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bake up

To bake something. I decided to bake up a fresh batch of brownies for my daughter's birthday party this afternoon.
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bake up a storm

To bake a large amount of something with great vigor and/or enthusiasm. Sometimes, when I'm really stressed out, I go into the kitchen and bake up a storm to focus my attention on something positive.
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from scratch

Entirely without the aid of something that is already prepared or in existence. Refers to making something, usually food, from the raw or base ingredients or components, rather than those that have been preassembled or already partially completed. She doesn't have time to make cupcakes from scratch, so I'm sure they're from a box. My template got deleted so now I have to craft the whole report from scratch. If you want some real from scratch cooking, try Jesse's Café—it's as close to homemade as it gets.
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*from scratch

Fig. [making something] by starting from the beginning with the basic ingredients. (*Typically: bake something ~; do something ~; make something ~; Start (something) ~.) We made the cake from scratch, using no prepared ingredients. I didn't have a ladder, so I made one from scratch.
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from scratch

From the very beginning, from the outset; from nothing. For example, I knew we'd have a problem from scratch. Similarly, to start from scratch means "to start from the very beginning," as in After the business failed, they decided to reorganize and start from scratch. This term comes from racing, where a competitor starts from the line scratched into the ground (whereas others may start ahead with a handicap). [Mid-1800s] Also see from the ground up; from the word go.
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from scratch

COMMON If you do something or start something from scratch, you create something completely new, rather than adding to something that already exists. She set up the whole project from scratch. He would rather start again from scratch with new rules, new members, and a new electoral system. The Mlawa factory was one of the first in Poland to be built from scratch by a western investor. Note: In the past, the starting line for races was often a line scratched in the earth.
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from scratch

from the very beginning, especially without utilizing or relying on any previous work for assistance.
In certain sports, the scratch was originally the line or mark drawn to indicate the point from which competitors had to start a race unless they had been awarded an advantage and were able to start ahead of this line. So, a competitor starting from scratch would start from a position without any advantage. The expression up to scratch (see below) also comes from this sense of the noun scratch : a competitor who was up to scratch was of a good enough standard to start a race.
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bake the tube steak

tv. to copulate. Bobby was set to bake the tube steak last night, but he failed to preheat the oven.
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from scratch

From the very beginning.
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1 THE Great British Bake Off returned to Channel 4 on Tuesday with judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith looking for a new champ to impress them with their biscuits, cakes, patisserie and pies.
Bake Off returns on Tuesday August 27 on Channel 4 - with Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig hosting proceedings.
Learning to bake this festive season will come in handy in helping you create a delicious dessert menu.
Stand out from the crowd with Cone Bakes and profit from a hassle-free and flexible snack opportunity that is sure to help fill the till.
It contains recipes from judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, as well as from this year's Bake Off hopefuls and past contestants.
What is your signature bake? I love to make marshmallows.
Steven, 34, from Hertfordshire He cooks and bakes all of his own food and has lost an impressive five stone thanks to his own home-cooking.
Nadiya says: "I'm delighted to be joining Junior Bake Off as a judge.
He has published two books - John Whaite Bakes At Home and Perfect Plates In 5 Ingredients - writes for the Telegraph, and is resident chef on ITV's Lorraine.
Other key findings of the biannual report were that one in four respondents describe themselves as regular bakers, saying that they bake at least once a week, with more than half (56 percent) baking twice monthly or more; 38 percent said they preferred to bake from scratch, while 37 percent tweak existing mixes and just 26 percent used a mix or ready-to-bake product without embellishments; and cookies were the most often baked treat, cited by 82 percent of respondents, with cakes, brownies and cupcakes all posting double-digit rises in popularity.
She already knows what ingredients she needs and her oven bakes 12 pies at a time.