Bake with Florida Oranges for Natural Sweetness
Florida oranges are the perfect sugar substitute for bakers who want to reduce their consumption of refined sugar. Whether you want to follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, can’t eat processed sugar, or have a condition such as diabetes which forces you to cut down on your sugar intake you can still have the sweets you love if you use natural orange juice instead of sugar in your baking. Cookies, cakes, and other treats all can be baked using natural orange juice instead of refined sugar. Just substitute orange juice in the recipes that you already use and love and you can eat what you like without eating refined sugar.
When it comes to baking not all sugar substitutes are the same. Sugar is an essential ingredient in many baked goods because it provides sweetness but the chemical makeup of sugar also causes other chemical reactions during the baking process that are essential to creating the finished product. For examples, cookies baked with some sugar substitutes won’t spread out during the baking process and won’t get the great crisp texture that cookies should have. However, cooking with fruit juices like orange juice or even grapefruit juice is cooking with sugar, it’s just using naturally occurring fructose instead of refined white or brown sugar. So cooking with fruit juice is a great way to get baked goods that taste like they were baked with sugar even though they don’t contain any refined sugar.
When you are baking with orange juice instead of sugar the liquid content of the recipe will be off, so you will have to lessen the amount of liquid in the recipe to make up for that, otherwise the dough will be far too moist. can use almost any citrus fruit juice as a substitute for sugar. Florida oranges are a very popular choice but so are honeybells, because of the large amount of juice they produce. Grapefruit juice can also be used. Any sweet natural fruit juice can easily take the place of sugar in almost any recipe, even sauce recipes.
Natural orange juice will also give your baked goods refreshing citrus flavor, and a dose of healthy vitamins and minerals. Baking with orange juice or another citrus fruit juice is like drinking a big glass of fresh juice. You and your family and friends will get Vitamin C, Iron, Vitamin B and a wide range of other vitamins and minerals that will help you stay healthy.