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Temperature & Cookware
Temperature & Cookware

If your oven temperature is questionable, invest in an oven thermometer. Some ovens can be off by as much as 75°.

Before mixing the batter, prepare the pans, turn the oven on, and make sure the rack is in the center.

Shiny pans reflect the heat, and are your best choice for cake baking.

Reduce the oven temperature by 25° when using glass pans.

Substitute 8-inch square pans for round if you want, or use 2 to 3 8 X 4-inch loaf pans. The baking time will be less, so begin checking about 15 minutes before the time suggested.

Have all ingredients at room temperature for best results.

Grease pans with about 1 tablespoon of fat per layer pan.

Use cocoa (or carob powder) instead of flour for dusting a greased pan when making a chocolate cake.

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