As we try to figure out what to do with this surplus of time. I’ve noticed a rise in baking, or as we’ve affectionately named it, quarantine baking. The first thing that came to mind about this new-found hobby was do people really have all the ingredients required for baking? If you are not a regular baker (as I am not) It’s safe to think that you may be falling a few ingredients short of that delicious caramel bread pudding recipe you found online; or you don’t have enough sugar for that enticing cookie recipe. Whatever it may be; It’s always good to have a MacGyver approach to any situation.
The Feisty Palate reached out to Adriana Cordoba, Chef and Owner of Nougatine in Honduras to see what tricks she had up her sleeve when you don’t have the necessary ingredients. Adriana is a Cordon Bleu trained Chef who has over 10 years of experience as a business owner and baker of delicious things. With her vast experience I was sure Adriana would know how to jimmy a recipe.
Adriana recommends the following baking hacks to get you out of a pickle in the kitchen:
Adriana says “Butter may be substituted for refined coconut oil just make sure they are in the same form as the recipe calls; liquid, solid etc.” she also recommends canola or vegetable oil as replacements for melted butter as long as they’ve cooled down.”
“Eggs may be substituted for flax eggs.” Adriana Explains, “Flax works as an excellent binder. It is also great as a vegan replacement and works best in cookies, muffins and pancakes. 1 Egg equals 1 tablespoon flax plus 2 and 1/2 tablespoons water. let it sit until it thickens.”
“light brown sugar is interchangeable with regular granulated sugar although you may get more moisture and a more molasses flavor. Brown sugar may be swapped for light brown sugar with molasses, 1 cup brown sugar = 1 cup light brown sugar + 1 tbsp molasses.” Adriana also sheds light on refined powder sugar. “Many recipes call for powdered sugar. If you are out simply place granulated sugar in a blender or food processor and blend until it’s in powdered form.”
Finally, Adriana suggests experimentation. “Nuts and fruits are easily swapped or mixed as are certain kinds of spices. The best part about baking is making the recipe your own. This is a great time to play with what you have in your pantry and come up with some original ideas”.
If you want more baking ideas or simply crave baked goods eye candy hit up Adriana on her Instagram @Nougatine_hn.