Baking Hacks for Missing Ingredients
Most of us have been there at one point. You're ready to make that cake recipe you set aside, you open your fridge, and you realize there are no eggs. Guess that means the whole thing is for naught, right? Luckily, no. There are many ways around missing ingredients, and most of them are everyday foods. If you're missing something for a recipe or you're just looking for substitutions, here are a few baking hacks.
Baking powder is essential in several cookie and cake recipes. Unfortunately, it isn't something you always think to buy. If you require baking powder, you can substitute it with a combination of baking soda and cream of tartar and/or baking soda with buttermilk.
Eggs are a useful binding agent that also help keep mixtures moist. If you find yourself without any eggs, replace them with unsweetened applesauce, 1/4 cup for every one egg. If all you have is sweet applesauce, cut down on the amount of sugar in the rest of the recipe.
I assume you know what this flour is used for. Once again, it isn't something that anyone might have in their pantry unless you happen to be an avid baker. If you are pressed for time and don't have cake flour, combine all-purpose flour and cornstarch together. One cup of all-purpose flour with tablespoons of cornstarch usually does the trick.
Almost everyone who bakes has this item, but I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt. Use spare vanilla bean or other extracts such as almond to bring that sweet note into your mix. Cut the amount in half, and voila.
There's no perfect substitute for the flavor of honey, but you can mimic its sweetness. Combine granulated white sugar with maple syrup for a textural similarity. Otherwise, you can use granulated brown sugar and add more of one of the liquid elements in your mix.If you need a rescue for your recipe, here are a few ideas. Thankfully, with the many variations in diets that we now have, there are many blogs and websites out there which offer great substitutions to suit your needs.