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Aug 25, 2008 11:11 AM

What is a good substitute for honey?

I've always had great success with the No Knead Challah recipe from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day (recipe available at ) 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. 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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    1. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. 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:

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