Questions should deal with preparation of a dessert - typically sweet but anything that would be served at a dessert course should qualify.

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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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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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Italian meringue deflated after adding sugar

I've only ever made French meringue prior to this, and I've only ever used whole, separated eggs. In this case, I used egg whites out of a carton (probably should note they were only a few weeks shy ...
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How to achieve a flexible consistency on ice cream? (photos attached)

I'm an amateur ice cream maker. I've tried to emulate this ice cream without success: it is thick and flexible; the texture reminds me of melted marshmallows yet it´s not overly sweet. It's so ...
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Caramel with their 3 stages (liquid, soft, chewy): What is the key difference when cooking?

I want to know what is the extra step that make the difference between: Caramel Sauce; Soft Caramel; Chewy Caramel. I will take Christophe Michalak recipe: 100 g sugar; 100 g cream; 20 g butter....
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Why would this pastry cream have an eggy smell?

I tried making a dairy free pastry cream but it came out with a strong eggy smell at the end. I may not want to use it depending how bad the smell is after is cools completely in the refrigerator. ...
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How to make stronger colors in three part pannacotta?

This weekend I tried to make a three part pannacotta. It was one layer of rasberry pannacotta, one layer of vanilla and one layer of mango/lime. The taste was a positive surprise but I was not very ...
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How do you make the shell for this dinosaur egg dessert?

I found this very interesting dessert online: How can I make this? In particular, how would you make the eggshell?
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How would you restore sweetness and moisture in this bundt cake?

This is a follow-up to my first question about this bundt cake recipe. I baked that bundt cake again with some changes from a blog post that @Stephie's answer linked to. Specifically: reduce 2.75 ...
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Chocolate mousse without eggs

I've a friend who is allergic to egg protein, and my wife inadvertently raved about my chocolate mousse to her, causing some food borne awkwardness that I'd like to erase with an eggless mousse. I'...
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How to prevent separation/layers in panna cotta?

I recently discovered how easy it is to make panna cotta via a recipe by Mark Bittman. The only problem I found was that my panna cotta started to visibly separate into two distinct layers after a ...
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Creating a specific cream for a cake?

My grandma used to make a waffle cake with chocolate cream filling, Romanian/Hungarian/Russian style. My mom is trying to recreate it, without success. But she doesn't exactly know how to make the ...
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How to keep meringue white while baking?

I made pavlovas last week from 4 egg whites and about a cup of sugar whipped together to a SUPER form meringue. I piped them on to a tray and baked first on 120 degrees for an hour and then on 70 ...
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How to keep graham cracker crust from falling apart

Whenever I make any type of square using a graham cracker crust, it always falls apart upon slicing. No matter what I try, either following the receipe exactly,increasing or decreasing the amount of ...
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How do I prevent cream puff shells from deflating?

Every time I try to bake cream puffs the shells deflate before I can fill them with the cream. I have tried poking a hole in the shell with a toothpick in the last few minutes of baking. I have ...
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How to make caramel sauce for sundaes?

I've been experimenting with making a caramel hot fudge sauce (something like on a McDonalds caramel sundae but better) and want some ideas. My latest was: Microwave brown sugar and butter, ...
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What went wrong with this bundt cake?

I've tried making Baked's Ultra Lemony Lemon Bundt Cake four times (recipe here: http://bakedsundaymornings.com/2015/04/27/in-the-oven-ultralemony-lemon-bundt-cake-with-almond-glaze/). Four times ...
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Why do so many dessert/biscuit recipes have salt in them?

Whilst I can understand salt in the majority of recipes, I never really understood why it is in so many desserts or biscuits. When I have asked a few friends or family who do a lot of cookery, the ...
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The sugar mixture of my baklava did not melt

The baklava filling made with sugar nuts and spices, was harder. Why did this happen? I poured on the syrup mixture, hoping this would soften it up. No luck. It's like the sugar granuals crunch as ...
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Help identifying Turkish dessert

Anyone familiar with Turkish cuisine know what this is? I had this in Istanbul. All I could gather from the owner was that it is made of milk. The texture was like a very moist cake. The taste was ...
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Is it possible to make kataifi dough (by yourself or starting from filo dough)?

I really like the thready structure in this dish. But when I look for recipes, they all ask for a box of kataifi dough. I haven't found this in regular supermarkets (I haven't been to greek stores), ...
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What's the difference between a cobbler, crisp, crumble, buckle, and betty?

I've heard all these terms at different times but never really understood the differences. What distinguishes various fruit-and-topping desserts such as a cobbler, crisp, crumble, buckle, or betty -- ...
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What is the difference between cheesecake and NY cheesecake?

I believe it's density but I'm not sure. What make cheesecake a NY style? Is there different ingredients. Some people call their recipe NY Cheesecake and they are not.
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Help in identifying Scandinavian dessert recipe

Background -- I made this recipe as part of a group project (in college) that was preparing different foods from around the world. My group had Scandinavia, but as I didn't find this recipe (one of ...
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Lard (or other fat) as a subsitute for butter in desserts for someone with a dairy allergy?

My wife is currently unable to consume any dairy as our breast-fed baby has a milk protein allergy. When reading many dessert recipes, many of them call for butter. For example: http://smittenkitchen....
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What does flour do to cheesecake?

After looking through cheesecake recipes with a co-worker we discovered that many cheesecake recipes include ~1/4 cup of flour while other recipes contain none at all. What effect does flour have ...
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Copycat Lime Jello?

My mother used to make this Pear Lime Gelatin recipe that was so good and so pretty for dinner parties. I would like to replicate it, but without buying the pre-packaged lime Jello, as I'm trying to ...
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How to make soft popsicles

Frozen juice or frozen punch freeze up as a solid block of ice. I want them to be more like a sorbet or gelato, though still solid enough to hold the shape. How might I make them softer? Either ...
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What is the difference between crème anglaise and crème pâtissière?

I am amateur and novice baker. I cannot differentiate the two recipes. Are they only different in proportion? I know that the two are egg-based, mixed with sugar and starch and tempered with milk (or ...
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Quick tiramisu with many restrictions

My wife helps organize a vegetarian community kitchen. She recently had a request for tiramisu-like dessert but there are a number of restrictions: The time frame of the kitchen means they only have ...
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Can you thicken a pudding just by reducing?

Pretty simple question I hope. I am trying to recreate a recipe I made several years ago using heavy cream, lindemans framboise lambic, raspberry puree, and sugar. I don't recall using any thickeners -...
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Why do we like dessert, but not extremely salty, sour, umami, or bitter foods alone? [closed]

This is a "soft" question that's been bothering me for a while. When cooking savory dishes, we usually try to balance out the five basic flavors (sweet, salty, sour, umami, and bitter) so that none ...
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Home made popsicles sticking to mold

We had some great organic popsicles made from pineapple. They were a bit pricey so we decided to make some ourselves. The problem is that we can't get them to release from the plastic molds very well. ...
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Refrigerate cooked mung bean porridge

How long can I refrigerate cooked mung bean porridge with coconut cream? This is the recipe I used, with 1/4 the sugar suggested. http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2010/04/mung-bean-porridge-in-...
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How much sugar and vanilla extract should I use in 1/2 gallon of ice cream?

I've lost a simple ice cream recipe I used prior to making custards, and I find occasionally I'd like to make it since it's much simpler and faster - can be made in the churn with no additional dishes ...
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Why does my apple crumble develop a bitter aftertaste?

I tend to make Apple Crumble in a very basic way, using Bramley apples cooked down with plenty of sugar ( enough to leave a little tartness to balance out the sweet crumble mix ) and a bit of cinnamon....
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How can I make a chocolate cup that looks like the seaweed on a sushi roll?

I want to make a dessert that simulates a salmon roe sushi (like this) using rice pudding and spherified melon juice with a chocolate "seaweed" wrapping. But I can't figure out how to make the seaweed ...
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How to bake bread and desserts without an oven?

Preface: I already read Is it possible to bake a cake without an oven? and Baking pizza without an oven. The package of many prearranged, UNcooked frozen flour products presuppose the use of an ...
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Making corn bread pudding from corn bread

I have a large batch of corn bread that's about to go bad, a situation I'd like to salvage by turning it into corn bread pudding. Unfortunately, all of the recipes I can find online start from base ...
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What are the crunchy bits on top of Thai mango with sticky rice?

My favorite Thai restaurant makes a fantastic mango and sticky rice dessert, and it seems like it'd be pretty simple to recreate at home. I've searched around the internet for mango and sticky rice ...
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Can ghee be used instead of butter in dessert recipes?

Butter is an inevitable ingredient in most of dessert recipes. By definition, ghee is just clarified butter, but to me, the taste is completely different. The taste of butter is more close to heavy ...
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Can I substitute vodka for rum in tiramisu?

Specifically in this recipe: Tiramisu-II The reason why I'm asking this is I only have vodka at home, and I rarely drink. So I don't want to buy any kind of liquor just for three tablespoons of it. ...
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How to make creamier and softer vegan coconut ice-cream?

I was making vegan coconut ice-cream with coconut milk base. Instead of using a can of coconut milk, shredded coconut with hot water was squeezed through a towel for coconut milk replacement. Then ...
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Homemade liquid sweetener from Stevia

I am using Stevia Hermesetas. Can I make liquid sweetener from Stevia powder for diabetic dessert - sweet soup with fruits and jelly? Any requirements during cooking?
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How do I squeeze gelatine?

Every recipe I've seen which uses gelatine says to soak and squeeze it, but none of them say how to squeeze it. I've only cooked once with gelatine, and I just squeezed it in my hand, but I was ...
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Eggless brownie, cake, dessert recipes [duplicate]

I am looking to find recipes for desserts, specifically brownies and cakes although others are greatly appreciated, that do not contain eggs. Is there a sort of egg substitute that works just as well ...
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How should I prepare the coffee to be used in my tiramisu?

I'm making tiramisu. Coffee is a large component of the recipe, so I imagine that the choice and preparation of the coffee used will have a big impact on the final taste. Or will it? I'm not a coffee ...
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Making Pâté à bombe without sugar thermometer

The recipe says that the sugar syrup must reach 120C, but I have no sugar thermometer. Can it be done without a thermometer? Dissolve the sugar in a medium saucepan with 120ml boiling water. When ...
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How should I modify my vanilla frosting to convert it into a chocolate frosting? [closed]

I have a really good recipe for whipped vanilla frosting that I want to use, but I want to make a chocolate frosting. What kind of chocolate should I add to the frosting to make it a chocolate ...
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What is a flan pan called?

I love making (Filipino) leche flan for my wife and I. However, I use a 9" round cake pan that I wedge into a 9"x13" cake pan, which I fill with water until it just touches the bottom of the cake pan. ...