Many years ago, a friend of mine told me to only use real cane sugar in cooking. Her husband has crohn's disease and they made major dietary changes which was simply eating real, non processed food. She surprised me saying that lots of sugar is processed from beets, not a "real" source of sugar.
Since opening a local product store, I am continued to be amazed at how different locally produced food is. In a time in history when so much of what we eat is processed, it can sometimes be a struggle to eat real food. I always use cane sugar but am on the lookout for ways to change our eating habits towards non processed food. I've heard about the great properties of honey so this fall, I bought plain shredded wheat and drizzled honey over them. I loved the taste but also had no allergy issues that season. Score!
What else could we switch out sugar for honey? Cornbread was my first switch out when I found a gluten free recipe that used honey. It was great.
Then I got a little power hungry and and decided to go rogue. How about peanut butter blossoms, those great holiday cookie with the Hersey kiss on top of peanut butter goodness? My recipe has 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup sugar, and 1 egg. That would be an easy swap! So I tried it. The dough was a bit sticky, but it did cook up okay. How did they taste? Well, this is what my husband said... "I must have gotten these cookies too late. They were pretty gummy and tasted weird." Ummm, no. That's just the way they tasted. The kids weren't big fans but everyone suffered and ate the cookies. (They are such troopers!)
What about using half sugar and half honey? That should work! Ummm, not so much. They were better but not the same.
So it turns out you really do need sugar for some things.
Even though that didn't work so well, I doesn't stop my experimenting. And your kitchen failures shouldn't stop you either! Keep having fun in the kitchen because sometimes things turn out great. What are some of your kitchen experiments that turned out epic?