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How can I stop my buttercream being grainy?

I am making buttercream icing but the powdered sugar does not dissolve with the butter and shortening. The icing is grainy. How can I prevent this?
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Baking with oil, lard, shortening - how to substitute? [duplicate]

I'm looking at simple bread recipe that calls for vegetable oil. I'd like to experiment to see how the choice of fat affects the final product. Does anyone know what would happen if I replace the ...
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Recipe calls for shortening, I want to substitute butter. Do I need to melt the butter?

I am baking bread, and the recipe (from the Bread Bakers Apprentice) calls for shortening. I don't have any in the house and would like to substitute butter. The recipe does not indicate that the ...
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Shortening substitutes for pan greasing

An answer to a question of mine suggests that a non-stick (bundt) pan plus the cake release will be enough. The suggested formula is 1 part vegetable oil, 1 part shortening and 1 part flour I ...
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No Shortening and No Refrigeration, Buttercream Frosting

Can anyone tell me what I can add to Buttercream frosting that doesn't include shortening and will still allow me to keep the cake at room temperature? I hate the taste of shortening
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Are there low-fat substitutes for shortening in baking?

My husband has just had stints put into his heart and is now on a fat/salt/sugar diet. I do all the cooking and enjoy making things from scratch. I am trying to adjust my recipes for his new diet. ...
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What to do when too much shortening is added to flour?

I was trying to make some homemade flour tortillas, but I made a mistake and I added ~9oz of shortening to 4.5 cups of flour. I'm unsure what to do with the flour mixture because I do not want just ...
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How to substitute butter with combination of butter and shortening in cookie/biscuit making?

Sometimes when I bake cookies, they either come out too soft or they become rock hard. I have read somewhere that baking cookies with butter makes is spreadable in the oven and gives it crispy ...
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Margarine in place of shortening

According to the Wikipedia article on shortening, it seems as though margarine is considered shortening. Has anyone substituted margarine for shortening in any recipes, and can you report your ...
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Is there anything special about “homogenized” shortening?

I'm interested in trying to make this "water whip" pie crust. Unlike a typical pie crust where lard/butter/shortening is cut into the flour, the shortening is apparently melted and whipped before the ...
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What exactly is “vegetable shortening”?

I have not heard about this stuff before.. It is not used in Indian cooking..! What exactly is shortening? I read it in a recipe to bake a rose shaped cake and it uses shortening to grease the pan..
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How do I make a flaky croissant?

I found this nice vegan croissant recipe: http://www.sabjimatablog.com/2011/05/17/recipe-vegan-croissants/ I am quite happy with the end result, but I wish I can bake a flakier pastry. I have a ...
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What can I substitute for vegetable oil in a recipe?

Is there something that I can use as a substitute for vegetable oil in a recipe? I'm actually making cornbread (I think it matters), and normally the recipe calls for 1/3 cup vegetable oil. ...
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How can non-hydrogenated shortening exist?

I'm having a hard time looking up this question, but I have some palm oil shortening and I see some coconut oil shortening that are both non-hydrogenated. I thought the oils would be more liquid than ...
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Greasing a pan with butter vs. with shortening

Is there any reason one should prefer one over the other? I've always used shortening (probably because that's what my mom always did), but my fiancee has always used butter. There's no significant ...