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What is a good substitute for honey?

sarahjay Aug 25, 2008 11:11 AM

I've always had great success with the No Knead Challah recipe from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day (recipe available at www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/baked-goo... ) and would like to make it for my parents while I'm staying with them. The problem is that my dad is allergic to honey and I don't know what to substitute for it. In other recipes that call for a couple of tablespoons I just use sugar, but I don't know about 1/2 c. Should I use a simple syrup? Corn syrup? Sugar water?

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  1. everydayfoodie RE: sarahjay Aug 25, 2008 11:21 AM

    How about agave nectar? Given that it's a liquid as well it might not mess too heavily with the proportions in the recipe. I found this wikipedia link for more details:


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      missfunkysoul RE: everydayfoodie Aug 25, 2008 07:28 PM

      i second agave - it's great stuff.

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      Nyleve RE: sarahjay Aug 25, 2008 02:41 PM

      Try maple syrup, golden corn syrup or just make a heavy sugar syrup - 3 or 4 parts sugar to 1 part water. But maple syrup would be my first choice.

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        ChesterhillGirl RE: sarahjay Aug 25, 2008 04:48 PM

        I also avoid cooking with honey because my SIL is allergic to bees, so I keep Lyle's Golden Syrup here as a substitute. I've only used it as a substitute in baking, but it has worked fine. In addition to being terribly sweet, of course, it has a delicious flavor.

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          pigtails RE: sarahjay Aug 25, 2008 05:28 PM

          Suzanne's makes a wonderful product that tastes just like honey, but has none. good for folks with the allergies and the vegans. i love honey, and have no allergy to it - but this product really tastes like honey. it's kind of amazing.

          you can find it here:

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            HillJ RE: sarahjay Aug 25, 2008 06:08 PM

            rice syrup found in health food stores
            light molasses
            real maple syrup
            for bread recipes you might even consider using applesauce as a substitute

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              Analisas mom RE: sarahjay Aug 25, 2008 07:26 PM

              you could also just melt some brown sugar that would work fine and make it sweet enough.

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                cimui RE: sarahjay Aug 25, 2008 07:49 PM

                sarahjay, i like using white grape juice concentrate as a substitute for honey in baking. you can replace honey with it at a 1:1 ratio, so you won't have to adjust the other liquid ingredients. it's also a little milder in flavor than maple syrup if you don't want maple flavored challah, and adds a little more aroma than just plain simple syrup or corn syrup.

                1. maria lorraine RE: sarahjay Aug 26, 2008 01:21 AM

                  Just use sugar in an equal amount. Sugar is considered to be a liquid ingredient anyway. It liquifies in the oven.

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                    lgss RE: sarahjay Aug 26, 2008 03:53 AM

                    maple syrup or agave nectar.

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