Recipe Emergencies

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Recipe Emergencies

We have all done it. Plunged head first into making a recipe and then realized we did not have an ingredient we needed to complete the dish.  I get asked about “recipe emergencies” a lot, and since I am already starting to think about all the holiday cooking and baking ahead, I thought it might be nice to share some of these common ingredient substitutions.

Recipe Calls For:                                                                Substitute:

Almond Meal (1 Cup)                         1 cup sliced almonds and 1 Tbsp. sugar ground fine in a food processor

Arrowroot (1 Tbsp)                             1 Tbsp. cornstarch or 2 Tbsp. all purpose flour

Baking Powder – Dbl. acting (1 Tsp)  ½ Tsp. cream of tartar plus ¼ Tsp. baking soda plus ¼ Tsp. cornstarch

Breadcrumbs (1 Cup)                          1 cup crushed crackers, cornflakes or potato chips

Buttermilk (1 Cup)                              1 Tbsp. lemon juice or white vinegar plus enough milk to make 1 cup

Cake Flour (1 Cup)                              ¾ cup all purpose flour and 2 Tbsp. cornstarch

Chocolate (unsweetened 1 ounce)     3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 Tbsp. cooking oil or melted shortening

Cornstarch (1 Tbsp)                            2 Tbsp. all purpose flour

Corn Syrup (1 Cup)                              ¼ cup water and 1 cup sugar

Crème Fraiche (1 Cup)                       1 cup sour cream

Half and Half (1 Cup)                          1 Tbsp. melted butter plus enough whole milk to make 1 cup

Honey (1 Cup)                                     1 ¼ cups sugar plus ¼ cup water

Lemon Juice (1 Tsp)                            ½ Tsp. white vinegar

Sour Cream (1 Cup)                            1 cup plain yogurt (you can use Greek yogurt as well) or 1 cup Crème Fraiche

Self-Rising Flour (1 Cup)                     1 cup all purpose flour plus 1 Tsp. baking powder, ½ Tsp. salt and ¼ Tsp. baking soda

Molasses (1 Cup)                                1 cup honey

Whole Milk (1 Cup)                             ½ cup evaporated milk, plus ½ cup water

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