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All Pleasure, No Guilt: Healthy Dessert Ingredient Swaps

OK, we're in favor of relishing the most decadent, oozy, rich dessert of your dreams, in all its fatty, sugar-laden glory. But don't indulge often, and keep your portion size moderate. Sounds reasonable...

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Challah baking questions

Nikki NYC
by Nikki NYC 4 years ago

I bake challah from scratch and everything I know I learned from the internet. I have a few questions and I'm hoping someone in Chowland has some answers! 1. Is there some test that indicates th...

Best naan recipe (or paratha)?

by pine time 5 years ago

I know there are tons of recipes on line, and I've tried several, with mixed results. Would like a basic failproof naan or paratha recipe--from there, I can play with adding spices, fillings, etc....

PLEASE help me make this chocolate chip cookie

by nothingswrong 5 years ago

Need help from any of you recipe developer types. I've read through Kenji and Alton's scientific explanations of what-does-what in CCCs, and I've read through probably 20+ blogs about cookie experi...

What kind of giftable quick bread or simple cake would you bake in these?

by bdegregory 4 years ago

Found these cute little paper bundt pans and I'd like to bake some treats for gifting. Was thinking gingerbread (akin to Gramercy Tavern version or David Lebovitz ginger cake). What are your favori...

Need a spritz cookie recipe

by Jpan99 5 years ago

Looking for something tried and true. I'm comparing the Wilton Spritz recipe and the Land o' Lakes recipe. Land o' Lakes bakes them at 400 which seems too hot for this kind of cookie. Wilton has...

Baking in a copper fish poacher

by amazinc 5 years ago

Recently took Sur la Table bread baking class where we baked "almost no knead" bread an enameled cast iron 6-quart pot. Fine, but I want to make a "no knead baguette" shape and have a copper fish ...

Cake decorations and supplies

by Curry Cook 9 years ago

Looking for retail places that sell cake decorations and supplies . Preferably in the West of the Island or Laval West of the 15 and open on weekends.

your favorite Maida Heatter recipe

by tweetie 13 years ago

Guess I've been living under a rock (or just in the habit of using Mom's tried and true recipes)but I've only recently discovered Maida. I've taken 2 of her books out of the library and am wonder...

Baked spuds: To poke or not to poke?

by Cady 7 years ago

My husband was just throwing some oil-coated bakers in the oven, and I asked him if he'd poked them. He hadn't yet, and then did so, then asked me, "Isn't that an old wives tale? Isn't only for mic...

Quiche- prebake pie shell or not?

by emilief 10 years ago

I make quiche fairly frequently. Some recipes call for the pie shell to be prebaked before filling, others not. I have two different recipes from Martha Stewart, one calling for prebaking and the ...

Help me invent a recipe for "Vietnamese Coffee Inspired" Chocolate Cake

Dave MP
by Dave MP 5 years ago

My partner's birthday is next week, and I'm baking a cake for him. He's requested a cake that is "Vietnamese Coffee" inspired, and that has a base of chocolate cake. I'm pretty sure I want to us...

insider cheesecake tricks??

by edinaeats 14 years ago

I am fairly new to baking- as sweets are not my thing- and am trying to perfect a great cheesecake that I can easily whip together- and change the flavor on a whim. My questions: If baking it i...

Baked meatballs

by MandM 12 years ago

I'm making beef meatballs and I will like to bake them. At what temperature should I bake them, and for how long?

Using Yogurt in Baking Recipes

Jim Leff
by Jim Leff 11 years ago

Can everyone please talk about the use of yogurt in baking stuff like muffins? E.g. (just to get things started): Can you get away with lowfat? Can you swap it in equal proportion with but...

Not your average Christmas Cookie.

by AmandaCA 9 years ago

Christmas is coming and friends and I have already been sorting through last year's recipes. Every year I buy the magazines and try out a few new cookies, all in search of a great cookie to add to ...

help me use my box of jiffy cornbread mix. . .

by stuckinschool 12 years ago

to make some moist and delicious mini corn bread muffins for a cocktail/wine party. let me start off by saying that i have no idea about baking. secondly, i have the boxes already so i'd like...

Preventing dome top cake

by sasha1 12 years ago

I just made a birthday cake for my son, who turned 5, and although he won't look past all the gummis and sprinkles that I decorated with per his request, I can't help but think how lopsided it was....

Proper oven temp for pizza

by nomdeplume 12 years ago

What do people use? I've been trying 550, but I guess I'm not rolling the dough thin enough b/c the top is quite done before the middle is cooked through. I guess I will try a lower temp (425?). ...

Cooking bacon in the oven... why the hype?

by juliejulez 6 years ago

So, OK, I read everywhere how much everyone LOVES cooking bacon in the oven. Well, I've done it many times and I don't see what the big deal is, other than it being rather hands-off and it's easy ...

Pancake mix to make cake with?

by mushroomaffairs 5 years ago

I was given an entire box, four large bags, of pancake mix. Can I use this to make a cake? I want to make a birthday cake this weekend and am wondering if I can use this in place of regular flour...

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