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    Chiffon Cake basics needed

    I'm going to make a chiffon cake and I've looked at several recipes. Some of the recipes whip the egg whites separately with some of the sugar, and others do not. I think the sugar might make the egg whites more stable and easier to fold in, but not all the recipes do it. Baking Illustrated doesn't add sugar to the egg whites, but one of my text books (CIA) does. And, some of the recipes say to use an un-greased tube pan and to cool the cake upside down, like you would an angel food cake. But, they also say you can cook them in round cake tins. How would I get the cake out of an un-greased round cake tin? Can I use parchment on the bottom and leave just the sides un-greased, or does it not matter for a round pan? Will it just slip out of an ungreased cake tin? Any suggestions?
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    Chocolate Choux

    I've made Pichet Ong's choux paste and I liked it. I want to make the recipe in a chocolate version. I found a full recipe for chocolate choux on foodnetwork (Emeril Lagass), but I'd rather convert Ong's and if some has tried it successfully, I'd feel more confident. Has anyone made Ong's recipe in chocolate? Does anyone have a good chocolate choux recipe? Thanks!
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    Mixing Isomalt and Sugar

    I tried it and it worked! I did the usual caramel with sugar, cornsyrup and cream of tartar; I started the isomalt about 15 minutes earlier than the sugar and when it got to temperature I mixed about half of the isomalt into the caramel. I colored the rest of the isomalt to experiment with candy gems and sugar cages. That was fun, and I discovered that I don't need gel coloring for the isomalt if I dissolve some powder in a bit of alcohol (I used vodka). However, I think mixing the sugar with the isomalt decreased the dryness of the isomalt; the isomalt might have had a small effect on the sugar, but it wasn't noticeable. I ended up with both being hygroscopic to some extent. Now I know.
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    Mixing Isomalt and Sugar

    Thanks! I will try it. I thought for sure I'd have to melt them separately and then combine, but if combining them all works just as well, I'll try KennethT's suggestion.
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    Mixing Isomalt and Sugar

    Hello! Is there a reason I cannot mix isomalt and sugar/? Are they chemically incompatible? For example, if I heat the sugar to caramel stage and heat the isomalt to the required temperature, can I mix the two, to get the color and flavor of the sugar and the humidity resistance of the isomalt?
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    Aging Golden Syrup

    I don't know if they're authentic or not, but there are several folks on you-tube who profess that is easy and cheap to make it by caramelizing part of the sugar, pouring a hot syrup mixture into it, and voila- it comes out golden. They use a lemon in the syrup to eliminate crystallization. I always prefer to make my own stuff, since I'm not in the business and time doesn't matter much.
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    Aging Golden Syrup

    Hi: I'm still mining the old posts for the wealth of information within. Someone mentioned aging his homemade golden syrup. Does anyone know if it's mandatory, and if so, why? Thank you. Audrey
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    Best Flour for roux

    I hope this isn't too obvious a question, but can Wondra be used for baking cakes, cookies, pie crusts, or anything but gravy? Thanks. Audrey
  9. Wow! What a great job. Welcome to the forum!
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    Pichet Ong's Pate Choux

    Hi again! Sorry for the very late question, I've been reviewing the old posts in the various subjects and I found this fabulous thread. Since I've been dying to practice, I've decided to make Ong's pate choux recipe. I have one question. Will I need to punch a hole in the bottom and put them back in the oven to dry out? I have seen other recipes require that step. Thank you! Audrey the above edit was a mistake! I took the "reply" literally, and thought I had to start a thread to ask a question! Then I remembered that everyone asks questions.
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    Liquid caramel-filled Easter eggs

    This is how several candies are made. Junior mints and cherry cordials, for example. They make a hard sugar center, surround it in chocolate, inject it with the invertase, which liquefies the sugar. In theory, you should be able to make a very firm caramel ball and it would still work.
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    Caramel/Caramelized Sugar [MERGED TOPIC]

    Well, it worked like a charm! I scrubbed the pot and rinsed it with vinegar, used 1/3 corn syrup and 2/3 sugar, simmered it slowly and watched it carefully. I don't know if my thermometer is calibrated, so I did the cold water test. It was hard crack at 300, but it was still only the palest amber. I was able to get it to about 315 without getting too dark. I was making cracker jacks, so I let it proceed to the deep caramel stage and it might have been 325. Thank you, again!
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    Caramel/Caramelized Sugar [MERGED TOPIC]

    Thank you, Lisa and Chocolat. I think I did everything wrong. The pan wasn't spic and span, I am always in a hurry, so I rushed it a bit, and I didn't do the cold water thing because I wanted to make a caramel cage, so I needed the syrup to stay liquid for at least a few minutes. I am going to take your suggestions and try it again. I wonder how they make lollipops completely clear.
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    Caramel/Caramelized Sugar [MERGED TOPIC]

    Hi! What is the secret to getting sugar to the hard crack stage with it turning too dark? I've tried it several times, and each time, when it starts to reach the required temperature (300F), it gets decidedly dark. Am I doing something wrong? -Audrey
  15. Hi Folks! I consider myself an amateur cook/baker. I really love baking and want to learn more. I frequently have questions that seem to rely on experience rather than book learning, so it would be nice to bounce ideas off people. I am a registered dietitian, so I have some knowledge of food science and how human nutritional needs. I started baking a 9 years old, but I've never done it professionally. I had dreams of opening a bakery, but got scared off when I read the book "How to Run a Profitable Bakery" or something like that. Yikes! So, for now, I'll stay an amateur with help from the pros! Audrey
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