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5 easy baking swaps if you can't get flour, eggs and other basic ingredients

The answer lies in your store cupboard…

Sophie Hamilton

Since lockdown began in March, the whole country's gone a little bonkers over baking – banana bread, cookies, homemade loaves - you name it, we're making it. However, it's so frustrating when you have a recipe in mind but you can't get hold of the basic ingredients you need like eggs and flour. That's where Moyra Fraser comes in, author of Bonne Maman: The Seasonal Collection and Bonne Maman: Breakfast Savoir-Faire. Moyra has come up with some brilliant store cupboard swaps which work just as well. Take a look…

Eggs

Replace one egg with any of these other ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp golden flaxseed soaked in 3 tbsp cold water
  • 1 mashed ripe banana with ¼ tsp baking powder

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Self-raising flour

Mix 1tsp baking powder with 100g plain flour.

Chocolate

Replace 25g chocolate with 3 tbsp cocoa powder and 1 tbsp softened butter.

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Butter

Try using pureed cooked apple, mashed banana or pureed prunes. For best results, use an equal volume of the substitute i.e. replace ½ cup butter with ½ cup apple puree etc.

Buttermilk

A mixture of milk and lemon juice works well. Roughly 1 tbsp lemon juice for every 150ml milk, then leave to stand for 5 minutes before using.

We love these tips! They'll definitely become regular baking hacks in our kitchens…

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