How to substitute sugar

Dear Baker:
Can I substitute honey for sugar in recipes? And if I can use honey, do I use the same amount of honey as sugar? I am especially interested in the quick breads such as banana bread. --iVillager brendeac


Dear brendeac:
You can substitute white sugar for honey (which only means that you are going from a solid sugar to a liquid one), but not without changing the texture and taste of the recipe. Here's the formula: 1 cup honey = 1 1/4 cups sugar + 1/4 cup liquid.

If you change to honey, you will also need to add more baking soda in the recipe because honey is an acidic ingredient. For every 3/4 cup of honey, add in 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and take out 2 teaspoons of baking powder. Using this formula, you can test your recipes and see what happens. Quick cakes such as muffins and quick breads are the most forgiving recipes, so you may get lucky. My philosophy is that sugar is sugar is sugar, so I'd be inclined to leave your recipes just the way they are. Good luck!

Sarah Phillips is the author of Healthy Oven Baking Book.

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