Calling on bakers for help...please.

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by milanessa, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. milanessa

    milanessa engaged to dupa

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    First off, I'm a lousy baker. I have 2 things I can do - apple crisp and New York cheesecake. Other than that :yikes:. I'm planning on trying to bake something this evening but need some help.

    Blondies. The recipe calls for an 8" square baking dish. Who the hell owns baking dishes? I have many roasting pans one of which is 9" square. Will that work? Do I need to cook it for a shorter time since the batter won't be as thick in the pan? Can I use a muffin pan for individual servings?

    Any help appreciated.

    signed: out of my comfort zone. :p
  2. KatieC

    KatieC Still jet lagged

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    My sympathies to you. I'd say the 9 inch pan could be used, but definitely keep an eye on them, and use a toothpick to test for doneness if you haven't got a cake tester. A muffin pan should take less time.
  3. A.H.Black

    A.H.Black Well-Known Member

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    Yes, you can probably use the 9x9 inch pan. You may have to adjust the time and they won't be as thick. You will need to watch. The real trick is to not over bake. Rely on your tooth pick test. If it comes out clean (but not too clean), your done. You don't want to over bake the edges. It's better to err on the gooey side.

    Please keep in mind that all ovens are different. We all have to watch our baking for doneness. Once you have made these a couple of times you will feel more confident. Just take the leap. It will be fine.

    You can probably use the muffin tins and make it work. I would probably wait on that idea until you are more confident in the recipe.
  4. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

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    Agree with the advice you've already received.
    Read directions, watch carefully, and don't overbake.
    Let us know how they turn out.
  5. MacMadame

    MacMadame Internet Beyotch

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    What I do the first time I make any recipe is to look in on it 5-10 min. before the recipe says it should be done just in case. Stoves differ and pans differ and those differences do have an impact.

    I always make my brownies (which is what blondies are) in 9x9 glass pans btw. They generally take 5 min. less than the recipe says when I use my oven. I made brownies the other day though in 8 inch and 9 inch round metal pans and they cooked even faster.
  6. jl22aries

    jl22aries Active Member

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    For blondies especially, I would underbake them if you're wanting anything resembling gooey fudgieness. Even the best blondie recipes can turn into a giant chocolate chip cookie as it continues to cook when you take it out of the oven. Still delicious, but not my preference in terms of texture.
  7. milanessa

    milanessa engaged to dupa

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    Thanks for all the tips - you've given me courage. :lol: Gonna have to wait until tomorrow morning, though - there's an animal situation going on here.
  8. smileyskate

    smileyskate New Member

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    lol, I thought the title was to get help from "Bankers".
    Sounds like you got some good tips here. Hope the Blondies turn out..of course after the animal situation gets resolved.
  9. Southpaw

    Southpaw Saint Smugpawski

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    OK, what's this "animal situation"?? :sekret:
  10. milanessa

    milanessa engaged to dupa

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    Older neighbors (late 80's) called because of a stray in their yard. A little bitty dachshund that is now in my house and is following me everywhere. Right now she's sleeping at my feet. My husband has "suggested" I sleep in a guest room so the cats aren't bothered. :rofl: I've taken this silly ass dog outside twice to poop and pee - I'll be damned before I do it again at 11 pm.
  11. Southpaw

    Southpaw Saint Smugpawski

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    Awwww....whatcha gonna do with that cute lil wiener dog?
  12. milanessa

    milanessa engaged to dupa

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    Okay, I caved and took her out again. I DO NOT WANT A DOG. Why is she farting? Cats don't fart much at all. :cat:
  13. Southpaw

    Southpaw Saint Smugpawski

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    Wiener dogs are kind of like cats...
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  14. milanessa

    milanessa engaged to dupa

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    No they are not. You are deluded.
  15. Anita18

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    I never realized the size of a baking dish could be so important. :lol: I made vegan quickcake once, that called for a 8-inch baking dish and I had some rectangular roasting pan instead that was...approximately the same square area. Maybe. I just looked at it more often and it came out well.

    Also, if this doesn't make you fall in love with a wiener dog, I don't know what will: http://www.wimp.com/engineersdogs/
  16. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

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    This is why I don't want a dog. I can't imagine having to leave a fun time with friends or a party because you know your dog is at home about to pee and poop all over your house. My cat uses a litter box and I can leave out food for her that she wont eat all in one sitting like a dog. She can also be left alone and be just fine for multiple days. I only have to worry about getting someone to go check on her if I am out of town for more than 3-4 days.
  17. milanessa

    milanessa engaged to dupa

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    It did not. That dog looks just like the one sitting at my feet except the one here has a shorter tail. I DO NOT WANT A DOG.
  18. milanessa

    milanessa engaged to dupa

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    Yes! Did I say I DO NOT WANT A DOG?

    I plan on scouring the neighborhood tomorrow morning to find the rat's owner.
  19. A.H.Black

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    I hope your have the gumption to take the animal to the pound if you can't find the owner. If you don't want a dog - don't have a dog.
  20. Southpaw

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    Rats are kinda like cats...
  21. Vagabond

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    Hurry up, hurry up and wait
    I say awake all week and still I wait
    I got the blues, please come see
    What your loving means to me


    Oh, wait! That's Blondie, not blondies. :duh:

    Sorry. You're on your own. :p
  22. MacMadame

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    It depends on the recipe. I tried to make my almond pound cake in a meatloaf pan and the middle never did cook.
  23. Badams

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    AWWWW!!! I wish I lived anywhere near you! If you can't find the owner, I would take it! It sounds like a sweet little poop!!!
  24. TheGirlCanSkate

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    How is your dog doing?:dog:
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  25. taf2002

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    Oh no. It sounds like a nice little dog....don't condemn the poor thing to the death chamber.

    :mad:

    ETA: this is the baking thread, I need to say something about baking....I want blondies!
  26. Southpaw

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    :sheep:

    Yeah! Where are the blondies, dangnabbit????
  27. skatingfan5

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    I think that milanessa's new little doggie may have eaten them. :shuffle:

    Anyway, now that everyone has already resolved the original question/problem about baking pan size, I will offer my own solution from years ago (when I didn't have an extensive batterie de cuisine). I regularly would make the Joy of Cooking's "brownies cockaigne" (a very, very good brownie, indeed!). IIRC, the recipe called for a pan size smaller than what I had, but I did have one that was considerably larger, so I just doubled the recipe which gave me more than enough batter (the overage of which I happily consumed, ignoring any supposed dangers of raw eggs). :slinkaway
  28. taf2002

    taf2002 Well-Known Member

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    I have a specific pan for brownies. It has a grid-like thing that looks kind of like an ice cube tray grid so each piece is precut & each one has 4 crispy edges. It's great.
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  30. cruisin

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    I love it! I want one of those. Not the dog (I already have one), the ball ejector. My dog drives me crazy wanting me to constantly throw balls for him!

    When I make brownies or lemon bars, they always seem to scorch on the bottom, if I use a regular baking pan. So, what I do is use 2 foil pans, one inside of the other. The air between the two pans prevents the bottom from scorching. I know they make cookie sheets with double sheets and air between them. They work very well, by the way. But, I have not seen baking pans like that.
  31. Japanfan

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    I never worry about the size of the pan, but then I usually only bake quick-rising breads. Surely 8 versus 9 inches shouldn't make a difference.

    A tall, rectangular loaf pan is certainly not the same as a low, square one, but I've always had the same results for quick breads.

    Recently I made a zucchini chocolate bread that didn't turn out more like a brownie than a quick-bread, although it was delicious. The bread/brownie was equally over-moist in both types of pans.
  32. taf2002

    taf2002 Well-Known Member

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    I do a lot of baking & I can't remember ever scorching the bottom. It sounds like your oven gets hotter than the gauge says. Try turning it 25 degrees lower.
  33. milanessa

    milanessa engaged to dupa

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    Blondie ingredients are still sitting on the counter, well except for the eggs and butter. :lol: It's been a busy couple of days.

    Doggie stayed here 2 nights - didn't jump into bed with with me but I did sleep in the guest room. I called the animal shelters and most of the vets in town to see if anyone had reported him missing - no luck. None of the neighbors I checked with recognized him. At first I took him outside for "relief" but he stayed close to the house and wanted to go back in right away. Then I let him out on his own and stood by the door. He did what he needed to do and barked at the door to come back in. Then I let him out and went into the kitchen for a moment - I expected him to bark and after less than 2 minutes I went to the door and he was gone, not seen since. I'm hoping he found his way home. I was supposed to take him to the vet that morning to check for a microchip but didn't have the chance.
  34. Southpaw

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    And just like that the universe snatches the wiener dog away from us. :wuzrobbed
  35. cruisin

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    I have an electric Kitchenaid double oven. A religious one, at that, it has a Sabbath mode :). It can do regular baking and convection. I have not gotten used to the convection. But, that shouldn't scorch the bottom, right? It does cook hot, though. I think I will try your suggestion. I have to bake for my daughter's engagement party on Sunday. I think I'll cook the baked ziti lower too :).
  36. Anita18

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    Aww I hope he's on his way home too. :fragile:
  37. A.H.Black

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    If you haven't already, you also might try putting the rack higher.
  38. cruisin

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    Awww :( poor doggy. I am assuming there was no collar. We have a neighbor who has a Ruby Cavalier. They have a collar on the dog that is so lose that it slips out all of the time. Fortunately, we all know who's dog it is, and we bring him home. But, if that dog ever wandered out of the neighborhood...:( It actually upsets me that they are so irresponsible, but it's not my dog.

    I had a dog follow me home when I was walking Cooper, one day. It was a Maltese type dog. Seemed well cared for and had a collar and tag with a phone number. I caught the dog and brought it to my house. But, couldn't bring it in, My dog was attacked once, I was not going to traumatize Cooper. I called the number on the collar, no answer. Called several times over the course of 2 hours. I had an appointment and had to leave. I was not going to bring a strange dog into my house with my dog. So, I called Animal Control, explained the situation, tied the dog up on my deck (13' off the ground, so it was safe), and left it for AC to pick up. I then called the owner to let them know what I did and where they could p/u their dog if they got there before AC. The dog was picked up. The owner never called me back. Even after several calls (over several days) to make sure they had their dog back. I finally called AC to make sure the dog was back home, it was. But, I was :mad: that the owner couldn't at least call me back and let me know they had their dog back.
  39. PDilemma

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    I was going to say this as well.

    I was having things bake on the bottom and edges too quickly but not in the middle for awhile. My father-in-law checked the temperature for me and sure enough it was off. Majorly off. Like 80 degrees high. He reset the thermostat and no more problems. It is a common issue regardless of how new or old or expensive or cheap an oven is. It is also a quick and easy fix so it might be worth checking the temp and calling a repair man.

    (I didn't need a repair man because FiL is one).
  40. cruisin

    cruisin Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, I didn't know that was an option :)