Questions tagged [baking]

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

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1 baking pan, dough for 2 loaves. What do?

I am making bread from this recipe for 2 loaves. The recipe calls for placing the dough in the baking pan and leaving it for 1 hour until the dough doubles in size (and contours itself to the pan). I ...
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What causes the chemical taste in commercial bakery products?

Over the last 10 years or so, I’ve noticed a chemical taste in most commercial bakery goods (not packaged factory ones but rather the in-store bakery at a grocery store). It’s seems to be mostly on ...
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Is margarine necessary for my brownies?

I recently got a new cookbook and it recommends margarine for brownies instead of butter. I have never baked with margarine before and my brownies always seem to be fine, but this is the only recipe ...
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What is the difference between a lemon pound cake, a lemon loaf, and a lemon bread?

Cream Cheese Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake (http://www.thesugarcoatedcottage.com/cream-cheese-lemon-blueberry-pound-) Lemon-lavender greek yogurt pound cake (http://www.bakeyourday.net/lemon-lavender-...
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Pears caused uneven bake - how to stop this?

I baked a gingerbread cake following a recipe which seemed fairly typical for gingerbread. The instructions included slicing a pear and pinwheeling it across the top of the batter. I ended up over-...
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Alternative Binding Ingredient for Sugar in Flapjacks? (British style)

First, I'm talking about oat bars not pancakes. The basic recipe for these flapjacks is that you get some oats with a little flour and chopped nuts. Then you melt together butter, sugar and golden ...
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How much yeast is “1 Large Yeast”?

This recipe for poppy seed rolls calls for 1 large yeast. How much yeast am I supposed to use? I usually see recipes measure it in teaspoons, but I can’t guess how much “large” is. I am also assuming ...
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Can frozen egg whites be used in a macaron recipe?

I put a few egg whites in the freezer a few couple months ago (frozen in an ice cube tray, then transferred to a freezer bag). Would they be viable for using in a macaron recipe (either French or ...
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Why are my cookies spreading too much? More flour?

My chocolate chip cookie recipe spreads too much, even after I refrigerate the dough overnight. I have looked into the different answers on this site, but nothing seems to be working consistently. I'm ...
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Can I add cocoa butter to white chocolate chips to promote a smoother melt?

My daughter sent me a recipe for gingerbread biscotti which has macadamia nuts and then dipped in white chocolate. The recipe says to "melt according to the instructions on the bag". Well, there are ...
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Preserving sweetness during baking without sugar

noob here (both to this site and to cooking in general!). For health reasons I can't really do sugar, and the low-carb thing has saved my life (literally). I am trying to do more low-carb baking at ...
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Plastic Bowl for Bread

Is it ok to let bread rise in a plastic bowl? I got rid of my glass and metal bowls because they were too heavy for me to lift.
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Parchment substitute

What can be used instead of parchment to line mini cheesecake pan(with removable bottoms, as parchment bends while baking unlike using parchment to line larger cheesecakes?
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Can acetate sheets be put in the oven? [duplicate]

I have tried lining mini cheesecake pan (with removable bottoms)in parchment paper, as I do with larger cheesecakes. The parchment paper bends in the mini version. Can I use food-grade acetate in ...
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What makes cake a Sponge Cake? And what doesn't?

I've been watching the Great British baking show and they refer to basically every cake as a sponge. I live in the USA and grew up in Australia. We just called cake, cake. I know how to make a ...
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Why are sourdough crusts thicker?

I'm used to the crust on sourdough bread being thick and chewy, but had always attributed that to the longer rise, and baking with steam, that one normally does with sourdough. However, this week I ...
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What kind of reaction when you combine sodium bicarbonate and sodium acid pyrophosphate?

Is it a single reaction slow raising agent? It only activates when on a heat right? My product is a Chinese fried dough known as youtiao... And also going to add with ammonia bicarbonate
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Why using ammonia bicarbonate and baking powder for deep fried bakery product?

This is my main bakery product: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youtiao I have been importing the raising agents. But now I can't import anymore... From my experience, the recipe used 2 kinds of ...
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Should I preheat glass and ceramic pans before baking bread?

I never bake a loaf of bread before and I would like to bake a no-knead bread. For your information, I have an electric oven, a glass and ceramic pans. Should I preheat the glass and ceramic pans in ...
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Stodgy crumpet-like crumb in overnight white

Over the weekend I made an overnight white loaf, methodology was something along the lines of the following: Activate yeast in water, mix with the bread until well incorporated. Leave for 30 minutes. ...
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Cracked Cookies

I've been having problems when I bake cookies. I place them in a metal mould and it always ends up having cracks during and after baking them. The cracks does not look nice and the cookies does not ...
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How do you know if your starter is powered mainly by yeast or bacteria?

One quick follow-up question to this postMy sourdough starter is bubbling but not rising, suggestions?: How do you know if your starter is bubbling because of yeast (and not bacteria)? I've been ...
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How can I bake Cannelés more evenely with a big silicon pan?

I purchased this cannelés pan which lets me cooks a whopping 77 mini cannelés at once. I have tried it multiple times, with multiple recipes but no matter what I try, I have this result: The outer ...
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Recipe interpretation

I've been following a recipe, and two things confuse me. One is the "what" for most steps, and the other is a "why". The recipe is here. But look at the steps, which I've abbreviated here to save ...
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Temperature of Electric Fan Ovens

In an electric fan oven when cooking a specific recipe at a given temperature should that oven reach that temperature given the 20deg. difference between that and a conventional oven? I bought an oven ...
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What way to incorporate sugar into dough for millefeuille is better?

Choosing from two alternatives: separating layers of dough with layers of icing sugar and making dough with a solution of sugar. If the latter option is preferable or no less good than the former one, ...
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Butter Cookies that never rise

Why is it every time I bake butter cookies they never seem to rise that well? Even when following recipes from credited sources, they never seem to plump well.
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Donut-style Glaze Cracking

I make a baked flat cinnamon roll style pastry that I glaze with an icing-sugar based donut-style glaze I've created applied hot on the baked product. Only sometimes when the glaze has set, some get a ...
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Fan oven temperatures

I have had installed two new Neff top of the range ovens. My question is : if you cook cakes in a fan oven at 20 degrees less than you would in a conventional oven ie 170 instead of 190 (as instructed ...
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can i use candiquik in baking recipes?

I was gifted a ton of candiquik, which I thought was baking chocolate. However, after looking over the package, I learned that it is a candy coating. I checked out the product FAQ and learned that I ...
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salamande(?): name of bread

Last weekend, I had a delicious bread, whose name was Sal-ra-man-d. Since English is not my native language, its name was written in non-english. It sounds like french. But I don't know its exact name....
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Banana bread edges are burnt, top and middle is underdone

I use a recipe from Food Network for banana bread, no modifications. I bake it in a glass pan which has a nonstick coating on it (I think it's an Anchor Hocking pan). Every time I make it, by the time ...
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When to add eggs in brioche?

I'm working on a brioche recipe and have added my eggs after autolyse. I think the dough struggled to develop its gluten, though it eventually got there after a very long kneading time. Should I ...
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Uniform white chocolate panna cotta

Everytime I try to make white chocolate panna cotta, the chocolate rises to the top while setting. Once completely set, I end up with a layered panna cotta with the white chocolate top and the cream ...
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Can I bake 2 cakes at a time on 2 different shelves in my oven toaster grill?

I have a 45 liter capacity oven toaster grill, with 3 rack levels. Can I use the 2 shelves at a time, to bake 2 cakes simultaneously?
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Underside of dough in proofing basket pulls apart

When I form a loaf out of dough and put it upside-down into a proofing basket, the bottom of the loaf sometimes begins to pull apart from itself, as if the dough isn't sticking to itself as much as it ...
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No Demerara sugar

I have just made an apple pie with a crumble topping for friends coming to lunch. The recipe specified Demerara sugar but I had run out so used dark soft brown instead. I think soft has more ...
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My homemade sourdough bread tastes bitter after letting it stay for one day

I do sourdough bread at home, and through the process, I've tasted lots of not-yet-baked breads. Also, tasted someone else's sourdough bread, which was quite good. Now, I'm in the stage where I can ...
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Olive oil instead of peanut oil to air fry potato?

I’m allergic to peanut oil, can I use olive oil for baking potatoes in a power air fryer oven elite
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Freeze dried blueberries vs frozen blueberries?

What can I substitute for freeze dried blueberries? Will frozen blueberries work? This is for a bread filling.
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Schichttorte; a 20 layer German broiled cake [duplicate]

I am making the cake named above, which I found on a British baking site. It call s for 5 1/2 oz of reg flour-sifted, and 2 1/4 oz of sifted corn flour. ? Does anyone know if this recipe in this ...
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How to “Sponge” in “Sponge and Dough”?

I'm trying to improve my bread making and have read about the sponge and dough method. From my understanding, I should use 20% to 30% of my flour for the sponge. To the sponge's flour, I should add ...
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the oil I put in cake mix is old

The oil I used in a cake mix was old & made the batter taste like old oil. Is there a salvage or is it ruined?
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How to make bun with my oven

The electric oven I have, Its maximum heat is only 250 Celsius. If I wanted to make a bun in it, How to preheat? & How much time I have to heat? & how many Celsius to heat?
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Scalloped potatoes and oven fried pork copsihave scl

I have scalloped potatoes that need to cook at 450 for 25 minutes and ocean fried pork chops that need to cook at 425 for 25 minutes. How much longer will scalloped potatoes need to cook at 425?
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What is this bread making technique called?

I saw a video wherein a baker made a well in his flour, poured all the formula's water and yeast in the well, then let that sit for a while before proceeding with the rest of the incorporation of ...
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How to make rolls airier and crustier?

I'm working on a bread roll recipe that's 66% water (it's wet, but I'm still able to shape into rolls), 4% powdered skim milk, 1.8% ADY, 1.6% salt, 10% sugar, and 8% shortening. I divide the rolls ...
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Can fresh citrus juice be reduced to concentrate flavor?

Does reducing fresh citrus juice increase its flavor and will the flavor be damaged if it is reduced too far?
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How to use a preferment / poolish? Cake vs ADY?

I'm experimenting with a yeasted dinner roll recipe. I'd like to use a pre-ferment (poolish) to enhance the bread's flavor. According to https://food52.com/blog/17140-preferments-and-how-to-adapt-any-...
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Quick breads in foil pans

When cooking quick breads in foil pans should they be placed on a cookie sheet or set on oven rack?