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Old 04-26-2006, 04:38 PM   #1
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Warm milk in cakes?

I've come across recipes for cakes that require milk to be hot, warm or at room temperature. What difference does the temperature of it make?

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Old 04-26-2006, 05:31 PM   #2
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shaheen! warm milk or warm water is preferred because they make the cake softer,moister.
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Old 04-26-2006, 05:33 PM   #3
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it looks like u r a cake lover .you know cake is my favorite dessert.i can live on just chocolate cake for days.and i love baking them too.
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Old 04-27-2006, 10:31 AM   #4
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Hey Sarah I was wondering if you get all the ingredients in Pak? Here it's really difficult to get and sour cream. If a recipe call for it, with what can I substitute it?
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Old 04-27-2006, 11:50 AM   #5
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Hi Shaheen I know you posted this to Sarah but I will answer anyway :-)

To make sour cream where you are do the following:

Use yogurt (either home made or ready made)
Get some cream (Parsi Dairy in Bombay)

Mix the yogurt with the cream (portion should be 1 cup yogurt to 3 tbsp of cream). Place it in a bowl and let it all ferment togethr overnight in the fridge. It will get nice and creamy.

You can then use that in any recipe that calls for sour cream.

All the best and welcome to the boards. I am originally from Bombay as well so good to see someone from there on this board.
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Old 04-27-2006, 02:26 PM   #6
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Heyy Yakuta!!! Thanks sooo much! Hey since you know Bombay and the stuff available, could you please suggest things that my cousins could get from the US that i won't find here? I'm not looking for anything specific. Just anything that makes cooking/baking simpler and more delicious. (they are coming next month)
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Hi Shaheen, I am originally from Bombay but I have been in the US for 17+ years and not been back for about 12 so not sure how much has changed.

If I know what sorts of things you are interested in I can definitely make some suggestions. Do you like to bake stuff. If so I can suggest that they get you some nice teflon coated baking pans. I also suggested to one of my aunts who visited from there to get a Silpat. Silpat is a silicone lined sheet that nothing sticks to. You can line your baking pan with it and make cookies perfectly. You can use it 500+ times before it goes bad.

You can ask them to get you a lot of other things like silicone spatulas, good quality chocolate bars, baking powder, baking soda, chocolate chips (white, dark, peanut butter). Also nuts in large packs like almonds and walnuts.

If you like to try different spices ask them to get you dry basil, thyme, oregano, itlian herbs, lemon pepper seasonings etc. Depending on where they are going they can find most of this in a regular grocery store or a place like SAMS.
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Oh sorry I forgot that you like to bake cakes. There are a lot of ready to bake cake mixes available here that are failproof. You can ask them to get you some of those. One of the more popular brand is Duncan Hines. There are several others as well and again available in a grocery store. All you do is take that mix, add eggs to it and oil (they tell you how muc) and viola pour, bake and enjoy.
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Old 04-27-2006, 03:46 PM   #9
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Thanks so much Yakuta, you're such a great help! :D well most of the things you mentioned are luckily available. Could you suggest good brands for Cajun spice mix and Italian mix and the lemon pepper seasoning you mentioned?

Also, are hersheys good enough? or is there a better brand? philly cheese is the best for cheesecakes, right?
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There are numerous good quality chocolates but I think Hersheys or Ghiradelli will suffice. I prefer Scharffen Berger but then again I am not huge into chocolate so a little goes a long way for me and the finer the quality the better. Hersheys makes all kinds of chips like butterfinger, milk chocolate, semi sweet, white, peanut butter that should give you a good variety and punch to your baking.

For Cajun and other seasonings you asked about I recommend Mccormick.

One more thing I would recommend are some dried cherries and cranberries. I like to buy a brand called craisins which is by Ocean Spray. I like to use them in cookies I bake and just as a snack to munch on. You can mix it with dried nuts and other dried fruits for a healthy and delicious snack. When I was back in India I know cranberries were not available.

Philadelphia Cream Cheese is the best for Cheesecakes but I don't believe they can bring it along unless they have icepacks or something to keep it cool.
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