Better Batter Piping


Fitting batter into a muffin tin can be a challenge. Not only is it a very messy task, but it also can cause your muffins to turn out looking sloppy. Try this next super quick tip to prevent future mess or stress.

First, take a plastic bag (ziplock or other) and fill it full with desired batter. Next, clip the edge of the bag with scissors and slowly pipe the batter into a muffin tin.

For even more support, use a cup to temporarily hold the batter bag. That way, if any batter drips, it will go into the cup and won’t create a mess all over your counter. (Do this by simply folding the edges of the bag over the rim of the cup to hold it in place.)

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Ingredient Substitutes


Too often while baking I realize I am short an ingredient! Check out these very helpful ingredient substitutes that could save you both time and stress.

Baking powder 1 teaspoon of baking powder = 1/4 teaspoon baking soda plus 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar OR 1/4 teaspoon baking soda plus 1/2 cup buttermilk (decrease liquid in recipe by 1/2 cup)

Brown sugar 1 cup of brown sugar, packed  = 1 cup white sugar plus 1/4 cup molasses and decrease the liquid in recipe by 1/4 cup OR 1 cup white sugar OR 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar

Butter (salted) 1 cup of butter (salted) = 1 cup margarine OR 1 cup shortening plus 1/2 teaspoon salt OR 7/8 cup vegetable oil plus 1/2 teaspoon salt OR 7/8 cup lard plus 1/2 teaspoon salt

Chocolate (unsweetened) 1 ounce of chocolate (unsweetened) = 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa plus 1 tablespoon shortening or vegetable oil

Egg 1 egg = 2 1/2 tablespoons of powdered egg substitute plus 2 1/2 tablespoons water OR1/4 cup liquid egg substitute OR 1/4 cup silken tofu pureed OR 3 tablespoons mayonnaise OR half a banana mashed with 1/2 teaspoon baking powder OR 1 tablespoon powdered flax seed soaked in 3 tablespoons water

Check out a complete list here

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