Ask Judy – Canola Oil and Baking

Converting a recipe from butter to canola oil

Last month one of our readers asked: “How does one convert a recipe that uses butter, to one that uses canola oil?”

Thanks, Jeanine for the great question.  We are glad you asked and Judy is happy to answer.

The following post is brought to us by guest blogger Judy Fowler, Recipe Developer, Tester and Food Stylist. 

Q: How does one convert a recipe that uses butter, to one that uses canola oil?

A: We are very happy to report that – yes – this substitution is actually fairly straightforward. Generally, when substituting canola oil for butter in baked products, you can use ¾ cup of canola oil for every cup of butter.

If you do a straight conversion (cup for cup), you will need to slightly reduce one of the other liquid ingredients in the recipe. You want to retain the consistency of your dough or batter.

You should not notice any difference in consistency in quick bread batters or doughs or yeast bread doughs. You might find a slight difference in the consistency of some cookie doughs.

Once you start using canola oil in some of your breads and cookies, you should find that, overall, very little needs to be changed. I think you will be quite surprised at the results in some of your baked products when you make this substitution.

We have had great comments about the chocolate chip cookie recipe in our recipe bank. I would suggest that you try this recipe and “get the feel” of baking with canola oil!

How to convert your own recipe to use canola oil:

We have a great canola oil conversion chart which you might find to be very helpful to you.

Canola Oil Conversion Chart |
Be Well…Judy

Judy is a food stylist, recipe developer & tester, mom, lazy gardener and Zumba enthusiast.  She welcomes the opportunity to experiment with new food items and share her passion and creativity with her clients, family and friends.

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