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Storing Cookies

July 22, 2014 - 2:07pm -- logan24

I have never stored cookie for long periods of time as they are usually gone rather quickly, I was wondering what would be the best way to go about this?

Would it be better to mix the dough and scoop out individual servings freeze them and put them in containers or to bake them let them cool and then store and freezer them.


1) Would there be a difference in taste between those 2 methods?

2) Does it make a difference whether they are stored in glass containers, plastic, or ziploc bags?

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We 3 gmas baked Blueberry Cream Cheese braid from TFL recipes

July 10, 2014 - 7:10am -- gmagmabaking2

When we were checking out the Favorite Recipes on the Home page, we looked at a few bread ideas... and tossed ideas back and forth through text and cyberspace... but then we came across the Blueberry Cream Cheese braid and had to have it... My sisters did marvelous braiding... and I learned from my mistakes... The beauty of all this is that the mistakes taste as good as the successes... (unless you are adding lots of salt to Cheese cake!, LOL)...

Helen's finished braids are the lead in and here is her crumb...

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Beignets - Technical Questions inside

June 26, 2014 - 3:47am -- tzbrowne

Hi Everyone - First post here; so go easy on me!

Long story short;  In the past few weeks my attentions have been turned to nailing down my Beignet recipe with a view to selling commercially; however nothing I do can quite get me to the same gnarly, shattering and crisp exterior, with delicate, light and soft pillowy interior that I've had the pleasure of eating at Cafe du Monde over the years.

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Yet another croissant post

June 26, 2014 - 12:49am -- sangak

Ah Croissants, how you perplex me.

I'd be massively grateful for some diagnosis on my croissant crumb.  After a couple of attempts I feel I've got the layering but the large air bubbles evade me still.

The photos are actually from a batch made with pastry flour so the low protein could be the problem - they didn't rise at all really during proofing.

I've been getting similar results with AP flour though and when I use Central Mills Artisan Bakers Craft I seem to get too much gluten even if I don't knead, with bubbles all over the place during rolling.

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June 23, 2014 - 9:43am -- johnluke

Not sure if this should be in the "General" forum. Is there anything I can use in place of almond flour that will have a neutral taste? I have used cornmeal, peanuts, coconut, and pumpkin seeds. The peanuts were roasted so, maybe raw ones will give a blander taste. Would rice flour work or a type of starch like potato?


* The issue is not a nut allergy or inability to find the almonds. I am just looking for a cheaper alternative.

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June 21, 2014 - 9:59am -- sirrith

Having just bought some nice copper molds, I thought I'd share the results of the first bake with them :)

I'm no expert on caneles by any means, this is just what I've picked up along the way.

I've previously only made caneles using silicone molds, and got decent results. However, I wanted to try and get as perfect a canele as I could, so I invested in some (comparatively) cheap copper molds.

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We 3 gmas made Danishes (again)

June 19, 2014 - 12:13pm -- gmagmabaking2

We did it again, made Danishes, and braids, and visited the laminated doughs...frozen, fresh and unlaminated... as per our usual we went different ways, with similar Ideas... and, of course, tasty results!

The lead in is Helen's cream cheese filled Danishes with simple syrup glaze... 

 Here they are cooling... nice and brown...

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St. John's Cake with fresh cherries and cream

June 16, 2014 - 8:41am -- Abelbreadgallery

Traditional flat sweet bread prepared on the feast of St. John in June. It is a light sweetbread with candied fruit, but in this case I have added fresh cherries.

For 4 cakes, the classical recipe is 1 kilo of flour, 330 ml water, 4 eggs, 150 sugar, 150 butter, salt, spices (aniseed, cinnamon, nutmeg...) and 40-100 gr of fresh yeast. Too much yeast for me, so I added 200 gr of sourdough + only 20 gr of fresh yeast.





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