You were SO SURE you remembered to pick up eggs at the grocery store. How could you forget such a simple, staple grocery item? And now your plan to make banana bread or those cookies you’ve been craving just flew out the window.
Sometimes, we forget the little things that are actually not so little when it comes to having a successful baking day. Thankfully, there are handy and clever baking substitutions out there to help you in a pinch!
You Don’t Have: Eggs
But You Do Have: water, oil, and baking powder
The Solution: whisk together two tablespoons water, one teaspoon oil, and two teaspoons baking powder. Use this mixture in place for one egg.
You Don’t Have: Self-Rising Flour
You DO Have: All-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt
The Solution: combine 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 ½ tsp baking powder, ½ teaspoon of salt.
Yields: 1 cup self-rising flour.
You Don’t Have: Brown Sugar
You DO Have: white sugar and molasses
The Solution: Combine 1 cup white sugar and ¼ cup molasses.
Yields: 1 cup brown sugar substitute.
You Don’t Have: Half&Half Cream
You DO Have: milk and butter
The Solution: Combine 7/8 cups of milk with 1 tablespoon melted butter.
Yields: 1 cup half&half
You Don’t Have: Buttermilk
You DO Have: Milk, lemon juice, and buttermilk
The Solution: Add 1 Tbsp. lemon juice OR vinegar to a measuring cup. Fill with milk until it reaches 1 cup line.
Yields: 1 cup Buttermilk
You Don’t Have: Corn Syrup
You DO Have: sugar and water
The Solution: bring 1/3 cup water to a boil, add 1 ¼ cup white sugar and stir until syrupy
Yields: 1 cup corn syrup substitute
You Don’t Have: Vinegar
You DO Have: lemon juice, lime juice, or white wine
The Solution: If a recipe calls for a small amount of vinegar, such as 1 tsp, replace with lemon juice, lime juice, or white wine
You Don’t Have: Sour cream
You DO Have: Plain Greek yogurt
The Solution: Any amount of sour cream called for in a recipe can be replaced with plain Greek yogurt