Category: baking

Baking: red velvet cake, part II

Self-tutoring about baking: the tutor follows up about his attempt at red velvet cake. On February 8 I talk about red velvet cake and my decision to make it. My wife arrived as I was blending the icing. Seeing the

Baking: red velvet cake

Self-tutoring about baking: the tutor nears fulfillment of a long held curiosity. I first heard of red velvet cake possibly on Master Chef. Since then, I notice it often. I assume it must be something special. I heard tell that

Baking: why dark metal pans need less heat

Self-tutoring about baking: the tutor shares a fact he picked up about baking pans. I’ve seen baking instructions that mention one temp for glass or shiny metal pan, but 25°F less for dark pan. But why? Apparently, it’s the dark

Sticky dough: possible cause and solution, part II

Self-tutoring about baking: the tutor follows up on the idea of sticky dough. Back in my post on July 21, I mention dough being to sticky to work: it stuck to my hands so I couldn’t knead it. The same

Dough too sticky – what to do?

Self-tutoring about baking: the tutor mentions a problem he sometimes encounters, with possible workarounds. This morning, making scones, the dough was too sticky to work with – it wouldn’t let go my hands. I wondered what to do, and added

How to keep eggshell out of your baked goods

Self-tutoring about baking: the tutor shares a simple trick. When you bake something, you definitely don’t want eggshell in it. Of course, it usually wouldn’t happen. However, the odd time, an egg might crack irregularly, so that a piece of

Why flour a cake pan?

Self-tutoring about baking: the tutor wonders why flour a cake pan. Apparently there are two reasons to flour a cake pan: Help support the batter as it rises against the pan. We assume that the pan has been buttered before

Baking: the scones I made this morning

Self-tutoring about lifestyle: the tutor shares an easy recipe everyone seems to love. I like scones, especially hot from the oven. They’re surprisingly easy to make: here’s the recipe I used this morning, from allrecipes.com. I substitute margarine for butter,

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Lifestyle: baking: can you line a baking pan with wax paper?

Self-tutoring: the tutor inquires whether wax paper can be used to line a pan for baking. Two sources indicate that wax paper can be used for baking, but only under the following two conditions: The batter must completely cover the

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Lifestyle, baking: a chocolate cake recipe without cocoa

Lifestyle self-tutoring: the tutor shares a recipe that’s proven popular. Some weeks ago: “If I bake something, what would you like?” “Chocolate cake.” Not too surprised, I went searching for a recipe. The first I found asks for more cocoa

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