Ahhh… sweet carbohydrates. We love them, don’t you? To facilitate baking from scratch, having a stock of sweeteners in your pantry is a must.
Our two most-used sweeteners are locally raised clover honey and molasses. We also use maple syrup on occasion – especially in fall flavored dishes.
Beyond these sweeteners, I do also have powdered sugar, brown sugar, sugar and karo syrup (note: Karo syrup is corn syrup, but NOT HFCS).
Other sweeteners – alternative sources of glucose and sucrose – include sucanat, which we plan to try yet this year.
Although Agave Nectar has gotten a lot of hype in the past couple of years, it’s a sweetener that I do not use. Agave syrup is just as highly processed and has a nearly equivalent fructose concentration as HFCS. You won’t find this one in our cupboard.
In addition – you will not find HFCS in our kitchen, nor any artificial sweeteners.
My friend Laura, over at Heavenly Homemakers, has an excellent blog post on sweeteners. Go check it out.
Have you baked with honey? I invite you to try this delicious fall dish, remade to use honey as a natural sweetener!
Honey Apple Crisp – Finding Joy in My Kitchen
- 4-5 medium apples, tart is best
- 2 tsp. cinnamon, divided
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/4 C honey, divided
- 3 T butter, melted
- 1/3 C & 2 T white whole wheat flour, divided
- 1 C old fashioned oats
Begin by peeling, coring and slicing your apples. Toss them in a large bowl with 2 T white whole wheat flour, 1 tsp. cinnamon & 1/4 tsp. nutmeg. Stir to mix.
Drizzle in 1/8 C honey. Stir well to coat the apples.
Spread the apples into a lightly greased 9x9 glass baking dish.
In a second bowl, mix together 1 C old fashioned oats, 1/3 C white whole wheat flour, and 1 tsp. cinnamon. Stir well. Add in 3 T melted/softened butter along with 1/8 C honey. Stir until moistened.
Layer the oat-honey topping over the apples.
Bake at 375 for 30-45 minutes, until apples are nice and bubbly and topping is lightly browned.
Delicious alone… but exceptional with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
What sweeteners do you use the most? Any you want to try?