Green Market Baking Book: 100 Delicious Recipes for Naturally Sweet & Savory Treats By Laura C. Martin. Sterling (January 4, 2011).
I love the premise of this book – baking without sugar! Baking in an eco and responsible way – using local ingredients or else ingredients from small family owned sources. The authors of this book acknowledge that getting sugar in an ecologically responsible way is practically impossible so instead they have searched far and wide for recipes that include natural sugar alternatives – yes fruit and honey but also maple syrup and rice bran syrup as well as date sugar (other options too). As well as eco sweeteners the book does delve a little into grains – but not as much as I would have liked, they do use butter but have not eliminated trans fats like canola oil which is a disappointment).
I have not yet made any of the recipes – and there are no photos (but lots of very sweet illustrations) to tempt me. But there are lots of healthy and yummy looking recipes – like “Carrot and Halva Pudding” which uses maple syrup and spices, “Twelve grain muffins”, which include dates, honey and maple syrup, along with those 12 grains and extra seeds and nuts. “Quinoa Pudding” is a rice pudding substitute with maple syrup and spices, and I have to try the “Chocolate Tofu Pudding”, which uses tofu to give it a creamy texture along with agave syrup and dark chocolate.
As you can see the recipes are very interesting, I will be making my way through this book with glee!
Part of a week of natural crafting and lifestyle books here at whipup.net