Sunday, October 28, 2012

Baking Substitutions


Doncha just hate it when you run out of something when you're in the middle of baking?  

Since the holidays are fast approaching, I thought I'd share some substitutes
that I use often. 

I plan to make this a page at my blog after it's posted for a while, so be sure to refer back to it when you need to DIY. 


Mix 1 TB. cinnamon with 1- 1/2 tsp. ginger, 3/4 tsp. nutmeg, 3/4 tsp. allspice and 1/4 tsp. cloves.


Mix 1 tsp. cinnamon with 1/2 tsp. cloves and 1/2 tsp. nutmeg. 


Place 1 cup granulated sugar and 1 Tb. cornstarch in the blender; Blend on high continuously until the mixture is of uniform powdered consistency. Keep the lid on the blender until the powder settles.

For every cup of brown sugar needed, use 1 c. white sugar and 2 Tb. molasses. 

For one square of chocolate, melt 1 Tb. butter and add 3 Tb. baking cocoa. 
Stir until smooth. 

(sugar free option) 
{equivalent to 3-14-ozs.cans}
4 c. sugar or xylitol  (or Splenda)
1 (12 ozs) can evaporated milk
1 c. nonfat dry milk
6 Tb. butter or margarine, sliced

Put sugar in a blender or food processor, 1 cup at a time. Blend until fine. Repeat process with dry milk. Combine sugar, evaporated milk, dry milk and butter in large saucepan. Mix very well. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, (a whisk works best) until butter melts and sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and divide evenly into thirds, about 1-1/4 c. each. Refrigerate overnight before using to allow mixture to thicken. Keeps 2 weeks in the refrigerator and can be frozen up to 6 months. It may be a little grainy after thawing, but smooths out when mixed with other ingredients. Use fat free evaporated milk and omit butter for fat free results. 

Using splenda may produce less amount in the end result. 

DIY Baking Powder:
1/4 c. cream of tarter + 2 Tb. baking soda
Sift all of the ingredients together 3 times, and transfer to a clean, tight-sealing jar. Store away from sunlight, at room temperature, for up to 6 weeks. Use equal amounts as store purchased baking powder

DIY Buttermilk : Pour 1 TB. vinegar or lemon juice in 1 c. measuring cup. Fill with milk.  Let mixture stand for 5 minutes before using.

DIY Self Rising Flour:
For each cup of all-purpose flour, add 1-1/2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Mix to combine.

DIY Baking Mix (Bisquick):
6 c. all-purpose flour
3 Tb. baking powder
1 Tb. baking soda 

3  Tb. sugar
 2 tsp. salt 
1 c. shortening (like Crisco)

In large bowl, combine dry ingredients; cut in crisco with pastry blender until fine consistency. It should be a fine meal with no lumps. Store in a large plastic container with a tight fitting lid. Use as you would store-purchased bisquick in any recipe. 

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