There are so many wonderful different flavours of honey that if chosen wisely can really add distinct flavour note and aroma to a dish, whether it be sweet or savoury.
Five tips about cooking with honey for you:-
- If you like cook in a microwave then recipes with honey in them will be perfect for you as when honey is heated, the fructose increases the browning effect so you will obtain the golden colour without having to bake in the oven.
- Because of this fructose browning effect, if you cook with honey in a traditional oven (substituting for sugar), you should cook at a temperature 5 degrees Celsius less than what the recipe recommends.
- Food baked with honey (rather than sugar) tends to be lighter and more moist as honey is hygroscopic, that is it absorbs moisture. It also stays fresher longer.
- When it comes to sweetening, honey has a greater sweetening power than sugar and this means fewer calories when cooking with honey.
- When cooking with honey you may well find that the recipe lists a certain amount of honey in ml, however honey is sold by weight. So before you go to the supermarket to buy honey for the recipe you may want to look at the table at the bottom of this blog which provides the conversion of liquid measurements of honey to weight and vice versa.
Substituting Honey for Sugar in Recipes
You can substitute honey for sugar in most recipes. There are a few guidelines that you need to be aware of:-
- Firstly only use half the weight of the sugar for the honey. That is, if the recipe calls for 200gm of sugar, you should only use 100gm of honey.
- You will need to add about half a teaspoon of baking soda for each cup of honey used in the baking recipe. The addition of the baking soda will help the baked goods to rise and neutralise the honey acidity.
- When baking you need to reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe as you will be providing more liquid in the form of honey rather than sugar. So for each cup of honey, reduce the amount of liquid by a quarter of a cup. So for two cups of honey, reduce the amount of liquid by half a cup. Or if using smaller amounts, say 8tbsps of honey, reduce the amount of liquid by 2tbsps.
- To prevent over browning of your baking (caused by the fructose) all baking temperatures (if substituting honey for sugar) should be reduced by about five degrees Celsius.
Cooking With Honey Measurements
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Honey Measuring Tip
Last month we provided a tip on how to easily measure honey using cling wrap and this month we provide another one, which is probably even better…
When measuring honey lightly oil (or spray with cooking spray) the spoon, cup or dish that you are going to measure the honey in. Due to the oil, the honey will slide off the surface meaning you have a more accurate measurement and less mess to clean up as well.
Did you know…?
What you may not know is that you have probably already enjoyed AB’s Honey in your favourite biscuits, cereal, cakes, deserts or a meal at your favourite restaurant. AB’s Honey is used by many manufacturers and those in the food service industry who provide quality foods containing quality ingredients…
It is only recently that the renowned AB’s Honey is now available for Australian families to purchase through this Simply Honey online honey store (or Jan Powers Farmers markets).