I don’t usually substitute ingredients when I bake, but here are five substitutions that are worth knowing about.

Buttermilk — To make one cup of buttermilk, combine 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice with enough milk to fill a one cup measure. Stir well. Let stand for at least five minutes before using.

Self-Rising Flour — Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder to one cup of all-purpose flour for each cup of self-rising flour called for in the recipe.

Brown Sugar — Mix 2 tablespoons of molasses into one cup of granulated sugar to replace one cup of brown sugar.

Unsweetened Chocolate — Use 3 tablespoons cocoa and one tablespoon oil instead of one square of unsweetened chocolate.

Baking Powder — Combine 1/4 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar to replace one teaspoon of baking powder.

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