Today's Friday FREAK OUT! is about not having the right ingredients for a recipe. Has that ever happened to you? You could swear you read the whole thing before you started cooking, but you're suddenly at step 13 and missing a key item. Never fear! Your handy guide to recipe substitutions is here!
Allspice (1 teas.): ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ ginger, & ¼ cloves
Baking Powder (1 teas.): ¼ teaspoon baking soda plus ½ teaspoon cream of tartar or ¼ teaspoon baking soda plus ½ cup buttermilk (decrease liquid in recipe by ½ cup)
Bread Crumbs: equivalent amount of cracker crumbs or ground oats
Brown Sugar (1 cup): ¾ cup granulated sugar plus ¼ cup of molasses
Buttermilk (1 cup): out of 1 cup of milk, replace 1 tablespoon with lemon juice
Cake Flour (1 cup): out of 1 cup of all-purpose flour, remove 2 tablespoons
Cocoa (1/4 cup): 1 square unsweetened chocolate
Corn Syrup (1 cup): ¼ cup white sugar plus 1/3 cup water or 1 cup honey
Egg: ¼ cup silken tofu pureed or 3 tablespoons mayonnaise or half a banana mashed with ½ teaspoon baking powder
Evaporated Milk (1 cup): 1 cup light cream
Lemon Juice (1 teas.): half a teaspoon of white wine vinegar
Heavy Cream (1 cup): 2/3 cup milk plus 1/3 cup melted butter (wow!)
Sour Cream (1 cup): 1 cup plain yogurt or 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar plus enough cream to make 1 cup or ¾ cup buttermilk mixed with 1/3 cup butter
If you would like a refrigerator magnet of these recipe substitutions, leave a comment for The Frugal Hostess, and she will make you one!