There's one special little ingredient that makes all those baked goods and desserts oh so yummy: vanilla extract! But what do you do when your supplyhas run dry and you've got days until your next grocery run? Don't you worry! We've got your hookup on tons of vanilla extract substitute options!
Did you know 80 of the world's vanilla is harvested in Madagascar from the pod of a tropical orchid? And since SO much of the world's vanilla crop comes from one place, it can become an issue if there is a major weather event like a monsoon. Crops being ruined = less vanilla which costs MORE to buy!
So, what do you do if your vanilla supply has utterly depleted and you want to avoid a trip to the store? Keep reading for our handy list of substitute options for the days when you just don't have any on hand.
What can i substitute for vanilla extract?
For athletes, these sweeteners provide much-needed energy. For the rest of us, they're high-calorie, zero-nutrition temptations that can lead to obesity and a host of related conditionsdiabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease.
But which to choose? There are scores of sugar substitutes; most fall into one of four categories: natural sweeteners, artificial sweeteners, dietary supplements, and sugar alcohols. And there's a new hybrid sweetenerâ€”tagatoseâ€”that is natural and has fewer calories than sugar.
Is confectioners sugar the same as powdered sugar?
If you've ever baked with a British cookbook, you've likely noticed that many of the recipes call for caster sugar instead of granulated sugar. What is this mystery ingredient and what's the best substitute for American bakers? Here's everything you need to know:Â
Since it's finer than granulated sugar, caster sugar dissolves and incorporates more quickly this makes it perfect for light and airy desserts like meringues and souffles. It's also often used to sweeten beverages, such as tea, because it doesn't need heat to dissolve. Really, though, caster sugar can be used in almost any way granulated sugar is used.Â
Granulated sugar has a larger and coarser grain than caster sugar. Though they can generally be used interchangeably, granulated sugar does not incorporate into batters as quickly. Cakes and other desserts baked with granulated sugar instead of caster sugar sometimes have a speckled appearance due to the undissolved granules.
Powdered, or confectioners', sugar is finely ground granulated sugar that has been mixed with a small amount of cornstarch to prevent clumping. It's commonly found in frostings and icings or dusted over desserts. Powdered sugar is finer than caster sugar, and the two are usually not interchangeable.
If you're using granulated sugar in a cake or cookie recipe that calls for caster sugar, use this tip: Start with slightly colder than room temperature butter, then cream the butter and sugar for longer than you normally would. This gives the ingredients time to incorporate.
The best substitute is DIY caster sugar. Make the British ingredient at home with just granulated sugar and a food processor, blender, or coffee grinder. To make caster sugar, simply pulse or blend granulated sugar until it reaches a finely ground but not powdery consistency. Two or three quick pulses will usually do the trick.Â