'Oh Bother!' or Baking Substitutions
Has this ever happened to you? Fortunately, there are lots of substitutions for common baking ingredients. Here are a few ideas that might come in handy when you have an 'Oh Bother' moment:
Self-Rising Flour - 1 cup plain flour + 1/2 teaspoon baking powder + 1/4 teaspoon salt
Cake Flour - place 2 Tablespoons cornstarch (cornflour) into a measuring cup, add regular flour up to the 1 cup mark
Corn Meal (for cornbread) - polenta
Brown Sugar - 1 cup (200g) white sugar + 2 Tablespoons molasses
Baking Powder (1 teaspoon) - 1/4 teaspoon baking soda + 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar + 1/4 teaspoon cornstarch (cornflour)
Baking Chocolate (1 oz or 30g) - 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder + 1 Tablespoon butter, vegetable oil or shortening
Golden Syrup - Corn syrup
Treacle - light corn syrup
Sour Cream - thick plain yogurt
Buttermilk (1 cup) - 1 cup plain milk + 1 Tablespoon white vinegar OR 1 cup plain milk + 1 Tablespoon lemon juice (let the milk mixture sit for about 10-15 minutes before using) OR plain yogurt
Plain Yogurt - Sour cream OR buttermilk OR creme fraiche OR 1 cup heavy cream + 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
Of course, substitutions may result in a slightly different texture or taste but for most recipes they are adequate. In some cases, you may prefer them. As, you know from previous posts, I use my home made yogurt instead of buttermilk in lots of different recipes.
Do you know of a clever substitution or have you substituted an ingredient that has improved your recipes? Please let me know, leave a comment! I'd love to hear from you.