browning on the bottom of baked buns?

I've taken to using my go-to Honey-Oat Pain de Mie recipe to make sandwich buns. I just separate the dough after the first rising into eight dough balls on a sheet pan. As a loaf, I always make this ...
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Best apples for apple pie

I am making an apple pie for the first time this Thanksgiving. I was wondering what the best apple was for apple pie. There are so many to choose from.
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French bread falls after scoring, how can I achieve a tall loaf

My neighbor shared her delicious french bread recipe with me. Her loaves always turn out tall and fluffy. My loaves fall when I score them and the result is flat, saggy crisp crust bread. Things ...
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Using a bundt pan in place of loaf pans

If a recipe calls for the use of two loaf pans, would it be ok to use a bundt pan instead?
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Is sourdough actually sour?

Why is sourdough called 'sourdough'? Is it because it is sour to the taste, or for a different reason?
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How does sourdough (wild yeast) starter differ from location to location?

I understand that sourdough starter (made from wild yeast) will differ from location to location, based on the different yeast bacteria. How will this change the flavor and type of the starter? What ...
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What happens with bread at >= 94˚C/201˚F? Or: Is temperature a reliable indicator of doneness?

So I baked a rye bread last night (in a bread pan). It was a new recipe for me and I had to adjust some things in it due to missing ingredients, so I could not fully rely on the time and temperature ...
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Utilizing both oven racks when baking

Are there any "rules of thumb" when it comes to utilizing both racks in the oven? I'm primarily concerned when it comes to frozen meats in the oven, but I also want to utilize both racks when I bake ...
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Dry edges on sponge cake, nest 2 sheet pans for insulation?

I'm tweaking a thin sponge cake with nut flour that I want to roll with a filling. My third attempt at the cake was delicious, but it didn't bake evenly. The edges were dry and there was a slightly ...
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What are the differences between baking in bulk and baking in smaller amounts?

I know that you need different techniques and tools to bake in bulk. But do recipes need to be changed as well? How does one take a recipe that you would bake at home in a small batch (e.g. baking ...
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Flan recipe calls for a blender; how can I make it in a mixer instead?

Cream cheese flan recipes seem to all call for a blender: you just put all the ingredients (possibly minus the evaporated milk) into the blender, kind of willy-nilly, and whizz it up. Problem is, I ...
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Cause for Popovers not Rising in Oven?

Today, I was inspired to make popovers. I followed this recipe, "Foolproof Popovers" but substituted the white flour with whole wheat white flour. As for the rest of the directions, I carefully ...
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Problems with my technique in making a Belgian Liege Waffle

I have been following a very nice recipe to the dot. However, I encounter some problems. My final texture is more similar to a bread than a waffle. Is this because I use trimoline instead of honey? ...
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Why did my chicken fingers not brown?

I used a boxed breading that called for dipping chicken in egg and milk then rolling in breading. The chicken fingers still look kind of white with noticeable flour left on them after baking. I did ...
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Bread too dense

I'm following this recipe: http://blog.junbelen.com/2010/03/24/how-to-make-pan-de-sal-filipino-bread-rolls-at-home/. I was careful to measure the water temperature for the yeast, etc. The resulting ...
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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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Bread Making - Ideal times [closed]

I have read a few of Recipes but I failed to get the times lines and proportions of preparation or I could not read it well. Here are my doubts. For a Ideal bread making (In general) How much time ...
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How to bake chips in microwave using grill?

Is it possible to prepare tortilla chips using the grill in a microwave? Can I bake anything for example, Indian version of samosa in a microwave using a grill rack? Here is a picture of a microwave ...
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Can I bake 1 round of puff pastry on top of another

Can I put 2 layers of puff pastry ( 1 on top of the other ) on top of a dish to make it very high ?
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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 ...
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Why would a baking recipe call for both cake and bread flour?

I recently encountered a recipe for chocolate chip cookies that mixes both cake and bread flour. Why would a baker want to do this? Cake flour, after all, is typically used for its low gluten content, ...
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How is baking bread in a ceramic pan different from using a metal one?

I just used my ceramic bread pans for the first time. The top crust was just like it used to be when I baked with those cheap metal pans with the stick-free surface that I'm wanting to avoid now to ...
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What makes the Pillsbury canned biscuits puff up?

What is it in canned biscuits that makes them puff up immediately upon opening the can yet stops them from raising further? What kind of food voodoo is at work here? Please explain the food science ...
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Baking Souffles [duplicate]

I baked individual lemon soufflés that collapsed before I removed them from the oven. Please advise me as to what I need to do to keep these items from collapsing. Thanks.
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What to do with leftover crumb topping? [closed]

After making an apple crostata, I was left with a lot of leftover crumb topping. The topping is delicious and I could eat it by itself ;) But since it includes raw flour, I'd rather find a more ...
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When can I use coconut oil as a substitution for other fats?

Aside from imparting a different flavour, when baking and cooking can you substitute coconut oil for other oils (including butter) with the same results? I have been reading about the apparent health ...
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Why does my Wonder Pot now bake unevenly?

I've been using a Wonder Pot for a year and a half, mainly making cake and the occasional bread. Recently my cakes have started baking unevenly, with one half of the pot completing the baking before ...
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What can I use, beside applesauce, to replace fat in baking?

Due to dietary restrictions, I can not have apples, or any byproduct. There are lots of recipes that use applesauce to replace fat, but what can I substitute for applesauce in these recipes?
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Yeast 101: Active Dry Yeast, Instant Yeast, Baking Soda, Baking Powder. Differences and Info [closed]

I'm a little confused as to what are the difference between them, when should I use which? Also, how long is the lifespan and proper care after opening of these products? If I don't bake that often ...
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Bread Book Suggestions [closed]

I want baking my own bread loafs, specially things like sourdough baguettes, ciabatta, flatbead, and multi grain loaf bread. I've been researching this for a few days, but as usual, there is a ...
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What substitution can I make for blonde cane sugar in macaroons?

I've found a beautiful (and simple!) looking recipe for coconut lime macaroons but it calls for blond cane sugar, which I haven't seen in any of my local supermarkets in the UK, nor have I ever used ...
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My meringue forms syrup beads on top

Every time I make a pie , topped with meringue , little beads of sugary syrup form on the top of the meringue a few hours later. Why?
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cake undercooked or too wet?

I recently tried this recipe: http://www.chef-in-training.com/2012/09/easy-pumpkin-bread/ with the following modifications: I didn't have any butter, so I substituted 1/3c olive oil and 2 pureed ...
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How to turn over large number of items halfway through baking oven

What's the best way of turning over multiple items in the oven? For example when baking french fries or meat balls I turn them over halfway but it can be a bit tedious to rotate one at a time. Has ...
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How to make my croissants to grow?

I tried to cook croissants following a recipe I found on internet, but although I used yeast they didn't grow at all once in the oven. Is there any secret to prepare the dough?
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How does baking temperature affect kale chips?

My ideal for kale chips would be to have the kale remain as green as possible, be crispy, but not have a burnt flavor. In kale chip recipes around the internet, the cooking temperature varies ...
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Smallest muffin size without losing the muffin top?

This is a question about the physics of muffins. With a standard size muffin tray, when filled with batter, the heat and expansion causes the dough to spill over the edge and form the classic muffin ...
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Baking flour and sour cream -US /UK terms [duplicate]

What is the UK equivalent of US 'baking flour' and does the term 'sour cream' describe the same product in both countries?
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Can I use yogurt cheese in cheesecake by substituting the cream cheese?

It is very hard to find cream cheese or mascarpone where I live in India, so I just wanted to know whether I can make a cheesecake with yogurt cheese or not?