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hungrystudent257 Mar 23, 2009 12:04 AM

Hey chowers, I'm doing my best to drop those pounds before bikini season, and I need your help. I bake fairly often, and I've started replacing sugar for Splenda, for obvious reasons. I don't have a problem with the taste of the fake stuff, its the mouthfeel that leaves me wanting more. Is there any way to replace or replicate the texture that sugar gives to baked goods (the fudginess in brownies, the chewiness in cookies, etc)? Everything I bake with Splenda turns out cakey, which I detest, except in cake of course. Is there a way? Thanks

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    kayEx Mar 23, 2009 12:10 AM

    Sorry to say it but no. Use sugar maybe a little less add another type of liquid like maybe unsweetened coconut milk, fruit and vegetable purees to lesson the caloric load but don't take the sugar away for taste and texture reasons. Sugar adds not only sweetness but also moistens baked goods. I have learned to eat less or walk longer.

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      KiltedCook Mar 23, 2009 04:24 AM

      Nope - sugar in a baking recipe isn't a liquid and it isn't a solid, and the thing it affects most besides sweetness is texture. You can trade some of the sugar volume for applesauce; butnot a lot.

      1. chowser Mar 23, 2009 09:28 AM

        I wonder if you can add a tablespoon or so of molasses to every cup of splenda to give it a chewier consistency. It's how brown sugar is made from white and it makes the product chewier. It wouldn't add many calories since that's your concern.

        I looked it up. Here are some helpful hints (including adding molasses):

        http://cpmcnet.columbia.edu/dept/nbdi...

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          chevrelove Mar 23, 2009 10:18 AM

          "Is there a way?"

          Yes, and you can accomplish two goals here - make those close to you happy and be bikini-ready by diverting some of those baked goods to friends, family, and colleagues :-)

          Unfortunately, I'm with the others on sugar.

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            hungrystudent257 Mar 23, 2009 12:08 PM

            argh. I was hoping for some magical calorie-free ingredient that I have never heard of. Oh well. thanks for the help everyone (esp chowser-- that website is really helpful!)

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              Procrastibaker Mar 23, 2009 05:07 PM

              Yeah, from what I've read sugar is one of those tastes that can't really be replicated well, let alone how substitutes perform in baking. Portion control and friends willing to accept your kitchen projects is the way to go. I make it work with a husband who has a perennial sweet tooth and an annoyingly high metabolism. Good luck!

              1. mrsfury Mar 23, 2009 05:15 PM

                Why has no one mentioned the Splenda for baking product? It's just as good as sugar, IMO... or am I missing something?

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                  Hanky Mar 23, 2009 06:06 PM

                  I have been using Whey Low. We use both the white and brown and love it. Here is the website: www.wheylow.com .
                  Hank

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                    blue room Mar 23, 2009 10:04 PM

                    mrsfury, the original poster is already using Splenda, but isn't satisfied with the finished product.

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