Baking Without Butter

As I’ve mentioned numerous times, I am a stress/depression baker (for a useful guide, check this out). There is something about the act of baking that convinces me that everything is going to be ok in the universe. So last night when the SF Giants (baseball) were getting their asses handed to them on a barbecue platter in game 6, I needed to bake things to console myself. Unfortunately, I was out of butter (gasp) and  didn’t realize this until it was too late to get some from the store. But I figured I have eggs and milk, and I could figure something out. In theory one can substitute oil, but all I have is extra-virgin olive oil and that isn’t ideal for baking desserts.

Chocolate Chip loaf thingy
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
2 tablespoons milk
some chocolate chips

Dump everything into a bowl and mix with a spoon. Pour into a mini-loaf pan (you should grease it first – I didn’t and that was not a great life choice). Bake at 350 until puffy and firm, about 30 minutes.

butter-fee loaf thing

Results: Not bad, but definitely not great. It is the baking equivalent of eating a Hershey’s bar, or store-bought cookies – it gets the job done, and you aren’t unhappy with it but its not actually high quality.  But hey, if everything I made on my first try was incredible, this wouldn’t be an adventure, now would it. The batter was a little too liquid so all the chocolate chips sank to the bottom. So it was more like chocolate bottom, yellow cake-ish top. Which isn’t a bad thing. Oddly it tasted better the next morning than it did when I cooked it at like 11 at night. I might just finish it as is (its fairly small after all) or I might try turning it into bread pudding or trifle or something of that ilk. We shall see. Song of the week: Bassoon Concerto in E minor by Antonio Vivaldi. I have a soft spot of baroque music – I find it extremely comforting – and Vivaldi is my favorite barque composer. Comfort music for stress baking, but still moody (hence the minor key).

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2 responses to “Baking Without Butter”

  1. Arielle says :

    I love your blog! Your food posts are all so amazing and everything looks delicious 🙂 I am so glad I got to discover you ❤

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