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

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Glycerol in tomato confit?

Does anyone know what would be the goal that the recipe developer tries to achieve that glycerol makes tomato confit better? So I found a tomato confit recipe that calls to brush water+glycerol ...
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heat-induced leavening agent

there's baking soda (or sodium bi-carbonate) and and baking power for for numerous baking applications (if there's a cooking use, please call me out on that!). baking soda creates porosity via ...
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Does the addition of acid into flour inhibit gluten formation?

I want my dough to have minimal gluten formation. For that I will be adding boiling water to my flour. Also I am curious that does adding any acid such as lemon juice/vinegar will inhibit gluten ...
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War-zone chocolate brownies (edible decor)

I have been tasked with creating war-zone brownies: should contain visual cues that the brownie is a conflict zone and have edible props. My progress has been very slow. After a few days, I'm still at ...
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How to stop bagel dough deflating when it is handled between its rising place, the boiling pan, and its baking place?

When making bagels, what is an effective way to handle the dough between where it has sat when rising and the boiling pan, and between the boiling pan and whatever it bakes on, such that it does not ...
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Ideal temperature and method to bake a deep dish pizza

What is the ideal temperature to bake deep dish pizza, and for how long? I want to bake a deep pan pizza with toppings of mushrooms, olives and mozzarella and cheddar cheese. I have an electric oven.
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Managing a new, overactive sourdough starter

I began growing a sourdough starter a couple days ago. Things are going very well so far! Too well, in fact; my sourdough starter achieves 2-3x its deflated size in less than 12 hours. My research ...
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Why pre-mix baking soda into 2 tsp of milk?

I am not much of a cook, but about this time every year, I pull out a favorite family recipe for cookies. My grandmother made these cookies for me when I was a child, and when I got older she wrote ...
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Why do some recipes claim to "never fail"?

I have read it countless times, mostly in baking magazines: "This recipes always works!", "Always turns out great!" etc. Of course I know that you can fail at all of them if you really want to, but ...
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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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Should there be any problem cooling Mysore Pak outside a refrigerator?

I am interested to make Mysore Pak, the Indian sub-continent lightly-roasted Besan (Chickpea flour) based cake. I can indeed lightly-roast one cup of Besan, add one cup of sugar directly together ...
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Combining melted chocolate with eggs

I've come across a number of recipes (the most recent of which was this) which suggest various combinations of adding hot melted chocolate to a mixture that contains eggs. The problem that I have ...
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Proper size of Portuguese custard tart

On Amazon, I see that most of the egg tart molds have dimensions ~7 cm top diameter ~4 cm bottom diameter ~2 cm height However, I then see some other molds seemingly from Portugal with dimensions 7....
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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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When marbling cake, can density of chocolate cake impact the rising of the vanilla cake?

I have specific bakers who I really love their recipes for different kinds of cake - for example Stella Parks. Because she doesn't have a recipe for a marble cake, I'm trying to decide whether I'll be ...
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Material used for Portuguese custard tart molds

From a previous question, it was recommended that for Portuguese custard tarts to use galvanized steel or aluminum molds, and also that the oven be heated to minimally 250°C (482°F). This video at ~2:...
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Temperature of a muffin pan right under a gas oven broiler

I have a gas oven stove that can go up to 550°F (~287°C), with also a gas broiler. If I place a muffin pan on the top or second top rack, under the broiler, after preheating the oven at its highest ...
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Best Preservatives for Home-Made Brownies

I'm trying to sell home-made brownies made using Betty Crocker Fudge mix and the instructions on the back of the brownie mix box. I'm just looking to sell them for an informal bake-sale kind of event, ...
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Regular Cake Pan to Tube Pan Cook Time Conversion?

I took a recipe that a called for 45 minutes at 350 in a 2" tall 9" pan, doubled the recipe and put it in a 4" x 9" tub pan. Are their any rules of thumb to use when converting a ...
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Will ultrapasterized milk curdle?

Normally (e.g. here) the recipe for oladyi (thick palm-sized pancakes) requires kefir, a fermented milk drink similar to a thin yoghurt or ayran. There is one well-tested recipe that uses milk with ...
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How to coat gummies with beeswax/carnauba wax and coconut oil/palm oil?

I tried coating my gummies with beeswax but it was a failure. First, I melted beeswax and tried to pour it in a spray bottle but it hardened so fast. Also, I tried coating them by just putting them in ...
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Beating egg white and whipping cream

Both egg white and cream can be beaten until they form a stiff foam. So I tried mixing them and beating the mixture. The mixture will not rise (foam) no matter how hard I try. What is the reason ...
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Ignition temperature of most foods , or maximum theoretical cooking temperature ? Read below? [closed]

A house hold oven tops out at just 550 Fahrenheit or 288 Celsius , but lower than average temperature wood fired pizza ovens operate at about 650 Fahrenheit and average ones at 752 Fahrenheit or 400 ...
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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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Baking Bread in Dutch Oven with Hairline Crack

I recently bought a ceramic slow cooker insert at a thrift store. It has a glass top and is the perfect shape for using as a Dutch oven in baking bread, which I do regularly. When I got home, my ...
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Figuring out gas oven temperature numbered 1 through 7

New apartment, old oven and a lot to bake with precise temperatures. Thermostat is numbered 1 through 7 and no idea what temperatures they represent, couldn't find any identifying company logo or ...
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Proofing container: air tight vs simple bowl

After my pizza preparation, from a dough that has spent already a night in the fridge, I always leave about 200g of dough to make a small white pizza to accompany my meal on the day after my pizza ...
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Chalky smell in bread dough?

The last batch of challah (bread) that we made had a very chalky undertone and aftertaste. This time, the dough has a faint smell of the chalk (we didn't bake it yet). The flour has no odor and was ...
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What is table cream? I livd in US and have never heard term

I have a new recipe that says I need table cream, sour cream and grated cheese. I have never heard of table cream and don't know what I can use instead. This is for a topping that goes over fish in ...
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What should be added to brownies when reducing cocoa powder and vanilla extract?

I have a brownie recipe. The first time I tried them they turned out great but had a strong taste of chocolate and vanilla extract. I halved the cocoa powder and vanilla essence required to reduce the ...
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How to bake baking soda to produce sodium carbonate?

I'd like to make sodium carbonate for ramen noodles. The instructions on the web however vary greatly. One source says to bake baking soda at 350 degrees for 2-5 hours. Others say 250 degrees for an ...
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Shortbread recipe rice flour to corn starch [closed]

I need 1 1/4 cups of white rice flour for shortbread recipe, how much corn starch do I use as an alternative?
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Whats the difference between white and yellow corn meal. and all cornmeal or half flour half cornmeal

I usually make cornbread with white corn meal and no sugar. I like the no sugar part, but I want to experiment with the batter a bit. What are the following changes supposed to achieve: Yellow corn ...
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When a recipe calls or 1/2 cup of raisins, should the raisins be packed or not packed?

You can get more raisins into a 1/2 cup if you pack them tightly. So, when a recipe calls for 1/2 cup of raisins, should I loosely pour them into the cup measurer, or pack them tight?
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Why can't I use toaster oven instead of real oven?

My toaster oven has a temperature gauge just like my oven 200-450 degrees. I opened a package of fish sticks and the instructions said "Do not cook in microwave or toaster oven." It only had ...
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Is a partially translucent banana safe to cook with?

I let my bananas get very ripe prior to making banana bread with them. This time one of the bananas had become translucent at the top towards the stem. See attached photo. Is this banana still safe to ...
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Create my own high-gluten flour by mixing vital wheat gluten and bread/AP flour?

Has anyone had success with giving their bread or all-purpose flour an extra gluten kick by adding vital wheat gluten? I would like to know what ratio to mix the the two ingredients with, or perhaps ...
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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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Baking juicier chicken breast without brining?

Over the past few months my go-to meal prep has been to bake a bunch of skin-on, bone-in chicken, typically breast but occasionally leg (wing+thigh). My technique has been: Season the chicken (mostly ...
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How to make cheesecake less tangy

I love cheesecake, however I despise the acidic, tangy taste associate with cream cheese and yogurt. I recently purchased some that didn't have that taste at all, just smooth an delicious. I'd like ...
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What can I change about this bread recipe to lower its glycemic index?

I'm starting with a recipe from Peter Reinhart's Whole Grain Breads that uses an overnight autolyse of a soaker (whole wheat flour, your choice of other grains, salt, and water) and a refrigerated ...
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using bread machine as toaster oven

Can I bake/heat some frozen spring roll in my bread machine since it has bake function and would this damage my machine? Seems like a good toaster replacement.
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Is there a way predict proving times of dough (without experience)?

I make homemade pizza dough and other breads and baked goods quite regularly, but only have started to do so recently. One of the issues I have run into is that recipes always come with their own ...
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Yeast in Poolish

I have two different recipes for poolish with equal parts of bread flour and water. One calls for 1/2 tsp. of yeast and the other only calls for 1/4 tsp. Which amount should I use to make artisan ...
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Can I half-bake muffins now, and then complete bake them the rest of the way a couple days later when I want them "fresh"?

This is inspired by those bake-it-yourself items I see in shops which are e.g. quite pale baguettes they expect me to throw into the oven for 10 minutes to end up with a "freshly baked" good....
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Is there a way to get bacon crispy if you wrap it around potatoes and stick it in the oven?

I wanted to try and make the “Gotcha Pork” dish from anime series Food Wars. It requires you wrap bacon around mashed potatoes and put it in the oven. Is there a way to bake it so the bacon comes out ...
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When downsizing a recipe for bread, do you need to cut down every ingredient equally for it to come out well?

I have a bread recipe that is slightly too large for my bread machine, so I need to downsize it a little, but I don't want to make it a full 25% or 50% smaller, meaning the ingredient amounts end up ...
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Do I need a bread maker?

I'd like to try my hand at baking my own bread. Do I need a bread maker to get decent bread? Are there any advantages to using a bread maker vs. my normal oven?
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Why is my cupcake brownie like?

I’m exploring different recipes and tweaking a few things to make a result I’m happy with. I finally found a perfect ratio for a vanilla cake but when I tried to alter it to chocolate I got a very ...
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When does baking soda make a dough taste bitter?

There are times when I have accidentally mixed up baking powder and baking soda in a recipe resulting in a bitter, almost metallic tasting dough. However, my signature pancake recipe uses a mix of ...

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