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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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Egg safety

When making chocolate-covered strawberries, is it OK to use butter instead of shortening?

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What is almond flour?

I have come across a few recipes that call for almond flour and have not been able to find any reference to the making of it anywhere. Can you please help?

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Measuring superfine sugar

Do you use the same amount of superfine sugar as you do regular sugar? This may sound kind of stupid, but I've never used superfine sugar before!

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What are Swedish Fish?

What are Swedish Fish? I have a recipe calling for Swedish Fish and have no idea what they are. Thank you for answering such a stupid question.

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What is hartshorn?

I have a Danish cookbook with recipes for Christmas cookies. Several of them call for hartshorn, also called baker's ammonia. I cannot find it. I have tried ...

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Egg-white safety

Once egg whites have been whisked, do they need to be cooked or can they be chilled and eaten safely?

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What is meringue powder?

I have a frosting recipe that calls for meringue powder. Is this cream of tarter? I have never heard of it. It is for frosting Christmas sugar cookies.

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Baking without wheat, yeast or soy

I am allergic to wheat and have a hard time baking breads and other baked goods. I am also allergic to yeast and soy. Can you or do you have any suggestions ...

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What is shortening?

The word "shortening" always confuses me. Is it "butter," "margarine," "lard" or something like "Crisco"?

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What is a sachet of vanilla?

I recently was given a baking cook book that comes from England and I have a few questions about ingredients that I hope you can answer for me. What are: a s...

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Fleur de Sel, sea salt

I've come across a recipe for roasted carrots that has Fleur de Sel added. Please tell me what this is, what it does, and the approximate price.

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What are saffron threads?

What are saffron threads and where can I find them? I know saffron is a spice but I have never heard of saffron threads!

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