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Baking question

Food_Fiend Oct 31, 2006 02:11 AM

On recipes that require melted butter, would I be able to substitute it with canola oil?
I know when making pastries (pie crusts and such), cold butter is necessary for flakiness, so substitution in these situations wouldn't work.

  1. Becca Porter Oct 31, 2006 02:28 AM

    Well butter is only 80 percent fat. Canola is 100 percent. That difference alone can throw off some recipes. It is doable in some recipes but probably not always advisable.

    Also obviously there will be serious flavor loss.

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      Nyleve Oct 31, 2006 02:15 PM

      Unless this is a very persnickety recipe, go ahead and do it. I've made the same substitution occasionally when I need to go non-dairy or when I'm just lazy. I wouldn't do it in a recipe where the flavour of butter is predominant, but otherwise go ahead.

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        browniebaker Oct 31, 2006 02:18 PM

        For 1 cup melted butter I substitute 4/5 cup oil and 1/5 cup water.

        1. Davwud Oct 31, 2006 02:24 PM

          Just don't do it.

          Butter = Mmmmmm
          Canola = Bleah!!!


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