Chowhounds offer the definitive guide to baking, with recipe tips, discussion on techniques like making a baguette, and more.

Best New Baking Cookbooks for Fall 2019

With summer fully melted away and fall in full swing, we're hunkering down and cozying up—and with ovens happily back on again, the agenda includes a lot of baking. Good thing that among all the new...

What Are You Baking These Days? April 2021 Edition

Caitlin McGrath
by Caitlin McGrath 13 days ago

It may be thawing out and warming up where you are, but I bet your oven's still being cranked up. What goodies are coming out of it this month?


Beginners Questions About Measuring for Baking

by cgxy96 2 hours ago

So I just started on my baking journey, with my first attempt being pita bread. Recipe calls for 1 cup of flour, which for my continence, I converted to 136 grams. My question is 1. So is it 13...


ISO Quark

by StevietheFish 12 hours ago

Title says it all. I'm resurrecting an old recipe for a berry pie. I substitute sour cream to good effect, but I'd like to try to make it as traditionally as possible. Where can I find quark, prefe...

Fall Quarter 2020 Baking Cookbook of the Month: MIDWEST MADE

Caitlin McGrath
by Caitlin McGrath 6 months ago

Welcome to our Fall Quarter Baking COTM, running through the end of 2020, MIDWEST MADE: BIG, BOLD BAKING FROM THE HEARTLAND by Shauna Sever. We’ll use this thread for all reports and discussion of ...


Cooking with different size eggs

by tubman 2 days ago

My family goes through a LOT of eggs and, while used to large ones, I can get great deals on medium ones. Besides the obvious things about the different sizes (e.g. I know that if a recipe calls fo...

What are you baking these days? March 2021 edition

by pavlova 1 month ago

What’s in the oven this month when winter turns to spring? On the calendar at least, if not in the weather. Are you lucky enough to get some early spring produce , or still buried under ice and snow?

Mary Moore Fruit Cake recipe from the 70’s

by lalto 4 months ago

I had a column from my local newspaper at the time ( in the 70’s) (The Brantford Expositor”) written by Mary Moore with the recipe for a light/white fruitcake. It has been misplaced. It is cooked ...

Intercontinental Study Sheds Light on the Microbial Life of Sourdough

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

"Abstract: Humans have relied on sourdough starter microbial communities to make leavened bread for thousands of years, but only a small fraction of global sourdough biodiversity has been character...

Date syrup cake / sticky toffee pudding...

by yerbamate170 24 days ago

Recently I purchased a can of date syrup from a middle eastern store and I've been thinking of ways to use it: I opened the can and it's thinner than golden syrup and less sweet but a syrup that ta...

Recommendations for beeswax

tim irvine
by tim irvine 28 days ago

Any recommendations for beeswax to use in making caneles? I read the packaging on Sky Organics, and it says it's all organic and triple filtered but for external use, like making cosmetics.

Show us your pies -- PI Day 2021

by masha 1 month ago

Sweet or savory. What are you baking for PI Day? My current plans are to make 1 or 2 mini peach pies, using 6" pie plates. I even got to use Pi in computing how to scale down a recipe for a ...

Ankarsrum - Back to KA

by mobiledynamics 1 month ago

I know for all you bakers out there, this may seem like a downgrade. Swapped a KA Pro we had with a Ankarsrum. Wifey hardly uses it . She doesn't like it. The KA I sold had this nice textured matte...

What are you baking these days? February 2021 edition!

Caitlin McGrath
by Caitlin McGrath 2 months ago

In time for Groundhog Day and a polar vortex in the Northeast, some species of winter everywhere. What are you preheating your oven for this month?

December 2018 COTM BREAD TOAST CRUMBS: Bread

by islandmermaid 2 years ago

Welcome to Cookbook of the Month! Please use this thread to post reports on recipes from the following chapter of BREAD TOAST CRUMBS: *BREAD (p. 24-99) If you are the first one to report ...

Can I make almond butter from ground almonds?

by MadameC 2 months ago

Thinking I was getting a great deal, I bought 1kg of ground (with skin) almonds direct from an almond farmer here in France. Now I'm panicking as I know once I open the vacum packed packet I need ...

NOVEMBER 2020 COOKBOOK OF THE MONTH (COTM) - David Lebovitz website

by LulusMom 6 months ago

Here we are almost 8 months into Covid quarantine, and the majority of us decided it makes the most sense to stick with an online source for our COTM. We voted for David Lebovitz’s blog as our Nove...

June–August 2018 Baking/Dessert Cookbook of the Month: SWEET

Caitlin McGrath
by Caitlin McGrath 3 years ago

Welcome to our Baking/Dessert COTM for June, July, and August 2018, SWEET, by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh. We’ll use this thread for all reports and discussion of recipe in the book. * Please...

Using a Dutch Oven for Bread Recipes That Don't Call For It

by tetraneutron 2 months ago

I've been baking a lot of sourdough and rye bread, and I bought a ceramic dutch oven and I get much better oven spring with it. But a lot of recipes just want you to bake it on a parchment, with we...

Sourdough - when to rise, shape, bake?

by FrznrthS 2 months ago

I’m a novice baker. Some of my efforts turn out better than others - definitely still learning. When I’m trying sourdough I get confused when recipes differ as to the best time to rise, shape , r...