Questions tagged [baking]

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

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Managing oven temperature [closed]

I know that the temperature inside an oven fluctuates, but I'm just curious. Won't the temperature inside continue to rise? How do I manage, or control, the temperature inside the oven after ...
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Can using a poolish or biga preferment help me make a less dense wholemeal bread?

I've taken up bread baking again recently, and I'm trying to improve my skills. One thing that still eludes me is how to get a less dense wholemeal loaf. I know that wholemeal breads are nearly ...
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How to adjust baking time and temperature for volume?

I have a recipe for a round honey cake, I want to halve the amount and bake in a loaf pan. Or, the other way round - I have a recipe for a loaf pan, I want to double the amount and bake in a round pan....
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Why did my vegan croissants come out flat?

I tried to make vegan croissants with the following recipe: 120g water 15g wet yeast (I used 7g dried yeast) 250g bread flour 30g sugar 5g salt 50g butter (I used vegan margarine (stork?)) The pic ...
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Cooking with Hemp Protein Powder

I was considering making baking goods with protein powder and was considering Hemp Protein Powder. I see most of the recipes often use Hemp Hearts but didn't find much with the protein powder form. ...
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Do you leave the oven thermometer inside the oven while you are baking?

We have a very old gas oven at home. I just started baking but every time I use it for baking, I end up having burnt cookies, unevenly baked cakes, etc. I plan on buying an oven thermometer. I'd like ...
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Lasagna won't cook properly in oven with no lower exposed element :(

My new wall oven with the hidden lower element will not bake lasagna properly, no matter what I do. The cheeses and sauce don't meld into the pasta well. It takes forever to get the center of the ...
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Baker's Angel Flake Coconut

I have an old recipe that calls for a large can of Baker's Angel Flake Coconut. How many ounces were these cans; I need to substitute the bags that are available now.
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Are the terms self-rising flour and baking powder different in the US and UK?

I made Mary Berry’s Cherry cake, which called for 275 g of self-rising flour and 2 tsp of baking powder, in an 8-inch pan. Went all over the oven. Are these ingredients different in the US?
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What is the benefit of a tinfoil packet?

I see a lot of recipes for tinfoil packet meals: various vegetables or meats and aromatics wrapped in tinfoil and baked/roasted. What is the benefit of roasting using a tinfoil packet compared to ...
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Folding dry ingredients into the cake batter: at once or in 2/3 portions, does it make a difference?

The following is my go-to sponge cake recipe: 6 eggs 2 and a half cups flour 1 cup oil 1 and a half cups sugar 1 cup milk 2 and a half tsp baking powder cardamom and saffron First I separate eggs, ...
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How much lemon extract to substitute anise extract?

I have a anise cookie recipe that I want to convert to a lemon biscotti recipe. How much lemon extract should I use when I use 3 teaspoons of the anise extract?
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How do I follow a recipe if my oven doesn't go as high as the recipe states?

I want to bake bread. I found this recipe from Alex French Guy Cooking on YouTube.. His recipe says that the oven should be 250 degrees Celsius. My oven only goes to 220 degrees. I bought an oven ...
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Presentation - How to make a Tiramisu to be photogenic?

Sorry if this is the wrong forum. I can make a nice Tiramisu but the photo does not look good. I make Tiramisu, get a slice of it and photograph it. Challenge is that we have zero control over how the ...
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Unpleasant crust on bread

I'm baking ~67% hydration bread, following this recipe Kvali food dutch oven bread. The bread is baked using a covered cast iron casserole dish heated to 250'c, and following the cooking times ...
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Small black spot on sourdough starter

I haven't fed my sourdough in about a month so I was going to feed it and I saw a black spot on the dough. I scooped it out and fed the sourdough.I'm worried if this could possibly be black mold and ...
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Is cooking with an air fryer similar, nutritionally, to baking?

Irrelevant context: I've been borrowing a friend's air fryer, and I love how fast it cooks! So much that I'm considering getting one of my own to cook 80% of my meals with. But, my girlfriend is ...
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How to proof croissants in the hot weather?

I tried to cook croissants following a recipe. The whole process went smoothly, there was no butter melted and the yeast was still active. But when I proof the laminated dough, they wouldn't rise. I ...
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Why did my cake go Offsided?

Not sure where I went wrong 3 layers cake, cutted the top (levelled) Cooled overnight Did buttercream in between and on the sides Fridge for 3hrs It's offside! Any future suggestions?
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Pitaya Red Velvet Cake became brown

Starting point: I was trying to follow a red velvet cake recipe from the internet, but since I always try to replace industrial/artificial ingredients by more "natural" ones (just out of curiosity), ...
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In bakeries, what are the factors that make breads become hard?

If breads are reheated in a bakery, will this cause the bread to become hard?
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Multilayered brownie help

I'm not new to baking but I'm new to experimenting with baking. I just don't want to experiment with baking when many resources are invested in the recipe. So, I'm looking to make a huge ...
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Comparing different binding agents (Konjac, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Corn Flour)

Is there any way to figure out the potency of different binding agents, such as: Konjac, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Corn Flour, before purchasing them?
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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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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 ...