Substitutions

Savvy Substitutions for Nutritious Baking

Flour

Use whole wheat flour to replace half of the all-purpose flour called for in cookie, muffin, quick bread, scone, pancake and waffle recipes.

Or

Use rolled oats (not instant) to replace one third of the all-purpose flour in cookie, muffin, quick bread, scone, pancake and waffle recipes.

Oil

Use cooked, pureed pumpkin or sweet potatoes to replace all but 1 tablespoon of the oil called for in boxed chocolate or devil’s food cake mixes. Bake times will increase by 5-10 minutes.

Use unsweetened applesauce to replace all but 1 tablespoon of the oil called for in any boxed cake mix.

Use apple and blueberry baby food to replace all but 1 tablespoon of the oil called for in boxed brownie mixes.

Savvy Substitutions for Cooking and Baking

Don’t you hate it when you’re all set to make something and then realize you don’t have one of the required ingredients? Ahhh!

Fortunately, there are some tricks and substitutions you can turn to when you’re in this fix. Try one of the following (from me and Wikibooks) or recommend one of your own.

Baking Powder
A mixture of 2 parts cream of tartar to 1 part baking soda as a substitute for baking powder.

Buttermilk
1 cup = 1 cup plain yogurt OR 1 cup milk (cow’s or soy) + 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice; allow to stand for at least 5 minutes before using

Eggs (for baking only)
1 egg = 2 tablespoons liquid + 2 tablespoons flour + 1/2 tablespoon shortening + 1/2 teaspoon baking powder OR 1 tablespoon cornstarch + 3 tablespoons water OR 3 tablespoons mayonnaise

Cake Flour
1 cup = 1 cup sifted all purpose flour minus 2 tablespoons OR 3/4 cup sifted all purpose flour + 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Self-rising Flour
1 cup = 1 cup flour + 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda + 1/2 teaspoon salt

Molasses
1 cup = 3/4 cup dark-brown sugar + 1/4 cup water

Light Brown Sugar
1 cup = 1 cup white sugar + 1 tablespoon molasses

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