Baking with honey: The 4 rules
Do you want to modify your baking recipe by replacing the sugar for honey? That’s great! We will guide you through it, because it’s not as simple as just replacing the sugar for honey. There are a couple basic rules for baking with honey:
1. For every cup of sugar, use 1/2 to 1/3 cup of honey. This rule applies to most honeys, but make sure you taste the honey before using it. Depending on which kind of honey you use, honey can be two or even three times as sweet as regular white sugar. For instance, our Fireweed honey tends the have a sweeter flavor because it contains more fructose, whereas Clover honey contains more glucose and therefore tastes less sweet on our tongue.
2. For every cup of honey you use, reduce other liquids by 1/4 cup. We reduce the liquids in the recipe when using honey, as honey is made up of approximately 20% water. In recipes where you don’t add other liquids or recipes that call for the use of eggs, increase the amount of flour by 2 tablespoons for each cup of honey that you use.
3. Add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to your recipe for every cup of honey that you use. This is only necessary if your recipe doesn’t already call for baking soda. Due to the acidic nature of honey, it can be difficult for your dish to rise if this isn’t balanced out. Baking soda works great for this.
4. Reduce the oven temperature by 25°F. Honey will caramelize quicker than granulated sugar, so turn down the heat to make sure your baked goods don’t brown too fast.
And remember… practice makes perfect!
Tips for baking with honey
1. Lightly oil the spoon that you use for honey to let the honey slide off easily.
2. Before using the honey make sure it’s not crystallized. In this form it will be more difficult to evenly mix the honey into your baked goods. If it is crystallized, heat it up slightly by removing the lid and placing the jar in hot water. Stir the honey gently util it becomes liquid again.
Good to know is that honey never goes off. This makes it a great ingredient to have in your pantry. We recommend using our Wildflower honey for your baked goods. This B.C. local honey from Dawson Creek has a beautiful floral aroma and can be used in anything. It’s also great in granola or teas.