Orange Juice Concentrate in Recipe for Cornbread

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I have a recipe to make cornbread and it says to add 2 tablespoons of orange juice concentrate. I do not have orange juice concentrate.Even if I did I wouldn't use it in cornbread. Question- Is the orange juice concentrate in the recipe for acidity or is it just a flavored base liquid that could be substituted with something like water or milk? It is a standard recipe, not a recipe for "Orange-y Cornbread" or something like that. Thanks in advance.
 

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I have a recipe to make cornbread and it says to add 2 tablespoons of orange juice concentrate. I do not have orange juice concentrate.Even if I did I wouldn't use it in cornbread. Question- Is the orange juice concentrate in the recipe for acidity or is it just a flavored base liquid that could be substituted with something like water or milk? It is a standard recipe, not a recipe for "Orange-y Cornbread" or something like that. Thanks in advance.

An acid is required if your leavening is baking soda or if there is a mixture of baking powder and baking soda.

The amount is so small and juice is a pretty poor flavoring agent to begin with. Concentrate is more flavorful than juice, but with citrus, the zest contains the oil, which is where you get the best flavor.
 

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Forgot to add, if it's acid you need for baking soda activation, simply substitute with baking powder. You'll have to increase the amount by 2 1/2 to 3 times.

So if your recipe is 1 tsp of baking soda, use 2 1/2 tsp or 3 tsp of baking powder.
 
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Thanks for the tip, that is incredibly useful information. I omitted the O.J. Concentrate and went ahead with the recipe as-was. I used a mix of fine and medium ground corn meal (and ap flour) and it had a nice interesting texture. I'm going to make again tomorrow with the O.J. concentrate that I'll buy in the morning just to see wha the real diff is. The recipe I used had baking powder only. I'd like to also try this recipe again without the oj and use corn flour and cake flour just to see what happens. I have this picture in my head for what perfect fluffy Cornbread should be whether sweet or savory.
 
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