By Kelly Bogard

Thanksgiving’s coming. Let the baking begin!

Try as I might to get everything on my grocery list for each recipe, I always forget something.

That’s why I love a good substitute. Having an understanding of alternatives is a great way to ensure your recipes still come together—even when you find a key ingredient missing.

Here are a few that are perfect for baking.

Baking Powder (1 tsp.):
1/2 tsp. baking soda and 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar.

Brown Sugar (1 C.):
1 C. granulated sugar and 1/2 tsp. honey or molasses.

Buttermilk (1 C.):
1 Tbsp. vinegar or lemon juice mixed with 1 C. milk. Let stand for five minutes and then add to recipe.

Corn Syrup (1 C.):
1 C. granulated sugar mixed with 1/4 C. water. Boil to dissolve sugar and then cool.

1/4 C. unsweetened applesauce or 1/4 C. bananas, mashed, per egg needed. Don’t use this if you need more than two eggs, though.

Self-Rising Flour (1 C.):
1 C. all-purpose flour mixed with 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder and 1/2 tsp. salt.

Sour Cream:
Plain yogurt and sour cream are interchangeable in most baking recipes.

Unsweetened Chocolate (1 oz.):
3 Tbsp. cocoa powder mixed with 1 Tbsp. melted butter.

By having some of these staples on hand, you are likely to be able to avoid a baking emergency. And an extra trip to the grocery store. Happy baking and from all of us at Texas Table Top, enjoy!

Kelly Bogard

Food Editor

Kelly Bogard is the official Texas Table Top food editor, chef, food stylist/photographer and more. When she’s not busy cooking up a delicious recipe for Texas Table Top, she and her husband “D” are busy trying to keep up with their daughter “Butters” and enjoy anything outdoors

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