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Questions tagged [baking]

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

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unable to bake runny batter recipes

I made a chocolate cake and recipe calls for buttermilk and oil which makes the batter liquidy,but when I bake it, they turn out rubbery or they become very dense and when I press it feels like soft ...
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Custard-like cake

I would like to cook finger food for my one year old. I am looking for a recipe for a soft cake-- something like a loose cheesecake or set custard in terms of consistency. I did make a bread pudding ...
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Ascorbic Acid, Calcium Propionate - Differences?

We use ascorbic acid to help keep our breads from molding over but we have now the option to use calcium propionate. I can't find much online to help distinguish the pros and cons of each of these ...
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What actually happens if you pour a glaze over a loaf cake before it has cooled?

Taking a regular loaf cake, say a pound cake, and a glaze of about 3/4 cup confectioners sugar to 2 Tablespoons liquid: What actually happens if you pour a glaze/coating over a still hot or warm cake?...
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Fully baked cookies in a 90 F car

I made some cookies about four days ago - a modification of a fairly standard chocolate chip cookie recipe augmented with cocoa powder in the dry ingredients, and marshmallows in the center. They are ...
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shortbread brownie ingredient mistake

I accidentally added two eggs to a Ghiradelli premix shortbread cookie mix. (No eggs needed, just add melted butter.) This was supposed to be a base for shortbread brownies. What can I do??
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Adjusting yeast and rise times in recipes

Is it possible to reduce the amount of yeast and increase the rise times for leavened doughs? If so, is there a simple method to calculate the changes? Does 1/2 the yeast mean twice the rise-time?
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Heating part baked baguettes in lid-covered pyrex

Short question (TL;DR) Is it possible to heat part baked baguettes (or part baked bread in general) in the oven, but keeping it inside a pyrex container with a lid? If yes, is there any change in ...
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Characteristics of lupin and soy flours

I have to prepare something that will be eaten for breakfast or as a snack in the afternoon, using mainly lupin flour and (full fat) soy flour and without using eggs or milk/butter. Since I'm not a ...
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Coconut Cookies have bitter underlying taste

so I made these coconut cookies for the first time and everything tastes fine except for this added unflattering bitter aftertaste. The taste wasn't pungent but it did make the cookies not enjoyable ...
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Angel Food Cake: crushed pineapple instead of sugar?

For my mom's birthday, I want to make an angel food cake. I am against using any type of processed sugar (even cane sugar) but I am okay with fruit so I am looking for a way to substitute sugar with ...
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How to incorporate grape flavor in a chiffon cake?

I'm trying to make a layer of chiffon cake, with a grape flavor but I'm not satisfied with the flavor. I have tried using the juice from the grapes, incorporated into the batter, but it is not ...
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Foamy cakey layer on top of lemon squares

Every time I bake lemon bars (regardless of recipe), I seem to end up with a foamy cake-like layer on top of the lemon curd. I'm not really sure where I am going wrong, but it is definitely a ...
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How should I adjust the time and/or temperature when baking a pound cake in loaf pans

When splitting pound cake batter into two loaf pans instead of using a tube pan, how would you adjust your baking time and temperature?
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What is the difference between a wild yeast starter and a sourdough starter?

Many people only seem to distinguish between 'regular' bread (made with store bought commercial strains of yeast) and sourdough (made with 'wild' yeast). If this is the only distinction - was all ...
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Amount of ingredients for 3 boxes of cake mix

When using 3 boxes of cake mix, do I triple the amounts of water eggs and oil to make cake batter
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Reducing flour coating on flatbreads

Bit of a problem with flatbreads: the flour on them is excessive. I tried cornstarch and oats instead. I have 3 different brushes for getting the flour off them. For those wondering: it's sourdough ...
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Autolyse with milk or substitute the milk?

I have a sweet dough recipe that calls for milk powder, heavy whipping cream, and whole milk. It also calls for water, but all of it is used in a tangzhong formulation. I would still like to autolyse ...
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Greek yogurt substitute in baking?

So this recipe (lemon rhubarb pie), calls for 3 tablespoons of Greek yogurt. What would be a good substitute for Greek yogurt? creme fraiche or cream cheese? And will it affect the final product?
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Creme brulee too runny, need help ASAP

My creme brulee turned out too runny. I need this recipe as I'm serving it for a family dinner tomorrow. Please tell me what I did wrong, I followed the recipe and didn't change anything to it except ...
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How to make my pizza dough Soft?

I am kneeding my dough and it became very hard. It is even very hard to kneed more. I am trying to add more liquid (warm milk or water). It is still not soft. Also, the dough is not accurate means ...
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Does shortbread ship well?

I'm planning on shipping shortbread to another state, and it may take 3-5 days to arrive to the destination. It's a fairly butter-rich cookie: 3 sticks butter, 5 cups flour, 2 cups sugar (about) plus ...
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Why cool creme brulee?

Why bake, cool then torch the creme brûlée; why not skip the cooling? Is cooling for setting? Cooling for 4-24 hours is in almost every recipe I find.
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Baking Soft Boiled Eggs?

For various reasons I have to bake yolks to the consistency of soft boiled eggs, what is a good temp and time to do this?
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How do I make my bread heavy when baked?

What ingredient do I add to my bread dough to make it heavy when it's out from the oven?
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Is both creaming and chemical leavening needed?

Most cakes call for both physical fluffing which is accomplished by creaming the fats and sugars together, as well as chemical leaveners (baking powder or such). Is this needed. Why can't I just use ...
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Cheese crackers

In a recipe using butter, flour, and cheese, what difference will it make to combine the cheese either first with the flour, or later after the butter and flour have been combined?
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How to add richness to a vegan dough?

Usually whenever I bake I substitute milled flaxseeds + water for eggs, soy milk for milk, and margarine for butter. This isn't a problem when the sweet gets most of its flavor from other ingredients ...
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Can I use low-temperature cooking for foie gras

I used to cook my meat (beef, duck) at 58°C, but I never cooked foie gras of myself. Is it possible to use this cooking method for this? I am wondering this because I saw a recipe with a beef piece ...
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Why would I ever use my oven's 'bake' setting when it also has a 'convection bake'? [duplicate]

Whenever I bake something I use the convection bake setting of my GE range because the fan is supposed to make for more even baking. The range also has a 'bake' setting. I'm just wondering why would I ...
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Are there negative effects of freezing for bread and cake?

Are there any negative effects to flavour and or texture to freezing breads/cakes and such? I notice many layered cake recipes have to bake a cake cover it in a layer then cool or freeze in the ...
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Why is it safe to bake a fish when unsaturated fats degrade in low temperatures?

Unsaturated fats are less stable than saturated fats, and they degrade at much lower temperatures. For this reason we don't use most unrefined cold-pressed oils for cooking. But what about processing ...
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Will an IPA beer work properly for beer bread?

Is there any reason an IPA beer would be bad or not work for a beer bread dough? Does it take longer, the same or short than a typical beer bread to rise?
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What utensil (material) to use in Convection + Grill mode of Microwave Oven?

My Microwave Oven (Samsung DE68-03387M) has three modes: Microwave, Convection and Grill. It has various combinations of those. There is a Pre-heat option which uses Convection and Grill modes ...
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Bagels - Use of Barley Malt Syrup or Non-Diastatic Malt Powder

When using a water bath for bagels what is preferred to attain the nice brown exterior, Barley Malt Syrup or Non-Diastatic Malt Powder? I see recipes that use either one. What would be the difference ...
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Rigging equipment for steaming large amounts at once

I am making steamed BBQ pork buns for a work potluck. I have some steamer equipment, but small scale. I'm looking at making 60+ buns, and would really like to cook them as quickly as possible the ...
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Large Aluminium foil bakingpan

When a large aluminium foil bakingpan is usd to bake rusks or biscotti can you use the pan a second time
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What is an appropriate water to yeast ratio for hydrating yeast for bagels?

I've been doing a lot of bagel making lately... my bagels are "on point", except they aren't rising as much as you would see in a typical bagel shop... in fact, I've noticed they kind of "deflate" a ...
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Does near expiration date milk continue to “age” in a cooked dish?

I was so happy to find this site. From what I've read, it seems very friendly and non judgemental.😊 I have 2% milk that has two more days before its Best Buy date. If I use it in a baked casserole, ...
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Sourdough starter not buoyant

If my sourdough starter does not float in water, does that mean it is not ready?
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What are some ways to make caramel thin? [duplicate]

I'm kind of starting off with the culinary world and one of the dishes i'll be making soon is French toast with caramelized strawberries. However i'd like to know how to make caramel thin, because i'...
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Artisan sourdough bread

We buy artisan white sourdough bread from a baker. when we first got it the loaves were lovely for sandwiches. Lately for a couple months now the loaves having been coming with large holes maybe in ...
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Am I missing out on something by not using parchment paper?

I enjoy occasionally baking over the weekends and on special occasions - biscuits, macaroons, cakes, pies, etc. I don't use parchment. My baked goods have always come out just fine - dare I say "tasty"...
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Is Torta de Santiago supposed to be very moist?

Is a Torta de Santiago supposed to be moist? I cook it on convection for full time but the cake is still moist, so much so that my 95 year old mother-in-law cooks pieces I give her again! A couple ...
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How do I add citric acid to my hard candy without it burning?

Every time I try a recipe and add the flavoring and citric, within seconds the citric burns and gives the candy a horrible taste. How or when should I add it so that this won't happen. I'm using a ...
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Issue getting Atta bread right

I am from india and a beginner baker. I have been trying really hard for quite some time to make decent 100% whole wheat bread from freshly milled chakki atta. I have tried pre-packaged ones ...
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Sourdough starter hydration

I’m making my first sourdough starter. Actually my second; the first one dried up and turned into cement. I figured that it wasn’t hydrated enough (the original directions called for 35g rye flour, ...
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Should I put yeast in sweet bread? [closed]

Do you put yeast in sweet bread? Thanks!
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Buttery Chocolate chip cookies

How do I make chocolate chip cookies taste more buttery? I do use real butter (I have tried both salted and unsalted). Should I try a particular brand? European butter?
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Baker’s ratio for crackers

Is there a baker’s ratio for crackers? I can find one for just about every dough recipe under the sun, except one for crackers! I suppose I could just research a bunch of recipes and come up with my ...