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Does Turkish Delight have to be this difficult?

At the weekend I made some Turkish Delight based on the recipe featured in a recent BBC series called "Sweets Made Simple". Simple maybe, but highly effortful. The recipe is here, but the brief ...
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2answers
126 views

Can I make puff pastry with half the butter?

I made puff pastry with Gouda cheese inside and it turned out really good. The only problem I had was the amount of butter and it was too buttery. I'd like to know if it is possible to reduce the ...
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1answer
76 views

Why does my homemade mustard thicken only some of the time?

For the first time in many years, there are enough red bell peppers in the harvest for me to make this recipe for roasted red pepper mustard, which I have made off and on for 20 years or so. It's ...
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1answer
132 views

How do I use tamarind powder?

If a recipe calls for tamarind pulp/paste/concentrate, can I substitute powder? If so, how much tamarind powder should I use?
3
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1answer
63 views

Even heating: skillet thickness vs. electric element size

I've recently started transitioning to stainless-clad aluminum-core skillets, and one oft-compared property of various offerings is the thickness - generally a thicker sandwich contains a thicker ...
3
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1answer
847 views

Why is my green tea foaming too?

I buy organic, loose green tea from a co-op and found that it's sourced from China. I've never had tea foam before and am concerned that the tea has some kind of chemical on it. The foam tastes very ...
2
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1answer
85 views

How can I make fresh burger buns like Hardees?

I am pretty new to baking and having recently just come back from Saudi Arabia I was privileged to visit the Hardees food chain (non in the UK where I live) and fallen in love with their fresh baked ...
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1answer
55 views

How to boil maize(Indian corn)?

I bought some maize(also known as Indian corn or flint corn). Do you boil it just like regular corn on the cob? If so, how long do you boil the corn?
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1answer
94 views

Parsley storage

I am trying to store parsley safely at room temperature using the following method: I snip off a little from the stem part and put parsley in a jar filled with around an inch of water I loosely ...
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1answer
287 views

How to make curly homemade flat noodles

I know how to make egg noodles, and I either roll them out or use my pasta machine with the fettuccine cutter. This gives me flat egg noodles. I like the curly ones that I buy at the store for some ...
2
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1answer
327 views

Cooked beef roast covered with red coloring

After cooking a beef bottom round rump roast, a red coloring is covering, and penetrating, the meat. The roast was purchased at a reputable grocery chain and properly refrigerated for two days before ...
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1answer
137 views

Mould in water when making preserved duck eggs

We have ducks at home and my wife has been making the Chinese delicacy 咸鸭蛋 preserved duck eggs for about 3 months now. However in the past week the current batch of eggs has mould in the water. The ...
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1answer
36 views

Does vinegar have the same function as tartaric acid in a pavlova?

My recipe for pavlova roll has 4 egg whites, 1 teaspoon vinegar and 1 teaspoon cornflour in it. Would you suggest adding cream of tartar? If I doubled the mixture how long would I need to bake it?
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1answer
85 views

Do liquorice roots expire?

Four years ago I have harvested some liquorice roots in a field. After a brief cleaning with fresh water I have sun dried these roots for a day. These were very tasty. I kept these in a cardboard box. ...
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1answer
152 views

How to reduce the masala taste from chicken roast

We cooked chicken roast and we cooked it in three batches. this is for a party. Good thing- OF the three batches two of them turned out to be pretty good. Issue- The third one turned out to stand a ...
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1answer
136 views

Why does waffle dough get dark?

Always when I make waffles or pancakes the dough of it gets dark after a few hours. It looks like having black sprinkles. Why is that and how long can I still use it? The ingredients I use for ...
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1answer
341 views

Substitute yogurt powder for confectioners sugar when making royal icing

When making treats, I try to make them as appealing as possible and like to decorate them. I have been looking for an icing recipe that can be used for decoration that doesn't include sugar. Most of ...
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1answer
490 views

Seasoning on Magnalite anodized aluminum fry pans needs to be removed and redone, what is process?

I bought a set of three Magnalite anodized fry pans(used) and was told they needed to be cleaned out and reseasoned. What would be the best way to remove the old seasoning?
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1answer
679 views

Why did my roasted pumpkin soup smell foul and seem sour after only 1/2 day?

I made 2 batches of roasted pumpkin soup and both went sour and smelt horrible within 1/2 day. I am unsure why and am baffled as I have made soups heaps of times, but not this roasted pumpkin soup. ...
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1answer
42 views

ghost chilli peppers best way to prepare with out losing heat

Is it better to dry ghost chillies or dehydrate them or does it matter, or is there a better way to use ghost chilli peppers for cooking.
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1answer
54 views

Why is the liquid caramel colour separating in my cakes?

I am making Christmas cakes, and when I am creaming the margarine and sugar, I put in my liquid caramel colour and mix it through. Once all combined, I then add all other ingredients, and once ...
0
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1answer
146 views

Green tomato soup calls for creme fraiche. I cannot have creme fraiche. If I add heavy creme will it be ok?

I want to make green tomato soup but the recipe I have calls for creme fraiche. I cannot get creme fraiche. Will using heavy cream as a substitute smooth out the sourness of the green tomatoes and ...
0
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1answer
74 views

What is the optimal steep time for cold-brewed coffee?

When cold-brewing coffee (such as a Toddy) at room temperature, what is the best steep time. Would a 1 or 2-hour steep time yield a decent cup of coffee? Does anyone have any research on caffeine ...
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1answer
43 views

What are the effects of salting a thin steak that's grilled on a pan?

What are the effects of salting a thin (1/4" to 1/2") beef steak right before being seared on a pan, compared to not salting at all? (there are no other spices used, salt or nothing). Does the ...
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1answer
195 views

Why can't I heat water properly on a new glass cooktop using a stainless steel pot?

I have just started using a glass cooktop and my RACO stainless steel cook pot takes ages to heat and won't boil unless on the highest setting. It makes a scummy mark on the cook top. I thought that ...
0
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1answer
149 views

UHT Milk: small white floating stuff?

Sometimes the UHT milk I use has some small floating white particles (about 1 cm long, few mm wide) This is milk that has been kept sealed at room temp (30-35C) for about 2 months Any way to know if ...
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1answer
102 views

My baked Brioche doesn't puff up after baking

I made Brioche following this simple recipe: yeast, warm water, sugar, pinch of salt, eggs, flour and 2 sticks of butter. I gave it a total of three risings, Then baked individual Briochrs at ...
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1answer
210 views

lemon juice curdling white chocolate

I was trying to make white chocolate truffle.....but when I melted my white chocolate and added lemon juice to it, it curdled and there was huge chocolate butter floating on top of my mixture...can ...
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1answer
200 views

What are East Coast Chinese Chicken Wings marinated in?

Does anyone know what the Chinese Restaurants on the East Coast (in the US) use to marinate their chicken wings? I was told by one owner that they use 10 different ingredients but she wouldn't tell me ...
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1answer
166 views

Rocky road seized up?

I tried to make rocky road and stuck exactly to the recipe which called for butter and syrup to be added to melted chocolate..but very single time I added the butter to the chocolate it just seized ...
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1answer
187 views

Can I fix a chewy beef joint after it's already cooked and sliced?

Now I have cooked the beef joint & it's cut up into thin slices is there anything I can do to make it less chewy. Editor's note: let's assume this is some kind of cut meant for roasting, ...
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votes
1answer
64 views

Why is my sherbet loosing flavour?

I have recently been mixing batches of sherbet using Malic acid, colour, flavouring and granulated sugar. I add all the ingredients and mix it for 10 minutes in a stainless steel drum. The flavor is ...
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votes
1answer
99 views

Too much gin in potato-scallion soup

I made this recipe for Scallion Soup but made substitutions for what I had - beef stock instead of chicken, and coconut milk instead of cream. I added gin because I saw a similar recipe that called ...
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votes
1answer
125 views

Baked Creamy Chicken enchilada casserole

If you are making a baked Mexican chicken casserole that uses black beans, what can you substitute for the blacks beans to enhance flavor but not totally change the dish into something else?
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1answer
316 views

How to make biscuits having flaky texture even after using water in the dough?

Many people say that cookie dough having water or milk in it makes the end result quite rock hard, and many people told me to bind the dough entirely out of fat to make it flaky. But how do the big ...
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votes
1answer
249 views

Special coffee served in Malaysia (or India)

When I was in Malaysia an Indian friend offer to me a coffee, It tasted really nice and kinda unique. I'm not sure if that coffee was unique from Malaysia or recipe from India. The store where I got ...
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1answer
103 views

What is an alternative in Feijoada to smoked ham or beef?

While smoked ham and beef are great, are there alternative ingredients that can still impart the 'smoked' flavoring?
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1answer
232 views

Best bets for fresh fish for sushi/sashimi?

Assuming a big city on the Easter Seaboard in the U.S. with a fresh fish market, what would you say are the best bets for sushi-grade freshness when it comes to types of fish? What I have done before ...
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votes
1answer
176 views

How does sous vide compare to other cooking methods?

I have a stomach ailment which makes me intolerant to roasted meat and grilled meat. Even though with grilled food most of the fat drips off, you will notice that smaller amounts of fat still fry on ...
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0answers
49 views

how to prepare fresh sardines for bucatini con sarde

I tried boning sardines according to on-line instructions and made a mess of them. Recipes, say this one by Mario Batali, ...
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0answers
190 views

What should a good cookie dough look like?

I've been trying to make a good, chewy cookie recipe for the last 4-5 months but nothing good ever shown up. I've tried countless recipes on the internet with no success. One thing that I noticed was ...
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0answers
56 views

Adding soy lecithin to coconut milk

recently I've began entering the world of cooking. I've read about soy lecithin and I've wanted to know if it is possible to add it to my homemade coconut milk to prevent it from seperating? If it ...
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0answers
69 views

True Verace pizza Napoletana recipe for home pizza

I've been reading a lot of recipes of "verace pizza" which consistently go off the original recipe (source: Verace Pizza): Water 1000 ml Salt 50-55 g Yeast 3 grams. (!) Flour 1.7/1.8 kg Mix for 10 ...
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0answers
121 views

Slow-fermented bread doesn't rise

I've tried the slow (or cold) fermentation method of baking bread at home and for the first time it turned out to be very nice. But ever since I use this method the dough just doesn't rise that much ...
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0answers
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Soaking millet before making ogi

I have a recipe for making Ogi - soured mixed millet, that calls for soaking whole millet grains, then blending them, then souring them with whey for three days. I'm wondering why is there the first ...
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0answers
30 views

To what temperature should you take candied citrus peels?

I have been examining scores of recipes for candied citrus peels and I am unable to find an answer to this question. Most recipes indicate pretty standard candy making instructions; heat sugar/water ...
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0answers
44 views

Do I need to freeze this puree and syrup?

Related questions: What causes a cake to sink in the center? and How can I get the maximum flavor from orange peels? I ended up simmering the zest of 6 oranges (peeled with a vegetable peeler, so ...
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0answers
75 views

blackened carrot cake

I have a favorite carrot cake recipe that I have made many times. it is always beautiful and tasty (although I am sure some would debate that since it contains pineapple). However, that last two ...
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0answers
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Why will my dense, concentrated stock not solidify to jelly?

I boiled all the bones from a roe deer for stock and got about four litres all of which was solid when refrigerated. I took half of it and left it in a pan in the bottom over of an Aga for two days ...
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0answers
74 views

Extruded cookies with filling

I am looking for a recipe for round extruded cookies with cocoa cream filling for a Rheon extrusion machine. I tried the following recipe: flour:100 sugar:33 fat:29.17 oil:30 eggs:17 water:2 ...

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