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8 Homemade Baking Substitutions for Pantry Staples

By: Jordan Sward, Editor,

It has happened to every baker at least once. You want to make a recipe, but have to run to the grocery store for one missing ingredient. With these 8 Homemade Baking Substitutions for Pantry Staples, you'll have copycat recipes for all the ingredients you commonly use when baking. These recipes for homemade Bisquick mix, buttermilk substitute, homemade vanilla extract and more can be made with ingredients you probably already have on hand. Making your own baking ingredients lets you know exactly what you're eating, and it saves time and money. Plus, many of these copycat recipes make great, inexpensive homemade gifts!


8 Homemade Baking Substitutions


Homemade Lemon Curd - Lemon curd is an amazing pantry item that helps you easily make lemon pie, lemon bars, and other delicious recipes. Who knew it was so easy to make? Store this in the freezer and it won't freeze solid, so you can spoon some out when you need it!


Homemade Caramel Sauce - If you have ever thought to yourself, "This would be great with some caramel sauce drizzled on top," this copycat recipe is for you. Homemade Caramel Sauce is so easy to make, so you can save money by not buying the jarred kind.


Apple Pie Filling in a Jar - Not only is this homemade baking substitution for apple pie filling a delicious time-saver, it also makes a great gift. Make a big batch, can it, and give them away so friends can make awesome homemade apple desserts.


Homemade Buttermilk Substitute - If a recipe calls for buttermilk but you don't have any on hand, simply whip together this baking substitution made from milk and lemon juice or vinegar. Whatever you're baking will turn out just as good!


Vanilla Extract - Although making homemade vanilla extract takes some time to set up, it's cheaper than buying it at the store and comes in handy when you need it. Pour it into pretty jars and give them to all your baking friends.


Homemade Pie Crust - When a recipe calls for a store-bought pie crust, make this homemade baking substitution instead. Use this recipe to learn how to make the perfect pie crust, so you'll never have to buy a frozen one again.


No-Fail Homemade Whipped Cream - One taste of homemade whipped cream and you'll never buy it from the store again. This makes a great topping for cakes, pies, pancakes, hot chocolate, or even fruit!


DIY French Vanilla Coffee Creamer - If coffee is your best friend in the morning, you'll love this copycat recipe that adds great flavor and creaminess to your cup of Joe. Use this recipe as a base to make creamer in a variety of flavors.


11 Copycat Recipes for Baking Ingredients: Recipes for Homemade Bisquick & More



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This is a really good list of emergency substitutions that is a bit out of the ordinary. My favourite, so far, is the buttermilk substitution. I have used that one to make bran muffins quite a few times when I didn't have a carton of buttermilk in my fridge. I am really looking forward to trying the homemade lemon curd recipe and the homemade vanilla extract recipes from this guide next. If they turn out as well as the buttermilk substitution, I'm sure they'll be great.


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