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What Happens if You Over Knead Dough? (And What to Do About It)

Making a dough can be a big challenge. It can’t be too soft or the bread won’t hold it’s shape. It also can’t be too firm or you will be stuck with a few other bread issues. So what exactly does happen if you over knead bread dough? Let’s find out! Why Knead Bread Dough? …

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Why Do Peanut Butter Cookies Have Fork Marks? (Plus 5 Recipe Variations)

If you are a cookie monster, and you know your sweet treats, you know that peanut butter cookies stand out from all other cookies. What is it that lets you know right away that the round golden brown confections are made from creamy (or chunky) peanut butter? It is the criss-cross markings that are created …

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Can You Substitute Olive Oil for Vegetable Oil in Brownies?

We have all been there. You start making brownies and realize you are missing a key ingredient. Whether you are out of eggs, have no chocolate or have the wrong kind of oil, you may need to get creative every now and then! However, what about a simple issue, like if your brownie recipe asks …

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Can I Use Baking Soda Instead of Baking Powder? (Or Vice Versa?)

If you have ever wondered if you can use baking soda instead of baking powder, you are not alone. Many people have asked this question and it is a good one! After all, what is the difference between baking soda and baking powder anyway? Are they interchangeable? What function do the play in baking? All …

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Baking with Whole Wheat Flour (6 Practical Tips to Fool Your Guests)

Baking with whole wheat flour has become quite popular in the past few years as people are becoming more and more health conscious. Opting to use whole wheat flour rather than white, bleached, all purpose flour will not only have a large nutritional impact on your baking but it will also change your baked goods …

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The Top 12 Types of Flour Used for Baking

One of the most important ingredients used in baking is flour. While many recipes call for all-purpose flour, there are a host of different types of flour that are used specifically for certain kinds of baked items. Many of these kinds of flours you are probably already familiar with, but there are some you might …

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14 Unusual Baking Ingredients (To Turn Ordinary into Unique)

If you are an avid baker or even just a casual baker, you are definitely familiar with sugar, flour and butter. You know that sugar adds sweetness to your baked goods and flour adds stability. Butter adds delicious fat that makes baked goods melt in your mouth. Sure, these classic and necessary ingredients are amazing …

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When to Use Pastry Flour (And How it Differs from Other Flours)

With so many choices available, I keep a wide selection of flours in my kitchen. Unbleached all-purpose white, whole wheat, cake flour, and even gluten-free. And then there’s pastry flour. But just what is pastry flour? And when should you use it instead of reaching for one of the other flours? Pastry flour has a …

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