Questions tagged [baking]

Questions about cooking by dry heat without direct exposure to a flame, typically in an oven.

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When to add the rye flour if it really makes a difference?

I wish to use a small amount of rye in my wheat sourdough bread, because supposedly it improves the flavor of the bread. What I'm wondering is whether it makes a difference if I introduce this rye ...
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What part of oatmeal cookies are making them soft / chewy?

I'd like to recreate the texture of an oatmeal cookie in very different flavor profiles, ie savory / umami. I'm tinkering with only the rolled oats for now, but I wonder if the chewiness could be ...
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Turning focaccia upside down before topping

In this video (you don't need to understand Italian ;) this lady lets a focaccia leaven in its own baking tin on a layer of olive oil and then, before topping, turns it upside down. The tins were ...
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How do I salvage this bread dough?

I was planning to make a brioche dough, but somehow managed to measure out and add cornstarch instead of bread flour. I've taken as much of the cornstarch out as I can, but there's about 3/4 cup still ...
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What would be the best order for folding whipped egg whites and yolks into cookie dough?

What would be the best order to mix them in without deflating the batter/dough(along with flour, baking powder and soda)? Should I add the dry ingredients to the creamed butter and sugar and then add ...
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Unscored loaf is sealing up

I'd like to do an unscored loaf of bread where instead of scoring you let it burst along the seams. The examples I've seen say you proof it seam down. The problem is that I tried this and the seams ...
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What cuts of meat are preferable when you want to avoid drying out?

I want to cook meat that is well done in an oven, doesn't have crust on the outside and doesn't dry out. In this question What am I doing wrong when cooking meat? it seems people were saying its the ...
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Fully submerged water bath for stove top baking?

So normally, stove top cooking never results in all around heat like in an oven but what if you were to submerge (underwater bath instead of just around the sides) a dish in simmering water and then ...
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Why is my boneless beef tough and unedible?

I've been baking some meat (either lamb chops or boneless beef - not sure of cut). I coat it in oil, rub some salt on it and them immediately put it in the oven for 30 minutes at about 150f. ...
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Why would the exterior of a cake cook and not the interior?

I attempted to make the blueberry corn cake from "All About Cake" by Christina Tosi, and for both layers, the top of the cake got rock solid and started to collapse down, but the inside of the cake ...
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Sourdough starter with milk vs just using regular starter and adding milk separately?

How much of a difference would it make to the final product and which one would be the better choice for any enriched sourdough breads/pastries/cakes etc? And by "regular starter" I mean the normal ...
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Is iodized salt unsuitable for baking bread?

I've heard it said that iodized salt produces an acrid flavor when heated to high temperatures, such as for baking. Is there any truth to this?
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Genoise vs whipped egg whites- which is better?

If I'm making a cake utilising all the leavening agents including creamed butter and sugar as well as baking powder and soda, would there be any difference if I were to include whipped egg whites vs ...
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Puff pastry for cream horns

I am making cream horns and I bake the puff pastry on the molds, let them cool and fill with cream. I freeze some empty for later, but they are not crispy. How to improve on that?
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Very very soft bread

I was reading comments about oil or no oil. I use butter, but when cooking a 50/50 white/wholemeal loaf it is so soft its like cotton wool and nearly impossible to cut. Any ideas how get the loaf a ...
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Why is my Taiyaki (Cake that looks like a fish) too hard and dry?

I was making taiyaki, and most of my friends said that the dough is too hard and dry. I have: 2 cups cake flour 4 tablespoons sugar 6 teaspoons baking powder 1 cup of milk 1/3 cup water. I use an ...
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How can I make a soft Turkish bread?

I want to make flatbreads like in the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbZ123IwD9w I use the same ingredients (water, flour, yeast, salt) and make a 70% hydrated dough. I let it ...
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Can I utilise a baking stone to make crepes?

If I will heat the stone in the oven, will it retain heat long sufficiently once out of the oven to make a few crepes? Will the dough not stick to the stone and will it distribute uniformly or it will ...
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Can you eat beans after using them as pie weights?

I'm making a recipe that involves using pie weights when pre-baking a pie crust, and suggests using dried beans as an alternative if you don't have purpose-made pie weights. Can you eat the beans ...
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Fast meringue technique

I use the slow method of baking a meringue, as described here. I'm aware that there is a fast method, but can't find it online. (Besides, I'd really prefer the human input garnered here!) Currently, ...
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Why is baking soda included in sourdough cracker recipe?

I'm following a recipe for crackers made with unfed sourdough starter (other ingredients are flour, oil, and salt). It also calls for 1/4 tsp baking soda and I'm wondering why since the dough sits on ...
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How can I tell the difference between unmarked sugar and stevia?

My wife just started back on her doctor-recommended ketogenic diet (due to a medical history of high blood pressure and Crohn's disease in her family). She's to have reduced carbohydrates and sugars, ...
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Dough/filling ratio in tart

If I were to make an Italian homemade pie that can work for almost all occasions (i.e. for kids because of no coffee/alcohol etc.) I'd think of a jam crostata. It's a buttery dough (pasta frolla) that ...
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Is “blooming” cocoa necessary in baked goods?

I've read that dissolving cocoa in hot liquids is supposed to make it release its flavors and make it taste more chocolate-y. This sounds useful for things like frostings or no-bake cookies, but does ...
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Can I boil my pretzel bites the night before I bake?

I am planning to make stuffed pretzel bites for my class party, but I have to wake up at 7 in the morning. Is there any way that I can get them all prepped, boil them in baking soda water, freeze(or ...
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How to make firm cheescake? [closed]

My family appreciated very firm New York style cheesecake. How does one make it firm, almost the consistency of fork cutting a banana? I was thinking less or no sour cream and more eggs.
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How to make a good looking cake with a mountain like shape? [duplicate]

Generally speaking, and not specifying any particular recipe, why does my cake have a small dome on top, while the chef's recipe looks like this: The dome on top looks like a mountain, with a good ...
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How to achieve a super leavened cake as the Pierre Herme ones?

I made several cakes in my life. I know the difference between different leavening agents. I know that low temperature tends to make flatter cakes, but I never could get this kind of shape. If I use a ...
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Should pressure only be applied at the top of a pastry bag?

I was using a pastry bag for the first time today, and used both hands to squeeze the frosting out, applying pressure on the side and at the top of the bag. My friend said it's better to only apply ...
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Biscotti with chocolate drizzle in batter

I make biscotti. I want to introduce chocolate — not chips, but melted chocolate — drizzled through the dough without turning it completely into chocolate. Any suggestions on how to do this?
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Sponge Cake vs (UK) Angel Cake: what's the difference

Having made various random cakes over the years, I'm trying to get my head around what I'm actually doing, so I can experiment a little I suppose. Now, a pound cake is butter+sugar, then eggs, then ...
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What to do with wet sourdough mix which was left to proof 10h?

I followed this recipe and did the stretch and fold three times according to the timings, just that my dough wasn't round enough at the end of the third time. I then left the dough at room temperature ...
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Can I freeze rolled out pie dough

A typical pie dough recipe (such as this one) asks to: Mix the dough. Make a couple thick disks. Put the thick disks in the fridge 30 minutes to couple months in the freezer. Remove thick disks, let ...
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No Knead Bread comes out a tad gummy only in the center

I’m using 200g Bread flour, 50g Whole Wheat flour , 50g All-purpose flour, and 60g Rye. I add 2.25tsp of yeast, 2tsp sea salt, and 1.5cups filtered tap water. I let it rise overnight or at least ...
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What to use instead of cling film to wrap pastry

I'm trying to stay away from single use plastics for the environment. The only kitchen thing I have not yet managed to find a substitute for is wrapping pastry in cling film to let it rest in the ...
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How to make cookies crispy?

I'm looking to make very crispy thin, light, airy cookies. Kind of like dog-treats but for humans. What makes some cookies chewy and other "snap"? What makes cookies "heavy"?
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Can I turn a betty crocker angel cake mix into a normal sponge?

I have a betty crocker angel food cake mix and we don't like the texture. Our usual box cake mix is the French vanilla which is super tasty and light and white. We love this mix. My question is: can ...
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Making brownies but don't have a hand whisk? Can i substitute with electric mixer?

Hey guys im making brownies but i don't have a whisk. Can i substitute with a electric mixer on low switching on and off occasionally? Would that lead to overbeating the mixture
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What is the upper limit of cake pan size before I definitely need a tube cake pan of angel food cake?

I am actually making a giant cupcake and I have a paper mold that is about 6.5 inches and 7 inches high. I am completely familiar with the mechanics of how angel food cakes and chiffons work, I just ...
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Baking baguettes

I try to bake baguette. But my oven just on bottom element on bake position. Is that reason why I ruined my baguettes? Please advise me the right way to baking bread.
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Choux pastry, general questions with gluten free flour

I have a few questions regarding choux (cream puff pastry) and gluten free flour. After trying a few different recipes with a huge range of butter/ flour ratios, I settled with this one https://www....
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Why does my bread ferment in the middle?

I had been making bread reliably for a few years until we moved (from Sweden to Austria) six months ago. Suddenly, any loaf I make rots within a few days in the bread bin. Specifically, it goes soft ...
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Mixed-Up cake recipe instructions

Please help!! I am making a dessert, I make this all the time and this is the only time I have ever done this. The recipe is supposed to be stirred but I pulled out my electric mixer. I need the ...
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Subsituting mango puree for bananas in banana bread

I have some mangoes lying around the house that I am curious to use in a banana bread. Suppose I puree the mangoes and I have one banana. How much mango puree should I use to make a mango-banana ...
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Baking Bread in a Dutch Oven

Can I bake a regular loaf bread recipe in a Dutch oven? Do I need to change the temperature or time?
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Can I use both racks at the same time to bake chicken wings?

Can I use my oven's top and bottom racks at the same time to bake chicken wings? I have a large party to cook for.
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Property of Bread Dough

I've been looking at the dough that Cinnabon uses: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtTIS6apXIc. How would one describe the property of their dough? It almost looks like Play Doh, as if it were some ...
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Baked Apple Fritter

I know I know I know... apple fritters SHOULD be fried. I'm just here asking for any tips or suggestions to as-close-as-possible obtain the next best thing by baking apple fritters in an oven. I'd ...
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Is no-knead bread method compatible with stretch and fold during the bulk rise?

Using the no-knead method (as decribed by Jim Lahey), instead of leaving the dough undisturbed during the initial fermentation period, would it be harmful to add in some stretch and folds to build ...
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Can you make croissants with compound butter?

Has anyone ever tried making croissants (or leavened puff pastry) with compound butter (e.g. basil butter, cinnamon butter)? Are there any practical issues with this? Will particles in the butter ...