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Why can applesauce be used in place of oil?

In many recipes, mostly desserts, it is suggested that you can substitute oil with applesauce to reduce the fat content. But why applesauce? Is there something special about applesauce or are there ...
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Substituting white flour for maida in making Indian samosas

Indian recipes call for using Maida or All-purpose flour in making samosa. Disregarding for a second the difference between the two (as discussed in here - Difference between Maida and All purpose ...
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How to create a muffin recipe

I would like to experiment more with muffin recipes, but I don't want to stray too far and end up with inedible product. Are there basic parameters I should follow in creating my own muffin recipe? ...
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What difference does it make if I substitute low-fat milk for water in bread recipes?

I'd like to know whether is it possible to always substitute milk with water (or the other way around) in bread recipes and what difference does it make? For example, in the following recipe that I ...
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Adding/substituting non-flour ingredients in bread

I have a basic bread recipe that works well in my automatic breadmaker. The recipe is: 1 & 7/8 cup water 5 cups whole wheat flour 3 tbsp sugar 2 tbsp dry milk 2 tsp salt 4 tbsp vital wheat ...
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Other than gelatin what makes gummy bears chewy?

From previous experiences, every time I try to make gummy bears they are more springy than chewy like gummies are supposed to be. I have been wondering, other than gelatin, what makes gummy bears ...
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What is a yeast cake?

Kids and I are reading a book written in the 50's, and there's a recipe in the book that uses one "yeast cake"? What is a suitable replacement in dry yeast? The rest of the recipe (this is from ...
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Is there any substitute for saltpeter / sodium nitrate in corned beef brine?

I realize there is another question about corned beef from scratch, but the answers don't really cover my question. Many recipes for making your own corned beef still refer to the use of saltpeter ...
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Shortening substitutes for pan greasing

An answer to a question of mine suggests that a non-stick (bundt) pan plus the cake release will be enough. The suggested formula is 1 part vegetable oil, 1 part shortening and 1 part flour I ...
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What's a good substitute of onion for someone with an onion allergy?

I am an Allium lover with a strong allergy to all Alliums. It is technically a sensitivity as it isn't an instant reaction, but spending an hour in the bathroom because of one stray piece of red onion ...
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What substitution can I make for blonde cane sugar in macaroons?

I've found a beautiful (and simple!) looking recipe for coconut lime macaroons but it calls for blond cane sugar, which I haven't seen in any of my local supermarkets in the UK, nor have I ever used ...
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Is there an alternative to spreading flour when rolling the dough?

Today, when I was rolling the dough for my Podpłomyk, I noticed that I actually need to use quite a lot of flour to prevent the dough from sticking to the rolling pin and the board. Is there a way ...
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Sherry Wine vs Sherry Vinegar

Is sherry wine the same as sherry vinegar? My recipe calls for sherry vinegar and I currently have sherry cooking wine. Can I use it?
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Tabasco flavor without pain?

I love the strong flavor of buffalo wings, Tabasco, etc. Are capsaicinoids integral to this flavor, or can the "heat" be removed. I guess I'm not a fan of my mouth burning for considerable periods ...
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Is there a substitute for port wine in a dessert risotto?

I am looking for a substitute for port wine in a "dessert risotto" that I would like to make. It's not that I'm worried about the alcohol (I would actually prefer to use the port), I just can't ...
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Can sunflower or coconut oil be substituted for vegetable shortening in cake icing?

I was reading this recipe for cake icing and was wondering what would happen if I substituted sunflower oil or coconut oil (which is thicker and may better model the texture of the shortening) for ...
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Is white vinegar the same as White Wine vinegar?

Is white vinegar, aka the stuff just labelled as "vinegar" in the US and which I use for cleaning my kettle, the same as "White wine vinegar", which I have purchased on accident a time or two? If not, ...
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Substituting honey for sugar in bread

I want to make one of my favorite white bread sandwich loaves, but I'm out of sugar. What I do have is honey. How much honey should I use to replace 3 Tbs of granulated sugar? How much should I reduce ...
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What is a suitable Low carb rice alternative?

For the first time since i started dieting, I'm making a stir fry dish for dinner. Usually, I include white rice with the finished product to absorb some of the sauce and provide that fluffy texture. ...
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What can I use instead of annatto?

Annatto is a common spice in Mexican cookery, especially in the Yucatan. However, like many Mexican ingredients, it's hard to find in Europe. What can I use as a substitute to give the same colour and ...
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Crockpot recipes using soda pop

Can diet soda be substituted for regular soda in recipes such as BBQ ribs, pork roasts, etc? I do not know if different results will occur when heating diet pop for any length of time. I do know ...
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Some minor changes in recipe: Is it okay to use carrot marmalade instead of orange?

A recipe (Florentine Lace Cookies) calls for the following ingredients: 2 cups slivered almonds 3/4 cup heavy cream 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces 1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) ...
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What is a good vegetarian source of umami flavour?

I'm looking for a source of the umami flavour to add to various dishes. However, since I became vegetarian I can't think of a good source for the flavour. I used to use Worcestershire sauce, or Nam ...
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What are the categories of fish?

It seems like there are a few broad categories of fish, and I can easily substitute any fish of a given category for any other most of the time. The one I'm most familiar with is whitefish: a recipe ...
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Why do bread companies add sugar to bread? [duplicate]

I have a client who is on a sugar detox/diet. She can't eat any bread because all the bread companies added sugar. Why do bread companies add sugar to their breads?
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Using cueritos (Pork Rinds) for ground beef

Can I use cueritos as my fat to make burger? I usually use pork fat but my butcher was out today so I bought 2 pounds of this delicious stuff.
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Can I use cottage cheese instead of cream cheese when making a cheesecake?

If I can, would there be any difference in the measurements? For example if the recipe calls for 8 ounces of cream cheese, would it be the same amount of cottage?
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What’s a good alternative to rice wine vinegar?

I find it difficult to source rice wine vinegar for recipes. I can usually find “rice vinegar“, “rice wine”, and “white wine vinegar”, but not specifically “rice wine vinegar”. Can I use any of the ...
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Could coconut cream be used to create a non-dairy ganache for whipping?

A few days ago I made a batch of profiteroles and éclairs, with a minor twist: For half the profiteroles, instead of chantilly cream I used a whipped ganache made from about 2 parts dark or ...
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What can be substitution of maple syrup for pancakes? [closed]

I live in India and maple syrup isn't available in my town. I don't like honey over my pancakes. What could be the substitutes ? I think sweetened cream would be good. Also, having it with ice cream ...
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How can I make cookies without any sugar?

I'd like to try making some sugar-free cookies, which means no refined or "natural" sugar (honey, came syrup, etc.). I'll be trying to use stevia instead. The obvious problem is that sugar is very ...
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Ice Cream Sugar Substitutes - Applesauce?

Can I replace the sugar in ice cream with (very smooth) applesauce. I do not enjoy my desserts to be super sweet and I always have tons of homemade applesauce sitting in the fridge. How much would ...
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Fresh blueberries vs dried blueberries in a cookie recipe

Can fresh blueberries be used instead of dried blueberries for baking cookies? This is for a cookie recipe that calls for 1/2 cup dried blueberries.
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Is it okay to use aluminium foil instead of parchment paper while baking cookies?

I don't have access to parchment paper or even butter paper for that matter. I just read on a website that it'd be okay to use aluminium foil as long as I apply a coating of grease on it. And also ...
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Does Splenda caramelize?

Hey y'all - do any of you know if splenda caramelizes and melts like regular sugar? My parents are doing a low-carb, low-sugar diet and I'd love to surprise them with some diet-friendly hard candies. ...
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Can I always use butter instead of margarine when baking?

Some recipes says use butter or margarine, some say use butter and some say use margarine. My question is, can I always use butter or does margarine have some property that butter doesn't when baking? ...
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How would I susbtitute fresh spinach for frozen?

I have many recipes that call for frozen spinach but only have fresh spinach on hand. Suppose I have a recipe that calls for, say a 10 oz. package of frozen chopped spinach with the water squeezed ...
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Lemon dill sauce broke [duplicate]

When making a lemon dill sauce will limited ingredients due to Lenten restrictions, we found the sauce broke after simmering. The sauce was vegetable stock with lemon juice then thickened with a roux ...
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Can evaporated milk be converted to sweetened condensed?

(Not a duplicate of this question, I don't believe) If I have a recipe that calls for sweetened condensed milk but only have a can of evaporated milk, is there anything I can do to it to the ...
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Substitute yogurt powder for confectioners sugar when making royal icing

When making treats, I try to make them as appealing as possible and like to decorate them. I have been looking for an icing recipe that can be used for decoration that doesn't include sugar. Most of ...
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How to cook for a diabetic without making the other guests suffer

I'm looking to host a big dinner and want to make it as diabetic friendly as possible. I'm also looking to not make special diabetic friendly dishes that only 1 person gets. I want to make meals that ...
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In this recipe, what is a possible substitute for serrano pepper?

In this recipe, I enjoy the mix of spices: serrano, cilantro, mint, cinnamon... Next time we'll cook it, we won't have serrano available. What could be a substitute for it? Ideally this substitute ...
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Making (or substitute for) ricotta cheese?

Some of my favorite dishes call for ricotta cheese, be it anything from a lasagna to cannoli. Arguably, this is a very easy thing to find in the States (and presumably elsewhere), so I'd never thought ...
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Can I substitute a beef round rump roast for brisket?

I am making a slow cooker recipe that calls for beef brisket. Unfortunately, my grocery store only had obnoxiously large cuts of brisket so I just grabbed a reasonably sized beef round rump roast. In ...
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Replacement for file powder

File powder isn't sold locally. I know it is made from Sassafras leaves, but I don't recall ever seeing those locally either. What are my options for a something that is more common that I might use ...
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Substitution for baking soda?

I attempted to make pancakes this morning, only to discover that I was out of baking soda. I tried substituting baking powder, but it didn't work at all. The pancakes didn't bubble on the griddle, and ...
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What is the best way to convert recipes to gluten free, and how much xanthan gum is needed?

I am in the process of converting my boyfriend and myself to a gluten free regimen. I have had a lot of success with gluten free recipes, but I am now wanting to convert my previous recipes to gluten ...
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What can be used as a substitute for tomato sauce in typical italian dishes?

I have a friend that has developed an allergy or sensitivity of some kind to tomato sauce in foods. She has been craving pizza, pasta, and lasagna for a while now and I've been searching for a way to ...
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Could I substitute peanut butter in place of butter or crisco for cookies?

In the ever-present attempt to be healthier, I've started using peanut butter in place of crisco to keep the sugars together for my cookie dough snack (sans egg.) How would the same substitute hold ...
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Roasting pan substitute / roasting rack for pork shoulder?

I'm making pork shoulder, slow-roasted in the oven, but I don't have a roasting pan. I have a baking sheet, a glass casserole dish, a large, high-sided cast-iron skillet, and an enameled cast-iron ...