Honey in cooking and baking

A bee collecting nectar from a purple flowerIf you can use honey, it adds a number of advantages to your baking:

– It enhances browning and crispiness. If you use gluten-free flour blends in your baking, you may have noticed that they don’t brown very well. Honey can help to add colour to your treats.

– Honey retains more moisture in cakes and other treats which makes them more succulent. Read more…

 

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Honey

A bee is collecting nectar from a yellow flowerHoney is made by bees from the nectar of flowers. However, it’s not suitable for everyone:

– Honey’s sweetness comes mainly from glucose and fructose, so it is in this respect similar to ordinary sugar. Therefore, it’s not suitable for those on an anti-candida diet. Continue reading

Sugar substitutes

Photo of some granulated xylitol in a small glass bowlSweetness is an elemental part of sweet treats. But how do you add sweetness if you can’t eat sugar?

Fortunately, there are several substitutes to choose from. Here are some examples:

Artificial sweeteners
These are high-intensity sweeteners, such as aspartame, saccharine and sucralose. They have a negligible number of calories but some sources say they may be linked to health problems. Continue reading