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

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How can I “cheat” on dough maturation?

I found a good balance between leavening and maturation while using my favourite flour, my oven and my sourdough starter, the only problem is that the whole process, from mixing the ingredients and ...
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How can I save crumbly cookie dough?

I found a recipe online that required making cookie dough from scratch and then wrapping the cookie dough in wax paper and refrigerating for 2 hours. I made the cookie dough and it was way too crumbly ...
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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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How to shape the perfect bao dough

I made char siu bao for the first time last night and followed this recipe to make the dough. It came out great tasting but bad looking- I couldn't find advice on how to shape the bao correctly. Are ...
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What to do when too much liquid added to flour mixture?

I seem to have a bad habit of mis-calculating ingredients, particularly the liquid ones. Can I just boil off excess water that I've added to a flour mixture (in this case a pizza dough)? Any other ...
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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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What does 'turn out' mean in bread baking?

An instruction in this recipe says: Gently turn loaf out onto a sheet pan that has been lightly oiled and dusted with cornmeal. I am confused by the use of the words "turn out". Does this ...
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pita bread crust too hard

I've baked my first pita bread in home, the pockets was almost well formed but the crust is hard, crunchy. I've applied some variations because of time/number/ingredients restrictions, in particular: ...
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Is there a technique to freeze gnocchi so they maintain their consistency?

I've made gnocchi, let them dry for 2 hours over the counter, place them in a plastic container with extra flour inside the freezer. Two days later I take them out of the freezer. After an hour the ...
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Salt 'n pizza (how much salt should be in the dough)

I've made a pizza today and thought the dough could use a little more salt. I've looked at this answer and have a question about the salt ratio. How is it calculated? The percentage of flour, or the ...
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Why is my dough not very stretchy?

I have tried simply dough recopies for potsticker wrappers or dough's slightly more involved like corn tortillas and no matter what, whenever I press the dough for shape it doesn't keep form and just ...
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Fatty liquid vs non fatty liquid in dough

I have been making bread at home over the past month or two using a simple 4 ingredient recipe with 60 - 75% hydration and have become familiar with the soft, light consistency of the dough when the ...
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Why does my pizza dough stick to my peel?

I've been experimenting with Neapolitan pizza dough(recipe) and what I would call a normal wooden peel(here). I have run into trouble transferring the pizza from the peel to my baking steel in the ...
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What is the minimum temperature yeast will be active?

We all know that warmer temperatures mean more yeast activity (provided a food source), and that yeast survives freezing, but what is the minimum temperature yeast can perform fermentation? As I ...
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How to make chapati/parathas/pooris remain soft for a long time?

I want chapati and parathas (same dough is used for both) to remain very soft for a long time. I originally asked in the comments here: Why doesn't my whole wheat dough pass the Poke Test? and ...
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Does adding alcohol to dough prevent it from soaking oil when deep-frying?

Some culinary books and, for example, this Wikipedia article, state that adding alcohol (usually spirit) to dough, it will prevent the dough from soaking oil when you deep-fry it. Does it really work? ...
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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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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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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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Lime substitute for nixtamalizing corn

I want to have a go at nixtamalizing some corn. Upon doing some research I figured I could find the lime (calcium hydroxide) that's traditionally used for the process at the local international food ...
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Do you need to break up a large dough ball into smaller balls for optimal proving?

I often make homemade pizza making the bases by hand from scratch. I'm going away with a group of friends and plan on making a very large batch of pizzas one night. I'll use a full 5kg (11 pound) bag ...
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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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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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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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When is it best to do stretch and fold versus mechanical kneading?

I have recently starting making bread using the stretch and fold technique, getting much better results in terms of crumb than previously using my kitchen aid and mechanical kneading. I'm wondering ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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When making bread, should I add salt early or late? Pros and cons

A friend and I was to make bread together. We quickly found that we had been taught differently on how to make the dough. I had learned to first just mix flour, yeast and water evenly. Let them sit ...
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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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How can I achieve large bubbles in my bread? [duplicate]

No matter what I do, my recipe produces bread that is pretty dense, I get none of those nice huge holes in the crumb. My recipe goes like this: 500g flour (300g wheat, 200g rye) 350ml water 2 tbsp ...
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Does it matter if I freeze dough before proofing?

I made some pizza dough today and only used 1/3 of it. The other portions I decided to put in the freezer to use later on. I froze them before proofing though. Does this matter? Should I have let them ...
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How to store no yeast dough

I need to store a no yeast dough (water, flour, butter, salt) for verenyky for about 40 hours. What would be the best place: fridge or freezer?
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bread flour strength?

I know nothing about bread making and I'm a novice. I've got a new recipe that I really want to try, but it calls for bread flour and doesn't mention the bread flour strength. I have strong bread ...
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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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Sandwich wraps always getting way to crispy

I sometimes make sandwich wraps using water, flour, salt and oil. I mix salt, wheat flour and a tiny bit of olive oil and add hot water until I get a homogeneous sticky dough and let it rest for ...
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Neapolitan Pizza in a regular gas oven

I am trying to master the homemade Neapolitan pizza, from dough preparation to cooking it. After following the recommendations at Seriouseats.com for the dough preparation, I came across some doubts ...