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Baking Challenge: Finish the Recipe!

Kathy asks: Here’s my situation: I was getting ingredients together for a baking project but couldn’t complete it because I didn’t have the proper ingredients. I mixed together:

2 c flour
1 c sugar
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda

And stopped.

My question is: What can I put with this mixture to create an edible product? I’m not as experienced a baker as others to just whip up the missing parts of a recipe.

Please help.

Baking S.O.S. says: Thanks for the challenge, Kathy!

The first thing you need to know is that baking is a science: you cannot creatively adjust the ingredients as desired without changing the intended outcome of the dessert.  So don’t feel badly for not being experienced enough to just “whip something up.”  That is fine for cooking, but it simply does not work for baking.

With that in mind, I, too, cannot creatively finish your unfinished recipe here.  But what I can do is look at the ingredient list and see that you have a good base for a simple cookie recipe, such as chocolate chip, perhaps.  Most chocolate chip cookie recipes call for a combination of brown sugar and white sugar, but you could simply omit the brown sugar and use all white sugar since that is what you have so far.

Next, I would recommend following a recipe that has already been developed and tested using the proportion of ingredients you have already started with.

I found the following Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe on allrecipes.com, and I think it is as close as you are going to get to your proportion of dry ingredients. (unless you want to go back to attempting the original recipe you started to make)

I hope that helps.  Best of luck to you!