Questions tagged [baking]

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

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Leaving cake's dry ingredients together for later quicker preparation?

Let's say I want to bake a cake specifically on Monday night, so it can be fresh for Tuesday (no, I don't want to do it on Sunday). But I know that on Monday I am going to be extremely busy. So I ...
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What is a stem pan?

I have a vintage cookbook, from Charlotte, North Carolina and about 1958, that has a recipe for “Different Applesauce Cake”. It says to “Cook in stem pan approximately 1 hour, 10 minutes”. Searches ...
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Oven is at the correct temperature but things are baking consistently slower than recipes suggest

I have a weird issue I moved into a new house recently and I have some old oven in here I bought a thermometer which is hanged inside and it seems like the temperature is correct however, anything I ...
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High Altitude Rye Bread

New bread maker here. I've been playing around with some various breads over the least year and have had some pretty decent success with white breads, seed breads light rye and even Paczki. Not only ...
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How to make hamburger buns as fluffy as in McDonald's?

I make buns and they comes out soft, but not as fluffy and light as the ones they have in McDonald's. Is there any specific ingredient or technique I should use to achieve the desired fluffiness? ...
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Crisping prosciutto

This may seem like an obvious question, but I have a couple of recipes that I make a lot that require crumbling crisped prosciutto over / in them. Whilst I have experimented with many frying / ...
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Can I use a rectangular ceramic pan instead of enameled cast iron to bake bread without losing the nice crust?

My wife has been baking sourdough bread in an enameled cast iron Dutch oven and has been getting a very nice crust. She preheats the pan and oven to 500 °F (260 °C), then puts the dough in the pan, ...
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Why are my macarons cracking on top?

I've tried to make macarons eight times in a row and I failed. I used this recipe (text version is in the description below the video). They all cracked on top and the surface collapsed as you see in ...
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Can I bake Nutella?

I'm wanting to use Nutella in my cookies. However, I'm not sure if it's okay to bake Nutella under these conditions: Undiluted – I wouldn't mix the Nutella with any other ingredients Not exposed – ...
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Replicating commercial gluten-free/non-gebrokts matzo — where to start?

I'm on a somewhat restricted diet right now in which I'm not allowed to eat any grains of any kind. It turns out that the Yehuda gluten-free matzo and Manischewitz gluten-free matzo-style crackers are ...
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How do I fix and prevent a baked custard from weeping?

I made a rhubarb custard pie that turned out nicely; the custard was flavored with orange zest and 2 tablespoons of orange juice and 1 teaspoon of orange flower water. I wanted a baked custard made ...
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I want my potatoes to be baked within an hour, but I forgot to preheat the oven. Should I put them in while preheating or not?

I forgot to preheat the oven while prepping my potatoes to be baked. Dinnertime is one hour away. I put them in anyway and turned on the oven. My spouse says I should not put them in yet because ...
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How do Crispbread manufacturers use so few ingredients?

I'm curious if anyone is familiar with how the major Swedish crispbread manufacturers like Ryvita, Wasa, Finn Crisp, etc., manage to produce those crackers with ingredients lists as short as "rye ...
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What is the benefit of adding vegetable oil to cheese cake dough?

I recently baked a cheese cake and decided to leave out the oil in the recipe. I expected it to be drier than the one with oil added to the dough but found that this seems not to be the case.
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Baking a cheesecake at 325 instead of 350

I have a cheesecake recipe that I have used for years, It is as close to perfect as I need it to be...except, sometimes it cracks (maybe 1 of 5). I have never used a water bath and I don't want to ...
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Can't I just grease the Baking Sheet instead of using Parchment Paper

Recipes such as http://paleoleap.com/avocado-banana-chocolate-cookies/ say to line baking sheet with parchment paper. Why can't we just grease the baking sheet?
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What to use on top of a baking stone: parchment paper, a silicone sheet or a thin steel tray?

According to the top-rated answer to this question, you cannot wash the baking stone (or else you can, using baking soda and a lot of care and time, which is not practical). I am mostly interested in ...
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Storing cast iron in the oven

We store a few cast iron pans in the oven, on the bottom rack. We leave the pans in there while cooking other things. Occasionally, I worry that this might affect oven performance, by interfering with ...
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How to Adjust Biscotti Recipe When Using Salted Pistachios

I am making biscotti. The recipe calls for the following: 2 C flour 1/2 tsp fine sea salt 3/4 C whole pistachios The only shelled pistachios I could find were already salted, with sea salt. Given ...
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Anybody know where I can get some Stanley spatulas?

Back when Stanley had home parties, the demonstrator would hand these out as a hostess prize or thank you. It’s my absolute favorite spatula and I cannot seem to find one anywhere! It’s a soft, ...
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Shaping baguettes using three folds vs. rolling it up?

What's the idea behind the standard French technique of three folds to shape a baguette where you fold it in from top and bottom and then the whole thing over, sealing it with the heel of the hand? ...
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How are food dyes affected by heat and ingredients?

I made a cake today using bog standard marge, white sugar, eggs, self-raising flour and a pinch of baking powder. I added enough pink food colour (supermarket brand that comes in the tiny bottles) to ...
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Did post-war Hovis bread contain treacle or black strap molasses?

I totally concur with the opinion of YouTube chef Titli Nihan that the modern Hovis loaf tastes nothing like the bread I remember as a child. TN has an interesting theory that the Hovis bread of that ...
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Why do I sometimes “cream” and “beat until smooth”, and sometimes not?

I have enjoyed baking for MANY years and the basic rule of thumb is to “cream” the butter and sugar thoroughly, add the eggs one at a time then beat all other liquids until smooth before adding the ...
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Bread Machine Loaf does not Dome

When baking a standard loaf in my Bread Machine, the top of the loaf seemed to collapse back in at some point, and instead of coming out with a nice rounded top, it looks like this: I've tried: More ...
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It will take a few minutes to cook the steak through [duplicate]

It will take a few minutes to cook the steak through How long do I need to bake it for and at what temperature?
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Making how much batter will result in over-mixing?

This page, tip #9 "Don’t Double the Recipe" suggests that making too much batter results in over-mixing, and, consequently, in a dense (as opposed to fluffy) cake. Is it correct? Could you ...
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Sourdough Starter: Very fast rise (doubles in an hour)

I started a sourdough culture a week back and have some questions about rising time. I did not add any yeast to the culture. I am using regular whole wheat flour. The temperature at my place is 30*C(...
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Why is this croissant dough not behaving as expected?

I followed this video recipe for croissants, but whereas the video shows a soft, silky dough that proofs beautifully, I ended up with a dense, dry dough that has not risen appreciably after 90 min. I ...
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What could the dough of this cookie be made of?

After repeatedly eating what I consider the most delicious cookie I have ever eaten, my wife soon became frustrated trying to replicate it. So I am reaching out to gather ideas. This is the cookie, ...
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How to avoid excessive steam build up in oven

When cooking things like a whole chicken or chips (fries) my oven builds up a lot of steam. So much that it comes out as a huge cloud when opening the oven door. I think this leads to a lack of ...
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Spritz cookies not sticking to pan when pressed from cookie press

We're having a good deal of trouble getting our spritz cookies from our cookie press to separate from the cookie press and stick to the cookie sheet. Is there something we can add to the cookie batter ...
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Storing Self-Made Cookies/Brittles/etc longer: ingredients and techniques

I like to make a large amount of pan sheet cookies or brownie brittles as something to crumble over my breakfast yogurt. Something in the style of variations on the following recipe: https://www....
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Cake not rising - too many wet ingredients?

I've tried making this three layer cake twice in the past two days. I think the issue is too many wet ingredients. It’s from a cookbook I trust for the most part, but after two failures, I’m not sure ...
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Why is my cake sinking after baking with a soggy-like line in the middle?

I've lately been facing an issue with my cakes whereby they sink and have a soggy-like line near the bottom. It's strange since I am using the same ingredients, same oven, same recipe however the ...
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Using osmotolerant yeast in regular bread

After the demise of my sourdough starter, I've decided to switch to instant yeast, and am trying to decide which to buy. Specifically, I'm comparing Saf-Instant Red and Saf-Instant Gold. The former is ...
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Baking bread … without crust?

My fiancee doesn't like to eat the crust of bread. I like to bake bread. But she ends up cutting off like half of each piece in the process of de-crust-ifying it. What are some suggestions to make ...
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Is there a bread you can mix in the evening, leave overnight, and bake in morning?

I'm afraid I know little about breadmaking. Is there a bread where you could: -- mix it and I guess knead it in the evening (say around 9pm), -- leaving it out overnight (perhaps to rise (?) etc.?) ...
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How dangerous is it to bake food with plastic?

I just baked a spiral ham for an hour. There was a little piece of plastic that I was supposed to 'remove before cooking', but I didn't notice it. After an hour, the ham was baked and the plastic ...
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Why adding soda without vinegar to the cake batter?

I have this well-rated chocolate cake recipe that I have not baked yet. It's ingredients (among others) are 175g self-raising flour 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda My understanding is that soda is needed ...
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Danish rye bread (rugbrød) gone wrong?

A couple weeks ago I tried making a danish rye bread using Magnus Nilsson's recipe from "The Nordic Cook Book." The recipe basically calls for a preferment of rye, yeast and buttermilk which ...
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Emeril 360 Oven. How do i disable timer when baking?

With the Emeril 360 oven, is it possible to use with out timer running? Can you turm off timer when baking?
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What would the best Cornflour substitute be for a Pavlova?

Our local stores do not sell cornflour so I need a substitute. Online I'm finding people saying use normal flour, or you can use arrowroot or you can use cornstarch at half the quantity. But these ...
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Problem Rolling Out Rough Puff Pastry

I'm familiar with the proper steps in making rough puff pastry but I have difficulty rolling out the dough. I'm hoping someone can make suggestions or explain how to do it better. I find it easy ...
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Are there disadvantages to storing bread in a vacuum box?

I love fresh bread, and when I buy it I store it at home in a plastic bag. After 2-3 days it has probably lost about 60% of its overall quality. I've been using some vacuum storage bags and found that ...
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Why did my chocolate eclairs fail?

I made chocolate eclairs, my second attempt copying exactly from Laura in the Kitchen on YouTube (full recipe here), and the pastry was not all well creamed and looked oily as I placed in oven. It ...
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Do pies baked in disposable pans turn out okay?

Do disposable pans affect the quality of pies baked in them? I'm worried that using a disposable pan may adversely affect the end result.
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What is the mechanism of action of the Tangzhong? [duplicate]

Is the Tangzhong in Japanese Milk Bread used to just greater net hydration, or is there another mechanism of action (inhibition of crystallization for example)? Would normal gelatin water cubes get ...
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When baking quick breads and cakes, can I premix wet ingredients the night before?

When baking quick breads and cakes, I've premixed dry ingredients the night before to save time. Can I premix wet ingredients as well? I understand that I can't premix the full batter when using ...

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