Cakes, Pies & Cookies 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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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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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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Troubleshooting a brownie recipe

Lately, after baking brownies I notice craters or indentations on the bottoms. I can't figure out why this is happening. Should I try tapping the pan on a co...

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Pumpkin pie without the crust

I would like to make pumpkin pie filling without it being in a pie shell. Is it possible to do this and if so, how do I do it?

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Making Dobos Torte

Dobos Torte, a famous Hungarian cake, should be made with a special baking pan, multi-layered, so as to bake the 7 or 8 layers at the same time. Where can I ...

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Jazzing up a boxed cake mix

Can I add unsweetened cocoa to a store-bought white cake mix to make chocolate cake mix? And how much cocoa would I add?

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Creaming butter for cookies

Consumer Reports once did an article on the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie, with their own tested recipe. I tried it and sure enough, it was the best I'd ever...

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A pretty apple crisp

I recently made an apple crisp with red Rome apples. Long story short, the eye appeal of the finished dessert was less than appealing! Many of the apples tur...

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What is apple hodgepodge?

What is apple hodge podge and can I find a recipe somewhere? An 80 year-old woman said that the recipe was very old and she couldn't remember the ingredients...

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What is a torte/flourless chocolate cake?

I was wondering if you had a recipe for "flourless" chocolate cake, and is that also the same as a "torte?" I would prefer one with not so many eggs – maybe ...

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Quadrupling a fruit cake recipe

I have to bake a 12-inch-diameter fruit cake for a wedding. Do you have any recipes or advice about quantities and cooking times, etc.? It can't be as simple...

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Making a marshmallow cheesecake

I wonder how I could create a marshmallow cheesecake, but not by just adding it as a sauce or a topping. Would I be able to substitute some sugar and/or sour...

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Making biscotti from a cake mix

Using a cake mix, flour, 2 eggs, vanilla and some other stuff I made biscotti. When the time came to cut the 12" x 2" log it was very crumbly. I baked it for...

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Pavlova recipe

I’m looking for the recipe of an Aussie fruit desert that is supposed to be called “pavlovo.” Know it?

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