Cooking with Honey

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Honey is a wonderful ingredient for cooking. This golden liquid, produced entirely from the sweet fragrant nectar that the bees collect from blossoms is a natural sweetener and an excellent energy source. Honey adds flavor and prolongs freshness in baked goods.

Honey is a natural humectant which means that it has the ability to absorb and retain moisture, slowing down your baked goods from drying out and becoming stale. Cakes and cookies made with honey develop a moist texture and stay fresh for a longer time than they would if made with granulated sugar. This means that baking can be done ahead of time.

 

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  • When using honey in cake baking, it is best to use recipes that have been tested with honey or start by only replacing a portion of the sugar. The general rule is to reduce the liquid by 1/4 cup for each cup of honey used to replace sugar. Liquid can be water, milk, coffee, eggs or juice.

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  • For easier pouring and less waste, use a greased cup when measuring honey - Measure margarine first, then use the same cup for the honey. Cooking oil, melted butter, or egg white will serve the same purpose. Likewise, when measuring tablespoons of honey, dip the spoon into oil, then fill with honey.