Anyone here likes to bake?

  • Al3cBui

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    Feb 06, 2014 3:27 AM GMT
    Well I love baking. I have been using this recipe from the website below for chocolate chip cookies.

    http://forme-foryou.com/2011/08/the-only-chocolate-chip-cookie-i-will-ever-need-to-know-how-to-make-for-the-rest-of-my-life.html

    This recipe calls for bread flour and cake flour instead of the regular all purpose flour. Well I just wonder if anybody here likes to bake and would like to share with me a secret or two about making chocolate chip cookies. Thanks!!!
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    Feb 06, 2014 11:56 PM GMT
    I like cooking with my man.He is the type of guy who can do anything he puts his mind to.Look at a recipe for 2 minutes and whip up a dinner party.Me not so much.In the North East and I guess the Midwest it is definite baking weather lol Ry
  • thadjock

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    Feb 07, 2014 12:17 AM GMT
    Al3cBui saidWell I love baking. I have been using this recipe from the website below for chocolate chip cookies.

    http://forme-foryou.com/2011/08/the-only-chocolate-chip-cookie-i-will-ever-need-to-know-how-to-make-for-the-rest-of-my-life.html

    This recipe calls for bread flour and cake flour instead of the regular all purpose flour. Well I just wonder if anybody here likes to bake and would like to share with me a secret or two about making chocolate chip cookies. Thanks!!!


    fixd the link

    it's strange that they mix bread flour ( higher protein ) with cake flour ( lower protein ) when you'd end up with about the same protein if you just used all purpose flour.

    seems pretentious
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    Feb 07, 2014 4:18 AM GMT
    Like thadjock said, the mixing of flour is something I've never heard of. You can probably just use all-purpose flour and still get a nice cookie.
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    Feb 07, 2014 4:41 AM GMT
    My husband loves to bake. He says he finds it more challenging than other kinds of cooking because the margin for ingredient quantities, temperature & time are much less forgiving. I'll take his word for it, because a kitchen is an alien environment to me.

    This Christmas more than half his gifts from me were related to baking, and he's been using them. One thing he likes about baking, as opposed to preparing meals, is that his creations can become gifts for others that he can present later.

    Another thing I like is that his baking seems to be more leisurely, compared to when he's doing a big sit-down meal for friends here. It's much more hobby-like, at whatever easy pace he likes. I see himself enjoying it more, and stressed less. And if he gets something wrong, burned or whatever, he can just try again, there's no rush, no guests waiting on him. I like that for him.
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    Feb 07, 2014 4:45 AM GMT
    They do this to alter the protein content of the flour to a specific level. It can change the consistency of the final result to a great degree. Like most pastry, it's all about science. It's pretty common in professional recipes.

    I first read about this when I picked up the book "The Professional Pastry Chef" by Bo Friberg. It's a great book by the way. Covers a lot of the basics and includes explanation with all the recipes, so you gain understanding while you bake. Some of the yields are crazy high, but most of the measurements are done by weight, so it's pretty straight forward to cut them in half or quarters, unless you want to make hundreds of cookies per batch... just don't screw it up if you do...

    I still remember the girl in elementary school who put a cup of salt in her cookies instead of sugar... dumb bitch... still makes me laugh to this day.
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    Feb 07, 2014 4:46 AM GMT
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    Feb 07, 2014 4:49 AM GMT
    When I make chocolate chip cookies, I follow the recipe on Nestle's chocolate chips, except that I omit walnuts and bake at 350 degrees. I always use semi-sweet chocolate chips. I never let the butter soften, and never chill the dough. Every month or so, I bring a batch into work without telling anyone. Word spreads quickly, and they're gone within an hour.

    Not exactly what I would usually talk about on a fitness site, but they are really good.
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    Feb 07, 2014 4:59 AM GMT
    Love too. More than I should...Getting fat from baking is what I do.
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    Feb 07, 2014 5:02 AM GMT
    everything ive ever baked was thrown away T_T i made an apple pie once and it was too sour.. i made blueberry muffins once and the whole muffin looked green so my sister thought it was bad and dumped it in the trash T_T my cookies melted all together to form a giant cookie and then it burned icon_cry.gif needless to say i no longer bake
  • Ploktorb

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    Feb 07, 2014 5:02 AM GMT
    I am what I'd like to call an advanced baker. I have found the best recipe for chocolate cookies that you will probably ever find and I am about to share it with you all:

    http://www.food.com/recipe/easy-bake-oven-secret-chocolate-chip-cookies-151899
  • jock_n_ca

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    Feb 07, 2014 5:04 AM GMT
    Baking is not cooking. Cooking = you can get away with shit. Baking = alchemy. Fuck one thing up and your toast.
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    Feb 07, 2014 5:08 AM GMT
    I love making pies/tarts, biscotti, zucchini bread, date/nut bread and banana bread. No cakes or real bread yet, but I will.
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    Feb 07, 2014 5:09 AM GMT
    somersault saidI love making pies/tarts, biscotti, zucchini bread, date/nut bread and banana bread. No cakes or real bread yet, but I will.


    Come over and I'll teach you some new...recipes ;)
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    Feb 07, 2014 5:29 AM GMT
    For Christmas I got him a machine that forms & bakes little pies, 4 at a time. Pot pies or dessert pies. So he's learning to play with that, and giving pies to our friends.

    And also a new KitchenAid stand mixer, a huge 7-quart thing with 1.3 horsepower, as much as a small lawnmower, to replace the smaller one he had. He can fill 2 of his big bundt pans at once with it. And of course some new bundt pans, too, large & small, in remarkable decorative designs. He gives those cakes away, as well.

    I just love to see him bustling away in the kitchen, enjoying himself, happy as can be. It's great having a husband who's so easy to please. Not to mention I get to enjoy the fruits of his labor, too. icon_wink.gif
  • The_Guruburu

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    Feb 07, 2014 5:45 AM GMT
    jock_n_ca saidBaking is not cooking. Cooking = you can get away with shit. Baking = alchemy. Fuck one thing up and your toast.


    My toast...is quite good, actually.
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    Feb 07, 2014 6:06 AM GMT
    Yes, I bring homemade pies into work as job security.icon_smile.gif

    And I'm pretty sure I make the best carrot cake of anyone (but that's just because I make it in a way that I like it)

    I used to cook a lot, but now that it's just me, it seldom feels worth the effort.
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    Feb 07, 2014 6:18 AM GMT
    jock_n_ca saidBaking is not cooking. Cooking = you can get away with shit. Baking = alchemy. Fuck one thing up and your toast.


    yes, so i can proudly say i am baking out of the box brownies! i follow their recipe with my addition of different stuff, so it comes out like thick chocolate cake with crusty sides...it comes out better everytime i bake. i had to figure out the best portions of everything... lol
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    Feb 07, 2014 6:28 AM GMT

    yep, me and my easy bake icon_lol.gif

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  • Ploktorb

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    Feb 07, 2014 6:42 AM GMT
    scruffLA said
    yep, me and my easy bake icon_lol.gif

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    i posted a really good easy bake oven recipe earlier, you should take a look... maybe you will like it
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    Feb 07, 2014 7:55 AM GMT
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  • thadjock

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    Feb 07, 2014 2:56 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidtumblr_m51pfsmcFR1rt8vjdo1_400.gif
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    start with an easy recipe:

    http://www.theweedblog.com/how-to-make-chocolate-marijuana-cupcakes/

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  • LJay

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    Feb 07, 2014 3:18 PM GMT
    OP, this Good Eats episode is a classic. Just about all you need to know about chocolat chip cookies. The only thing it does not do is caution you that you should hide them from Matiz.

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/videos/three-chips-for-sister-marsha-0107373.html
  • thadjock

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    Feb 07, 2014 3:56 PM GMT
    scruffLA said
    yep, me and my easy bake icon_lol.gif

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    damn, there's a whole cookbook too

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  • bishop65

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    Feb 07, 2014 4:00 PM GMT
    I love to bake. I do a lot of baking during the holidays. If I were to bake more often, I'd be big as a house!