When Christopher was diagnosed with an egg allergy, we really struggled with what to do with baking.... cakes, muffins, pancakes, cookies and brownies..... all of those "treats" were GONE!!
The first question many people ask when they found out about our allergies is "how do you bake?"
It's been trial-n-error in the kitchen!! We've had cakes overflow in the oven and oily, goop brownies.... yummm... LOL!!!! So here are the solutions that WORK for ME :)
Muffins, Pancakes and Breads:
These have been the easiest!!! I use my "trusted" Betty Crocker cookbook for the recipe and then substitute 1/2 tsp of baking powder for every egg!! Usually these recipes have only had one egg, so I'll add 1/2 tsp of baking powder when the recipe calls for eggs. And I usually have to add a little bit extra liquid.
Another solution is the handy egg sub. recipe : for each egg add 1 and 1/2 TBS Oil, 1 and 1/2 TBS water and 1/2 tsp of Baking powder. Mix these together in a separate bowl and then add into the recipe when it calls for egg. FYI... you need to add this mixture to your recipe while the baking powder is still active... making the sizzling sound!!
Cake Mixes and homemade Cookies:
Many cookie mixes are still OUT for us, but we can still use some cake mixes! And homemade cookies have been OUT for a while.... but now i have a "secret" weapon:) It's called Ener-G Egg Replacer and it's sold at specialty health food stores (and it's expensive... like $7 a box.. but it makes 113 "eggs"). Using the replacer instructions for every egg in the recipe we can now enjoy cakes and cookies, again!!!
Some ask about texture difference!! The cake is a little more crumbly than usual... but the teaste and texture are good!! The cookies have a little different texture though... they are a little more cakey instead of being chewy and I have yet made the time to experiment some more:)
For this chocolate-loving Momma, not having brownies was the worst!! And Brownies have been the hardest things to get right and I have tried countless times!! Brownies mixes DO NOT work with the egg substitutions above... at least they haven't in my simple kitchen!!
I finally found (or was given) a GREAT recipe for brownies online. I read through the suggestions/reviews and now always bake them with less flour and I add milk-free semisweet morsels, so they are more moist and chewy!! And they have been great to carry to church socials and picnics with friends because they are good.... even though they are egg-free!!
DO NOT OVERBAKE... all egg-free things bake FASTER than normal and will crumble if overbaked!!
I hope this helps someone!! I'm soo glad to be able to share it because it was one of the biggest struggles for us in our "food allergy journey"!!
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