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Smart Substitutions: Baking

  1. AK Home Cooking SolutionsRun out of baking powder?  Combine 1/4 teaspoon baking soda with 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar.

  2. Cornstarch is often used as a thickener for fruit cobbler and pie fillings. If you don't have it, all-purpose flour or quick-cooking tapioca may be used. For each tablespoon of cornstarch called for in the recipe, use 2 tablespoons flour or tapioca.

  3. To add a little more fiber to baked goods, it's fine to replace up to one-third of the white all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour. (For example, if a recipe calls for 3 cups all-purpose flour, use up to 1 cup whole wheat flour.)

  4. To add interesting flavor to French toast or sweet breakfast casseroles, substitute 1/4 cup orange juice for 1/4 cup of the milk used to make the soaking liquid for the bread.

  5. If you're out of unsweetened baking chocolate, use 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil for a 1-ounce square of chocolate.

  6. If you have a cupboard full of spices, there's no need to buy a special container of pumpkin pie spice. Use 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, � teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves for 1 teaspoon pie spice.

  7. No need to buy apple pie spice for a recipe. Instead, for each teaspoon of pie spice called for, substitute 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves.

  8. Make your own self-rising flour by blending 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour with 1� teaspoons baking powder and 1/8 teaspoon salt.

  9. Use 1 to 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract to flavor recipes calling for a whole vanilla bean.

  10. Some cake recipes call for cake flour. If you don't have it on hand, blend 1 cup minus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour with 3 tablespoons cornstarch. The cake won't be quite as tender as it would be with cake flour, but it'll come close.

  11. Many old-fashioned pie recipes use lard in the crust, making it super-flaky and crisp. An equal amount of vegetable shortening makes a fine substitute, or half shortening, half butter.

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