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

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How to create fruity or grassy shortbread cookies?

I saw a recipe for green tea shortbread cookies with white ganache filling and fell in love with it. But here, it is quite hard to get any matcha, the few Amazon marketplace sellers have very high ...
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What kind of nonstick coating is this?

I recently bought a Good Cook brand sheet cake pan, not realizing that it was nonstick. I'm was wondering what kind of nonstick coating it had, since the only coatings I know of are ceramic and teflon,...
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Best practices for baking experiment 'design'?

Is there a generally accepted best way to experiment with recipes? When starting with a recipe that is not 'quite right', if you wanted to tweak the quantities of various ingredients (and taste the ...
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Flourless cookies form “skin” that seals in moisture

I've developed a sort of recipe for flourless low-cal cookies which, so far, actually works pretty well, resulting in a soft scone-type confection, but I'm having one problem with it: upon baking, the ...
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Runny Cookie Dough

Roasted Peanut Cookies It is raining outside and the water drops are pelting my window.Warmed some milk and gathered some pots to bake some cookies Flour (1 1/2 cups) White & Brown Sugar (1/...
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Baking Adjustments When Using a Countertop Oven

I'm planning to bake some scones for a friend, but they only have a simple countertop oven. Although it's rated up to 250W, I would like to know if I should make any adjustments (I'm used to baking ...
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Stop pizza toppings sliding off sauce [duplicate]

I only find this with my home-cooked pizzas (making the dough from scratch), and not with purchased pizzas e.g Dominos. Whenever I add cheese and toppings, on top of my pizza sauce, they are very ...
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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 happened to my cornbread? Please help [on hold]

please help me. My cornbread sunk in the middle.what did I do wrong?
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Why are eggs not stored in the fridge better in baking?

I have always wondered why baking with refrigerated eggs VS room temperature eggs comes out much better. Can anyone explain why please?
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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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Why didn't my puff pastry “puff”?

I used store-bought puff pastry to make a tart with two layers of pastry (with some soft cheese in the middle). Even though it baked, neither the top nor the bottom layer of pastry rose or puffed at ...
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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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Under-watered bread dough: specific effect?

I would like to ask what would be the difference between a bread dough that had a sufficient water component, vs a bread dough that wasn't sufficiently moisturized, in terms of the end result baked ...
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Is it possible to bake bread or the like using a stovetop tagine?

I have a Moroccan style tagine, and I usually use it on the stovetop. The recipes or guidelines I have found for baking bread in a tagine usually depend on using it in an oven - something that is ...
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How to bake lokum rolls well?

These rolls are made by rolling short pastry dough thin (0.5 cm/0.2 inch), cutting it in small squares (ca. 5 cm / 2 inches) and rolling a small log of turkish delight (1x1x4 cm, 0.5x0.5x1.5 inches) ...
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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 ...
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How do I know when quiche is finished cooking?

Whenever I've cooked quiche, it's been in a round tin of around 10-12 cm diameter. I've used 5-6 eggs along with other ingredients like chicken and vegetables. After it comes out of the oven, I find ...
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Baking toad in the hole [closed]

I have tried to cook toad in the hole, and bite size sausage rolls, however the pastry never goes crispy or browns off in my electric cooker, though i follow cooking guides on the packet.
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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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Can I freeze baked puff pastry?

Can I freeze a baked frangipane puff pastry braid and have it come out right when thawed? Will it be soggy or change the texture?
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Baking in gas oven does not brown the top

I need advice from those who bake in gas oven without fan. I bake on the middle rack and have an oven thermometer(my oven is -20 deg off). My cakes get baked darker on bottom and paler on top. Cookies ...
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2000g sourdough boule in medium sized dutch oven

I've been just starting to get into baking. I made my own starter and I've been following the tartine bread recipe to reasonable success. The problem I continually run into, though, is weak oven ...
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Lemon bread issue

using my standing mixer, I creamed the butter and sugar, added the eggs, one by one. Then added some lemon juice, the batter became grainy. I wonder if my lemon bread will be successful ? ( I went ...
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What should I do if power goes out while I am baking cake/cookies?

If I am baking cake or cookies in the oven and I lose power, what should I do? Does it make to sense to leave the cake/cookies in the oven until the power comes back on, or should I take them out? ...
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Cheesecake in or next to waterbath

I've heard of two separate ways to use a water bath when cooking a cheesecake: placing the cheesecake in the waterbath, or placing a roasting pan full of water on the bottom rack of the oven, with the ...
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Should you add some salt to flour when baking?

I was always taught to add a pinch of salt to flour when baking (mainly cakes / muffins and puddings). I have recipes that specifically mention adding salt and others that don't. Is there a ...
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What is bakery emulsion and how is it different from flavoring extract?

I was in Ross for Less and saw (and bought) a bottle of lemon bakery emulsion because it just sounded good. Looking online it seems that it is a one for one replacement for extract, but I have not ...
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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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What happens if bread is made with sparkling water?

I am making a white bread with 500g regular flour, about 300g water, sourdough starter, yeast and salt. It will rest and raise some time before being baked. Pretty basic. Now I was wondering, what ...
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Are coffee mugs oven safe?

Is a coffee mug oven safe? I'd like to make French Onion soup au gratin in a mug. My concern is the mug shattering while the food is being served. I currently bake the french onion soup at 450°F, but ...
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Foil Wrapping BBQ Ribs in Convection?

Can you wrap spare ribs in foil and convection bake or should it be conventional baking when wrapped in foil?
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Chemistry of different brands of baking powder

The Clabber Girl FAQs say: Rumford Baking Powder's reaction is approximately 70% with moisture (or in the bowl) and the rest when heat is applied. Clabber Girl's reaction is approximately 40% with ...
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How should I alter a chocolate cake recipe to make plain/flavoured cake?

I have a really good chocolate cake recipe. It's so good that I want to use it as a base for all my cakes. How do I alter this recipe to make different cakes like vanilla, lemon, coconut, etc.? I ...
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Bake frozen pizza without a tray - will it melt and drip?

How can frozen pizza be baked in an oven without a tray, without running the risk of melting like in the picture below (found on teh internets)? Or does that just not happen?
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How to increase oven spring? [duplicate]

I would like to ask if making a moister/wetter dough will promote oven spring? Since the presence of steam helps oven spring, I wonder if adding water will aid this. However I also know that too much ...
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How do I remove a sheet cake from a pan?

I am trying to create a double layer 12 X 17 inch sheet cake. How do I get the cake layers out of the pan and placed one on top of the other in whole pieces without crumbling? I am using parchment ...
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How can I keep the shape of my free-form bread dough when it is rising?

I have been trying to bake my own Italian bread, French bread and Rolls. I have found many tasty recipes but I keep having the same problem so I'm guessing it's my technique somewhere. Please advise ...
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Baking on a rocket stove

I'm wondering if it is possible to bake on a SilverFire rocket stove, ie. by attaching a metal box to the top, or any other way? I have researched it- Google search, YouTube etc, but can't find any ...
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How should I wash the potatoes before baking them?

I bake Russet potatoes. I just washed them a little with cold water and then place them in a baking pan after I put foil on the bottom of the pan. I do not peel them. Is this a good method or should ...
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Cooking with Plastic [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How dangerous is it to bake food with plastic? I baked a cake with a piece of plastic in the oven. Is the cake safe to eat? Were the dangerous chemicals in melted plastic ...
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Why are my macarons cracking on top?

I've tried to make macarons eight times in a row and I failed. I used this recipe (text version is in the description below the video). They all cracked on top and the surface collapsed as you see in ...
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How to cook pancakes without spreading that horrible smell of burnt oil?

I live in a region where pancakes are considered traditional food and it's typical to cook them on some special occasions. For example, right now someone has decided to throw a party in the office ...
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How to adapt brownie recipe to cook well in a mini-muffin tin?

I've got a great brownie recipe that works awesome in a 9x11 pan. The top comes out crunchy, the bottom cake like and the middle nice and fudgy. I figured I would try to make them in a mini-muffin ...
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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?
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How can I bake normally fried foods?

A lot of frozen, convenience foods are foods that are traditionally fried can be prepared by baking. I'm thinking of, fish sticks, french fries, tator tots, jalapeño poppers, etc. I'm lousy at deep ...
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What's the intrinsic advantage of using a dutch oven? [duplicate]

I'm currently developing a no-knead, straight-to-the-oven technique for bread making. The style of my bread is a plain boule, formed and proofed over an oven tray, sprinkled with a bit of water, and ...
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Any advice to help me form and shape stuff more uniformly?

I get frustrated by recipes which call for the cook to shape or form little balls out of a dough or cake or biscuit mix. The recipe will say something like "form into little walnut sized balls ... ...