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Alfie


Honey is thought to be a healthy good tasting sweetener.  I have heard that people from India


avoid baking with honey because there is a centuries held idea that heating honey causes it to


become toxic or poisonous in some way.  We have all heard that honey looses some of its healthy


benefits when heated.  We also have heard that heating and processing reduces potential for certain


bacteria.  Our food processing industry tries to make things attractive for the consumer and more


profitable for themselves.  Unheated crystallized honey is not as sellable as the golden almost clear


honey that comes in the squeezable plastic  bear.  In India honey may be thought to be more of a


medicine than a food.  Personally, I substitute rice syrup or sugar, maple syrup etc. when honey is


called for in a recipe that requires heating.  It is a switch for me because when I grew up honey cake


was thought to be a treat. 


 


Any further information will helpful. 


 


Thanks for this exchange of ideas and baking techniques.


 

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