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The Magic Ratio for Substituting for Dry Milk

 My Thanksgiving bread recipe calls for 1/2-cup non-fat dry milk. I’m about to make the bread but don't have dry milk in the house. What can I use instead? The recipe also calls for 2 cups water.

 Well, they made it easy for you. Dry milk usually reconstitutes at a ratio of 1 to 4 — that is, 1 cup of milk powder to four cups of water, or 1/4-cup of milk powder to 1 cup of milk. So pretend you had pre-mixed the half-cup of dry milk in the recipe with its two cups of water. That would leave you with 2 cups of milk and no cups of water for the mixture, wouldn’t it?

Interesting to us that the recipe didn't just ask for 2 cups of milk in the first place. Makes us think the recipe is a little suspect, although dry milk is sometimes called for in bread machine recipes that are on a delayed timer, where liquid milk might sit out for much longer than is considered safe.

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