Naturally Sweet

Naturally Sweet

Bake All your Favorites With 30% to 50% Less Sugar

Book - 2016
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Publisher: Brookline, MA : America's Test Kitchen, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781940352589
Characteristics: ix, 309 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour)
Additional Contributors: America's Test Kitchen (Firm)


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Sep 20, 2018

On the whole nutrition wise, very disappointing. Often the use of additional fats and creams were required to compensate for dryness. Calories mount up when increasing fats or adding very sweet dried fruits to compensate for the lack of sugar.

Jun 26, 2018

I've only tried a couple of recipes out of this so far, but I would recommend checking this out if you are interested in less sweet sweets. I'm not about swearing off sugar entirely, but interested in reducing it in my baking and this book was a good resource for that.

Try their banana ice cream with peanut butter. I was skeptical but my husband and kids love it -- it is just sweetened by the banana.

Aug 03, 2017

I only tried one recipe from the book, chocolate cookies, and it turned out very well. My kids loved them and did not remark on the lower sugar content. The book uses alternatives to white granulated sugar, such as coconut sugar, sucanat, maple syrup and honey. Sucanat is not the same as the raw sugar you find in the grocery store. I was able to find coconut sugar at the Loblaws, but the sucanat I had to purchase at a natural foods store (not bulk barn). You have to grind the sucanat/coconut sugar, so you'll need a kitchen grinder of some kind. The book is quite good at explaining the differences between the sugars, both how much they are processed and what the result will be when you bake with them. A useful book if you are looking to lower your sugar intake, but still enjoy some treats.

JCLJoyceM Jan 23, 2017

Making granulated sugar is a chemically laden process, and this book offers alternatives using natural cane sugar (Sucanat), honey or other more natural options. Reducing the amount of granulated sugar in a recipe actually affects the moisture content and the book has many photos to show how various sugars affect a recipe. The recipes use more fruits, spices and flavorings to make up for the reduced sugar.
Each recipe has possible sweetener substitutions, including brown or granulated sugar, which is helpful if you haven’t grabbed a bag of Sucanat. The authors also explain how the results will be affected by using different sugars or not grinding Sucanat, which is often a step.

Dec 27, 2016

Great recipes with less sugar. The molasses spice cookies were my favorite! There are a few pesky prep directions, but nothing too overwhelming. (I ended up using an old coffee grinder as a spice grinder for the sucanat grinding recipes.)

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