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No, ghee cannot be used in place of butter, because ghee is clarified. This removes the water from the butter, which is a key component of butter when used in baking. The water evaporating and creating steam pockets gives a lot of foods their fluffy texture. The removal of the water would create a lot of issues in getting your desserts to come out right, ...


The cooking snobs will say that butter is better, and even my fading taste buds can sometimes detect the difference. But much of the time you can make the substitute. BTW the reason for the 7/8 figure is that butter runs about 1/8 water. So you may have to use 7/8 cup of oil and 1-2 tablespoons of water. The biggest difference between solid fat and oil ...


You absolutely can. maximegir link has some great info and here is another link about common substitutions. Just make sure you don't use a one to one, 7/8 oil to 1 part butter like the link says is about right. Also, in my experience there is subtle difference and the dough wont be as thick. I say run with it!

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