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Butter Substitute for Baking Breads

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With a master's degree in art history from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Michelle Powell-Smith has been writing professionally for more than a decade. An avid knitter and mother of four, she has written extensively on a wide variety of subjects, including education, test preparation, parenting, crafts and fashion.
Butter Substitute for Baking Breads
Baking bread. Photo Credit Brand X Pictures/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Whether you bake the old-fashioned way or use a bread machine, many of your favorite bread recipes likely require butter. Melted butter is a common ingredient in yeast breads, including white and wheat breads, as well as sweet rolls. Unlike in most baked goods, with bread it is not important to replace butter with another solid fat, allowing a wider range of substitutions.

Function

Butter Substitute for Baking Breads
Loaf of bread. Photo Credit Purestock/Purestock/Getty Images

Fat serves two distinct functions in bread making. Adding fat weakens the gluten network in bread dough, producing a softer loaf. Breads made with fat have a tender, rather than chewy mouth feel. Fat also extends the shelf life of your bread. Breads made without fat are likely to go stale much faster than those with butter or other fats, notes Purdue University's Indiana 4-H resource. While you can bake bread without fat, you will get a better result if you substitute the butter, rather than eliminate fats altogether.

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Solid Fats

Butter Substitute for Baking Breads
Coconut oil. Photo Credit jurgakarosaite/iStock/Getty Images

You can replace butter with any of a variety of other solid fats. Margarine, shortening, lard or coconut oil can all take the place of butter. Consider flavor when you swap out one of these fats for butter. Margarine may not alter the flavor substantially, but lard or coconut oil will. While lard adds a slight meaty, salty flavor to your bread, coconut oil will add a bit of sweetness and a slight nutty taste.

Liquid Fats

Butter Substitute for Baking Breads
Olive oil. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images

You can replace the butter in your bread recipe with vegetable or olive oil. Replace the butter with equal amounts of a liquid fat. Canola oil has a mild, neutral flavor that works well with many types of bread, including sweeter loaves. Try olive oil in flat breads, pizza crusts or garlic and herb breads. Olive and canola oil are both heart-healthy choices, ideal if you're avoiding saturated fat

Ricotta Cheese

Butter Substitute for Baking Breads
Ricotta cheese. Photo Credit tycoon751/iStock/Getty Images

Surprisingly, you can substitute ricotta cheese for the butter in your favorite bread recipe. Replace three-fourths of the butter in the recipe with ricotta cheese. Substitute a heart-healthy oil for the remaining fat. You may use full fat or low-fat ricotta cheese in breads to produce a moist, tender loaf with a delicate crumb. Allow ricotta breads to cool completely before cutting into the loaf.

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