Baking is one of the most traditional ways of cooking food. If you have spent any time in the kitchen, you have likely baked something at some time. But perhaps, you are not familiar using honey in baked goods? This natural sweetener is actually a great companion for baking. Check out these easy recipes and give baking with honey a try!
Using Raw Honey in Baked Goods
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Raw honey is unfiltered and unpasteurized. It is one of nature’s finest foods that can be consumed straight from the hive by most people. You can eat raw honeycomb and enjoy honey in its purest form but most people are familiar with the liquid variety.
There are actually several different varieties of honey to try. Clover, Sourwood, Tupelo, Orange Blossom Honey are all natural products available in some areas. The nectar sources visited by bees results in different flavors and even honey of various colors or shades.
But for using honey in baking, any type works just fine. There is no need to spend extra money on a fancy brand. I might suggest a light colored variety as the taste is less bold and will not hide the flavor of your other ingredients. Here are some great simple recipes using honey in baked goods to get you started.
Enjoy the taste of fried chicken using the "baking" method with very little oil. Air Fryer chicken is crispy and delicious. Coated in a sweet and tangy honey sauce this dish lets the honey flavor shine through. You can make it in one pan or air fry the chicken pieces and finish the entree on the stove. Try various flavors of honey – such as orange blossom or clover to vary the taste. Even the kids will love them!
Golden baked chicken tenders made using honey and bread crumbs for a crispy coating. Using only 1-2 tablespoons of honey adds flavor and locks in moisture. Toss chicken in the flavorful coating and add some Italian Seasoning to give them more flavor if you wish. Moist and delicious.
Need a healthy snack or a quick "on the go" breakfast? These blueberry& honey muffins are just the ticket. Made using healthy ingredients like blueberries, raw honey, oatmeal and greek yogurt, they will pick you up without weighing you down. If you don't have blueberries – chunks of apples work too. Stir up a batch and freeze the extras for future use.
Delight your taste buds with this easy honey scone recipe that features blueberries. The addition of honey adds moisture to baked goods. You can use fresh blueberries or frozen – a great way to use your harvest. The combined flavors of raw honey and blueberries make this "not too sweet" treat something special. If you want extra sweetness, drizzles with a powdered sugar glaze when cool.
Enjoy the flavor of raw honey , dried cranberries and white chocolate in this easy to make healthy cookie recipe. The addition of dried cranberries combine with the other ingredients to give your taste buds a work out. A special recipe that is simple enough for everyday – yet special enough to have for the holidays.
Imagine the excitement when you take these simple honey cookies out of the oven. Kids of all ages will be drawn to them because of the fun shapes.They are similar in texture to sugar cookies but are made with honey instead of granulated sugar. Sprinkle with cinnamon if you want to jazz up the flavor. Easy to make and freeze for later. A light cookie taste that goes well with coffee or tea too.
This honey cake recipe should definately be near the top of your list of desserts. Sometimes cake can end up dry and tasteless. This recipe uses Wildflower honey to add flavor and moistness to your cake batter. A wonderful choice for your after dinner desert-enjoy it plain or with the icing glaze. The fondant bees add a cute theme to your honey cake. Perfect for a bee loving party.
Yuumy peanut butter cookies made with honey and whole wheat flour. Cookies made with peanut butter are a sure crowd pleaser and nothing goes better with a cup of coffee. But, sometimes they can seem a bit greasy.This recipe provides more nutritional value than a basic peanut butter cookie due to the special flower and added honey.
Tips for Replacing Sugar with Honey in Baked Goods
Honey is made by bees but it is still sugar. Sweet and delicious but it does have calories so lets keep everything in moderation.
When substituting honey in your recipe remember that it is a liquid. Therefore, when adding a cup of honey it is a good idea to reduce other liquid ingredients by about 1/4 cup. This helps keep the balance between wet ingredients and dry.
Master Beekeeper, Charlotte Anderson shares her love of all things honeybee. She helps others become better beekeepers and teaches new beekeepers how to get started. Her mission is spreading awareness of the importance of honey bees. She is a former Beekeeper of the Year in South Carolina.
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