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What are foods that taste better the longer you take to make them?

Chocolate chip cookies. No-knead bread. Even crepes! All of these benefit from rest time (and usually 12+ hours). Are there other foods that also taste better the longer you take to make them? [more inside]
posted by subversiveasset on Jul 29, 2014 - 42 answers

Bipolar Oven

My oven is bipolar: when I follow the instructions for frozen pizza, it's done in about 66% of the time, i.e. instructions say 18min, it's done in 12, usually less - 18min would burn it to a crisp. Thicker things, like pork roasts or heating a pre-cooked ham, are barely tepid in the center at the time in their instructions, i.e. instructions say 45min, takes over an hour to get to the recommended temperature. The oven is a generic, in-every-apartment-I've-ever-had kind of stove. What's it's problem? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on Jul 28, 2014 - 17 answers

I need acid

It just occurred to me that the reaction that makes key lime pie doesn't actually depend on citrus, just on acidity. This means, hypothetically, one could make this kind of pie filling with things more interesting than lime or lemon juice. I need a sanity check on this idea, and some suggestions of delicious low-pH liquids. [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet on Jul 26, 2014 - 17 answers

What cooking chemistry should I know?

What are basic pieces of kitchen science that would be helpful for me to know? I'm most interested in baking but cooking is okay too. Things like the effect of salt or liquid on a recipe or whether I want my bread dough to rise in a dry or humid area and why would be really great. I'm okay at following recipes but I'd absolutely love to know why different ingredients and combinations have different effects and how I can use that to my advantage. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Jun 23, 2014 - 22 answers

Recipes for a Bake Sale

I'm organizing a bake sale that will take place in a record store; we'll be selling baked goods while a couple different bands perform. It's a benefit for an all-ages nonprofit performance space, so the crowd is going to be more "denim vests and cheap beer" than "PTA fundraiser cake walk." I'd like suggestions for recipes that don't require me to buy an ingredient that I'm only going to use a small portion of, are fairly simple to make, and easy to make into sturdy single servings that don't require plates or forks. Bonus questions: vegan suggestions, jello shots, and savory items. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on May 27, 2014 - 28 answers

Extravagant dessert

Seeking ideas for stunning desserts. Please share with me your tried and tested recipes that impress! [more inside]
posted by travelwithcats on May 12, 2014 - 26 answers

How can I bake or make bread without using my oven during the summer?

Late last year a few friends and I started an informal bartering club. My contribution is baked goods, usually bread of some kind, but as the first heatwave of the season kicked in I realized I’m going to need an alternative to oven baking. Cooks and bakers of MeFi, hope me some bready recipes that I can make during red flag season. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on May 2, 2014 - 24 answers

What should I know about different oven settings?

My oven has the following settings:"Circotherm" (IE, convection); top/bottom heat; "Circotherm intensive" (which seems to be convection + bottom heat); "Circo-roasting" (convection + grill); full-surface grill; center-area grill; bottom heating; low-temperature cooking; and defrost. I know that convection cooks things faster, so I need to reduce either heat or cooking time when adapting recipes. What else should I know to take full advantage of all these different modes? [more inside]
posted by yankeefog on Mar 19, 2014 - 3 answers

Orange segment recipes.

I like making candied orange peels. This leaves me with 1-2 oranges worth of orange segments, but 95% of orange recipes are about zest or juice, or require way too many oranges (eg. marmalade, and previous similar questions). Do you have any recipes that only uses the flesh of an orange, and which is cooked or baked?
posted by flibbertigibbet on Dec 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me win the office dessert bake-off

Our office is having a dessert bake-off on the 17th. I need to supply a baked good that will allow 20-30 people to taste it (sample sizes, not necessarily full servings). Have you won an office bake-off? What did you make? Please supply your BEST winningest recipes. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Dec 2, 2013 - 28 answers

My coconut flour pancakes taste like dirt and disappointment

In an attempt to embrace my gluten intolerance, I purchased some coconut flour. Things have not gone well. I've had problems with another GF flour mix I have. WTF is going on. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Nov 21, 2013 - 19 answers

What is the best recipe for pecan pie without corn syrup?

What is the best recipe for pecan pie without corn syrup? [more inside]
posted by vincele on Nov 10, 2013 - 29 answers

Best practices: awesome brunch edition

I am hosting a brunch at my house for...a bunch? probably at least 30? people on Sunday. What are your favorite reliable recipes and tips for this situation? Assume above-average baking/cooking abilities and a desire to do as much 1-2 days ahead as possible. [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure on Oct 31, 2013 - 21 answers

And the sailors say, "Brandy, you're a fine girl..."

Can you recommend ways for me to use up this brandy? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu on Oct 26, 2013 - 19 answers

What you gon' do with all that pulp? All that pulp inside your trunk?

What recipes do you have for the leftover pulp from a juicer? [more inside]
posted by karathrace on Sep 6, 2013 - 14 answers

When do you need to pre-heat the oven?

Is it always necessary to pre-heat the oven? [more inside]
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 on Aug 30, 2013 - 21 answers

What is the best way to preserve cinnamon buns for a several mornings?

Make, freeze, bake? Make, bake, freeze? Make, bake, refrigerate? [more inside]
posted by moxie_milquetoast on Aug 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Cake Storage Strategies: Whipped Meringue Frosting Edition

I just frosted a cake using Martha Stewart's whipped frosting recipe, and now I'm stressing out about how to store the cake until tomorrow. Please help! [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Jun 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Freezable shortcrust pastry recipes?

For some reason, I have 4 packets of shortcrust pastry in my freezer taking up what little room I have. Can you a) recommend delicious recipes that best make use of this instead of say, puff pastry, and b) also if possible include recipes that freeze well as I'm about to have a newborn and would like to clear this space in my freezer and fill it with meals we can just defrost and cook/eat once the baby comes. Could the recipe say at what point to freeze (before or after cooking). Savoury preferred but dessert ok in a pinch. Extra points if they're toddler friendly. Even if they can't be frozen, anything that uses it up will be appreciated.
posted by Jubey on Jun 3, 2013 - 3 answers

What are your most delicious rhubarb uses/recipes?

So it's rhubarb season and I've finally managed to buy a big batch, yay! I love the stuff and have been waiting for this all year. I usually make crumbles/stews, but am looking to push the boat out a little more this time to get the most out of it, finding new recipes and also ways to preserve for when it's no longer around (jams, in alcohol, freezing?). What are your favourite recipes and what other things have you found pair well with it? Have you ever made booze with rhubarb? I'd be grateful for any tips, and thank you in advance!
posted by everydayanewday on Apr 10, 2013 - 25 answers

Cooking With Mulberries?

It's Berry Season! On my kitchen ledge I have a enormous punnet of fresh mulberries - more than we can possibly eat fresh. I need to use them up before they spoil, but it's not a fruit I'm very familiar with. Please share your mulberry recipes! (Ones involving baking would be favorite!)
posted by tabubilgirl on Mar 23, 2013 - 15 answers

How can I make my chocolate chip cookies come out flatter?

I made the same recipe multiple times, and have gotten different results every time. How can I maintain consistency?! [more inside]
posted by masquesoporfavor on Feb 13, 2013 - 20 answers

I'll Grind Their Cereals-and-Grains to Make My Bread!

Quick question for the food science-y folks out there: lately, I've been pulverizing a lot of my baking ingredients in the spice grinder before using them in recipes (oat bran, wheat bran, wild rice, wheat germ, buckwheat groats, etc.). Does reducing these ingredients to a fine powder change any of their caloric/nutritional properties? Obviously, they'll be denser and more caloric cup-for-cup, and I'd imagine they'll have a higher glycemic load (not that I especially care about that). But does super-fine fiber still ACT like fiber in the body? Is super-fine buckwheat just as healthy as the un-pulverized stuff? I like the finer texture of powdered ingredients, but if I'm making them less-healthy, I'll suck it up and leave 'em whole.
posted by julthumbscrew on Feb 8, 2013 - 3 answers

Should I bake my own bread?

I absolutely hate baking. I really love good bread. No vendor in my area has good bread. Should I try making bread? [more inside]
posted by jaguar on Jan 23, 2013 - 51 answers

Bakers, why is this dough bitter?

I made a pie crust an hour ago and the dough tastes bitter to me. The ingredients: Gold Medal all-purpose white flour, lard, water, egg, vinegar, salt. I tasted each ingredient just now (except the egg) and they all seem fine. Does anyone know where if an interaction among some ingredients might be causing bitterness? Or are my taste buds wrong? I'd appreciate any relevant advice.
posted by wryly on Dec 20, 2012 - 10 answers

Large and flat or small and tall?

What size dutch oven should I buy? [more inside]
posted by queens86 on Nov 16, 2012 - 14 answers

How do I bake some gluten free bread?

I love Canyon House 7 grain bread and the Udis Whole Grain Bread (Gluten Free, both of them). I love them, wonderful breads, the only trouble is it's hard to justify spending $6+ a week on bread that is gluten free. I have a gluten intolerance so I need to eat gluten free. I love to cook/bake, an have lots of flours and mixes. What's the best recipe that is most similar to Udis (any one) or Canyon House that is gluten free? I am looking for bread that doesn't fall apart, looks at tastes like sandwhich bread. Any Ideas? [more inside]
posted by snow_mac on Nov 5, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me prevent a macaron mess!

I went all the way to France and came back with a box of Alsa Macaron Mix. Problem: I don't speak French. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Oct 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Garlic bread from scratch?

If you were going to make garlic bread from scratch (flour, yeast, water, garlic, butter, olive oil, salt, maybe cheese) what kind of bread would you use as the base? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Sep 6, 2012 - 18 answers

ermahgerd hand mixers

Hand mixers! Can you recommend one? [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd on Jul 2, 2012 - 24 answers

Notolate

I've come into a pound of carob chips and a large tin of carob powder. My baking skills are elementary level. But I like carob for being carob and not just fake choc. Give me your fave recipes. Bonus if they can appeal to people unfamiliar with it so I can share my handiwork with them.
posted by asockpuppet on Jun 28, 2012 - 2 answers

Emphatically *not* gluten free.

Vegetarian recipes filter: I have a box of "vital wheat gluten" sitting around my pantry. What can I do with it that is vegetarian (lacto-ovo; no other food restrictions) and tastes delicious? I am pretty decent at both cooking and baking, so complicated recipes are welcome alongside simpler ones.
posted by shamash on Jun 27, 2012 - 16 answers

Expensive Coconut Flour Going to Waste!

I got suckered into buying coconut flour; now I'm moving in four weeks and want to use it up. What can I make with this stuff? [more inside]
posted by thelastcamel on May 27, 2012 - 8 answers

Pie, on a deadline!

Last-minute pie baking ideas needed! [more inside]
posted by Turkey Glue on Apr 18, 2012 - 20 answers

Bakingfilter: how do I do it?

Inventing a recipe: how do I know if something will bake solid? [more inside]
posted by paultopia on Mar 18, 2012 - 11 answers

Restaurant-quality desserts?

Part two: How can I make restaurant-quality desserts at home? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Mar 7, 2012 - 24 answers

Wattleseed Recipes

Just got a gift from a Metafilter-ian in Australia of ground wattle seed, which I'm super exited about! Now I need some delicious recipes to cook with it. I have a Valentines party to go to later today, so I'm especially looking something dessert-y to share (but other recs are also welcome!)
posted by kittenmarlowe on Feb 14, 2012 - 5 answers

Lemon Squares: CSI

I just tried this recipe with my new KitchenAid mixer...and it came out terrible. Can you help me figure out why? [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Jan 30, 2012 - 18 answers

Owl cooking school picture book

Do you know a children's book about an owl teaching a class of animals, including a mouse, to cook? [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps on Jan 25, 2012 - 7 answers

Tofu, so sweet and tasty. Tofu, don't be too hasty. Tofu...tofu tofu tofu!

What is the best time and temperature for baked tofu? Every recipe I read seems to differ wildly on those factors. I've made some that has worked, and some that hasn't. The one time I got it just right I forgot to make a note of which recipe I used. I like it crispy on the outside but still a bit soft inside. Thoughts?
posted by furiousxgeorge on Dec 26, 2011 - 7 answers

One cup of sugar...or whatever is around.

If I'm significantly short on white sugar in a recipe, can I make it up with other types of sugar? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Dec 5, 2011 - 23 answers

Hello, halogen oven.

Do I want to buy a halogen oven? [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman on Nov 19, 2011 - 1 answer

Help Me Substitute Without Ruining Everything!

Seeking help from MeFi bakers! I'd like to make this recipe and had a question about substitutions. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Nov 14, 2011 - 12 answers

Plain granola -- no, really plain

Looking for a plain granola recipe. [more inside]
posted by liet on Oct 29, 2011 - 6 answers

It's cute but it doesn't cook.

I'm considering renting a small apartment with a super-tiny kitchen. So tiny that it doesn't have an oven! Would a convection/microwave oven suit my needs? Also, do you have experience with induction cooktops? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Sep 26, 2011 - 27 answers

What are the easiest metric-measured baking recipes for a beginner?

What are the easiest metric-measured baking recipes for a beginner? [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Sep 1, 2011 - 15 answers

How do you come back to a profession you barely started?

I went to pastry school five years ago. I was seduced away from the bakery by good money in an office job. Now I've ditched the office and have been working retail -- and just got a retail job in a bakery a month ago. I've been working in the back a little and making inroads there; now I'm baking 2/5 days a week. I feel patisserie calling me, but how do I get my confidence in the kitchen back? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Aug 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Recommend baking sheets that don't flex?

Please recommend good baking sheets that won't flex. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Aug 18, 2011 - 18 answers

Butter my milk, please.

What is your favorite recipe that calls for buttermilk? [more inside]
posted by cp311 on Jul 28, 2011 - 41 answers

Looking for low-cost baking ideas

What are some tips or recipes for saving money on home baking? [more inside]
posted by GraceCathedral on Jul 10, 2011 - 26 answers

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