Some of these sound flat-out useless at first glance. A replacement for brown sugar? Don’t be ridiculous, why would I ever need that?
If you’re anything like me and are too lazy to actually check that you have all the ingredients before you start baking. Halfway through, you realize that you’re missing pretty important stuff, which is why it’s great to have a list like this to pull out of your toolbox.
Let’s not waste any time!
- Sour Cream – More than half of the time I bake a recipe involving sour cream, I just use equal parts unsweetened plain yogurt in replacement. It’s never altered the taste at all. Some other replacements include (for every cup of sour cream) 3/4 cup buttermilk + 1/3 cup melted butter or 1 tablespoon lemon juice/vinegar + enough milk to equal a cup.
For the second one, make sure to let the milk+acid settle for about 5-10 minutes, making it thick and creamy and gorgeous.
- Brown sugar – Again, this one sounds a bit worthless, but hang in with me here. Yesterday, I was off to bake a batch of my favorite peanut butter cookies and realized halfway through (good timing, huh?) that we had no more brown sugar. But I was easily able to substitute and the cookies turned out no different than usual!
Substitute brown sugar with equal parts white sugar and a bit of honey. It isn’t an exact science for someone like me – for a cup of brown sugar, I just did a cup white sugar + a few tablespoons (2? 3?) of honey.
- Corn syrup – Who wants that stuff floating around their home? Substitute 1 cup corn syrup with 1 +1/4 cup white sugar + 1/3 cup water. Alternatively, just use 1 cup of honey.
That makes your life a little easier, and honey is known for its antibacterial properties. But don’t take my word for it, and definitely, definitely do not start using that as an excuse for your odd habit of slurping it by the spoonful. (did that sound a little too paranoid?)
- Honey – Hey, if honey isn’t in your cupboard right now, don’t substitute for it! Go out and buy you some of that golden, good stuff!
Sorry. I’m kind of a honey advocate, if that makes any sense.
Yeah, no, it doesn’t.
But if you’re not into all that, here are some reliable substitutions (for one cup of honey): 3/4 cup maple syrup +1/2 cup granulated white sugar, 1+ 1/4 cups granulated white or brown sugar + 1/4 cup additional liquid in recipe + 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar. But seriously, go get some local honey right now.
So there you have it! 4 great reasons you can still make that batch of peanut butter cookies tonight without a run to the grocery store. Enjoy.
Happy official start of summer! My school year just ended last week and I couldn’t be happier. What are your plans this summer?