Passover Baking Substitutes

During Passover, when many baking staples are prohibitted because they produce chametz (leavened or fermented wheat, barley, rye, oats, spelt), are kitniyot (avoided by Ashkenazim and some Sephardim; legumes including beans, peas and lentils and some seeds) or may contain one or the other, making the right substitutions can substantially increase the parve baker’s repertoire and improve overall results. They’re helpful throughout the year in a pinch.

My personal favorite: 1¾ cup confectioner’s sugar = 1 cup superfine sugar

Try these, too:

1 ounce baking chocolate (unsweetened) = 3 tablespoons cocoa powder plus 1 tablespoon oil or melted margarine

16 ounces semi-sweet chocolate = 6 tablespoons cocoa powder plus ¼ cup oil and 7 tablespoons sugar

14 ounces sweet chocolate (German type) = 3 tablespoons cocoa powder plus 2 tablespoons oil and 4½ tablespoons sugar

1 cup confectioners’ sugar = 1 cup sugar minus 1 tablespoon plus 1 tablespoon potato starch pulsed in a food processor or blender

1 cup honey = 1¼ cups sugar plus ¼ cup water

1 cup corn syrup = 1¼ cups sugar plus ¼ cup water, boiled until syrupy

1 cup vanilla sugar = 1 cup sugar with 1 split vanilla bean left for at least 24 hours in a tightly covered jar

1 cup all-purpose flour = 5/8 cup matzah cake meal or potato starch or a combination sifted together

1 cup cornstarch = 7/8 cup potato starch

1 teaspoon cream of tartar = 1½ teaspoons lemon juice or 1½ teaspoons vinegar

1 cup matzah meal = 3 matzot ground in a food processor

1 cup matzah cake meal = 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons matzah meal finely ground in a blender or food processor and sifted

1 cup (soy) milk = 1 cup water plus 2 tablespoon margarine or ½ cup fruit juice plus ½ cup water

1 egg = 1 egg white plus ½ teaspoon vegetable oil

Orange liqueur = frozen orange juice concentrate

All but “My personal favorite” excerpted from Eileen Goltz’s “Passover Recipe Substitutes,” OU Guide to Passover 5768/2008. Used with the author’s permission.

6 Responses to “Passover Baking Substitutes”

  1. Arielle
    February 5th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Hi! I am making mini turkey meatloaves that call for oats (a healthier sub for bread crumbs). What can I use in place of 1/2 cup of Quaker Quick-Oats? Thank you!

  2. Deni Kritzman
    March 6th, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Is it okay to substitue masa (corn meal) for flour at Passover time?

  3. Pamela
    March 17th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    what substitutes can I use for baking powder and baking soda

  4. Chavi Greenblatt
    March 24th, 2014 at 11:09 am

    What can I use as a substitute got oatmeal?

  5. celia
    April 9th, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I wouldcuse half the quantity of matzo meal as a substitute for oats. Corn meal is permitted on Passover only in the Sephardic tradition. There is kosher for Passover baking powder available.

  6. celia
    April 9th, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I would use half the quantity of matzo meal as a substitute for oats. Corn meal is permitted on Passover only in the Sephardic tradition. There is kosher for Passover baking powder available.

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