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Old 02-01-2006, 11:04 PM posted to rec.food.baking
Paul Giverin
 
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I've been following the discussion on the "BlueBand" thread and although
I don't want to get embroiled in that particular argument, I would like
to know if I was replacing margarine with butter in a recipe for a cake
for example, would I use exactly the same quantity of butter as I would
do margarine?

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Old 03-01-2006, 12:23 AM posted to rec.food.baking
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I've been following the discussion on the "BlueBand" thread and although
I don't want to get embroiled in that particular argument, I would like
to know if I was replacing margarine with butter in a recipe for a cake
for example, would I use exactly the same quantity of butter as I would
do margarine?


Yes, you use the same amount. The issue with replacement is to make sure
you use margarine and not "spread." The margarine should say "100 cal. per
serving" or if your products aren't marked the same as in the US, it should
have the same calorie count per unit as butter. Some stick "margarine"
products are labeled "spread" in tiny print is many instances. These
products can range between 90 and 55 calories per serving. The rest of the
volume is made up of air, water, starches, gelatin, and oil depending on the
particular product. The "tub" margarines like "I can't believe it's not
butter" are not good for baking nor are the reduced calorie stick products.

As for the "argument" in the Blue Band thread, there really isn't one.
Butter is the standard for baking in both performance and taste. It is also
healthier for you than margarine. That said, it is no crime to use
margarine. I don't see why the folk who want to use margarine are upset to
the point of name calling over this reality.


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Old 03-01-2006, 06:41 AM posted to rec.food.baking
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I was replacing margarine with butter in a recipe for a cake
for example, would I use exactly the same quantity of butter as I would
do margarine?



Indeed ..but as an addition just to what Vox stated( they are used in
similar proportion...).but further there is another difference.
Butter fat is composed of fat of different crystalline morphology than
the common margarine.( taking into consideration the traditional
margarine and not the special or diet margarines which contains more
water).
.Margarine exists more of the beta prime type and less of the beta
crystals; while the butter is the opposite..
Hence margarine creams better with sugar than butter. But butter
produces better pie crust than margarine.
This can be discerned by measuring the specific gravity of the creamed
mixture before you add the flour.
The cream made with margarine is lighter than the ones made with butter
which results in better cake volume and texture with the margarine
than with the butter.( although some authors dispute this).
Meanwhile butter compensates its poor creaming performance by its
superior flavor.

Margarine and Butter contains at least 80% fat and the remainder is
composed of water milk sollds and salt. but when used ocmparatively in
cake making such as making a butter cake, the margarine creams better
than butter and therefore is superior in cake performance.
Another thing also margarine usually contains slightly more salt than
butter. and you can even use unsalted butter( or sweet butter) but
unsalted margarine is not commonsigh

Now its up to you to take your pick...butter or margarine?

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Old 03-01-2006, 10:40 PM posted to rec.food.baking
Paul Giverin
 
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chembake writes

Indeed ..but as an addition just to what Vox stated( they are used in
similar proportion...).but further there is another difference.
Butter fat is composed of fat of different crystalline morphology than
the common margarine.( taking into consideration the traditional
margarine and not the special or diet margarines which contains more
water).
.Margarine exists more of the beta prime type and less of the beta
crystals; while the butter is the opposite..
Hence margarine creams better with sugar than butter. But butter
produces better pie crust than margarine.
This can be discerned by measuring the specific gravity of the creamed
mixture before you add the flour.
The cream made with margarine is lighter than the ones made with butter
which results in better cake volume and texture with the margarine
than with the butter.( although some authors dispute this).
Meanwhile butter compensates its poor creaming performance by its
superior flavor.

Margarine and Butter contains at least 80% fat and the remainder is
composed of water milk sollds and salt. but when used ocmparatively in
cake making such as making a butter cake, the margarine creams better
than butter and therefore is superior in cake performance.
Another thing also margarine usually contains slightly more salt than
butter. and you can even use unsalted butter( or sweet butter) but
unsalted margarine is not commonsigh

Now its up to you to take your pick...butter or margarine?


Well that that was certainly enlightening. Many thanks for the
explanation, I found it most useful.

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Paul Giverin

British Jet Engine Website http://www.britjet.co.uk


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