Questions tagged [baking]

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

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Why do baking recipes often tell you to "make a well" in flour before adding wet ingredients?

Many instructions for baking bread, cakes and other yummy things specify that you should "make a well" before adding more ingredients. One example is here What's the reasoning behind this? I'...
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How can I skin hazelnuts at home?

I am trying to make a hazelnut butter, for the ultimate gain of a vegan Nutella-like outcome, but in order to do so I need to use "skinned" hazelnuts. I've tried the following: Boil a cup ...
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Soda Bread disaster

I've just tried to make this recipe from the BBC Good Food site: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/simple-soda-bread. The only variation was I used semi-skimmed milk (2% fat) instead of the whole ...
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Blind baking: Does the choice of weights matter?

Blind baking is done by lining a pastry shell first with parchment paper and then with some kind of weights to ensure that the bottom stays flat and the sides upright. I have seen recipes that use ...
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What to be mindful of with cake flour

I substituted cake flour for AP FLOUR in my pancake recipe. Do I need to reduce the liquid ingredients as compared to AP flour? My batter seemed runnier and therefore pancakes were flatter—but also ...
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How can I substitute dutch chocolate cocoa for flour and maintain proper recipe PH in this cookie recipe?

I have an old family recipe for Chocolate chip cookies 2 ¼ cups flour 1 cup white sugar ½ cup brown sugar 1 tsp salt 1 tsp baking soda 2 eggs 1 cup shortening 1 tsp vanilla Chocolate Chips as desired....
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How to clean up after kneading dough?

I've been making my first steps in baking recently. I usually knead the dough in the same large bowl I mix the dough in to minimize the mess but it's still a pain to wash the bowl and any sponge I use ...
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Dough failed to rise

To bloom the active dry yeast as part of my recipe, I had to substitute 1 cup whole milk (which needs to reach 110F) with organic evaporated milk (0.5 cup) mixed with 0.5 cup distilled water - this ...
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Solutions of making cookies less crumbly and dough not being able to be shaped into balls?

I made cookies from a YouTube recipe but it was too crumble even before baking. The ingredients are: 900g plain flour 300g sugar Half teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon baking powder 350 ml oil Cinnamon ...
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How to grow baker's yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) at home without creating a sourdough starter?

I've got some commercial yeast (fresh and compressed, the one in cubes) at home, which, as I've understood, is mainly made of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. My question is, is it possible to feed it and ...
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Can i refrigerate bread doughs twice before baking?

Can i refrigerate dough twice? Such that after kneading i will refrigerate the dough overnight. Then after forming i will cold proof it. Will there be any deterrents?
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Can I adapt a baking recipe for a Dutch Oven to a Casserole Dish?

I'm cooking a recipe for a Bread that requires a Dutch Oven. All I have is a Casserole Dish. The recipe calls for 40mins then 20 mins in a 400F Oven in the Dutch Oven. My question is: Can I adapt ...
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Is it ok to use milk that incubated for 12 hours but did not set for yogurt in baked goods?

I had a fail when making yogurt in an instant pot. Milk did not "take" as yogurt after a 12 hour incubation. It smelled fine. I was hoping because I refrigerated right away I could use to make bread ...
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Can I use less sugar for making this bread?

I've been following this beginner recipe from Alex, The French Guy Cooking (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycztOGTIX-s&t=326s). I'll summarize it at the end for easier refernce. The result was ...
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My buns/bread don't brown from top?

I have tried making buns and pizza muffins using all purpose flour (bleached/unbleached/bread flour are not available in my country)multiple times at 180-200C in the middle rack of my oven. They never ...
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Why is ciabatta poolish usually made with instant yeast?

So far all the "classic" ciabatta recipes I have found propose using small amounts of instant yeast. But I'm pretty sure that ciabatta predates invention of instant yeast so why not use sourdough ...
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I added olive oil to my cake, but I haven’t baked it yet

The taste is so strong, and I haven’t even baked it yet. How do I make it taste better? I added it as a butter substitute... now what do i do?
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Can I make up for under-proving my bread dough during the first rise by doing an extra long second rise?

Long story short, I think I overestimated how much my dough expanded during the primary fermentation (it's supposed to double in size, I'd say mine was only 1.3–1.5× the size). Now the dough is ...
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how do you thicken cheese fillings so it doesnt melt when baking

i am stuffing cream cheese inside chicken. i would like to bake it off in the oven. what can i add to the cheese to make it not melt out
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How much baking powder or soda can I add to cookies without the taste being affected?

I like to do a lot of baking without eggs, and so I realized I should be adding either extra baking powder or baking soda to make up for the leavening that an egg would usually provide... How much ...
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Would carbonated water be a good substitute for two eggs in this cherry loaf recipe?

I would like to replace the two eggs in this recipe with carbonated water: Ingredients 1/3 cup shortening, butter, or margarine ¾ cup granulated sugar ¼ cup brown sugar, lightly packed 2 large eggs, ...
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Why is my brioche dry?

Patient: Brioche. Dry like a croissant. Huge air bubbles. 120 g all purpose flour 96 g heavy cream 1 egg 10g yeast salt 10 g sugar Mixed ingredients with lumps, 16h in the fridge, 5h in room temp, ...
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Why are my croissants heavy?

I have been experimenting with croissants and found that, delicious as they are, they are dense, not light and fluffy. The layers are very close together, not open with vast pockets of air. I have ...
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Can I halve a macaron recipe and expect the same cooking temperature and time?

I'm about to try a macaron recipe at home; I'd like to start with a half volume in case they turn out particularly badly. Given the macarons will be on a single tray in the oven I can't think of a ...
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Too much sugar - HELP

I'm making a cinnamon raisin bread. The recipe calls for 5 3/4 cups of flour and 4 tsp of sugar in the first part. Later on it calls for 3/4 cups of sugar mixed with cinnamon. I was working the ...
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What is the optimal autolyse time for sourdough?

I would like to know if there is a formula or technique for understanding the ideal/optimal conditions for dough autolyse? I understand that different flours/grains have different absorption ...
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Can you fold dough during autolyse?

Would it be helpful, harmful or neutral to fold dough during the autolyse? Let's say we're doing a long cold autolyse. At first I assumed it would be helpful to start the dough development early on, ...
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Should we start making dough with water or with flour?

We have a recipe and it tells us to put X grams of flour and Y ml of water. And some of this type of recipe tells us to add flour slowly according to the consistency of the dough. Some say add water ...
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Will I be able to cook my mac & cheese until it's brown if my cheese sauce is thick

I found this recipe that requires thick cheese sauce the reviews was good but her mac & cheese was light and I was wondering will I be able to cook my mac & cheese until it browns or if I'm ...
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My Italian meringue macarons won’t stop coming out hollow [duplicate]

I’ve been making Macarons for a while but I have recently started to try the Italian method for making them and have basically failed 95% of the time. I’ve probably made around 25 batches all that ...
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Can I broil a box cake in the oven?

my oven has recently broken, it turns on but does not heat. On the other hand, my broiler works just fine and I've been able to cook peach cobbler and peach bread, though that calls for a different ...
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Using powdered salt vs regular

While tasting some chocolate chip cookies I made, I noticed a salt taste in one bite and I wondered; if the salt was powdered, could it be incorporated better? Would this change the taste? Would ...
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White dots on pizza or focaccia after baking

Sometimes I prepare a pizza dough that is a "direct" knead, no fancy preparations, works with all-purpose flour, rises in a couple of hours with regular yeast, about 70% hydration, olive oil ...
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Bread Didn't Turn Brown

The bread recipe I followed should have made a bread with a brown-ish top but mine didn't. The output was edible and not raw but the color was pale or light yellowish. What went wrong, was my ...
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Which sourdough starter should i keep?

I decided to make 2 sourdough starters, to see if one would come out better. I only want to keep one and I dont know which one to choose. One has formed a hooch, while the other has not but otherwise ...
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Very Sticky Dough Before Kneading

It was my first time baking and followed a simple bread recipe. The ingredients are listed below. My problem was after mixing, before kneading, the dough was still very sticky and stuck onto my hand ...
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Using stainless steel utensiles on aluminum [duplicate]

I roast vegetables in aluminum baking pan. To remove these, as they do get crispy, I use stainless steel spatula. I have noticed slight scratches on the baking pan. Will this affect baking in the ...
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Using melted butter vs rubbing it into flour?

Let's say I'm making a crumble topping or some biscuits. What, if any, differences would it make to the finished product if melted butter was used instead of rubbing it in to the flour? Thanks.
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Weight of a large egg

UK recipes give the amount of eggs in a recipe in grams and I would like to know how many eggs I will need fpr 115 grams of eggs. So, what does the average large egg weigh?
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Can I make "starter" with active dry yeast? [duplicate]

I'd like to extend my supply of yeast (It's hard to get right now). My wife does not enjoy the taste of sourdough, so I was wondering it it's possible to create a self-replenishing culture, starting ...
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How to use sourdough starter?

A week ago I mixed 1 part AP flour 1 parts tap water, keeping it at room temperature (18-24c). I've been discarding a bit and feeding it 1:1 daily. The last few days, the next 4-6 hours after I feed ...
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Water on top of biga [duplicate]

I made some biga and used it once. There were some left overs, so I added more flour and a bit of water. There is now a layer of water on top of it, after I left it for a few days. How do I know if ...
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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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Help! I poured the syrup over my Baklava before I baked it. Is it ruined?

I accidentally poured the syrup over my Baklava before I baked it. Did I ruin it? Is there anything I can do to salvage it?
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Can you sub collagen protein for whey protein isolate in baking?

I have Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides Unflavored, which is 90% protein (9g protein per 10 g serving). The whey protein isolates I've seen are also approximately 90% protein. Because I already have ...
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Substitute for demerara sugar in cookie recipe

I have a recipe for oatmeal cookies that uses demerara sugar. While I do have some demerara sugar, the quantity remaining is approximately 1/3 of what is needed for the recipe. (In normal ...
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How can I bake this "filled pretzel"?

(This is a follow-up of this question.) I'm trying to bake a "frozen, stuffed pretzel". (Why? See previous question.) My first attempt (350°F for 35 minutes), however, was less than satisfactory; the ...
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How can I make cakes in 20Ltr ONIDA Black Diamond conventional microwave oven? [duplicate]

I am using 20Ltr ONIDA Black Diamond conventional microwave oven. I couldn't bake cakes in this oven at 180 degree temperature. Please send me feedback -how to use this oven for baking cakes?
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Making Dough: Preferment + Cold Rise - Necessary?

I'm making a brioche. Currently, I do a sponge & dough process + an overnight cold rise. I'm wondering if the sponge and dough is necessary if already doing a cold rise? From my understanding, ...
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Why does Lasagna need to be baked?

Aside from the cheese, isn't everything in a lasagna already cooked? If so, why do recipes still call for 30-40 minutes of baking? And how does the baking affect it? (e.g. makes it chewier?)

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