Can honey be added to baked goods and does it become poisonous: here are the answers

Tetiana KoziukFood
Honey. Source: pixabay.com.

Honey is a very useful product. Despite this, many rumors of it becoming poisonous when heated are spread. They say that this also applies to adding honey while baking. It is important to know whether it is true.

One of the culinary blogs (lvivski.recipes) on Instagram shared whether you can add honey to baked goods and whether it becomes poisonous in this case.

Can honey be added to baked goods

There is a belief that when honey is heated to 60 degrees, the product becomes carcinogenic. However, as the blog explains, this is a myth.

The results of scientific studies claim that the heating process increases the amount of a substance such as hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) in honey. It is indeed considered a carcinogen, but there are several factors to consider. In particular:

Home made honey
  • The damage of HMF is not proven.
  • HMF is found naturally in honey and its amount in the product gradually increases during storage even if the product is not heated.
  • HMF is found in many other products, namely in dried fruits and instant coffee. There is much more of this substance there than in heated honey.

Conclusion: honey does not become poisonous when it undergoes heat treatment. Of course, it may lose some of its enzymes and antioxidants, but it will remain useful.

Pastry chef and cook Lilia Tsvit shared a recipe for honey pie on her Youtube channel (Lilia Zvit).

Honey pie recipe

Ingredients per 22*32 cm mold:

For syrup:

  • sugar - 3 tbsp.
  • boiling water - 0,5 tbsp.


  • eggs - 3 pcs
  • sugar - 2 tbsp.
  • kefir - 1 tbsp.
  • honey - 3 tbsp.
  • baking soda - 2 tsp. butter - 0.5 tbsp.
  • flour - 4 tbsp.
  • raisins - 100 g

Method of preparation:

1. Syrup preparation. Put sugar in a saucepan and put on the fire. Constantly stir with a spoon to melt the sugar evenly. Cook until the mass does not turn black.

2. Remove from the fire and gradually pour in boiling water, stirring. Leave to cool.

3. Preparation of the dough. Add sugar to the eggs. Beat until fluffy.

Pie dough

4. Separately mix the kefir and baking soda. Stir and add to the eggs.

5. Add butter, honey and syrup. Stir.

6. Add the flour and knead the dough with a spatula. Add nuts or dried fruit if desired. Let the dough stand for 10 minutes.

Honey cake for tea

7. Pour the dough into the mold. Bake at 170 degrees for 1 hour. Bon appetit!

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