9 Baking Ingredients You Can Make Yourself

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You know those days when you start a baking project only to discover half way through that you’re missing a key ingredient? We’ve all been there. Rather than waste time and energy – not to mention gas – by running to the grocery store, first check to see if there’s a way you can make that missing ingredient at home.

Creating a basic baking staple yourself may sound a little strange, but you may just be able to do it using items you already have in your house. As an added bonus, you might use up something that’s sitting in the back of your pantry. Keep reading to learn how you can take charge of your baking dilemmas with our list of easy substitution recipes.

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Photo: Aly Clearly/Cooking in Stilettos

Brown Sugar

Many baking recipes call for brown sugar, but if you find yourself without it (or if it’s turned into a hard block in your cabinet), making your own is pretty simple.

Aly Cleary of the culinary blog Cooking in Stilettos explains you only need two ingredients; white sugar and molasses. Using an electric mixer, you can combine them to make your homemade brown sugar. On her blog, Cleary describes how to make both light and dark brown sugar, so check out her recipe for a full set of instructions.