I decided to have another go at some sugar free baking now Bake Off is in full swing.
This time I used xylitol as the sweetener instead of sugar. It is easier to use than some of the other sweeteners as you can substitute it on a 1 for 1 replacement for sugar.
I could not find a sugar free recipe I liked. I chose a recipe based on sugar and adapted it. The quantities are strange as I had to scale down the amount of each ingredient for a smaller batch. (Unfortunately the only sugar free chocolate chips I could find come from Holland and Barrett)
I decided to take some advice from Mary Berry and use a margarine spread to make creaming the Xylitol and fat easier. However I think that butter adds a delicious flavour to biscuits so I chose to use a mixture of butter and spread.
Sugar free Chocolate Chip Recipe
112 gm mixture of butter/marg
212 gm xylitol
185 gm plain flour
150 gm choc chips
1 tspn bicarbonate of soda
1 tspn hot water
Put the marg and butter into a bowl and mash them together, then mix in the xylitol to make a creamy mixture.
Gradually beat in the egg and vanilla
Gently mix in the flour
dissolve bicarb in hot water and add
stir in chips
roll into walnut sized balls put on tray and flatten slightly
pre-heated oven at 180 C
12 - 15 mins till lightly browned
When first out of the oven and allowed to cool the biscuits taste really good but the texture is a bit like a sponge cake. If you have the will power to wait overnight the biscuits crisps up and have a really good texture
Couple of thoughts
Xylitol is a lot easier to work with compared to Stevia as it does not need additional bulking agent. I was concerned that the coolness of Xtlitol might affect the biscuits but once cooked there was no noticeable affect.
Producing good bakery products from sweeteners is harder than it may seem, there is no simple substitute for sugar,