Weekly Hack: Emergency baking substitutions

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Baking at the cottage is fun…until you realize that you’re missing some key ingredient and boating to the marina grocery store is just way too much effort. Time for some emergency substitutions!

For 1 cup white sugar, use 1 cup packed brown sugar or 2 cups icing sugar

For 1 cup brown sugar, use 1 cup white sugar + 1 tbsp molasses

For 1 tsp baking powder, use ½ tsp cream of tartar + ¼ tsp baking soda

For 1 cup honey, use 1 ¼ cups sugar + ¼ cup water

For 1 cup half-and-half, use 1 tbsp melted butter + add enough whole milk to measure 1 cup

For 1 oz unsweetened chocolate, use 3 tbsp baking cocoa + 1 tbsp canola oil

For 1 cup whipping cream, use ¾ cup whole milk + 1/3 cup butter (this only works for baking—it won’t give you whipped cream)

No lemon juice? Use cider vinegar. No molasses? Use honey. No sour cream? Use plain yogurt. And only people who love buttermilk should buy a whole litre of buttermilk. Combine 1 tbsp white vinegar or lemon juice with enough regular milk to make 1 cup. Stir, then let stand for 5 minutes before using.


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