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Chocolate Cream Pie using coconut cream or Coconut milk?

Can I substitute coconut milk or coconut cream for milk in a chocolate cream pie?
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Substituting fresh shitake mushrooms for dried

My question is exactly the reverse of this one: Substituting Dried Shiitake Mushrooms for Fresh I have a recipe for vegetarian gravy which calls for 8 dried shitake mushrooms, but I only have fresh ...
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How to avoid fluffy pumpkin pie [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I make my pumpkin pie thicker? The pumpkin pie of my childhood was very dense, not like almost all pies I find today. I have tried a few recipes that claim to ...
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What would cause heartburn in marinara sauce?

So there's this pizza place in Rhode Island which makes some of the best pizza I've ever had. I tend to order the "plain" pizza, which is just sauce. It's that kind of pizza where the sauce is thick ...
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Is there a basic, universal recipe for cupcakes?

Does anyone know of a "basic, universal recipe" for cupcakes? I would like to find a cupcake recipe that will use the same basic ingredients with variations to change the flavor or add ingredients ...
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Can I replace milk with eggs in recipes?

I have had to go dairy and soy free because I'm breastfeeding and my little one gets really bad colic if I have products with milk or soy. I would like to know if I can use eggs (mixed with a little ...
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Tiramisu mixture not firm

I have tried to make Tiramisu chocolate mousse from this video many times. The chocolate mixture turns out great. With the egg yolks I add grape juice instead of wine and soft cheese instead of ...
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Can you make whipped cream with half and half?

Can you make whipped cream with half and half? If you can, what, if anything, do you have to do differently?
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Can I substitute baking soda for kansui powder?

Related: What does kansui do to dough in noodle making? I'm looking to make my own 拉面-style noodles. I've read up a lot about kansui and making your own kansui with a powder mix of sodium and ...
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Substituting oil in baking?

I have a cake recipe which calls for 1 1/3 cup of vegetable oil. What are the essential properties of vegetable oil in baking? What changes would be expected if I were to substitute peanut or canola ...
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Substitute for Kirsch in Leckerli (Basel Lackerli) cookies?

With the U.S. holiday season soon upon us, I've been anxious to start making my annual batches of Leckerli cookies (a Swiss cookie, flavored with cloves and candied citrus!). However, disaster has ...
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Cooking a chicken and vegetable curry using a curry paste

Can I substitute green Harissa paste for Thai green curry paste in a chicken curry and in what proportions?
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What is the best substitute for Provolone?

Having recently bought the Frankies Spuntino Cookbook I want to have a go at making braciola. The recipe calls for pork steaks to be stuffed with pecorino romano and provolone. However, in the UK ...
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What is a substitute for half-and-half cream?

I need to know if there is a substitute for half-and-half (~10%) cream because I am baking a cake without it and I am allergic to it.
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What is the correct ratio to make self-rising flour?

I have a recipe that I've used a couple of times that asks for self-rising flour. Unfortunately, I only have regular AP flour where I am right now. I know self-rising flour is a mixture of AP flour ...
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A substitute for carrageenan?

We are trying to make nondairy cheese. The recipe calls for Carrageenan and we have arrowroot. How much arrowroot should we use in lieu of the carrageenan?
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Replacing agar-agar with gelatin

I'm not able to purchase agar-agar (yet), so is there a rule for replacing the quantity? I've seen a recipe with 0,5 spoon of agar-agar for 1 spoon of gelatin. Is that the usual proportion? ...
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Softening ice cream with guar gum

I have several ice cream recipes that I'm generally happy with (texture is good and all). However, I'd like to make a less sweet, less rich version of some of them. How much guar gum would I expect ...
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What can substitute Korean malt syrup? [closed]

I cooked this receipe Korean Grilled Chicken which was delicious. I replaced the Korean malt syrup with corn syrup, but I am not sure about this switch. What is a good substitute for it? I couldn't ...
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Can I substitute 70% chocolate for unsweetened chocolate in a cake recipe?

This is a recipe for a dark chocolate cake. It calls for 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate. But I made a mistake and bought the 70%. The recipe also calls for 1.25 cups sugar. I don't want it to be too ...
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Can regular sugar be substituted for maple sugar?

I found a cake recipe that wants maple sugar in it, but I don't have maple sugar. Can regular sugar be substituted?
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Can agar-agar be used in fondant icing in place of gelatin?

Can china grass (agar-agar) be used as a substitute to gelatin in fondant cake icing?
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What can I do to “ fresh cream” to substitute “double cream”?

Here in NZ you can buy "cream". It does not even say "single" or "double" or "whipping". I do know however it can be whipped in to a nice thick cream. Lots of recipes/sauces call for "double cream" ...
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Whats a good light or fat free substitution for sour cream?

The normal sour cream tastes good while the light or fat free does not taste good at all. Are there any brands that taste nearly as good as original?
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How to substitute chicken broth in a vegetarian soup?

I'm making minestrone soup (for the first time) and, on reading the recipe, it calls for chicken broth. Normally this is no problem, but my vegetarian brother is visiting this weekend and I was going ...
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How to substitute unsweetened baker's chocolate for powdered cocoa

My friend would like to make a chocolate cake using this recipe: HERSHEY'S "PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE" Chocolate Cake They'd like to use baker's chocolate squares in place of the powdered cocoa. Is this ...
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What would be an appropriate gluten-free substitute for breadcrumbs?

I would like to make a gluten-free eggplant parmigiana, and there are a couple of ingredients that I realize I will need to substitute. The basic idea is eggplant sliced, dredged in flour, dipped in ...
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Is it possible to subsititute nutella for peanut butter?

Beyond the obvious differences in flavor, do these two tend to be interchangable? The consistencies and composition seem close enough to me to make an acceptable substitute, but is it likely to give ...
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Meringue seems to fail at piping stage

I tried making meringues for the first time yesterday, using splenda instead of sugar. I didn't have any cream of tartar either. I definitely overbeat them, to the clumpy and a bit runny phase. I ...
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How do I substitute skim milk for dry milk in a muffin recipe?

My muffin recipe calls for 1 1/3 cups of nonfat dry milk. Other than the 4 eggs, there is no other liquid. How much skim milk would I substitute for the dry milk?
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What can I use as an alternative sweetener for smoothies?

I make fruit smoothies often, and started off adding sugar. I'm looking for a more "natural" sweetener though. I know I can use honey, but it adds a distinct taste that I'd like to avoid. I've tried ...
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Can I substitute Ener-G Egg Replacer with Orgran No Egg?

I'm interested in hearing any success (or woeful failure) stories on the behavioural differences between these two products. I've only found Orgran No Egg available for sale in my city, so my fingers ...
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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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Grapefruit recipe substitute to avoid medicine interaction?

A good friend just underwent a kidney transplant and the anti-rejection drugs are known to interact with grapefruit, so while he is of course incredibly grateful for his new kidney, he is a little sad ...
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Can I substitute duck breast for leg?

I managed to pick up a couple of duck breasts that were on offer. I had a nice meal recently that included duck breast served on duck hash. The recipe for this meal involves jointing a whole duck, ...
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What can I use to replace the tomato juice in gazpacho?

I'm trying to find cold alternatives to hot soup. A friend pointed me to gazpacho. I tried that, and we really liked it. However, I will be cooking for someone who does not eat cooked tomatoes ...
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Lard(or other) as a subsitute for butter in desserts for someone with a dairy allergy?

My wife is currently unable to consume any dairy as our breast-fed baby has a milk protein allergy. When reading many dessert recipes, many of them call for butter. For example: ...
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Cooking Chemistry: lemon juice/soymilk buttermilk substitute turning bitter and 'rising'

I made a soup recipe the other night (mainly potato, spinach, and veggie broth) that called for buttermilk. I substituted soymilk and lemon juice, reading online that that was a good substitution for ...
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When can artificial vanilla extract be used in place of real vanilla extract?

There's another question about the difference between artificial and real vanilla extract, saying people can tell the difference, but perhaps not in baked goods. The labeling can also be confusing. ...
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What would be a good substitute for coconut milk in curry sauces?

Specifically, if I work from a started paste that require adding coconut milk, what would be a good substitute?
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Are there alternatives to okra as a thickening agent?

I had a go at making a gumbo last week, and it went really well. The only problem was that the okra proved to be fairly difficult to source (after several supermarkets and groceries, we managed to ...
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What is ground red pepper?

I have the 75th anniversary edition of Joy of Cooking. I've now come across two recipes that call for "ground red pepper" (enchiladas and a dry rub). I've never heard of ground red pepper before and ...
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Is ginger a good substitute for galangal in Thai green curry?

Is fresh ginger a good substitute for galangal in a Thai Green curry? (I cannot get fresh galangal here anywhere) Would I use less or more ginger than galangal quantity?
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Is it possible to create this low calorie high fiber brownies?

I have been looking at some of the low calorie brownie options online and have not found one I can sink my teeth into, without worrying about my hips. So I decided to think up a whole new recipe of my ...
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Substitute rabbit in chicken recipes?

After reading through the cookbook thread from front to back, I bought a couple of the recommended works, including How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman. I went straight to the index to look up what ...
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What is the closest substitute for the cheese in urnebes?

Urnebes is a Serbian salad that contains cheese. Searching for recipes for said salad, I noticed that there are a lot of difference in the chosen cheese. Some say feta, some say cottage cheese, some ...
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What can be used as an alternative for Applesauce?

This banana bread recipe calls for applesauce and it's not something that's available at the stores here. Will it be okay if I just leave it out or can I use any other common ingredient to replicate ...
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Best substitute for Gin

There are a huge number of cocktail recipes that, being allergic to juniper, I've never been able to try because they contain gin. I know that juniper is a fairly distinctive flavor and gin won't be ...
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Can you use just egg yolks when recipe asks for eggs?

Having just made a batch of meringues,I am now left with lots of egg yolks, can I use them in recipes that ask for "eggs" i.e cakes and tray bakes. Is the white of the egg needed in the baking process ...
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Turkey bacon a good stand-in for bacon?

On a kosher diet, I can't eat bacon. Someone who knows this recommended turkey bacon as a close substitute. Is it really? That is, does turkey bacon truly have the taste and texture of bacon? Is there ...