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

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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 ...
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Why is salt sometimes ingredient of otherwise sweet cookies? [duplicate]

In some recipes for muffins, biscuits or cakes I find small amounts of salt as an ingredient (Chocolate cake, Banana muffin). Why? What can a pinch of salt add to the bowl of chocolate?
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How can I fix my tasteless baked flounder?

I fixed flounder fillets in a bed of yellow onions and mushrooms in a 425°F oven -- as the recipe says -- and the fish does not taste like anything. The Hollandaise sauce did not help either. Is there ...
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Why does commercial brown (whole wheat) bread taste bitter?

I use this flour for making parathas: Pillsbury Chakki Fresh Atta (whole wheat flour) This is whole wheat flour. The parathas never tasted bitter. Is the commercial whole wheat bread made of this ...
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problems with buttermilk biscuits

I found the following recipe for buttermilk biscuits: mix 2c flour, 1tsp salt, 1Tbsp baking soda cut 6Tbsp cold butter into mix add 1c buttermilk pat and fold on floured surface, cut into round ...
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Pie VS Tart VS Quiche

Pi day is coming up quickly! What are the technical differences between pie, tart and quiche? Tarts are sweet. Here are my observation so far: Pies can be either sweet or savoury. Quiches must ...
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How can I make zucchini bread less moist?

I made zucchini bread, and it turned out very tasty but too moist. It was very dense and somewhat sticky - not in an underdone way, though. I actually baked it for 5-6 minutes longer than the recipe ...
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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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Can I bake bread in pieces?

Because bread is basically brick sized and shaped, it'll take a long time to get cooked properly. Assuming I don't care about the shape, does it make sense to cut the bread dough into small pieces ...
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Why won't my cream biscuits rise?

I am trying to make these "cream biscuits". However, they just will not rise (tried 4 times) and end up looking very flat. I thought my problem was that I work the dough too much, but I tried it ...
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Amount of Brioche dough in a Brioche mould?

I have a 22 cm classic fluted Brioche mold (22 cm being the widest measurement on top). It's volume is extremely close to 1500ml. I'm wondering how much dough in total to put in it to make a "Brioche ...
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Is there a releaseable mold/pan for bread?

I am looking for a bread mold (or is it a pan?) that can be removed prior to baking. The reason is that it will lose the shape if I rest it before baking too long, but longer resting time in my ...
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Is it safe to “salt bake” using ice cream rock salt?

Salt baking requires a lot of salt. I want to use ice cream rock salt for salt baking because it normally comes in bulk size. But I've been told that the rock salt used for ice cream is not fit for ...
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how can i make 1 1/2 cup of all purpose flour to 1 1/2 cup of self'rising flour? [duplicate]

I am making a coffee cake it requires *self-rising flou*r but I only have all purpose flour. I do know how to make ap flour to self-rising yet i dnt the measurments for 1/2 a cup ?
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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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What kind of cookies can be shaped?

I was wondering what to look for in a cookie recipe if I want to cut it out into shapes using a cookie cutter. Some cookies tend to spread out much more than others and so would not retain any ...
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Baking 'Master' Recipes

I have a question for the seasoned bakers out there. In a nutshell, I'm wondering if there are 'master' recipes for cakes, muffins, etc. Perhaps it's a little bit complicated, but here goes the ...
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what to do to make oilless, butterless, eggless cookies?

I am making a cookie dough eggless, butterles and oilless. it is coming out spongy like a cake. what should I do to make no spongy cookies?
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Can quinoa be used instead of flour for cookies?

I use a non-gluten flour combination of: 4 cups brown rice flour 2/3 cup tapioca flour 1/3 cup potato starch Would it work to use quinoa in this combination as an addition or substitute for all of ...
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Ice pop recipe using egg yolks by two different ways

A few days ago i started reading about popsicles recipes. Searching this out i found out about two sort of recipes using almost identical ingredients to make a creamy popsicle. The first recipes ...
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Can't get my Puff Pastry shells to rise

I baked Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Shells according to what I thought were the directions. Temperature set at 425 degrees. I brushed the top with egg wash -- and only the top. When they baked, there ...
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Baking naan without an oven?

Is it possible to make eggless naan without an oven?
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Temps rising above set temps

My wife suspects the oven temp is not correct, she was baking cookies and had one tray near the bottom of the oven and another in the middle. The bottom cookies got burned and the oven temp was 100 ...
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How can I stabilize a souffle?

In baking souffles, I find that they start deflating from the moment I remove them from the oven. One chef suggested adding xanthan gum which is hard to find and quite expensive. Do you think ...
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at what temperature should apple-choco pie be prepared?

I have done this in the past but didn't really get the pie to turn out like I expect. I am wondering if I am not cooking it at the correct temperature since all the other aspects of the apple-choco ...
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How can I make my bread pudding firmer?

I have a bread pudding recipe I like, but would like to make it firmer. How would I go about this ?
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Cake without baking soda

I have this delicious recipe for flourless almond cake: 1 1/2 cups whole almonds, toasted 4 large eggs, at room temperature, separated 1/2 cup honey 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 ...
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Bake brownies by 2 different ways, what changes?

I tried to learn how to make brownies, searching this out i found out 2 ways: 1) Add the sugar and the eggs together and use a hand mixer to beat them until cream. Then add the mixture in the melted ...
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Can I cook Meringue on tin foil rather than Baking paper?

I am making meringue's and don't have access to baking paper, would tin foil work or could I just grease the tin itself?
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What are the benefits, if any, of using a pizza stone in a toaster oven?

My Oven Toaster Grill. From here: What kind of bakery items do not get horribly affected by electricity going off when the item is still in oven? Toaster ovens have far less thermal mass to ride ...
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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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Why must I return the chilled chocolate cookie dough to room temperature before baking?

According to a chocolate chip cookie recipe, I chilled the cookie dough before baking but it was also written to turn the cookie dough to room temperature before baking. What is the purpose of doing ...
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Do breads always have to be baked in some vessels in an oven? If yes, then what shaped vessels would those be?

Is it even necessary to use a vessel for baking breads (assuming I don't care about the shape of the bread)? In this link for (example) French bread I saw that the dough is not in liquid form, so it ...
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What kind of bakery items do not get horribly affected by electricity going off when the item is still in oven?

I have a nice oven but I have stopped making cakes for the reason being that if electricity goes off in between I'll have to throw the cake. Now, if I prepare brown/multigrain breads which need whole ...
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Woodfire oven how to get crust soft and tasty

Hi I've just built a wood fire oven at home and I want to know how to get he pizza crust soft? Any tips for success with traditional Italian-style bread? Some people say to put sugar in and other ...
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Techniques for making sourdough starter in cold/altitude

I want to try my hand at making sourdough starter but live in high altitude and cold weather. I'm not sure if the altitude is an issue but I don't think my house is warm enough on its own to allow a ...
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What hole size to prefer in the bread for what reasons?

I have seen someone asking how to get big holes in a bread? and then someone else asking how to get small holes in the bread? Why would someone like big holes and the other person small holes? ...
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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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How to bake burger buns so that they expand horizontally instead of expanding vertically?

We are trying to bake burger buns and we usually play the rounded individual dough on the baking tray and use another baking tray to press it down to flatten it. Now our hands are so sore after ...
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Will double-action baking powder lose potency if not baked immediately?

I use double-action baking powder to make waffles. If I bake the waffles immediately, they rise nicely. However, if I bake the waffles more than 3 hours after making the batter, they don't rise as ...
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Prebaking bread, which internal temperature would you go for?

I've made a batch of Dutch Stollen and I want to pre-bake them in the oven and keep them in the freezer. I was thinking of baking them to 70ºC internal temperature. The yeast should be dead by then, ...
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Is it okay to bake caramel pudding rather than steaming it?

I have a simple recipe for caramel pudding. It says to steam the pudding mix until it's set. It's a somewhat old recipe I've never tried before. So, rather than steaming (which is very time ...
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How dangerous is it to bake food with plastic?

I just baked a spiral ham for an hour. There was a little piece of plastic that I was supposed to 'remove before cooking', but I didn't notice it. After an hour, the ham was baked and the plastic ...
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How to keep a high hydration bread loaf from becoming flat

Yesterday, I made a sourdough loaf with a high hydration (80%) and as usual, when I turned it out of its banneton, it simply couldn't hold its shape and became very flat; only about 1 1/2 inches at ...
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What is a 'dough spatula'?

I got a new baking book for Christmas; in it, I found the following sentence: [To bake this bread] you will need the following kitchen tools: a digital scale for metric measures, a small scoop for ...
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Why mix dry and fresh yeast?

We are currently preparing to bake bagels after a recipe by Cynthia Barcomi. Strangely, in that recipe she uses both dry and fresh yeast in equal amounts. When searching the internet all I can find is ...
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Substitute for Pastry Flour from Limited Traditional and Alternative Flours

I have a recipe for sponge cake that calls for either all white pastry flour or an equal mix with whole wheat pastry flour. Unfortunately, the only pastry flour I have is whole wheat. The recipe ...
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How to reduce the moisture when making tarte tatin

I've tried making pear and apple tarte tatin a couple of times, using different recipes, and the result is always the same. When I take the pan out of the oven and flip it over, the pastry is moist, ...
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What does an overnight chill do to cookie dough, that a 4 hour chill doesn't?

I have a high-fat cookie dough (see What ingredient changes will make this cookie dough more workable?) which wants to be chilled in the refrigerator overnight before shaping. I tried to cheat by ...
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Suggestions for a substitute for almond paste in a cookie recipe?

I’m trying to find a substitute for almond paste in a cookie recipe. Does anyone have any suggestion for what I could use? This is a cookie recipe that calls for 8 ounces of almond paste. The recipe ...