Trying to reduce the amount of cane sugar you use in your baking? Or do you have a few jars of unused rice malt syrup in the cupboard that need to be used. We’re here to help!
We absolutely love using liquid sweeteners in our baking and with a few simple steps you can begin swapping our your cane sugar for a liquid alternative.
Here’s our handy 4-step guide to replacing sugar with a liquid sweetener.
1. Adjust the amount
Not all sweeteners taste the same, so when you are replacing sugar with a liquid sweetener you need to remember to adjust the amount in order to achieve your desired level of sweetness. As maple syrup and honey both have a distinctive, rich flavour, but generally taste sweeter than sugar, you need less of these when replacing sugar. But as Rice Malt Syrup has a subtle, mild flavour and tastes less sweet, you might want to use a little more. Our general rule of thumb for substitution is as follows:
1 cup sugar = 1 1/4 cups Rice Malt Syrup = 3/4 cup honey = 3/4 maple syrup
2. Adjust the liquid
It’s important to remember that sweeteners play other roles in a recipe than just flavour and by replacing granulated sugar with a liquid sweetener, you’re altering the recipe’s balance of liquids. This means you’ll need to adjust the amount of other liquids in the recipe when using a liquid sweetener. For example, if you are replacing 1 cup of sugar with 1 1/4 cups of Rice Malt Syrup, then you will need to reduce the other liquids in the recipe (eg water, milk, juice) by 1/4 cup.
3. Adjust your expectations
Liquid sweeteners are great substitutes in cooking and can often be used without anyone being the wiser. However, there are some recipes where they are just not going to work like regular sugar – and you need to be realistic about that. Believe us, we know from experience how hard it is to admit defeat, but while Rice Malt Syrup can replace sugar to make a delicious, soft meringue – it’s just not going to work when you’re trying to make a crispy, hard shell pavlova (don’t ask how many egg whites we went through before coming to that conclusion…) At the end of the day, it’s science and who are we to argue with the laws of physics!
4. Adjust your cooking style
Like all things, you need to remember that you are trying something new and that you need to give yourself time to learn. The more you cook and experiment with liquid sweeteners, the better you will become. You’ll start to get a feel for how liquid sweeteners behave compared to granulated sugar and you’ll learn what works and what doesn’t. The amounts we’ve outlined above are a guide, so feel free to experiment and see what works for you. And don’t be too hard on yourself if something doesn’t turn out like you think it should – we all have kitchen disasters and they really are the best way to learn.
So now you know how to replace sugar with a liquid sweetener, you can get busy baking your favourite treats.
And to get you started, here’s some of our favourite recipes, all made using liquid sweetener: