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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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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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no-knead pizza. When is it supposed to raise? which flour is the best?

I tried a "bonci style" roman pizza. I followed a recipe that is basically a no knead 24hrs pizza "in a baking dish", in the sense that is not cooked in a brick oven but in a home oven. The directions ...
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How to achieve a super leavened cake as the Pierre Herme ones?

I made several cakes in my life. I know the difference between different leavening agents. I know that low temperature tends to make flatter cakes, but I never could get this kind of shape. If I use a ...
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Can I substitute a biga or poolish in recipes that call for a sourdough starter?

Can I substitute a biga or poolish in recipes that call for a sourdough starter? If so, what should I take into account? Will the resulting dough require a shorter leavening time? If not, why? I ...
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Why did flatbread dominate the Middle East but Europe adopted raised breads?

This may be a history question so please move it if appropriate. Culturally, local ingredients dominate cooking recipes and national dishes (e.g., soy in SE Asia), but why do Europeans add a raising ...
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Is both creaming and chemical leavening needed?

Most cakes call for both physical fluffing which is accomplished by creaming the fats and sugars together, as well as chemical leaveners (baking powder or such). Is this needed. Why can't I just use ...
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Why use baking powder instead of yeast?

I am asking the converse of the question "Why use yeast instead of baking powder?" For example, can banana bread be made with yeast instead of baking powder? It seems it would rise better, but ...
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Baker's Ammonia with yeast—good idea?

I recently made a moderately successful gluten free loaf of bread from a recipe for Japanese Milk Bread from the book Gluten Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread. Respecting the author's trade secrets, I ...
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Too much leavener in self-rasing flour?

I made scones with this recipe today: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/scones_1285 And I followed it very thoroughly (weighing all the ingredients in grams, etc). They came out looking great with a ...
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Pizza without yeast

I was wondering if it is possible to make a good pizza dough without yeast. The only other things I can think of for leavening are baking soda, baking powder, and eggs, all of which are in most dough ...
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Chemistry of different brands of baking powder

The Clabber Girl FAQs say: Rumford Baking Powder's reaction is approximately 70% with moisture (or in the bowl) and the rest when heat is applied. Clabber Girl's reaction is approximately 40% with ...
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Can I use lye as a leavener instead of baking soda?

I'm interested to try to make waffles using a concentrated lye water instead of baking soda as a leavening agent. I have three questions related to this subject: Would this potentially make my ...
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Bread: Higher rise/coarser crumb [duplicate]

I tend to make a starter for my bread, typically a poolish. Sometimes I make ciabatta without a starter. I tend to see the same results either way. I give the starter 10-12 hours, then rise the dough ...
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How long can batter sit before chemical leaveners lose their power?

Background: I can not fit 2 - 12 muffin tins in my oven in a manner that will result in 24 nicely baked muffins or cupcakes. I am using everyday muffin or cupcake recipes that use baking powder and or ...
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How to bake with self raising flour?

Is it possible to use self raising flour instead of all purpose and letting it raise with yeast? Also, is it necessary to add baking soda to self raising flour?
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Is it possible to make souffles that rise without beating egg whites?

TLDR: Is it possible to make a souffle that doesn't have beaten egg-whites, but still rises? Leaveners don't seem to work. Longer version: I've never eaten "real" souffles (at a restaurant). I tried ...
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If I can't find baking soda or baking powder, what should I do?

Suppose I'm somewhere where stores don't seem to stock baking soda or baking powder. Are there other names either of those might be sold under? Or are there things I could substitute? Related: How ...
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Rule of the thumb for judging the leavening?

I have done a focaccia and a small piece of dough to see if I can make bread with the same recipe I'm using for the focaccia . Both dough have almost doubled in size in about 9 hours, and I have used ...
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Rolling out after or before the leavening process?

Assuming that you want to create home made pizza and bread, it's better to create the final shape when you create your dough or after the leavening ? I think that part of the problem is the fact that ...
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Does acidity negate double-acting baking powder?

As described here, most common baking powders contain two acids, one that reacts to moisture, and one that mostly reacts when heated. Does that mean that if my dough is already acidic (and has no ...
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Having trouble getting gluten free bread to rise

I am new to gluten free baking and I am having much trouble getting my breads to rise. I have tried several recipes, with no luck. Can anybody give me some fool proof suggestions? I am desperate. ...
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Can I use my dehydrator to raise bread?

I bought a dehydrator about a year ago and the product manual says that a dehydrator is great for leavening bread. I have tried this a number of times with (seemingly) good results, but I am unsure if ...
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Why doesn't my quick bread rise properly when substituting splenda for sugar?

I used Splenda in one of my favorite quchinni (squash) recipes and it did not rise at all. It is about 3 inches thick and is heavy as the batter was thick. Why did this happen, and is there any way ...
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How does replacing some butter with shortening affect rising / leavening in cookies (biscuits)?

I have been replacing half (half a cup) of the butter called for by some cookie recipes with half a cup of shortening and have noticed that some of these cookies rise less than I expect. Is there ...