Wednesday, October 21, 2015


I will be giving a few more substitutions for everyday baking/cooking today.
I hope these help you out when you are in a pinch sometime.

* CAKE FLOUR - use 1 cup ALL PURPOSE flour minus 2 Tbsp.

*SELF RISING CAKE FLOUR - 1 cup cake flour and add 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder and 1/2 tsp. salt

*  BASIC SELF RISING flour - 1 cup ALL PURPOSE flour 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder and 1/2 tsp. salt as above

*BAKING POWDER - 1 tsp. baking soda, 2 tsp. cream of tartar, and 1 tsp. corn starch = 1 Tbsp. baking powder

*Use 3 Tbsp. of mayo in place of 1 egg
*Use 1/2 mashed banana w 1/2 tsp. baking powder in place of 1 egg

*Mix 1/4 cup filtered water and 2 Tbsp. of flax seed in a pan on medium heat.  Heat for about 10 minutes.  Strain and the water will be gel like and is equivalent to 2 eggs

*Replace half of oil in baking with smashed applesauce (reduces fat content)

*1 clove of garlic = 1/8 tsp. garlic powder OR 1/2 tsp. granulated garlic

*CREAM CHEESE FOR BAKING - Use the amount you need of FULL FAT cottage cheese blended in a  blender till smooth.  It will not make your recipe taste like cottage cheese.
Cottage cheese is also great in place of expensive cheese in lasagna. (I don't like cottage cheese - but this is how I always make lasagna)

*CREAM CHEESE FOR DIP - place plain Greek yogurt over a cheese cloth and drain for 24 - 36 hours in or out of frig.  To refrigerate for later use, wrap it tightly in wax paper.  It will be a bit tangier than regular cream cheese.  Add herbs as you would with regular cream cheese for dips.

*CARAMEL - Place 1 can of sweetened condensed ilk (label removed and unopened) on its side in a large pot of water.  Water should be at least 1" over the can.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium boil and heat for 3 hours, adding water when needed.  Cool before opening.  It looks and tastes like caramel!!
* CARAMEL - do the same thing, except in a slow cooker on low for 8 - 10 hours.

I hope I have given you a few ideas that you can use.  I know I am always looking for a different way to do things.
Do you have any substitutions that you use - that we could all benefit from?  PLEASE let us know!

Have a great day!


  1. My favorite substitution is the one for baking powder. A word of caution though, cut the salt in the recipe if you use this one.

    I use the whey from yogurt often for the dairy in a recipe.