RECIPE: Can I substitute honey for molasses in a bread recipe

cbarkstonMay 13, 2007

My bread turned out darker than I want it. Can I make an even exchange---equal parts honey for the molasses?

Thanks in advance!

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CA Kate

The bread wouldn't taste anywhere near the same. If I remember correctly, there are different darkness to molasses -- black strap being the darkest. Perhaps you might try to find one of the lighter ones. Or, you could substitute some of the molasses with corn syrup.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2007 at 12:26AM
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Carol_Ann

I often swap honey and molasses in bread recipes (yeast or quick breads) when I'm out of one or the other, so feel free. It will make a difference in flavor but not a bad one -- just a difference. I've always liked the resulting bread, whichever way I've gone. Happy baking!

    Bookmark   May 14, 2007 at 6:19AM
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fearlessem

I agree with carol ann -- I've done this often, going in both driections, and the result may taste different from the original recipe (usually not that different unless the original called for lots and lots of molasses) but has always been delish!

Emily

    Bookmark   May 14, 2007 at 1:32PM
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annie1992

I agree, I often swap honey for molasses. Although I love molasses, my daughter doesn't so she prefers bread made with honey.

The flavor is milder and maybe a bit sweeter with honey than molasses, but I like it either way.

Annie

    Bookmark   May 14, 2007 at 4:15PM
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gourd_friends

How about using sorghum in place of molasses or honey??
I have all three products, but would love to use up the sorghum. It is rather thick, and I always have to heat it to use it.
Is anyone on the forum experienced with sorghum?

Jan

    Bookmark   May 14, 2007 at 6:10PM
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cbarkston

Thank you for all your responses---I plan to use the honey but I'm concerned whether to substitute the SAME AMOUNT of honey as the molasses called for in the recipe??? It just calls for 2 T. molasses. Do I use 2 T. honey?
Thanks in advance!

    Bookmark   May 14, 2007 at 6:45PM
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lindac

Yep....same...or more...or less....doesn't really matter...bread is not an exact science.
I have used sorghum in bread lots...just use it like you would molasses.
Linda C

    Bookmark   May 14, 2007 at 8:22PM
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Carol_Ann

yes -- use the same amount -- although, as mentioned, bread is a flexible kind of thing, so exactness isn't critical. Use a tad more if you want a slightly sweeter bread, etc. You may have to change the amount of flour used *slightly* but most recipes give you a range of amount of flour, rather than a precise measurement. Even humidity can affect what makes the dough come out right, so just be prepared to play a little. Sometimes I've thrown in a egg where not called for, or changed flours, or added some oatmeal in place of part of the flour... you get the idea! The more you bake, the more you'll have fun with it. Good luck and have fun!

    Bookmark   May 14, 2007 at 10:24PM
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grainlady_ks

Substituting honey for molasses? Depends on how much is used in the bread. If it's a yeast or quick bread and the amount is less than 1/2 c., probably no problem using honey for molasses, but when using equal amounts, you'll find more sweetening from the same amount of honey as you would get from molasses.

Be aware that foods brown quickly when using honey. To adjust for over-browning, reduction of temperature by 25° is sometimes advised (especially when the amount of honey is 1/2 cup or more), or you can cover your bread with a tent of foil for a period of time, to prevent over-browning or even burning before it's completely baked.

Molasses (blackstrap) is 70% sucrose and is about one-half as sweet as sugar. While honey is fructose, glucose, and sucrose and can be 20% to 60% sweeter than white sugar, but with a composition very similar to table sugar. So if substituting large amounts of molasses with honey, you may need to reduce the amount of honey because it's much sweeter than molasses.

You could also try using 1/2 molasses and 1/2 honey. Molasses does add some flvoring, as well as coloring.

I'll add information about sorghum (aka sorghum syrup/sorghum molasses) for Jan "gourd friends". While molasses is made from sugar cane or sugar beets, sorghum comes from the sorghum plant and it's properties are very similar to those of black-strap molasses and are good substitutes one for another. Watch out for "blended" sorghum products. Many are cut with high-fructose corn syrup, which makes it sweeter than plain old sorghum.

You can add to this syrupy mix, 100% pure cane syrup (like Steen's), treacle (another name for molasses), golden syrup, and maple syrup. All can usually be substitutes one for the other, but all have different flavors and will differ in sweetness.

There are a number of substitions that can be made for molasses; for a cup of molasses the following may be used (with varying degrees of success): 1 cup honey, or ¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar, or 1 cup dark corn syrup, 1 cup granulated sugar with 1/4 cup water, or 1 cup pure maple syrup.

-Grainlady

    Bookmark   May 15, 2007 at 5:02PM
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lindac

I don't find sorghum syrup much like black strap molasses at all...
There isn't the straining and the "bottom of the barrel" issues with sorghum.
There are 2 small sorghum molasses making facilities near me and I have watched it being made more than2 or 3 times.
The process is roughly rolling the stalks ( which do resemble sugar cane) through a roller mill, saving and straining the resultant juice and cooking off the water. Actually the process is more like making maple syrup than molasses in that the syrup is the end product, not a by product.
The longer you cook the syrup, the darker it gets. I love the taste in breads....a little "grassier" than molasses...
I'm out...need to buy some!
Linda C

Here is a link that might be useful: Sorghum

    Bookmark   May 15, 2007 at 6:14PM
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mamabearjacobs_comcast_net

I have a recipe that says "unsulphured molasses, NOT blackstrap molasses." It's whole wheat bread. Is it really going to matter??

    Bookmark   June 4, 2011 at 9:47PM
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