A post on baking basics – Flours and their substitutes!
A simple post on baking basics. Some of the common flour and substitutes used in baking. I will add more to the list soon. Also please tell me if you are looking for a specific one and I will add it. Sometimes it just difficult to remember it off hand that what all might be needed.
Cake Flour – 7/8 cup all-purpose flour plus 2 tbsp cornstarch (sift it 3-4 times) = 1 cup cake flour.
Self Raising Flour – 1 cup maida + 1tsp baking powder + 1/2 tsp salt sifted together twice – 1 cup self raising flour.
Butter Milk – 1 tbsp white vinegar or lemon juice with 1 cup milk, let stand 5 minutes.
Strong Bread Flour – 1 cup flour + 1 tbsp edible gluten = 1 cup strong bread flour.
Sour Cream – 1 cup yoghurt + 1tsp baking soda – 1 cup sour cream.
Half and Half Cream – 3/4 cup whole milk plus +1/4 cup heavy cream+ 1 tsp butter = 1 cup half and half cream.
Evaporated Milk 1 cup nonfat dry milk powder + 3/4 cup lukewarm water = 1 cup evaporated milk.
My Era says
Thank you for sharing these 🙂
Neha Seth says
substitute of eggs? I use curd.
Also for 1 cup Buttermilk- I use 3/4 curd + 1/4 milk.
Love & Grace,
Ritu Biba Koppula says
Thanks so much for sharing these substitutions! Too good.
Hi for the bread flour, you have mentioned edible gluten, do we get that in India.
Anita Menon says
This is so useful. I am taking a print out right away
Tadka Pasta says
Moved recently back to India, missing bread and cake flour and this conversion chart is just what I need..thank you, Monica!
For the evaporated milk sub..I guess it works well in baking recipes. I used to love using evap milk for its ‘kadha-hua’ taste..great shortcut to add to kheer, kulfi etc. without all that bother of reducing milk 🙂 They really should introduce it here.
you are welcome 🙂
Thanks for the baking substitute list which is very helpful.One more help where can we get bread flour in Indai ? Is there any specific brand or flour named here ?
What can we use to substitute cream cheese for cheesecakes? Will freshly made paneer run in the mixie with some curd work?
Ashima Goyal Siraj says
Came across your blog via a friend’s facebook page. Thanks for these conversions.. I always have to search on Internet for baking substitutes before starting on any cake as most recipes call for self-raising flour. I once tried the Blue bird self raising flour which I got from Spencer but it didn’t work at all so from then I stick to maida 🙂
I will reblog your post and will also note these down for reference whenever required! 🙂
Ashima Goyal Siraj says
What can we substitute cream of tartar with? I had to ask my sister-in-law when she was visiting from US to get it for me.. But would really want to find a good substitute with locally available ingredients!