I love to bake, so my home is always well equipped with all the ingredients and tools I need to make a great meal or dessert. But sometimes I get too comfortable with having everything that when I least expect it, I find myself baking and missing a key ingredient. These are the times when I want to pull my hair out because I’ve mixed practically all the recipe ingredients together and now I’m stuck. But over time, I’ve learned that there are a few substitutes I can use in place of my missing ingredients. Hooray!
- 1 tsp allspice = 1/2 tsp cinnamon + 1/2 ground cloves
- 1 tsp baking powder = 1/3 tsp baking soda + 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 cup unsalted butter = 1 cup shortening or 1 cup oil (if melted butter is called for in the recipe)
- 1 cup buttermilk = 1 tbsp lemon juice + enough milk to make 1 cup (allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes)
- 1/4 cup cocoa = 1 oz chocolate + decrease 1/2 tbsp oil or butter from the original recipe
- 1 egg = 2 tbsp mayonnaise
- 1 cup powdered sugar = 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup whole milk = 1 cup buttermilk + 1/2 tsp baking soda + decrease 2 tsp baking powder from the original recipe
- 1 cup plain yogurt = 1 cup buttermilk or 1 cup sour cream
The substitutes listed above are strictly for baking; I can only imagine what mess this could possibly create with regular stovetop recipes if I didn’t state that. Anyways, the next time you find yourself without a key ingredient, I hope you’ll find your baking solution here.
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