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Old 06-16-2007, 01:32 PM   #1
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ISO substitutes for margarine, butter, etc.

Is there anything to use in baking that doesn't change the taste too much as a subsititute for margarine or butter. Trying to reduce the transfat in baked goods. Would appreciate any advice or things people have tried.

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Old 06-16-2007, 01:55 PM   #2
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You can substitute butter/margarine for sunflower, soya or corn oil for some cakes.
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Old 06-16-2007, 02:13 PM   #3
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Okay, now, this is going to sound strange, but trust me. I have substituted canned/jarred unsweetened applesauce for the butter/oil/fat in recipes for cakes. Even in chocolate cake. There is NO taste at all of the applesauce in the finished product.
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Old 06-16-2007, 02:37 PM   #4
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Applesuace is good if you are trying to reduce your total fat intake, but if you're just trying to reduce your saturated fats, I'd recommend olive oil for cakes. I've used it numerous times and the cakes actually come out lighter and moister. Now, if you're making cookies, that's a different story. Oil in cookie dough won't work well at all. I'd suggest either transfat free shortening or transfat margarine, which I very seldom recommend.
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Old 06-16-2007, 04:02 PM   #5
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Is there anything to use in baking that doesn't change the taste too much as a subsititute for margarine or butter. Trying to reduce the transfat in baked goods. Would appreciate any advice or things people have tried.
Butter does not have any transfat. I use butter exclusively in cookies and brownies. Some cakes call for oil and I use a canola oil for those.

Yes, the applesauce does also work for a fat replacement in baking.
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Old 06-16-2007, 05:40 PM   #6
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I use butter in all my baking. I gave up margarine over 15 years ago and have never looked back. And only my husband is overweight in this house. ( I walk the dog around the block to work off the butter *wink wink*)

How about soy butter. I am unsure if that has any trans fat. Someone say if it does.
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Old 06-16-2007, 09:10 PM   #7
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Smart Balance Check out smart balance its transfat free and you can bake and cook with with the regular but not the light the regular also tastes better than the light.
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Old 06-16-2007, 09:37 PM   #8
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www.earthbalance.net/
You can go to the store and get Smart Balance its really good.
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Old 06-17-2007, 09:37 AM   #9
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Dont know why I keep getting earth Balance links its called Smart Balance and you can get in any store.
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Old 06-18-2007, 11:57 AM   #10
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Butter has no transfats, like bethzaring pointed out.

IMO SmartBalance tastes horrible. Sorry but to me it does.
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