Questions tagged [baking]

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

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What ingredient should I add to my cookies to increase shelf life?

What ingredient should I add to my cookies to increase shelf life. I need my cookies, 6 months later to still be fresh (expiry date in 6 months).
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Are there any ingredients I should not add to a no-knead dough with an extended proofing time?

I am having great results with no-knead bread, generally leaving this to proof for up to 18 hours in a coolish (20 C) room. I'm thinking of upping my game and adding fresh ingredients (e.g. minced ...
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Creaming butter seperately on its own, then adding the sugar and beating them together vs simply creaming butter and sugar together (the regular way)?

Would there be any difference in the end result? Usually you beat both the sugar and butter together but what if you instead, were to start by creaming the butter on its own at first, then adding ...
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Can you inject carbon dioxide/nitrogen into a dough/batter to provide leavening? Or use dry ice/liquid nitrogen?

Can you use carbon dioxide/nitrogen directly to provide leavening? It's known that vegetable shortening is actually pumped with nitrogen bubbles to aerate it, so maybe there's a way you could use them ...
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thickening cream

I use corn starch & 1/2 and 1/2 to make my cannoli cream. I use a double boiler. My recipe calls for a lot of stirring up to an hour in order to get the thickness I need to stuff cannoli shells. ...
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Cheesecake in or next to waterbath

I've heard of two separate ways to use a water bath when cooking a cheesecake: placing the cheesecake in the waterbath, or placing a roasting pan full of water on the bottom rack of the oven, with the ...
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How to make croutons crunchier throughout without burning?

I've made homemade croutons a few times now and experimented with using more or less olive oil and cooking shorter/longer. My first batch was the best tasting, however they were a little chewy inside,...
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Can I save an undercooked loaf of pumpernickel?

I made this pumpernickel recipe from YouTube (recipe below) and I think I underbaked it: it has a little of that unpleasant chalky taste of raw flour. Can I rescue this loaf or do I need to start ...
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Making clarified butter by removing water but not the milk solids?

People say that clarified butter doesn't taste as good as normal butter, but what if you were to make it in a way that retains the milk solids but still removes the water? So it would be something ...
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What is bakery emulsion and how is it different from flavoring extract?

I was in Ross for Less and saw (and bought) a bottle of lemon bakery emulsion because it just sounded good. Looking online it seems that it is a one for one replacement for extract, but I have not ...
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Can frozen (fresh) flower petals be used in baking the same as unfrozen fresh petals?

I had seen a recipe that calls for fresh flower petals - a dark bread recipe with honey and bright flower petals through it, specifically. I know it wanted fresh petals for the color (dried so often ...
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Is it safe to wrap food in aluminum foil before baking it?

It's hard to clean the baking sheet from the stains left by baking food. I was wondering if it is safe to bake the food wrapped in aluminum foil, or whether some aluminum may be leached into the food?
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Is it possible to cream clarified butter with sugar? Will it have the same benefits as shortening and oil?

Is it really possible to cream clarified butter? And considering that clarified butter is 100% fat, am I correct in assuming you'd get the taste of butter and also the leavening benefits of shortening ...
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How long does yeast live after baking?

I am pretty sure I know the answer to this, but I need to know for sure to settle an argument with someone... Is yeast still active after the bread has been baked and cooled?
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Left Hot fudge on counter overnight

I Left a the jar of open mrs. richardson hot fudge out last night, is it still good? It does say refrigerate after opening. Is it still good?
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FLOUR tortillas as a crust?

I am making a chili cheese tater tot casserole and would like to know could I use flour tortillas on the bottom or would that be a bad idea since I am baking it at 350 for 45 minutes
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I would like a vanilla powder type to substitute for cocoa powder

I do not like chocolate. I have a recipe for chocolate energy bites. What can substitute for cocoa powder?
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How to keep thin sponge bases moist?

I enjoy making multi layered sponge cakes (specifically chiffon sponge), but I find that when cooking a much thinner base than for a normal sponge (around 1cm height), I am faced with a decision of ...
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Top of Dough “Cracked” During Cold Rise - is it bad?

I made a brioche/sweet dough and did a cold rise overnight. The risen dough had cracks at the top of it. See: Is this normal? Or symptomatic of a problem? I used a glass bowl and covered it with ...
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Are there certain kinds of salts that work best for baking (cakes, bread, etc)?

As there are different kinds of salts which contain different minerals, is there a kind of salt that is better to use when baking? Does the kind of salt depend on what I am baking?
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Beating egg whites over a double boiler for increased leavening?

I know that whole eggs and egg yolks whip up greater and have more air when beaten with heat, but does the same hold true for egg whites? Would it be beneficial to whip them over a double boiler or ...
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Recipe says to bake chicken at 250 degrees for 5 hrs. how long does it need to be baked at 350 degrees?

Recipe says to bake whole chicken uncovered 250 degrees F for 5 hours or until done. CAn I shorten the bake time if I increase the heat to 350 degrees F? if so how long does it need to bake?
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mixing dry yeast, water, salt and flour

When aging pizza dough in the refrigerator for 1-2 days, I mix the salt and "Saf-Instant Dry Baker's Yeast" (a Japanese brand) with the flour and add room-temperature or cold water. I always get lots ...
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how to get maximum amount of rise for shaped pizza

I'm making pizza from scratch. My goal is to have the least dough possible in terms of grams per square cm/in, but have it as fluffy and bubbly and airy as possible. My dough is 360g Caputo blue-...
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How can I reduce the sugar in this oatmeal bar recipe?

I made this recipe for oatmeal bars, following the instructions with just a couple changes. Although they turned out well, I would like to reduce the sugar content while still preserving the texture ...
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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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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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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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How to keep the bottom of my bread from getting burned? [duplicate]

I have been experimenting with making whole grain sourdough bread at home. My current recipe is for a loaf that is about 4 cups of flour total, not counting sourdough starter, evenly split between ...
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Cupcake Papers Peeling away

I've been making cupcakes for a long time with the same recipe and same brand of paper liners but recently my cupcake papers are pulling away from the baked cake shortly after they cool at room ...
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Is there a difference in the end result between using mechanical leaveners vs chemical leaveners in a cake?

Are they interchangeable? E.g. could you replace whipped egg whites in an angel food cake with enough baking powder/soda and end up with similar results? Or in a butter cake, replace the creamed ...
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If only one choice - convection microwave, convection oven, regular micro, conventional oven?

Can a convection microwave along with an induction cooktop effectively replace a microwave, conventional electrical oven and cooktop? I'm creating a small kitchen for a guest suite. One approach has a ...
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How can I soak cake in cheese?

I can make cheesecake and I can make cake, but it occurred to me recently that cheesecake isn't cake soaked in cheese, Ala tres leches. So, is it possible to get cheese liquefied enough to be able to ...
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How to get the effect of gluten in gluten free baking

I've been baking gluten-free cakes and in order to get something akin to a regular cake - light instead of heavy - I've been essentially making a sponge cake by making a light meringue and folding the ...
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When to add marzipan?

I want to bake a cake with the following ingredients: 200 g butter 200 g sugar 200 g grated marzipan 4 eggs 50 g flour This is a classic recipe were you cream butter and sugar, add eggs one at the ...
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How to enhance sweetness of a baked chocolate brownie?

I am not sure if it is even possible or not. I baked a almond and walnut chocolate brownie. While I was preparing the mixture I added extra cocoa powder, I though it will give the brownie a perfect ...
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How do you make Yorkshire Puddings rise reliably?

Has anyone got a foolproof method for Yorkshire Puddings? With the recipe I have they never seem to rise properly.
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What happens if bread is made with sparkling water?

I am making a white bread with 500g regular flour, about 300g water, sourdough starter, yeast and salt. It will rest and raise some time before being baked. Pretty basic. Now I was wondering, what ...
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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 should I adjust oven temperature/time to have two dishes ready at the same time?

I want to cook two vegetable dishes at one time for a dinner party. The first, a vegetable loaf, has to be cooked at 325° F for 1 hour The other, a casserole, requires 350° F for 30 min. How can I ...
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How can I make this very low hydration bread more home baker friendly?

The recipe is something like that: 400g of flour 180g of water 2g of yeast 7g of salt Part of the flour and water can be used to prepare a biga or a poolish, let's ignore that to keep it simple. ...
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When to use convection/fan bake vs bake

Are there any general rules to follow when choosing between bake and fan bake to cook something in the oven? What effect does each have and what are the advantages and disadvantages of both?
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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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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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Why did my green tea muffins turn black?

I made green tea muffins following the recipe here. I like my muffins moist and fluffy, so I added banana as suggested by the recipe and replaced half of the baking powder with baking soda. I also ...
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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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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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Using a bundt pan in place of loaf pans

If a recipe calls for the use of two loaf pans, would it be ok to use a bundt pan instead?