Baking Skills

Guide to replacing wheat flour with gluten-free flour
Guide to replacing wheat flour with gluten-free flour
This article provides an in-depth guide to working with gluten-free flours. I discuss what purpose gluten serves in bakes, and how to achieve the same effect when using gluten-free ingredients. I briefly describe the physical properties of each gluten-free flour, and assess what effect they have on a bake. I offer recommendations on which ones are the most suitable to ...
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Replacing butter with lard in Baking Recipes
Replacing Butter with Lard
You can replace butter with coconut oil in baked products, but this will affect the taste by imparting a coconut flavour. You can also replace butter with light olive oil, but this will change the texture, as oil is a liquid at room temperature. This is fine if you are baking a cake that will benefit from a nice, moist crumb, ...
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Replacing butter with olive oil in Baking Recipes
Replacing butter with olive oil in Baking Recipes
In a previous post, we looked at how to replace butter with coconut oil in baking recipes. Whilst coconut oil is great for baking with, it is not always an appropriate choice because it is not flavourless. This is fine if you are baking a cake with flavours that pair with coconut, such as chocolate or cherry. It is also fine if ...
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How to adapt any cake recipe to make a Paleo version
Apple Cake
In the last few posts, we’ve looked at how to replace sugar with honey in baking recipes, how to replace flour with ground almonds, and how to replace butter with coconut oil. So the obvious next step is to apply what we’ve learnt, and have a go at actually making a cake by adapting an existing recipe. Click here for my ...
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Replacing butter with coconut oil in Baking Recipes
Replacing Butter with Coconut Oil
Most 'free-from' baking substitutions involve performing a calculation to adjust the ratio of the replacement ingredient. This is because the replacement ingredient usually has different physical properties which need to be taken into account. However, coconut oil behaves very similarly to butter, so can be substituted directly on a one-for-one basis. This means that if your recipe calls for 1 cup (225g) of butter, ...
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Replacing flour with ground almonds in Baking Recipes
Replacing Flour with Ground Almonds
This article provides a short guide to replacing wheat flour with ground almonds in baking recipes. I compare the physical properties of both, and describe what affect they have on a bake. I provide a set of instructions for adapting recipes, including a conversion chart. 01. Why replace what flour? 02. Why use ground almonds? 03. How will ground almonds ...
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Replacing sugar with honey in Baking Recipes
Replacing Sugar with Honey
Sugar was brought back to Europe by crusaders in the 12th century. However, this 'white gold' was very expensive to import, so was restricted to the richest households. Sugar only became widely available in the 18th century, when sugar cane plantations were established in the Caribbean. Up to this point, honey was the main sweetener used throughout Europe. Honey makes an excellent ...
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