Saturday, June 16, 2012

Baking with Honey

As a baker, I am always looking for ways to keep cakes, cupcakes and cookies moist. Not many people are fond of hard or dry pastries. Carla Emery received this tip from Marilyn Gordon and her husband, who raise and sell honey:

"To substitute honey for sugar in a baking recipes use 3/4 cup honey for 1 cup sugar and reduce liquid in the recipe by 1/4 cup - like in cakes. If liquid isn't called for in your recipe, add 4 tablespoons of additional flour for each 3/4 cup of honey used in cookies. Bake at a temperature of 25 degrees lower than called for, as baked goods with honey will brown faster. Cakes, cookies, and breads will be moist and stay fresh longer because of the honey's moistness."

Carla also states: "Honey is acidic. If there is as much as 1 cup of honey in the recipe, you can add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda (per 1 cup honey) and get a leavening action as well as neutralize the acidic quality."

With this tip it will be fun to try new recipes, such as these honey fudge brownies.


In a saucepan over low heat, melt together 1/2 cup butter, 2 squares of unsweetened chocolate, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Mix well. Remove from heat. Blend in 1 cup of honey, 1/2 cup un-sifted flour, and 1 teaspoon of baking powder. Add 2 well-beaten eggs. Beat the mixture well. Pour into a thoroughly greased 9-inch square pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 35 minutes (or until done in the center). Cool on wire rack for 15 minutes before marking into 16 squares.  

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