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To bake is to cook food in prolonged dry heat in an oven, coal pit or hot sand. The prolonging allows for the heat to spread throughout the dish. This method is very similar to roast cooking.

Virtually every type of food can be baked but it is usually the exclusive method of choice for preparation of foods like bread, cookies, cake, pies and more. These foods usually use a raising agent to aerate the food to make it light and fluffy.