Questions tagged [baking]

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

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Adjusting the baking time for large cakes?

How long should I bake a 13" (330 mm) sponge cake? Which gas mark should I use?
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Most efficient technique to prepare milk and butter for proofed yeast?

I have a recipe for rolls where 1/4 cup cubed butter is added to 2 cups of warm milk. The butter / milk mixture is added to proofed active dry yeast, and then a cup or so of flour is added to get the ...
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Is granulated sugar (American) the same as caster sugar (UK)?

I have an american cake recipe which includes 'granulated sugar', would this be uk caster sugar? It is for the stage when you beat in with the butter?
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How warm must dough be in order to rise?

While making some focaccia this afternoon, my wife said, "sure the house is 'warm'; it'll be fine." One hour later, no rising. It may be worth noting that our house is 66F. So we stuck it in a warm ...
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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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Can you make pie crust from cookie dough?

I recently bought several packs of frozen cookie dough, sugar cookie, and I wanted to know if it's possible to reshape them and make a pie crust? If so what is the technique involved: cooking ...
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How to get cheap cookie cutters?

With the cookie baking season upon us I broke out the cookie cutters for sugar cookies, however almost all of them are pretty deformed or broken (from moving houses). I haven't bought any cutters in a ...
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What's causing the metallic aftertaste in my Nutraloaf?

Thanks to all of the wonderful help thus far, I've finally been able to make my Überfood. It's called "Nutraloaf", and is kind of like a meatloaf with a bunch of other stuff in it. It has no real ...
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Collapsing soufflé

A few months ago I attempted a soufflé and had mixed success (i.e. failure). I determined that I enjoyed both the taste and the presentation, but I just haven't gained the confidence to try again. I ...
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How to make softer biscuits?

Sorry to ask a rather non-specific question, but I am actually trying to formulate an example. Suppose you have a recipe to make biscuits, but what you get is quite hard, and you would like to have a ...
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How can I make a carob coating?

I want to make Italian Three color Christmas Cookies (like these: http://www.food.com/recipe/italian-tri-color-cookies-rainbow-cookies-147882 ). This kind of cookie is traditionally are covered in ...
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How to stop cupcakes from collapsing?

I made two kinds of cupcakes recently from Who You Callin' Cupcake? and both of them collapsed in the center. The cupcake that collapsed the most was the Devil's Food Cupcake. This contained: all-...
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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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Cooking an eggless cake

I am about to cook a cake. I have bought the cake mix. Now, in the instructions, it says that I have to mix it with the vegetable oil and add egg. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I do not eat egg. ...
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How to achieve great baguette crusts

I have baked baguettes a few times, the recipe I used was something from the net which might or might not be good. It went like this: 13 dl wheat flour 5 dl clean, cold water salt, some olive oil ...
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Why is there vinegar in the bread recipe?

Yesterday I made bread based on a recipe I found on the flour bag. It contained both rye and wheat flour but also three tablespoons of vinegar. I've never seen it used in bread before, why is it there?...
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Choux pastry (Chocolate eclairs) doesn't rise

Last time I tried to make Chocolate eclairs (similar to cream puffs), the choux pastry just sat in the oven and basically fried. It didn't rise/grow and so I couldn't hollow out the shells. Any ...
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Cake sinks in the middle when baking. Only happens when I make a Coca-Cola Cake

When making a coca-cola cake I follow the directions exactly. But when it comes out of the oven it appears all the miniature marshmellows went to the center and sank. Hard to frost when the middle ...
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What is the ideal way to prepare (and the type of) beef for a homemade meat pie?

What is the ideal way to prepare (and the type of) beef for a homemade meat pie? I'm really interested in .. 1. whether there is a certain preference for the type of cut to use. 2. how much you ...
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What is the best way to making a great pavlova base?

What is the best way to making a great pavlova base?
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Is there really such a thing as a muffin scoop?

I've been asked to get someone a muffin scoop as a gift. It was described to me as a 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup sized cookie scoop. I'm extremely confused by this request, as cookies and muffins are ...
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Does a change in altitude affect baking time or temperature?

I used to live at several thousand feet above sea level, but now I live only a few hundred feet above sea level. Will this affect the temperatures and times in my baking recipes (cakes, breads, etc)? ...
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Cook Time vs. Cook Temp trade off

So I've always thought of cooking this way: Higher Temp & Less Cook time = crispier vs. Lower Temp & More Cook time = softer Now obviously this doesn't apply to everything, but generally. ...
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How do I distribute pastry in a tube pan?

Recently I tried to bake a cake in a silicone tube pan. I evenly distributed pastry over the bottom of the pan and put into the oven. While the cake was baking pastry expanded and started to fall ...
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Why use metal cake pan instead of silicone one?

I've been using silicone cake pans in my electric oven for a while and they work great and cakes come out easily and washing then is also very convenient. However I see that there're lots of ...
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Why do some pies call for two crusts, and some do not?

Most fruit pies call for two crusts, whereas most custardy pies do not. However, my apple pies with one crust or two or substantially the same. Is the number of crusts simply traditional?
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My bread is tasteless

I'm in the middle of trying to tackle making baguettes without all the fancy equipment of a typical bakery. I'm getting closer and closer to a perfect texture on the inside and out, but I have yet ...
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What is a French Rolling Pin?

I was recently given a 'French Rolling Pin' as a gift. To me, it just looks like a fancy dowel-rod. What exactly is it, and what is it useful for?
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Would these ingredients work for a Gift In a Jar?

I am planning on making a Gift In a Jar for a cake. An example of a Gift In a Jar can be found here. Basically I would be putting the following ingredients in the jar: Flour Cocoa Baking powder ...
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Dangers to continuing to cook an unfinished torte?

I made the mistake of assuming a torte would be done when the timer went off. I removed it from the oven and turned off the heat. Forty minutes later I discovered my error. Is it safe to reheat the ...
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If I have much lower than normal humidity, how should I change the amount of flour that dough needs?

I made some rolls that came out dense, rather than light and fluffy, and with much thicker crusts than I would have preferred. After the second of 3 rises, the dough was much less sticky that I ...
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How to melt butter most conveniently?

Many cake recipes say to add melted butter and mix it in. In my experience butter needs to be melted to a temperature of about 50-70 degrees Celsius to be soft enough for mixing in. Melting a piece of ...
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can i bake pine nuts?

I was thinking of adding pine nuts to a caneloni filling, but wasn't too sure if the heat would make the nuts release anything nasty.
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For reheating stuffing in the oven, how long would you bake it and at what temperature?

I've made Bread Stuffing with Fresh Herbs from Cooks Illustrated this year for Thanksgiving, and I'm going to need to reheat it to serve. It cooked for seventy minutes at 375 the first time around, ...
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yeast subtitution in a recipe with no water

I have found this recipe, but I want to use dry active yeast, rather than easy blend. My question is can I proof (right word?) the yeast in the milk? and how much should I use?
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Pumpkin Roll Technique

How do you roll a pumpkin roll cake without it breaking mid-fold?
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How to convert a recipe calling for active dry yeast into rapid rise yeast?

I have a recipe for rolls where the first stage calls for 2 packages active dry yeast, 1 tbsp sugar, and 1/2 cup warm water to be mixed until the yeast is proofed, and then 1/4 cup cubed butter 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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Can I freeze muffin mixture?

I am making these muffins but would like to freeze half the mixture - will this be ok or will it affect how they cook/rise/taste when I cook my second batch (from the frozen mixture)? (Recipe ...
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How to make softer biscotti?

I made this biscotti recipe yesterday - Fruity Christmas Biscotti. It contains plain flour, baking powder, mixed spice, golden caster sugar and eggs. The recipe also calls for raisins, dried cherries ...
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domestic bread steaming -> will my stone be okay?

Trying to maximise the oven rise of my loaf, and think I will try the steaming method, but what is the best way to do this in a domestic electric oven, and will could it damage my bread stone?
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Can I always use butter instead of margarine when baking?

Some recipes says use butter or margarine, some say use butter and some say use margarine. My question is, can I always use butter or does margarine have some property that butter doesn't when baking?
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Ingredients or techniques to a more solid lasagna

What are the crucial ingredients or cooking techniques to a more solid, or "brick" like lasagna? Most lasagna I've seen tends to get a bit sloppy in the pan as it's being dished out but I have seen ...
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why is my bread too tough?

trying to get the hang of making good artisan bread, and my last loaf tasted great. But it stayed flatter than previous efforts, and was very tough. I am doing my best to understand the science as ...
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How do I work out how large a cake tin I have?

I am making a cake and the recipe calls for a 900g/2lb loaf tin. How do I work out if the loaf tin I have is the correct size - or how do I work out how big my tin is so I know whether to scale the ...
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Gummy residue from baking spray/oil

I'm sure everyone's seen this - that brownish stuff left behind when you grease an area of a baking dish that gets left exposed to the heat. Soap doesn't bother it too much, and it likes to gum up my ...
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Why use yeast instead of baking powder?

Both yeast and baking powder are used to gas-fill the pastry, make it expand and thus make it soft and fluffy. Using yeast is rather inconvenient - it can be dead already or if the yeast is submerged ...
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What happens if I use vegetable oil in a cake?

I want to bake a cake out of baking mix bought at a shop. The mix already contains flour, baking soda, vanillin, other minor components. The manual says I need to add butter. I'd like to use ...
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Why should I wrap a cake tin in newspaper?

I have a Christmas Cake recipe which instructs me to "wrap the outside of the [cake] tin with a few sheets of newspaper, securing with staples or string". What is the reason for doing this, and is it ...
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How do I get my homemade english muffins to taste like english muffins?

I've finally mastered my technique for creating english muffins. They come out light with lots of air bubbles. Unfortunately, they don't taste like english muffins. They taste like regular bread. ...

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