Knowing how to substitute honey for sugar in recipes allows you to reap the health benefits of honey while cutting back on sugar intake. Honey helps boost the immune system, provides the body with vitamins and minerals, and offers a distinct flavor to add to your recipes.
To substitute honey for sugar in recipes, you will need:
- Measure the honey. Measure out the honey to be added to the recipe, substituting three-quarters of a cup of honey for each cup of sugar needed in the recipe. Honey is sweeter and more dense than sugar, so you will need less of it in your recipe, but you can increase or decrease the ratio to suit your tastes.
- Adjust liquid measurements. Reduce the amount of liquid used in the recipe overall by one-quarter of a cup for each cup of sugar needed in the recipe. Since honey is a liquid it will help keep the food moist and reduce the amount of other liquids you will need.
- Measure the baking soda. Measure one-eighth of a teaspoon of baking soda for each cup of honey. This will help neutralize the acid in the honey.
- Proceed with the recipe. Measure the remaining ingredients and mix them and the adjusted ingredients together.
- Adjust oven temperature. Set the oven at 25 degrees Fahrenheit lower than what the recipe calls for. The honey will cause the food to brown more quickly, so lowering the temperature and monitoring the food are important.