Half and half substitutions

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    Trellum Well-Known Member

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    I was checking the other day a very cool recipe I found that called for a cup of half and half. Now I'm not sure I can get that here, at least not so easily. Is there something I can substitute it for? Would it make a huge difference if I do? Can it be substituted all the time or it depends on the recipe?
     
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    http://www.thekitchn.com/4-easy-way...ndhalf-substitute-tips-from-the-kitchn-216621

    And thank you. I did not even know there was something called half and half. I had to Google the thing. The truth is when I saw the thread I was there thinking great minds think alike. Recently with my banana bread I tried a new recipe and this one called for oil. I really don't like the idea of oil in my baking so I eventually used my apple sauce and used half apple sauce and half oil. Hence when I saw half and half I thought you were referring to halving things in your baking.....oh well.
     
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    Winterybella Well-Known Member

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    Oh my goodness. Go ahead on that recipe. I don't even want HALF of one of those. You have a chocolate fetish or something?:)I remember that nutella filling type pastry that you shared if I remember correctly. I honestly doubt I could take a bite of this last one.
    I guess you have a sweet tooth. Any concentration of sweet stuff in a small area I still away from.....in baking goods.;)
     
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    Trellum Well-Known Member

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    Hahaha, yes, I do like chocolate :) It's one of my favorite things, I'm not diabetic, but I do suffer from insulin resistance, so I get what you are saying ;) I take 1,000 mg metformin on a daily basis :p I rarely eat sweet things (only Saturday I eat some candy), but the rest of the week I stay away from temptation. Still, next year I really want to bake a lot nice things for my new family :) This won't stop me.
     
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    I hope I am around to hear of your life next year. I still won't go to the doctor for my check up which is about 6 months past due. I keep experiencing all kinds of weird things with my body and being around all these delights does not help at all. I baked a banana bread last evening and cut back on the sugar, but I feel I could have eaten more than half if left alone.
     
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    Half and Half is a common "Creamer" around here for Coffee (at least where I live). Some alternatives

    http://skillet.lifehacker.com/an-easy-substitute-for-half-and-half-with-ingredients-y-1691388226

    (also references the link you included above)

    Or here is a youtube video:



    But generally, it just means "Half Cream, Half Whole Milk" so if you can find substitutes for one or the other, I imagine they would still work the same way together. The taste might be off; but that's what happen when you substitute things. This doesn't mean the changed taste is necessarily bad persay; it's just not what one would be used to eating.
     
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    Thanks a lot Shimus, that was really useful! Thanks a lot for the video and the links, very useful. Yes, I could definitely find cream where I am going, but I wonder... if I did that, what kind of cream should I use?? Should it be the sour one or the one that is not sour?
     
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    What you mean? Of course you will be :) I'm getting some tests done this year, I still have some important things to cover, am nervious about that too, so I understand how you feel. Getting a check up is no fun at all, specially when the results are in. That part always makes me nervious! But don't worry, I'm sure everything will be ok, I was also experiencing very weird things too, but here I am ;) Don't worry, sometimes the human body is a huge drama queen.
     
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    Thanks for making me laugh. Sometimes I wonder if I am a medical drama queen. If I am, it's mixed with some horror. I am terrible when it comes to doctors and I have two friends in the field one of whom will check me out at no cost. Besides being friends sometimes makes it awkward, he loves to send me off for this test and the other and who of us to go for test.

    Anyway, in happier news I took another bite of my whole wheat banana bread and I am liking it a lot. I am anxious to hear what the critics have to say. I'd love to get piece to my mom. She would be so proud of me. She knows I love the kitchen but I have never been into baking. She loves to see me excited about things like this. I like to share all my new finds with her. I am still her little baby.

    Thanks for the video Shimus.
     
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    Well that is great news! I honestly don't feel as anxious when I see the family doctors as when I have to see a specialist, soon I will have to, but I will be ok. Today I'm off to a small social meeting, we are going to eat cake, eaqt something nice and just celebrate. It's a small birthday party, might take pics of the cake ;) Today I'm going to relax, screw monday! (my appointment is on monday).

    You made me feel curious! Can you share that recipe with us? You have mentioned that whole wheat banana bread quite a bit, so I'm so curioius!
     
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    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/banana-bread-recipe.html?soc=socialsharingpinterest...........I substituted whole wheat flour.

    That's the recipe I used this last time. I have been fooling around with a lot of banana recipes lately and even did a cake. I did not like that much. With all the other recipes I was using all purpose flour, but this time around I used whole wheat flour so that's new for me. I was very happy with the outcome. It was not stiff or dry as I thought it would be.

    Trellum, you have my blessings. Eat your cake and relax..Screw Monday!!! You'll be fine.
     
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    I did Anne.. I ate double cake and double gello, lol :oops::oops::oops::oops::oops: Yes, I ate a lot! Bye bye diet... lol. Today might not be a good day for the diet either.... But will try my best :D

    Thanks for the recipe, I once substituted all purpose flour for whyole wheat flour for a cake and didn't like the result :( It doesn't go so well with everything, I'm glad it went well with your banana bread. I might try this one out :) I already have those things, i only need a new pan.
     
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    I honestly thought this recipe went down well and I feel like the milk might have made it of the right texture. Sometimes the whole wheat has a way of making the result too heavy from what I have heard, dryer even. I have made this banana bread quite a bit recently but somehow I just loved this whole wheat one.
     
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    I had no idea half and half wasn't available everywhere. I think it's just half cream and half milk. It should be easy to substitute with those if you have cream.
     
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    Over here where I live it can't be found, @DancingLady ;) But I'm sure I'll easily find it in the place where I am going to move :) By the way, what kind of cream should be used for a substitution? I'm guessing not the sour one, right?
     
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    Yes, actually the carrot cake I told you ended up a bit dry, which my mother noticed, because the other ones weren't dry at all. And you know I have very picky eaters at home ;)
     
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    Maybe where you live it's called something else? If you substitute, don't use sour cream and whole milk ... it has to be regular cream. I used to use it in my coffee all the time, but it was making my cholesterol numbers go up and up. As good as it is, it's terrible for you :(
     
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    No, definitely not, I think they don't even know it nor they use it :( We have regular cream that is very liquid though, but they still call it cream. So I don't know. Thanks for the tip, I'm sure I will find this where I am going, but if I ever need to do a substitution I will know :) I can imagine how bad this can be for your health, here I have never heard of anyone using that for the coffee. Glad you stopped on time :) Some habits are hard to break.
     
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