Help, I’m out of… Baking Substitutions

I’ve been fascinated lately with baking substitutions.  And sprouting wheat berries.  And making water kefir.  Maybe I would enjoy a nutrition class from  Hmm…

The holidays generally means lots more baking!  It’s easy to run out of things in the midst of baking and that’s definitely an inopportune time for a run to the store (or even the neighbors’!)  I’ve put together a list of common things I tend to run out of, and some easy substitutions, some of which are even healthier than the originals!   Please feel free to add your own favorite baking substitutions in the comments to help round out the list!

Ingredient Amount Substitution
 Arrowroot Starch  1 teaspoon  Cornstarch
 Buttermilk 1 cup 1c milk & 1 Tb lemon juice or white vinegar OR 1 cup yogurt
 Chocolate (unsweetened) 1 oz 3 TB cocoa powder & 1 TB veg oil
Corn Syrup 1 cup 1 cup honey
Cream (heavy) 1 cup 3/4c milk & 1/3c butter
Cream of Tarter 1 teaspoon 2 teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar
 Crème fraiche 1 cup 1 cup heavy cream & 1 Tb yogurt.  Let stand for 6 hours at room temp.
 Egg 1 1 TB ground flaxseed & 3TB water OR 3 Tb mayo OR half a banana mashed with 1/2t baking powder
 Evaporated Milk 1 cup 1 c light cream
 Lemon Juice 1 teaspoon 1/2 t vinegar
 Sugar (white) 1 cup 3/4 c honey
 Sugar (brown) 1 cup 1  c white sugar & 1/4 molasses, decrease liquid in recipe by 1/4 c
Vegetable Oil 1 cup 1 c applesauce or 3c ground flaxseed

(Thanks to Hodgson Mill and All Recipes for help with the substitutions!)
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    • Sarah

      That’s great to know, Melinda! I’ve just been skipping over recipes that have shortening in them and am excited to have a substitute!