I love to bake in winter, but one of the main reasons I restrain is because my husband who is now totally off granulated sugar gets left out whenever there is a piece of cake. I do bake for kids though, but somewhere in the corner of my mind, it doesn’t feel balanced. There are many experiments that I run to see what I can do to make this better. Even though we use jaggery or raw sugar, it still calculated a sugar load for a diabetic. So alternatives were absolutely needed. He is quite happy with Stevia and that began my experiments with Stevie based baking.
Baking with Stevia
Stevia is a low-calorie sweetener and much sweeter than sugar( nearly 200 times sweeter). It is of natural origin but we use the refined version as that is the only approved one by food authorities. In smaller quantities, it is a boon to satisfy a sweet tooth for dietary reasons. Saying this, it does give an after taste which is an acquired feeling. So give time for your taste buds to adapt to Stevia.
Once I started baking with Stevia I learnt quite a lot about the substitutions. here are some of my experimental learning.
- Learning that sugar to Stevia is not a direct substitution was lesson one.
- Secondly, a thicker dough makes the bake more dense and doughy than light and easy. So this is a balance you have to work within a big way. This balance to change a recipe is what I found hardest.
- When only one-third of the quantity of sugar is needed, that much bulk is needed to be added to the bake to make it up. this can be pureed banana, applesauce or eggwhites.
- Stevia lacks the ability to lighten the bakes, hence it will not help you to soften the batter, so the batter really needs to be flowing.
- The lift from the batter with stevia is not as good as sugar, so account for smaller pans to give the bake the ability to rise.
Have you tried baking with stevia?
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