Make Your Life Sweeter

September 2, 2013

Want more sweetness in your life? Try baking with honey. Honey will enhance your baked goods and make them irresistible to family and friends. By substituting honey in your recipe for sugar or other sweeteners, your baked goods will have a beautiful golden crust, enhanced flavor and superior moistness. There are a variety of honey flavors to choose from when deciding how best to compliment your recipe. A honey’s particular flavor is based upon the type(s) of flowers the bees gathered nectar from in preparation for producing the honey. These flavors include orange, tupelo, tulip poplar, clover, sunflower, and wild flower. Note, one 12-ounce jar of Bee America’s honey = one standard measuring cup.  Happy Baking! 

Guidelines for using honey in baking recipes:

  • Substitute one-to-one honey for sugar in most baking recipes.
  • Reduce the other liquids in a recipe by ¼ cup for each cup of honey added.
  • Increase the flour by 2 tablespoons for each cup of honey in cookie recipes.
  • Add ½ teaspoon baking soda for every cup of honey used. 
  • Reduce the oven temperature by 25ºF to avoid over-browning.
  • Spray a liquid measuring cup to make it easy for the honey to slide out after measuring. 

Special considerations:

In some recipes that rely on specialized techniques (e.g., creaming butter, holding air in a batter), granulated sugar may play a critical role. In these cases, you may want to only substitute half the sugar with honey. Furthermore, because of its high fructose content, honey will taste sweeter than sugar. You may want to forgo the one-to-one substitution in your baked goods that you do not want to be especially sweet and instead only use ½ to ¾ as much honey as white sugar in the recipe.