Baking Answers

Success with pie crusts

I have had the worst experience making pie crusts. No matter what recipe I use – and I follow them to the "T" – it never comes out right. Either the crust is...

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Pastry for a pot pie

Could you please give a recipe for pastry for a chicken and vegetable pie?

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Can you build an edible castle for school?

I’m in 7th grade and for my history class I have to build a castle, and my family and I wondered about building an edible castle, but we really don’t know wh...

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Homemade almond paste

I'm desperately looking for a recipe to make almond paste – the old fashioned way, NOT store bought.

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Baking with spelt flour

Is there a secret to using whole spelt flour in bread baking? I've tried substituting it for whole wheat in several bread recipes. I also tried adding gluten...

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Baking soft cookies

What is the secret to thick, cake-like, soft cookies, à la Mrs. Field? Mine seem to spread in the oven. Is it the flour? eggs? shortening (butter vs. margari...

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Keeping cakes fresh

Is there a way that I can make cakes keep longer. Someone told me that if I replace 1 tablespoon of oil with a liquid ingredient (e.g., egg/milk/water, etc.)...

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Making chocolate bread pudding ahead

I want to make chocolate bread pudding for Christmas eve. If possible, how far in advance can I make it and how should I store it?

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High-altitude baking (7,000 feet)

Are there any standard high-altitude recipe changes for baking? Or does each recipe vary. I just relocated to Flagstaff, Ariz. I have had several things flop...

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High-altitude baking (5,000 feet)

What are the corrections that should be made when baking a cake, for example, when one lives above 5,000 feet? I live in northern Colorado, at an altitude ar...

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Evenly chopping nuts

Is there any way to coarsely chop nuts evenly? I pulse them in the processor and they come out partly coarse and partly fine.

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How to grate fresh ginger

What is the best way to grate fresh ginger? I typically use the finest grater on a four-sided box grater, but much of the ginger tends to stay mashed into th...

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