Yep, you can bake with it and as the colder months draw nearer, we're about to do more of it. The truth is raw honey will provide some special attributes to your baked goods—among them, a golden crust color, a unique flavor, moistness, and moisture retention in the product. Why try honey instead of processed sugar? Every unique varietal of honey will add an equally unique variety of flavor to your baked goods. Honey's flavor varies with the type of flower the bees worked to produce the honey. These flavors include blueberry, cranberry, orange blossom, sage, wildflower, sweet yellow clover, and wild rasberry to name a few. Just imagine the hint of those flavors infused in your favorite baked goods. We're hungry already.
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You can use a one-for-one substitution of honey for sugar in most yeast breads and muffins, pancakes, or waffles
When substituting honey in recipes calling for 1 cup or more of sugar, reduce the other liquids in the recipe by ¼ cup for every 1 cup of honey
In cookie recipes using eggs or recipes with no other liquids, increase the flour by 2 tablespoons for each cup of honey
Add ½ teaspoon baking soda for every 1 cup of honey used
To avoid overbrowning, reduce the oven temperature by 25ºF if it is a recipe not designed for honey as an ingredient
Granulated sugar may play a critical role (creaming, holding air in a batter) in some recipes. If substituting with all honey is not successful, you may choose to substitute half the sugar with honey
Because of its high fructose content, honey is sweeter than sugar. If a product is too sweet with a one-for-one substitution, reduce the amount of honey by using ½ to ¾ as much honey as white sugar in the recipe
Oil or spray the liquid measuring cup to make it easy for the honey to slide out after measuring
Re-liquefy crystallized honey by removing the container's lid, and warming the container in very hot water, stirring every 5 minutes. OR, microwave on HIGH for 15 to 60 seconds, making sure the container is microwavable
One 12-ounce jar honey = one standard measuring cup
And last but not least—don't forget the honey butter or flavored honeys for a drizzle on baked goods, ice creams, puddings or other desserts.—The Buzz