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Old 12-10-2008, 10:29 PM   #1
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Substitute for Orange Extract?

I know this doesn't belong in baking, but thought more bakers would know the answer...so thanks in advance.

I am making the Williams Sonoma butternut squash casserole for Thanksgiving. It calls for 1 tsp orange extract. I will never use it for any other purpose so would like to save $ and use a substitution. Any thoughts about using Grand Marnier instead? Or I also have dried orange peel, perhaps I could soak that in water to create orange flavoring? i can't stand having to spend $5 or more on extracts when they will never be used for another dish and will expire in the cabinet.

Thanks for any suggestions!

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Old 12-10-2008, 11:38 PM   #2
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I found some info you might use:

Orange extract: This is often used to make frostings, cakes, and liqueurs.

To make your own: Chop the zest from an orange and put it into a small, clean jar until the jar is 1/3 full. Fill the jar with vodka, making sure that the zest is completely immersed. Seal it with a tight-fitting lid, allow the mixture to steep for two weeks, then strain out the zest using cheesecloth or a coffee filter. The result won't be as strong as commercial extracts.

Substitutes: Use orange juice plus minced orange zest, then reduce another liquid in the recipe to compensate for the orange juice. OR rum extract OR vanilla extract OR orange liqueur (1 teaspoon orange extract = 1 tablespoon orange liqueur)

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