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Honey is a staple in a healthy diet and is often used to substitute processed sugars. This sweet commodity is widely used for its rich wealth of nutrients in homes and industries. Due to the alarming rate of increasing cases of tooth decay and bone loss as a result of refined sugars, many people are going back to the basics and baking using other, more natural options. Honey is an incredible substitute and can be a healthier, more digestible alternative. If you’re considering baking with honey, here are a few things to keep in mind.
1. Decide which type of honey you’d like in your recipe
Different honey has different flavors so taste your honey options and select the best flavor for your food. If you want something super sweet, maybe a light colored Spring honey would be best. If you’re looking for something rich and flavorful, you may try a darker honey. Either way, just realize that not all honey will taste the same which adds to the fun of baking with honey. Once you determine whether you want to use light honey, mild honey or darker honey for your baking adventure – you’re ready for the next steps.
2. Reduce other liquids
Baking with honey can easily make your cookies, biscuits or cake more dense, moist and delicious. To keep the proper balance of moisture in your baking, it is recommended that you reduce at least a quarter of all liquids you are using for every cup of honey you use.
3. Substitute equal parts honey for sugar
For every one cup of sugar, substitute it with one cup of honey.
4. Add baking powder
To help in balancing and neutralizing any acidity that may arise as a result of baking with honey as well as prevent whatever you are baking from rising uncontrollably, it’s recommended that you increase your baking powder by half teaspoon for every single teaspoon used in your recipe.
5. Regulate your Oven Temperature by 25 degrees
Honey burns more quickly than sugar so you’ll need to be sure you make the proper adjustments. In order to prevent your food from burning or over browning, it is essential to reduce your oven temperature by at least 25 degrees.
6. Buy local
Local honey has added health benefits and supports your local beekeepers. It’s your best bet for raw, real honey and the pollen inside the honey can help with your allergies.
7. Have fun and enjoy your food!
Now that you’ve got some tips on baking with honey – enjoy the process and experiment! We’d love to know if you have amazing honey-fueled recipes to share. Comment below!