Flour and a liquid mixed together to form a thick, malleable substance.

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What went wrong with my sourdough?

I tried making sourdough bread for the first time this week and it didn't work. I don't think it was a complete disaster but I didn't end up with anything that was eatable. I followed Paul ...
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What is the affect of adding alkaline or acidic substances to wheat flour?

What are the chemical reactions of adding alkaline substances to wheat flour dough and how does it change the properties and behavior? The same for acidic substances.
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What can I substitute for Rice flour in a gluten-free pizza?

I am going to try to make gluten-free pizza for my wife, and I'm going to start with this Serious Eats recipe. The recipe calls for white rice flour, but my wife has just about everything EXCEPT ...
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Lightening Bread

Is there a generally accepted method for lightening bread dough that is pretty general for a variety of breads; pizza crust, whole grain bread, dessert breads, etc.
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How long should I knead bread dough by hand?

Is there a general rule to the amount of time I knead dough? Some recipes will say "until it is considered soft and smooth". Regardless of what the recipe claims, I am kneading the dough for a minimum ...
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Why and when do you need to dock dough?

When making a pie, you almost always have to make holes in the dough with a fork. This is called docking. What is the exact reason for doing this? Are there kinds of pastry (puff, short crust, flaky) ...
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Should you freeze pastry lukewarm? If so, why?

I have a book about baking in general. In the chapter 'Preserving pastry in the freezer' is the following sentence (I translated it for practical reasons): Pastry should be frozen as fresh as ...
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Sausage roll pastry - how do I achieve a smooth shiny effect?

I came across this on the net and would love to be able to make them for a party next week. ...
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How long can I refrigerate cookie dough?

I made the made the mistake of making my neighbors these cookies peanut-butter-oatmeal-chocolate-chip-cookies. Every time I see either neighbor they thank me again for the wonderful cookies, "Oh they ...
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Storing Bao Overnight--to steam and refrigerate?

I am making roasted duck bao for a dinner tomorrow night. I will form them all tonight and then refrigerate them until tomorrow. Is it best to steam bao before refrigerating and then steam again ...
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Can I use thicker pastry dough in place of fillo / wonton wrappers / lumpia wrappers?

I just concluded making bourek (sp. var.) yesterday and everyone commented how great it was. I have also made the Filipino appetizer lumpia, and some sort of triangle pastry with pine nuts (I forget ...
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Butter Substitutions in the Quiche dough

I used to make quiche very often, but I really have a problem with dough, I want to reduce the amount of butter in the dough without making it very hard and unpleasant. Is there any way to replace ...
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What does kansui do to dough in noodle making?

I'm trying to understand how to properly prepare hand pulled noodles. I've read about Kansui and Lye water and in some instances I've read that they serve a similar purpose. However, after some ...
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Why do short pie bases require chilling before baking?

I understand why the dough should be chilled before forming it into the pie dish/pan, but often I see recipes wanting the formed base covered with wrap and put in the fridge for 20 minutes before ...
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How to make sweet-tasting noodles?

I've never made noodle dough before, and I want to try it today. However, I'd like to make the noodles more sweet. Is the base ingredient ratio for making the noodle dough one egg per 100g flour? ...
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Udon Noodles break too easily

I tried making Udon noodles several times and even though I've gotten a rhythm to do them, I still can't figure out why they break so easy when I blanch them. I use 1tsp lye water 8 ounces (1 cup) ...
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Should I add flour to dough if I already weighed the amount?

I am using this recipe for pizza dough, and I received some seasoned advice from other members of this site to use a precise kitchen scale for weighing the flour and water. The question is, if I ...
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Why does my German nut strudel fall apart?

I have a recipe for nut strudel, which calls for the following: 2 cups flour 1 stick butter 8 oz cream cheese. I have made it twice, and both times the crust is all crumbly and does not roll well. ...
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Is salt important to the texture of dough?

Does salt have any effect on the texture of doughs? My mother in law has gone on an ultra low salt kick and has taken to not putting salt in anything. This includes her pierogi dough (you know the ...
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Why does the kneaded dough form a skin when exposed to air and what are the possible ways to prevent the skin formation?

I knead the whole wheat flour with water and when I am done I keep it covered with a loose lid on the kitchen counter for a hour. I have noticed that a brown coloured skin gets formed on the surface ...
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Should scones dough be sticky?

I decided to make scones for the first time and picked a high rated recipefrom allrecipes.com. It instructed me to combine the ingredients like a pastry dough (cold butter cut into the dry ...
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Is it possible to make breads using cake techniques?

Is it possible to make bread using similar batters/techniques as cakes? Or why isn't is possible to make breads using similar techniques or batters as a cake?
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Does pasta dough really need to rest?

I mixed equal parts of semolina and bread flour. Then I kneaded it for about 2 minutes. I flattened it out as well as I could, then passed it through my pasta machine on the widest setting. I did this ...
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Does it make sense to refrigerate the dough made for Parathas to be used after 8 hours?

Paratha: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paratha Flour: Wheat flour Dough ingredients: Water Salt Wheat flour I am planning to make this dough in the evening and keep it in the fridge for 8 hours to ...
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Something wrong with pizza dough - 3rd time in a row

I was pretty sure I had my recipe and method nailed, done tens of pizzas with it but it failed me now for the third time in a row. It's driving me nuts, I had to throw away dough worth 15 pizzas. The ...
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Why should I rest gingerbread dough?

My gingerbread recipe says I should rest the dough for 20 minutes in the refrigerator before rolling out and cutting. What difference does it make?
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Stuffing bread for the next day

Can you make your dough and stuff it/roll it with meat or whatever you choose, then place it in fridge overnight to be cooked the next day? What I mean is, do everything like you are about to bake ...
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oil for tabletop working dough

I'm working through a pizza dough recipe, and one of the instructions is to use oil on the worktop to stretch and fold the dough: Oil the worktop once more, dimple the dough out into a rectangle, ...
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How to prevent dough from stopping food processor motor

I have a Cuisinart 7-cup food processor. Whenever I knead dough for milk buns in it, it'd get stuck after about 45 seconds. If I shut it off, it resets after about 10 minutes, but it's a PITA. Here's ...
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Is it safe to store batter/dough that contains eggs?

I sometimes like to make a large batch of pancake butter or cornbread dough, and fry/bake it whenever I want some freshly made pancakes or cornbread. Both these liquids contain eggs. Is is safe to ...
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Secret component to make spray dough

Is there any kind of dough that can be sprayed to make it any form and extra thin? EDIT: I mean that dough was prepared with some liquid fast evaporated component to make it available for spraying.
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What is the effect of adding eggs to a pastry dough?

As I understand it, making dough is really the process of hydrating flour so that a gluten network can be formed and the dough structure emerges. Pastry dough usually adds butter in order both to ...
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Effect of adding wet ingredients to dry when making bread?

I inadvertently omitted the eggs from my challah recipe, but realized this only after the final step of mixing in and after fully incorporating the flour. Rather than throwing everything away, I ...
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Use high gluten (bread) flour for hand pulled noodles

I found that recipes on hand pulled noodles use various types of flours that's confusing from a chemistry perspective. Dough made from high gluten flour is more elastic and less extensible which ...
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What adjustments are needed to change a pie recipe to a turnover recipe?

I want to make turnovers (e.g. a similar product is popular at McDonalds), instead of pie in a pan. Is this simply a matter of making a dumpling-shape with the dough, and then putting the fruit ...
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How to adapt recipes to hard wheat flour

Unlike in the USA, flour in most European countries isn't differentiated by protein content. The distinction criteria in Germany are "type", which concerns the proportion of bran contained, and, (for ...
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Prevent the dough from “oxidizing”?

I was practicing and trying to make an apple pie depending on this source: http://allrecipes.com/howto/perfect-pie-crusts/detail.aspx In the Liquid section, it's said: "A little bit of acid--vinegar ...
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How does tangzhong (water roux) make bread softer?

As I understand it, tangzhong in relation to bread making is an Asian technique in which a portion of the flour in the recipe is pre-cooked with water to make a roux, before being cooled and added to ...
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Why do I need to put sablé dough in the fridge?

I made a sablé base for a cake last night. It was the first time I made this, so I used a basic recipe containing butter, flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and egg yolks. After everything is mixed the ...
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My pizza crust is very hard and tough and not light and crispy, why?

I'm having trouble getting my pizza crust light , airy and crispy. I'm not sure if it's the mixing of the dough because I'm using a smaller mixer 20qt as opposed to my old 60qt. The bowl is not smooth ...
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How to treat brik dough?

I have no experience at all with brik dough. This is a very thin and fragile dough that's mostly used for frying and baking. Once the package is opened it should be used as the dough dries out really ...
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How to make pizza that has a fat outer rim? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Shaping thick crust pizza dough When I make pizza, I stretch my dough to the wanted size and shape, with even thickness all around... I'm finding it difficult to ...
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When should food colouring be added to part of a batch of bread dough?

I recently made coloured swirled bread, in which different colours of dough (in my case a coloured and an uncoloured piece) were rolled together and baked in the same loaf to give an interesting ...
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Egg replacer for bread dough?

I've been reading (most) questions and answers (here) about baking bread (which I love) and how to replace eggs in many recipes (which I wish I didn't need). Turns out, I too have egg allergy (not too ...
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what to make with a very high hydration dough?

I have accidently (due to tiredness and unit-conversion) made what I think is roughly a 100% hydration dough. I have used strong white bread flour. I was intending to make some "no-kneed" bread, so ...
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Identifying Strands of Dough

I'm trying to write up a how-to guide for braiding six strands of dough. I figured that for comprehension I would instruct the cook to move the pieces of dough based on a color-coding scheme. E.g. I ...
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Buying European flours in the United States?

Is there somewhere I can buy Grupen Meyer Danish Flour or Campaillette French Flour in the United States? Watching different videos of master bakers in Europe, I keep seeing these products used. I ...
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Buckwheat flour. Can it be used for pizza dough, and what other uses/properties does it have?

Buckwheat flour. Can it be used for pizza dough, and what other uses/properties does it have? I remember making crepes from buckwheat flour and I'd like to use it more often. I'm fond of pizzas, the ...
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What is the maximum time for which the dough should be allowed to rest before making Parathas?

Have heard that dough should be allowed to rest for the Gluten formation to occur. Question: What is the maximum time after which resting the dough won't make any difference to the taste and the ...
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Why does my dough never “fall” after its first rise?

My bread recipe (from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day) calls for waiting for the dough to double, then "fall." It never falls, though I cover the dough as instructed (not airtight) either with a ...