I’m here today reviewing another product that we can substitute for butter in our allergy free baking. Last time, I talked about Nutiva’s coconut oil shortening. However, there are folks who are allergic to coconut.
Crisco Baking Sticks are made from soy and palm oil, so if you’ve got a coconut allergy and can safely use soy, read on.
Here’s what Crisco Baking Sticks are free from:
- Tree nuts
Crisco Baking Sticks come in regular and butter flavored varieties. The same shortening also comes in a tub but I am talking about the sticks because you can measure them just like sticks of butter recipes commonly call for, which makes them easier to substitute.
I remember using Crisco before it came packaged this way. My grandmother used it in recipes sometimes and the thing I remember most is how messy it can be to get the amount you want out of the can. We’d end up with the stuff all over our hands and sometimes on kitchen surfaces. Saying it’s not easy to clean is an understatement.
These sticks are so much less hassle. They’ve even got measuring units on the side as you can see in the image above. This means you can use a knife to cut off the amount you want without unwrapping it, just like a stick of butter.
I have to mention this one extra step because it’s easy to forget. In order to make this a true substitute for butter, you’ve got to add two tablespoons (10 mL) of water with it into the bowl.
How I use this
Crisco Baking Sticks replace butter in almost any recipe. The one exception is homemade frosting. This is because the fat content isn’t quite as high in palm and soy as it is in coconut. So far, I haven’t found a way around this for people allergic to coconut. Once I do, you can be sure I tell you about it in a future article.
That said, this product works great for brownies, cookies, and bars. The butter flavor variety even lets you have that buttery taste if you think it’ll enhance your recipe.
You can click right here to buy Crisco Baking Sticks. Is this something you’ll try? I’d love to hear your thoughts and questions in the comments.