It’s no secret that we use a lot of Agave in my house. Seriously, we should start buying stock in it. We use it in smoothies, iced tea, on cereal, in sauces--just about anywhere you’d use sugar. Except in baking.
Why? Because I just wasn’t sure how to substitute it for sugar in baked things. What’s the ratio? Will it work? Will my cakes fall flat without that bulky sugar? These were my questions.
Then I entered a giveaway on Dishing Up Delights. It was for a bottle of agave from Xagave, and their cookbook. Lucky me, I won! I couldn’t wait to get the book, so I could finally figure out how to use it to bake with. I was also very curious to see what other recipes they had. Not only is Xagave very high quality, but the book is loaded with recipes! There’s a chapter on Healthy substitutions for eggs and white flour, and recipes for Jams, Quick Breads, Apps and Side Dishes, Mains, Sauces, Desserts, Kids Stuff and Beverages. And more! I’m very impressed. If you buy agave now, you have a pretty good idea of the prices. Xagave’s prices are extremely competitive--check them out!
What is Xagave? Here’s a bit of info from their site:
Xagave is a Premium Blend of Agave Nectar derived from organic Agave Salmiana (White Agave) and organic inulin from Agave Tequilana (Blue Agave). This combination results in the highest quality nectar with the best taste, best Cooking Qualities and the most Health Benefits of any nectar on the market; making our nectar the perfect sweetener for all of your cooking, canning, and baking needs. Your foods will taste better while saving calories and our nectar can be simply exchanged for sugar or honey in any of your favorite recipes (see Sugar Exchange Table). A natural and healthy substitute for sugar, brown sugar and honey makes our nectar perfect for everyday use in coffee, tea and cereal. Avoid “spiking” your blood sugar levels with this naturally low Glycemic Index Food (approximately 30) and feel the difference. Our nectar contains no artificial additives or artificial sweeteners and is processed at very low temperatures that qualify it as a raw food. Organic & Kosher certified, we are 100% confident that you will not only taste but feel the difference. We encourage you to try this great tasting, versatile and healthy sugar substitute for yourself and see why Xagave is "The Complete Sugar Replacement"™ that is right for you and your family.
I’m so excited about this, because the great people at Xagave have agreed to let me offer the same things I won, to you! One winner (US only) will receive an 18oz bottle of their Premium Raw Agave, and their “Delicious Meets Nutritious” cookbook. Like I said, it’s packed with great ideas for using agave in your everyday foods.
I made two of the recipes one Sunday afternoon, and oh my gosh, are they quick! I got Lemon Bread with Agave and Brownies with Agave in the oven in under 20 minutes. Both were incredible! The real test--did the kids like them? They liked the lemon bread--it all went quickly, if that’s an indicator. They loved the brownies! They were so fudgy and rich--just perfect!
Lemon Cake Bread
1 cup Xagave
1/4 cup fresh lemon zest
3/4 cup canola oil
6 eggs (I used 3 eggs and 3/4 cup coconut milk)
1 2/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
Heat oven to 325, grease two loaf pans.
In a bowl or blender, mix Xagave, zest and oil.
Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each.
Add remaining ingredients and and mix until dry ingredients are moistened.
Divide batter between pans.
Bake for 50-60 minutes until a tester inserted into the cake comes out clean.
Cool and serve.
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup Xagave, mixed with
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa (I've used the Hershey's Special Dark cocoa here)
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Heat oven to 325. Grease an 8 or 9 inch square pan.
Melt butter in microwave.
Add all ingredients to bowl or blender.
Blend or mix until smooth. Add nuts if using.
Pour into pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.
Cool and serve.
!!!! As a special bonus, the generous folks at Xagave have given you a special FREE SHIPPING code to use. The code is ELLE and here’s how it works: the free shipping code is only available in the US and it provides completely free shipping on whatever they order, limited to one use per customer. Enter the code on the "Payment Information" page in the Discount Coupon option.
Rules: (open to US residents only, as per shipping requirements.)
2) OPTIONAL: You can tweet about the contest, then come back here letting me know that you did in another comment--for a second entry. You can tweet about it all you want for unlimited entries, but be sure to leave a new comment for EACH tweet!
3) OPTIONAL: You can post about this giveaway on your Facebook page, then come back and leave a link to it in another comment, for a third entry.
One winner will be chosen a week from today, on Tuesday, December 8th.