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

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Can barley flour be used as a substitute for barley malt extract?

A bread recipe is calling for barley malt extract and i dont have it.So can barley flour be used.
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What should a good cookie dough look like?

I've been trying to make a good, chewy cookie recipe for the last 4-5 months but nothing good ever shown up. I've tried countless recipes on the internet with no success. One thing that I noticed was ...
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Substitute peanut butter for cookie butter?

I'm trying to make mug cookies and it calls for cookie butter, which I don't have. Can I use peanut butter instead?
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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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How do I bake chocolate chip cookies like Subway?

I want a chocolate chip cookie like the ones Subway has. Those cookies have a smooth top and chewy texture. I have a recipe for 3/4 cup fat, 0.5 cup sugar 0,5 cup brown sugar, 3/4 cup flour, 1 egg, 2 ...
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Baked tortilla chips: how to make them quicker and more consistent?

I like to make corn tortilla chips by cutting up store-bought tortillas and baking them at 350 for ~20-25 minutes without oil or salt. However, I've found that the last few minutes are highly variable ...
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How to heat up already baked french bread in oven to get a crispy crust

Where I live I do not have access to great quality bakery breads. Is there a way to heat up an already baked french sandwich baguette in oven to get a crispy outer texture? Water mist on top before ...
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What can I do with batter that has lumpy sugar in it?

I was making a scratch cake, and my sugar (to my chagrin) was inferior. When I beat it into the batter, it turned into many tiny lumps. Has anyone ever figured out how to solve this problem? I beat ...
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How can I estimate the time required to bring a piece of meat to a certain temperature?

I would like to cook a couple steaks using the "reverse sear" technique (e.g. this Youtube video). The general instructions are: Preheat the oven to 275F. Put steaks in oven and bake until they ...
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Is it okay to use stainless steel in oven?

Its stainless steel dish so can I put it in the oven at 250c/482f ?
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Baking granbarksost ( spruce bark cheese) (Brie) with little mould

We have this amazing cheese from sweden just like Brie cheese but surrounded by tree bark and meant for baking. Should I remove the little bits of green mould from the outside of the cheese before ...
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where can I purchase a “wonder pot”?

The "wonder pot" is a type of stovetop bakeware that seems to have been popular in Israel during a period of austerity. I'm looking for a (preferably USA based) supplier for a new one. Here's a link ...
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After refrigerating cookie dough overnight, should i leave my dough at room temperature or go straight to the oven?

I usually leave my cookie dough in the fridge overnight. After taking it out, should I leave it at room temperature for a while or should I scoop it and go straight to the oven?
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chocolate substitutions in baking brownies from scratch

can I use semi-sweet or unsweetened chocolate squares for dark chocolate in a brownie recipe
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What should be the material of the vessels to be used in an electric oven?

Could you please provide a general guide figure out if a piece of cookware can be used in the oven, based on what material it is made of?
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Replicating commercial gluten-free/non-gebrokts matzo — where to start?

I'm on a somewhat restricted diet right now in which I'm not allowed to eat any grains of any kind. It turns out that the Yehuda gluten-free matzo and Manischewitz gluten-free matzo-style crackers are ...
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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 to convert cook time and temp from 9" round cake pans to standard cupcakes? [duplicate]

I am making carrot cake "cupcakes" from a recipe meant for round 9" cake pans (3 layers, if that matters). The cake pans are supposed to cook 25-30 min at 350. How should I cook the cupcakes? ...
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Mysterious bitter taste from tropical fruits and coconut

I cook every day, and today I had an experience I am at a total loss to explain. I am hoping the combined knowledge of the Internet can help. Today, I decided to make a tropical fruit custard. Being ...
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How can I identify dutch process cocoa?

I have a hard time finding "dutch process cocoa" in the store sometimes. What other names might dutch process cocoa be known as? Is there something else in the ingredients that might identify ...
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How to make my graham cracker bites crispy/crunchy?

I am attempting to make crunchy graham cracker bites (think granola but made from graham crackers). I wanted to use the recipe below as a base: 2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs 1/3 cup sugar ...
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Is there any substitute for vital wheat gluten?

There's pizza dough recipe which calls for vital wheat gluten and I cant find it anywhere in India. Is there any substitute for it?Can I use seitan as a substitute? Thanks
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Bread doesn't split at the score

I've got to the point where my bread springs beautifully (I can see it grow). Unfortunately, no matter how I score it, the score always spreads open gently, then hardens along with the rest of the ...
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One base cake mix and then make several flavors

Does anyone know how to make one base cake mix and then make several flavors for cupcakes? I was thinking a basic white cake mix then SPLITTING mix into Vanilla Bean, Chocolate and Strawberry. Thank ...
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Getting rid of a commercial/plastic taste in icing?

I have been taking a cake decorating course that requires me to make this buttercream icing because, being Wilton, they claim that no other icing gets stiff enough to make their decorations, and that ...
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How to minimise sugar in meringue

My wife just complained that she can't eat my meringue because they have too much sugar in them. She suggested I cook them with less sugar. However, without sugar the meringue won't work right. What ...
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Does salt do anything more for baked products than just add flavor? [duplicate]

From a chemical scientific stand point... What roles does salt play in food besides the usual afterthought of sprinkling some on top of your food item to increase/enhance the flavor. I know this is ...
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cake burns on bottom

Why is my cake burning on the bottom and the top is not done. I must not have the oven rack in the right place. If I want the cake to bake less on the bottom, what position should the rack be in.
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How can I make my scones rise evenly?

I've been making some scones and they are either falling away to one side or just sort of staying flat. I'm currently just baking them on a tray in the oven at 220C The recipe is: 450g self-raising ...
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How can i optimize the use of my convection oven?

Is there a resource i can use to learn how to bake in my convection oven? I know that it can improve the results greatly and i am just not understanding it. I know that you are supposed to bake at ...
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Filling tart with beans/rice for baking

I've found a recipe for a lemon tart: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/380616/greggs-tangy-lemon-tart Everything looks fine to me and I get what to do exactly, but I don't understand the part that ...
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How can you make “All Purpose Flour” using home ground wheat?

We grind our wheat at home. Many recipes call for "All Purpose Flour" and we have been trying to find how to make our own "All Purpose Flour".
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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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What is the science behind Magic Cake?

Magic Cake has a seemingly simple batter, that is mixed and baked as a single entity. (See link for the full recipe and method). When it is baked, it separates into three distinct layers: A dense ...
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Gummy residue from baking spray/oil

I'm sure everyone's seen this - that brownish stuff left behind when you grease an area of a baking dish that gets left exposed to the heat. Soap doesn't bother it too much, and it likes to gum up my ...
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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 ...
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Stronger bread, how could I achieve that?

I'm new to baking in general, and I've been recently trying to make a simple pizza bread. But the problem is that after I bake the bread in the oven, it seems like the bread isn't as elastic as I ...
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How to avoid elephant skin on no-knead bread?

When I make my no-knead bread, the bottom of the bread always becomes extremely thick - almost like the skin of an african elephant. I bake the bread in an IKEA 365+ pot made of stainless steel. The ...
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Is there any way to make whey powder at home?

Any way to make it.Whey powder is pretty expensive here and I want to use it for baking.
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How does the order of mixing ingredients affect the resulting cake?

I wanted to bake a Devil's cake yesterday. I got my recipe from a trusted book and I was surprised to see that the order of mixing was as follows: sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt, ...
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What causes the crown of the bread to crack during baking?

What causes the crown of a bread loaf to crack as it bakes? I would like to prevent it.
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Breadcrumbs or flour when greasing and dusting a cake form?

I unthinkingly followed a recipe for a type of chocolate cake where it said to dust the cake form with breadcrumbs after greasing. Unsurprisingly the toasted breadcrumbs were clearly visible on the ...
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Impastata Ricotta for Cannoli

I have been trying to make homemade cannoli filling, but I can not find Impastata Ricotta anywhere. I have tried using regular Ricotta, leaving it to drain in a cheesecloth overnight and then food ...
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Cinnamon Rolls for a dessert crust

I want to try a dessert using a can of cinnamon rolls for a crust. What I plan on doing is pressing the cinnamon rolls in the bottom of a 9"x13" pan, spreading them out so they cover the bottom of the ...
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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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Cake help urgent!

I am baking 1kg chocolate cake and it is already in oven from 50 mins. I'm baking it at 180 degrees temperature. The cake has risen well. But the mixture is not set yet. (I did the toothpick test) I ...
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at what temperature does yeast die [duplicate]

what water temperature will it kill yeast? I know if the temperature is too hot it will kill yeast but do not know the temp. does it matter what type of yeast?
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Are there any substitutes for Shortening?

I was specifically thinking about the Crisco shortening that is used in baking.
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How can I tell the difference between instant yeast and active dry yeast?

I have a jar containing yeast but I'm not sure whether it is instant or active dry. Is there any way to tell the difference? Thanks.
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What is the difference between genoise sponge and victoria sponge?

Just wanted to find out the differences between Genoise sponge and Victoria sponge. In particular, I was interested to find out which one turns out softer. Here are the 2 recipes for comparison. ...