Do You Know All The Secrets Of A Home Baker?

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How do you score a pastry? How many muffins are in a baker's dozen? For a true home cook, this baking quiz will be as easy as apple pie. So grab your measuring cups and tastiest ingredients, and let's whip up a baking storm!

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1. What's the name of this pastry that usually has a cream or custard filling?

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  1. Lady finger
  2. Eclair
  3. Angel cake
  4. Fruitcake
Eclairs are long, French pastries known for having a variety of different cream fillings.
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2. What kind of fruits can you zest?

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  1. Melons
  2. Berries
  3. Citrus fruits
  4. Stone fruits
The zest (shred of the outer skin of citrus fruits) adds flavor to desserts.
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3. What's special about a bundt cake?

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  1. It was the first cake made by cavemen
  2. It's only served at Super Bowl parties
  3. It's made with candy hearts
  4. It has a hole in the middle
Bundt cake pans were invented in the 1950s by a man named H. David Dalquist.
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4. This handy whisk was named for its shape. What is it called?

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  1. Balloon whisk
  2. Can opener
  3. Cutting board
  4. Chef's knife
Balloon whisks are used to increase the amount of air in whipped foods like egg whites and cream.
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5. What's the name of this dessert that looks like dainty digits?

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  1. Macarons
  2. Lady fingers
  3. Chocolate chip cookies
  4. Whoopie pie
These egg-based cookies are one of the main ingredients in dishes like charlottes and trifles.
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6. This sugary substance makes a cake look prettier:

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  1. Candies
  2. Frosting
  3. Shredded coconut
  4. Fruits
Icing and frosting are often used interchangeably. They're both sweet, creamy glazes used to decorate cakes.
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7. Which nutty ingredient would you find in marzipan?

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  1. Coffee beans
  2. Soybeans
  3. Almonds
  4. Rice
Marzipan is basically a mixture of sugar and almond meal (ground almonds), although sometimes almond oil or extract is used.
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8. What food is made with warm water, cinnamon, and pecans?

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  1. Coconut custard
  2. Pecan sticky bun
  3. Pumpkin pie
  4. French toast
A pecan sticky bun is an evolved version of a cinnamon roll. Most people just add some caramel to the top, accompanied by some bits of pecan and bake.
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9. If your bread hasn't baked properly, it will...

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  1. Turn back into its original ingredients
  2. Turn into cupcakes
  3. Taste like vinegar
  4. Sink in the middle
Bread, like most other baked goods, sink when they have been cooked long enough.
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10. Madeleines are shaped like...

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  1. Ice cream cones
  2. Seashells
  3. Hearts
  4. Squirrels
These traditional French cakes are shaped like seashells. The English versions are shaped like small cylinders.
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11. Which dairy-filled delicacy do you see here?

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  1. Jelly-filled donut
  2. Corn cookie
  3. Hot milk sponge cake
  4. Chocolate fudge
A hot milk sponge cake is one that is made with heated milk. All the other ingredients of a normal sponge cake remain the same.
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12. In a ganache, you'll find cream and:

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  1. More cream
  2. Snow
  3. Chocolate
  4. Frosting
All one needs to make a ganache is some cream and chocolate (which is typically chopped).
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13. This purple flower not only smells good, but makes stuff taste good too:

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  1. Lavender
  2. Sorrel
  3. Paprika
  4. Bay leaf
Different parts of the lavender plant can be used in cooking, including the buds and the greens.
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14. What single-cell organism makes dough rise?

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  1. Fresh rain water
  2. Sugar
  3. Yeast
  4. Salt
Baker's yeast is a leavening agent: something that causes bread to rise.
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15. What "biscuity" name is given to rice paper?

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  1. Catnip paper
  2. Wafer paper
  3. Peppermint paper
  4. Curry paper
Wafer paper is an edible paper used commonly in baking. It is normally made with rice or potato flour.
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16. Uneven cakes could be the result of...

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  1. Uneven heating in the oven
  2. All of these things
  3. An oven that's way too hot
  4. A batter that hasn't been mixed properly
Uneven cakes can happen for a variety of reasons, including all of the ones previously listed -- most still taste great, though.
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17. No lumps allowed here! Which tool sifts flour?

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  1. Whisk
  2. Mixing bowls
  3. Mesh sieve
  4. Measuring spoons
Sieves, which are similar to strainers, are used to separate or break up big clumps of dry materials from or into fine ones.
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18. Bakers often use this spice or its extract in their dishes:

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  1. Nutmeg
  2. Lemon grass
  3. Vanilla
  4. Horseradish
Vanilla extract is made by washing and soaking ground vanilla beans in a mixture of water and alcohol.
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19. Powdered sugar is the same thing as...

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  1. Pepper
  2. Confectioner's sugar
  3. Salt
  4. Flour
The fineness of powdered sugar is achieved by milling granulated sugar.
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20. To make sure you have the right quantity of ingredients, use:

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  1. A grater
  2. A salad spinner
  3. A food scale
  4. Shears
Back in the day, food scales either came in spring models or balance scales.
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21. This style of pie crust is known as...

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  1. Fishtail braid
  2. Honeycomb
  3. Lattice
  4. Scored puff pastry
Lattice pies are made by cutting thin strips of dough and weaving them as you would fabric on top of the pie.
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22. Traditionally made with equal parts of every ingredient, every baker should master this cake:

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  1. Pound cake
  2. Pancake
  3. Waffle
  4. Sheet cake
The pound cake recipe is hundreds of years old. It requires one pound of each of its four ingredients: butter, eggs, sugar, flour.
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23. Flattening out cookie dough and puff pastry is done with what?

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  1. Garlic press
  2. Citrus juicer
  3. Bread knife
  4. Rolling pin
Specialty rolling pins, like textured ones, can put some cool prints onto pastries.
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24. Just what in the world is a Snickerdoodle?

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  1. A cookie
  2. A type of pizza
  3. A super fancy baking technique
  4. The name of a famous chef
Snickerdoodles are tasty cookies that have been rolled in sugar and cinnamon.
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25. This helps you scrape the last bit of batter right into the baking pan:

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  1. Knife sharpener
  2. Spatula
  3. Mixing bowl
  4. Blender
Spatulas are one of the most versatile kitchen tools you'll ever find. One of its uses is to help scrape out the last of the batter into a pan.
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26. Which of these fruity cakes is baked "the wrong way around"?

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  1. King cake
  2. Blondie
  3. Pineapple upside-down cake
  4. Swiss roll
Pineapple upside-down cakes are so named because they are baked upside-down. That is to say, its toppings are at the bottom.
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27. What fragile item is the main ingredient in a meringue?

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  1. Air from the north wind
  2. Egg whites
  3. Vanilla from Manila
  4. Duck feathers
There are three types of meringue: French, Swiss, and Italian. Their main ingredients are egg whites and sugar.
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28. What's the name of the flaky French treat that's shaped like a crescent?

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  1. Jell-O
  2. Pudding
  3. Apple pie
  4. Croissant
The word "croissant" is French for "crescent", which is the shape of the pastry.
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29. How would you score a pastry?

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  1. By cutting lines into it
  2. By weighing it to see if it's overweight
  3. By grading it anywhere from an A+ to an F
  4. By giving it one point
One of the reasons breads and pastries are scored is to control the direction they expand in.
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30. Named after a US state, this dessert is made with vanilla ice cream, flour, and unsweetened chocolate:

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  1. Baked Alaska
  2. Fortune cookie
  3. Key lime pie
  4. Cheesecake
A Baked Alaska was so named to honor the acquisition of the state from Russia. When being prepared, it combines hot and cold elements.
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31. This icing is "fit for a king" and used to hold gingerbread houses together:

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  1. Royal icing
  2. Buttercream
  3. Whipped cream
  4. Meringue
Royal icing used to be called "egg white icing". It was renamed when it was used to decorate Queen Victoria's wedding cake.
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32. Sometimes a baking pan needs to be greased. Use a:

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  1. Ladle
  2. Baking sheet
  3. Pastry brush
  4. Tongs
Pastry brushes are meant to spread butter, oil, and glazes on food or food holders.
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33. Made from the bark of a tree, this spice makes everything taste better:

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  1. Peppermint
  2. Mace
  3. Cinnamon
  4. Chives
Just like a hedgehog, sticks of cinnamon are called quills.
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34. What old-fashioned sweet treat is this?

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  1. Bubblegum
  2. Honey-baked apples
  3. Bonbons
  4. Lemon drops
Honey-baked apples are an old-fashioned favorite in which cored apples are drizzled with a brown sugar and honey mixture and baked for about 40 minutes.
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35. Which fruity kids' snack can be used as a fat substitute when baking?

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  1. Cranberry juice
  2. Oil
  3. Flour
  4. Applesauce
It may sound weird, but applesauce can be used to replace butter in many recipes. It should be unsweetened, though.
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36. Which dish can you create by mashing and baking a ripe, yellow fruit?

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  1. Molten chocolate cake
  2. Pound cake
  3. Carrot cake
  4. Banana bread
Banana bread is made in many different ways around the world. An Asian variation is a steamed banana cake.
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37. Are parfaits baked?

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  1. No
  2. Yes
Parfaits are one of the few desserts that do not need to be baked. They're just layers of fruit, yogurt, and granola.
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38. How do you flambé something?

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  1. By tossing it through a ring of fire
  2. By chanting the words "flambé" three times
  3. By dancing with it to flamenco music
  4. By pouring on alcohol and setting it aflame
Flambéing is a fancy and dangerous technique by which alcohol is burned off food.
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39. Why do bakers put flour on a board before kneading dough on it?

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  1. To protect it from the sun
  2. For good luck
  3. To prevent the dough from sticking
  4. For a "flowery" touch
The flour that is placed on a board helps the chef to use the dough without chunks sticking to it.
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40. Not only can this be used to shred cheese, but also butter. What is it?

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  1. Colander
  2. Potato masher
  3. Vegetable peeler
  4. Grater
Graters are most commonly used to shred cheese. But they can also be used to grate coconut, butter, zest, and more.
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41. What's the Italian cheese in tiramisu?

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  1. Blue cheese
  2. Cheddar
  3. Swiss
  4. Marscapone
Traditionally, the sweet, marscapone cheese is used in tiramisu.
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42. This tart, red fruit is in a Black Forest Cake:

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  1. Cherries
  2. Kiwis
  3. Oranges
  4. Limes
Not only are cherries placed on top of the cake as a garnish, but a cherry filling is also used on the inside.
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43. To melt chocolate, you should...

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  1. Make a s'more and eat everything but the chocolate
  2. Put it in a bowl over simmering water
  3. Ask Santa politely
  4. Drop it directly in the fire
Correctly melting chocolate involves placing it in a bowl over steam. This is done because it burns easily.
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44. What can you make with vanilla bean, cream of tartar, and sugar?

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  1. Candy corn
  2. Angel food cake
  3. Yule log
  4. Tea cake
Angel food cake originated in the USA and became popular in the 19th century. It is known for having a light and fluffy texture.
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45. Ask for a baker's dozen of cupcakes, and you'll receive what unlucky number?

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  1. 11
  2. 10
  3. 12
  4. 13
A law was passed in the 13th century which banned bakers from cheating customers. So to prevent getting in trouble, bakers would add a 13th loaf to offset potential shortfalls.
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46. Which nautical term describes poking tiny holes into pie crust?

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  1. Sauteeing
  2. Tickling
  3. Docking
  4. Stirring
Docking pastry is a simple technique where holes are poked in the dough, allowing steam to escape.
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47. This dessert sounds sweet and sticky. What is its name?

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  1. Angel wings
  2. Chocolate mousse
  3. Gelato
  4. Molasses bar
The molasses bar is such a celebrated classic that it has its own holiday. In the United States, it is celebrated on February 8th.
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48. Which dessert combines baking powder, cocoa, and whole milk?

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  1. Chocolate cake
  2. Tiramisu
  3. Brittle
  4. Marshmallow
Chocolate cake can be made in many different ways -- either with cocoa powder, melted chocolate, or some combination of the two.
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49. These help bakers measure just the right amount of wet and dry ingredients:

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  1. Measuring cups
  2. Whisks
  3. Shears
  4. Pizza cutters
The measuring cup was invented in 1896 by a woman named Fannie Farmer.
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50. Do you know what cream cheese dessert is baked with a water bath?

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  1. Sugar cookies
  2. Cotton candy
  3. Cheesecake
  4. Fondant
The steam from a water bath allows the cheesecake to rise slowly and evenly, reducing cracks.
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