Bake © User: Merlize / freerangestock.com Baking is a method of cooking done in an enclosed, heated space using dry heat. The temperature is usually controlled to meet the specifications set by a recipe (whether written or unwritten.) An oven provides the best environment for baking, in terms of temperature control, direction of heat, and…
Baking blind is to bake a pie shell empty of any contents in it, to harden and dry it.
Baking cups (aka muffin cups) are used to line muffin and cupcake tins when making cupcakes, muffins or fairy cakes. Their use generally replaces greasing or greasing and flouring the cups.
Baking mats are non-stick floppy sheets that you put on top of a baking tray before baking. They prevent the food item being baked from sticking to the pan.
Baking Pan Conversions
Tips for baking pan conversions by dimension and volume, and a discussion of factors to take into account.
Baking Pans by Dimension
This is a chart of typical baking pan physical dimensions, with their equivalent volume sizes. The measurements of a baking pan are determined by measuring inside the pan, from edge to edge. Depth is measured inside as well.
Baking Pans by Volume
This is a chart of typical baking pan volumes. Using a pan with the correct volume can be especially critical when you are baking something that may rise and otherwise overflow.
Baking stones are used as a baking aid in modern gas and electric ovens. They are porous, and so absorb condensation from what is baking on top of them, causing a crisper crust.
Egg Wash © Randal Oulton An egg wash in cooking is a liquid mixture based on raw egg used to brown pies, etc. You vary the mixture easily to achieve exactly the effect you want. How to make an egg wash First, a summary of the principles. Sometimes you may use the whole egg, just…
Pastry is a dough meant to act as a case for other food, savoury or sweet. It can be used to form just a bottom casing, with the top left open, or the pastry can completely contain the food inside it. There are many different types of pastries, designed with different properties, textures, behaviours and…
A pastry blender (aka pastry cutter) is a hand-held tool used both to cut solid fat into flour, and to blend it in thoroughly. It consists of a handle that has half-moon shaped wires attached to it at both ends.
Pastry brushes are small brushes with soft bristles, used to brush sauces, oils or glazes on food items that can be sweet or savoury. Both the handles and the tines of the brushes are now made from many different materials.
A pastry cloth is a cloth on which you roll out dough for pastry. Its purpose is to minimize sticking, and allow you to therefore roll the dough thinner.
Pastry Cloth Pad
A pastry cloth pad is used to hold a pastry cloth in place on a worksurface to stop it from sliding as pressure is being applied to the dough on it.
A pastry crust doesn’t have to be a short crust. It can be a flaky crust. It has, though several synonyms with slight nuances to them, such as pastry shell, pie crust or pie shell, that imply certain things to the home baker. When the word “pie crust” is used, it’s generally taken to mean…
A pastry frame is a device in the form of an assembled frame whose purpose is to hold a “pastry cloth” in place while you are rolling out pastry on it.
The term “pastry frame” has several different meanings. This is a disambiguation page.
A pastry jigger (aka pastry crimper, aka jagging wheel) is designed to put a decorative edge on pastries. The edge is usually “jiggedy”, but can also be used to create square or circular marks.
A pastry wheel is a device to cut out rolled pastry. It consists of a cutting wheel attached to a handle. The wheel will have a straight, sharp edge. Some are small for fine work, some are large enough to slice cooked pizza.
Debating about pie apples is like starting a religious feud. Everyone has his or her own opinions, and you can’t change them, no matter how much “proof” you try to show them. A good pie apple has to be able to hold its shape when cooked, give off some juice so that the pie won’t…
A pie plate is a dish used for making savoury or sweet pies in. Generally, all are oven safe, though they may be used for pies that are no-bake as well.
Pie pumpkins are pumpkins that are good for making pumpkin pies from. Rind colour may vary though it is typically orange.
A pie rack is a vertical tiered rack designed to hold pies in their pie plates straight out of the oven. It allows several pies at a time to cool without burning or damaging a work surface.
Pies & Tarts
A pie — or a tart — is an item cooked with a crust. The crust may be on the bottom, or on the top, or both. Typically the crust is made from wheat flour.