My first experience in baking with Splenda was a TOTAL disaster. I understood the label to say you could use Splenda “cup for cup” instead of sugar. NOT SO. Apparently you need to alter various cooking instructions, ingredients and cooking times to creat a successful Splenda Recipe. I have become a hunter of great Splenda Recipes and will share my discoveries with you!
Since I have been working at cutting down on sugar and carbs, I thought I’d give the Splenda sugar substitute a go.
Now, I’m NOT imagining this, on their package it says .. “Measures cup for cup like sugar. Great for Cooking and Baking.”
So am I crazy or what, but doesn’t that IMPLY you can use it in your regular baking recipes? That’s what I understood so I blithely started making the Fudgey, gooey brownie recipe I’ve made hundreds of times over the years.
My first inkling that something was wrong, was when I dumped in the cup of Splenda. The consistency and texture was very different than usual. But, you know I am still believing the advertising, so I keep on going. I mixed in the rest of the ingredients.
My second inkling that something was wrong, happened when I went to pour the batter into the baking dish. Sheesh, it didn’t even cover the bottom of the pan – the same pan I have used for the past FIVE years. HMMMMMMM I said to myself. This is weird.
As the “concoction,” which I now was quite skeptical about, baked. I took my “prize” of the raw batter. YES, I am still a kid. I will admit out here in public that I lick the bowl, and not only do I lick the bowl, but I make sure there is lots to lick! Third inkling that something was wrong, it tasted different and WAY too sweet.
Finally the timer went off and I hauled the MESS out of the oven. Much of the oil in the recipe was now floating on top of a very unappetizing HARD lump of something that didn’t even come near the ooooy gooey incredibly wonderful brownies I was looking forward to.
BOOOOOOOOO ON YOU SPLENDA!
PS The photo above? This is how my brownies SHOULD HAVE looked!
UPDATE: After much experimentation and a few almosts … I finally got my favorite
Oooey Gooey Brownie Recipe to work. Be sure to check it out!