I know this sounds simple. You want to get away from processed sugar. Great Idea! But how do you substitute honey into your recipes? I have been working on this for a few years and I have several tips to help you. Please realize that most of these are trial and error (mostly error). Perfect is not always in my vision! Edible and tasty is what we are going for here. Will subbing honey for sugar affect the taste? Maybe a bit. But you will not say it tastes like honey! It will have a light undertone, if any in your baked products. Please note: Raw Honey will bake out some of its' healthy enzymes. This makes it a bit less nutritious for health benefits, but still more beneficial than most store-bought, processed honey. Baking with honey isn't always easy, and after a few of your own "trial and error" products, you may want to opt for another sugar substitute for your baking. I still use honey in several of my favorite baked goods, but I have also used organic sugar, organic coconut sugar, and palm sugar. Any of these organic, natural sugars are spendy. You all know that healthy is not cheap! Here are the tips for baking with honey:
1. Use 1/2 - 3/4 cup of honey for each one cup of sugar. (I usually do 3/4 cup)
2. Reduce the liquid by 1/4 cup for each cup of sugar replaced. (Honey is a liquid)
3. Reduce baking temp by 25 degrees. This is important! Honey makes your baked goods brown quicker! Check doneness at regular time. Add time as needed. I usually never add more than 5 minutes.
4. If the recipe does not already include baking soda, add 1/2 tsp for each cup of sugar replaced. Honey is heavy and needs this extra boost to rise.
I am posting this "Honey Help" before any of the recipes. A side note: I am a GF, Milk Free, Organic baking Mama! We can do eggs & butter, but my recipes are already adapted to our lifestyle. I am sure if you are totally DF you know how to upgrade recipes to fit your lifestyle. I also have some severe allergies. We will address those with each recipe. PLEASE ADAPT for your tastes and lifestyle as needed! I do it almost everyday.
Pumpkin Honey Muffins pictured
Enjoy the experience!