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Posted on Apr 16, 2017

Do You Know Your Baking Substitutions?

No buttermilk? No problem.

For each question, imagine you are missing one of these ingredients halfway through your recipe. What would you use to substitute it? Pick the best answer to swap your missing ingredient like a pro.

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  1. I need 1 cup of buttermilk.

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    To substitute buttermilk, use 1 tablespoon lemon juice with 1 cup whole milk.

    You can also use 1 tablespoon white vinegar with 1 cup whole milk. Learn other ways to substitute buttermilk here.

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  2. I need 1 cup of brown sugar.

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    To substitute brown sugar, use 2 tablespoons molasses with 1 cup white sugar.

    You technically CAN substitute with white sugar, but your baked goods won't be as moist or flavorful. Learn other ways to substitute brown sugar here.

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  3. I ran out of eggs.

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    For every egg, use ⅓ cup applesauce.

    You can also use ⅓ cup mashed bananas or three tablespoons ground flax for every egg. Learn even more ways to substitute eggs here.

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  4. I need ¾ teaspoon of baking powder.

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    To substitute baking powder, use ¼ teaspoon baking soda with ½ teaspoon cream of tartar.

    This creates a single-acting baking powder, so make sure to bake your batter right away! If you wait too long your pastries won't rise properly. Learn other ways to substitute baking powder here.

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  5. I need 1 cup of pastry flour.

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    To substitute pastry flour, use ½ cup AP flour with ½ cup cake flour.

    You can also use 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 1 cup AP flour. Your baked goods might come out a bit tougher, but it will do the job. Learn other ways to substitute pastry flour here.

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  6. I need 1 cup of powdered sugar.

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    To substitute powdered sugar, use 1½ cups white sugar with 1 tablespoon cornstarch pulsed in a food processor.

    Cornstarch is essential for making powdered sugar that does not dissolve. Learn other ways to substitute powdered sugar here.

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  7. I need 1 teaspoon of ground allspice.

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    To substitute allspice, use ½ teaspoon cinnamon with ½ teaspoon ground cloves with a pinch of ground nutmeg.

    Allspice is a unique flavor that can be mimicked with cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Learn other ways to substitute allspice here.

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  8. I ran out of canola oil.

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    To substitute canola oil, use ⅓ cup applesauce for every ½ cup canola oil.

    You can also try substituting with equal parts butter, Greek yogurt or mashed avocado. Learn other ways to substitute canola oil here.

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  9. I need 1 cup of plain  yogurt.

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    To substitute yogurt, use sour cream.

    You can also try substituting with crème fraiche, mashed bananas, or puréed pumpkin. Learn other ways to substitute yogurt here.

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  10. I need 1 cup of self-rising flour.

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    To substitute self-rising flour, use 1 cup AP flour with 1½ teaspoons baking powder with ½ teaspoon salt.

    Baking powder will lose its rising power over time, so make sure to label your homemade self-rising flour with a "use by" date and learn what self-rising flour is used for here.

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