- The syrup won’t be as thick as maple syrup or honey in either ratio. Instead, it will be thin and simple to pour, with a liqueur-like consistency.
- Simple syrup can be replaced with a variety of other ingredients. Gomme (gum) syrup and agave nectar are the most popular at the bar. Other choices include molasses and honey (or honey syrup), which should be used sparingly in drinks.
- If you’re replacing granulated sugar in a drink recipe with simple syrup, use 1/4 ounce syrup for every teaspoon of sugar. You may, however, require up to 1/2 ounce of syrup.
- Add a little vodka to extend the shelf life. Depending on the size of the amount of syrup, anywhere from a tablespoon to an ounce is usually plenty.
What is a good substitute for simple syrup?
If using these alternatives in a cocktail or coffee drink recipe, start with a bit less than the recipe calls for and adjust to taste.
In drinks, agave syrup can be used to replace simple syrup (it’s also used to sweeten margaritas). The agave plant provides the nectar. After that, it’s turned into a syrup, which is now more commonly available. Because of its neutral flavor, it’s a wonderful choice for cocktails. Use it in place of simple syrup in a 1:1 ratio.
Another simple syrup option is honey. It has a somewhat stronger flavor than maple syrup, but it can still be used as a substitute. Because honey’s consistency can be quite thick, turn it into honey syrup! Here’s how to make honey syrup, which may be used in place of simple syrup in a 1:1 ratio.
Can I use simple syrup instead of sugar in baking?
Are you ready to consider alternatives to white granulated sugar? Yes, we are. Sugar, in fact, comes in a variety of flavors and forms, including liquid. Certain less-processed liquid sweeteners have a nuanced, layered flavor profile that lends itself well to baking. However, switching from dry to liquid sugar in a favorite recipe can be intimidating.
This is where we come in: we’re here to help you overcome your baking phobias by providing some ideas for achieving the distinct flavor and moist texture that comes with baking with liquid sweeteners.
Three liquid sweeteners typically used in baking are honey, maple syrup, and molasses. We’re focusing on these ingredients since they’re both easy to find and delicious. Don’t worry if your favorite liquid sweetener isn’t on this list; our findings can be applied to a variety of sweeteners (although without testing, no guarantees).
Let’s look at these three ingredients in more detail so you know what to expect when baking using liquid sweeteners.
- Depending on the grade, the flavor might range from mild to intense. The flavor will be deliciously caramelly if you choose the dark, lower grade varieties.
- Browning: browns slightly faster than honey, but not as quickly as granulated sugar (the sugars are mostly sucrose)
- Best in: mildly sweetened recipes; also fantastic in cookies, confectionery, and glazes.
Don’t be deceived by “fake” maple syrup, which contains corn syrup as the main ingredient. Because the sweetness of real maple syrup disappears in baking, use it instead.
- The degree of the flavor varies according on the type, although it might have bitter undertones and notes of malt. It doesn’t have the same sweetness as honey or maple syrup.
- Spices and/or fall fruits and vegetables work well in dishes (think apple crisp, cranberry bread, pumpkin pie)
How to substitute liquid sweeteners in baking
Each sweetener is different and affects baked goods in different ways. Here’s what you should know before substituting them for sugar in your recipe:
Because honey is sweeter than sugar, you can use around 3/4 cup honey instead of 1 cup sugar (e.g., use a generous 3/4 cup honey instead of 1 cup sugar). For every 1 cup substitute, reduce the liquid by 3 to 4 teaspoons. Is there no more liquid in your recipe? For every cup of honey used, add 3 to 4 tablespoons more flour (approximately 1 tablespoon every 1/4 cup).
Honey should not be used in recipes that need baking at temperatures above 350°F because it will burn.
Because maple syrup is almost as sweet as sugar, you can use it in place of sugar (e.g., for 1 cup of sugar, use 1 cup of maple syrup). For every 1 cup substitute, reduce the liquid by 3 to 4 teaspoons. If the recipe doesn’t call for any liquid, follow the same rule: for every 1/4 cup of maple syrup used, add around 1 tablespoon of more flour.
If you’re baking using butter, make sure you use room temperature maple syrup. The other components may clump together if the syrup is too cold.
When substituting molasses, use the same method: replace the sugar with an equal volume of molasses (e.g., for 1 tablespoon of sugar, use 1 tablespoon of molasses). If there is no liquid added to the recipe, adjust the liquids/flour in the same way, adding 1 tablespoon of flour for every 1/4 cup of molasses used; otherwise, lower it proportionally. Because molasses has a stronger flavor than maple syrup, it’s best used in modest amounts or in combination with other sweeteners.
Tip: Because very dark molasses (blackstrap) can become harsh when cooked, use it only for savory purposes.
Keep in mind that the amount of liquid sweetener you use can be adjusted to suit your tastes. Most recipes can tolerate a sugar reduction of 10% to 25%, and this is true even when using liquid sweeteners. (See this series of articles for further information on how to reduce sugar in baking.)
Testing liquid sweeteners in baking
We chose a few of our favorite recipes to investigate what happens when liquid sweeteners are substituted for sugar in common baking applications. We experimented with many different muffin, bread, pie, cookie, and cake recipes, and here are some of our favorites.
Don’t let the pairings below limit you. Whatever liquid sweetener you use will produce identical results, with minor changes in flavor and color.
Molasses-based muffins: the dark golden hue of the muffins is striking. They bake faster than the original version and rise higher than planned. They get a 10 for aesthetics and have a distinct malty flavor. They’re not particularly sweet, so I’d add more sparkling sugar to the top next time for added sweetness and shine.
The verdict: Liquid sweetener muffins will rise beautifully and have a somewhat coarser crumb.
Yeast breads, such as Walter Sands’ Basic White Bread with Honey, may be the easiest to modify when baking using liquid sweeteners.
Is simple syrup the same as sugar syrup?
Simple syrup, sometimes known as “sugar syrup,” is a liquid form of sugar used to sweeten cocktails, iced tea, iced coffee, lemonade, and other cold beverages. It’s more easier to mix into cold beverages than conventional sugar because it’s a liquid sweetener.
What is the efficient method of preparing simple syrup?
1-Heated Solution Method. 2- Agitation Technique 3-added a medicated liquid to the syrup 4- The Percolation Technique.
How many calories are in simple sugar?
Carbs are saccharide molecules that contain a single, double, or multiple sugar units (1).
They are your body’s preferred source of energy, supplying four calories per gram.
Carbohydrates are divided into two categories: simple and complicated. The number of sugar molecules they contain is the difference between them.
Simple carbohydrates, also known as simple sugars, are made up of one or two sugar molecules, whereas complex carbohydrates comprise three or more.
Monosaccharides are the simplest carbs because they can’t be broken down any further by your body.
With the exception of fructose, this permits your body to absorb them fast and easily.
- Glucose: Glucose is found naturally in fruits and vegetables. Syrups, candies, honey, sports drinks, and desserts are all typical sources.
- Fructose: Fruit is the primary natural dietary source of fructose, which is why it’s also known as fruit sugar.
- Lactose, the sugar found in milk and milk products such as cheese, butter, and yogurt, is the main dietary source of galactose.
Disaccharides are made up of two sugar molecules bound together, or two monosaccharides.
Before the linked monosaccharides can be absorbed, your body must break them apart.
- Sucrose (glucose + fructose) is a natural sweetener obtained from sugarcane or beet. It is commonly referred to as table sugar. It is naturally found in fruits and vegetables and is added to foods during processing.
- Lactose (glucose + galactose) is a sugar present in milk and milk products that is also known as milk sugar.
- Maltose (glucose + glucose) is a sugar that can be found in malt beverages like beer and malt liquors.
One or two sugar molecules make up simple sugars. A monosaccharide is a carbohydrate containing only one sugar molecule, whereas a disaccharide has two sugar molecules bound together.