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Why has my recently bought peanut butter such a liquid consistency?

What you can see in the jar is peanut oil, which has separated and floats on top. It means, you have bought a non-homogenized product, possibly an "all-natural" or "organic" product. Just stir the ...
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bread dough always too sticky

There are many potential causes, it is impossible to say which one (or maybe multiple ones) is the problem in your case. Wrong measuring. The only way to exclude that for sure is to start baking by ...
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After putting something in my oven, the temperature drops and is super slow to increase back up despite keeping the door shut

This is all very normal, nothing special about it. Some of your assumptions happen to be untrue, and others don't apply to modern ovens. First, temperature fluctuation is the normal way an oven ...
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Why does cooking oatmeal starting with cold milk make it creamy?

Flour and cornmeal are well known to clump when added cold to boiling water. Such clumps arise when starch molecules unball and forming a mesh that traps other starch molecules, preventing them from ...
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Does starch thickened custard get thinner after a few days?

It is not the starch alone, but the combination of starch and egg yolks. Yolks contain an enzyme which digests starch after some time, making the whole custard thinner. If you absolutely have to use a ...
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How can I fix a liquidy choux pastry (Gougères) dough for piping?

Most of the sources I've seen online say that you absolutely shouldn't add more raw flour to liquidy choux dough. The recommended solution seems to be to make half a batch of dough without the eggs, ...
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After putting something in my oven, the temperature drops and is super slow to increase back up despite keeping the door shut

Assuming you are measuring accurately, this is surprising. Do ensure you are measuring the oven temperature using an accurate thermometer in a suitable central location, rather than for example ...
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bread dough always too sticky

Letting the flour absorb the water can mean a few things depending on the exact method, but it's usually good, and can be done before adding the yeast (and any other ingredients). That may help. The ...
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How to make a passion fruit mousse without gelatin?

There are two things you can do to make the mousse stiffer: Reduce the water from the fruit. So use some kind of concentrate instead of the pure fruit. For example, you could cook down a syrup or ...
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When whipping cream, what is “custard-like consistency”?

The answer appears in another Borden cook book, the ca. 1942 This is My Book of Magic Recipes on page 3 under “Hints for making Ice Cream in your Automatic Refrigerator”: Whip heavy cream to a foamy, ...
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Seedless blueberry jam - consistency

Blueberries are generally low-pectin fruits, so many jam recipes and jam making guides specifically call for adding pectin. That said, some do not - but these use the whole pureed fruit. When you ...
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Why does honey prevent porridge congealing?

Honey is hygroscopic - meaning it has the ability to absorb water. Even if you covered your porridge after adding the honey, there's still enough moisture in the container for the honey to absorb. ...
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Why is my soft serve too stiff?

I'd suggest taking a look at the excellent book "Ice Cream" by Goff and Hartel (ISBN: 978-1-4614-6095-4). It covers all aspects of making ice cream commercially, and is very thorough. ...
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How to remove goop/slime from powdered tomato soup?

That's the kind of stuff I call "instant goop". The only way to deal with it is not let it sit still long enough to skin over - keep whisking every minute, or make it closer to serving time. ...
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Thickening cream in a blender to increase fat content?

The blender is not a centrifuge, and you will achieve the opposite effect. You will homogenize the milk further, as opposed to separating it. In general, there aren't ways to "force" milk to ...
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Thickening cream in a blender to increase fat content?

The centrifuge doesn't thicken the cream by mechanical action, but by separating the fat and water by their different densities. The blender allows you to spin, but not to draw off either liquid. ...
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Reason(s) for poor bread results

It appears to me that all you need is to give the dough more proofing time. Also, make sure that your pan is generously dusted with flour before placing the dough in and baking. For the yeasty smell, ...
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Broccoli Cheddar soup coming out pasty

Your description of the end result as "pasty" (which I'm interpreting as "very think, like a paste instead of a thick soup") implies to me that there was too much roux for the amount of liquid. And ...
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How to get spongy slightly chewy pancakes?

I know what you mean...most commercial pancakes are spongy and I love them. For approx. 2 cups of flour or pancake mix, add a nice handful (1/4 cup) of farina (fine cream of wheat) to the liquid and ...
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How to replicate this bakery's bread

You mentioned in the comments that the bakery used to be a Breadsmith franchise, and it is likely that the owner simply continued using Breadsmith's recipe. Here are the ingredients for the pretzel ...
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How to make a passion fruit mousse without gelatin?

However much you are making, use this ratio: 4 parts heavy cream/whipping cream to 2 parts sweetened condensed milk to 2 parts passionfruit pulp. Make sure that before you start, you whip the heavy ...
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Hard and brittle fat as cocoa butter alternative

Such a thing doesn't exist. Cocoa butter is absolutely unique in that respect, to the point where even thinking of cocoa butter only is not sufficient - only two of its six crystal forms give you the ...
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Advice to making Boba Pearls

I visited some Chinese language websites, and it seems that there really isn't any magic here. Since their recipe is basically the same as the first one you linked to, I won't post any links here. I'...
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Making a cremeaux lighter with whipped cream. Is there a name for this?

The name for this is still 'cremeaux', nothing changes. In English pastry jargon, "cremeaux" is a (somewhat rarely used) umbrella cream for any sweet filling with a creamy consistency. It is ...
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What should the consistency of pudding be?

It sounds to me like you are making your pudding almost as thick as it should be. It should be able to stand up a little. In other words, if you spoon some into a desert cup or small bowl, it should ...
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Minimum liquid to make solid dough

According to the experiments reported in this paper they found: We determined by experimental evidence the maximum amount of olive oil that could be absorbed by modern wheat, with a minimum of ...
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How to make a passion fruit mousse without gelatin?

One of the most important details in this recipe is that the mixture needs plenty of time - overnight is ideal, but at least 2 to 3 hours - to really chill completely before serving, so that the fruit ...
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Reason(s) for poor bread results

In my experience, bread pans should be well oiled. Bread just won't come out otherwise. Even my brand new teflon pans needed a bit of oil or they would stick. Bread fresh from the oven can smell quite ...
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help with consistency of dough being made in bread machine

In my experience with the kind of bread you're making, you want it fairly wet. But breadmaking is all about experience. You need to get familiar with the dough and see what works, then try altering ...
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bread dough always too sticky

You might try keeping your hands wet instead of dusting them with flour. I've used wet hands to fold extremely wet bread dough.
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