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Posted: 12 November 2008 05:42 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Hello,
Just joined in to get a little baking advice. I’ve been into cooking for years, but have only recently got into baking. Some things still elude me, but I have managed to pull off perfect pie crust and perfect chiffon cake, and even some perfect and near perfect regular cakes. But I still hit bumps in the road and I’d like to learn a bit more about how to avoid these!

My next major challenge: yeast hates me and always disobeys LOL or should I say I’m a yeast murderer, sometimes all I have to do is look at it and it dies.

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Posted: 12 November 2008 06:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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welcome. if you’ve already created a perfect pie crust AND chiffon cake, then you may find yourself giving advice as I cannot do either!

so stop braggin’!

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Posted: 12 November 2008 06:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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jen68 - 12 November 2008 10:08 PM

welcome. if you’ve already created a perfect pie crust AND chiffon cake, then you may find yourself giving advice as I cannot do either!

so stop braggin’!

grin

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yeah, but, I think it was more by accident than on purpose rolleyes  Not so sure I could consistently produce the same result over and over. The pie crust thing was largely the result of changing techniques, no more 2 forks, no more just fingers or even a pastry blender, I use my food processor and it works every time. At least for now tongue rolleye

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Posted: 13 November 2008 06:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Welcome Malarkey - nice to have you.  From beginners to professionals, and everyone in between, you’ll find lots of nice bakers on this site!

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Posted: 15 November 2008 03:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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i can’t believe how everyone is teasing you instead of telling you to use instant yeast, aka bread machine, or instant active dry. you don’t proof it in warm water so no risk of killing it—you add it directly to the flour. store it in small airtight containers in the freezer and it will keep for as long as 2 years! (p.s. don’t use rapid rise!)

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Posted: 17 November 2008 12:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Thanks, Rose! I’ll definitely try that next time. And it will probably be pretty soon, as the holidays are upon us and I love the aroma of baking bread in the house.

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