we personally use agave, and lately many have been asking about canning w/ agave (of which i have no idea), but i was really interested in this book because the holidays are quickly approaching and my mother is diabetic...i would love to have her enjoy something without her blood sugar spiking while eating a "hippy" sugar.the book has a few pages introducing agave and the author's (whole food Chef Ania Catalano), personal experience with the product (and like my mother a diabetic). the end of the book contains a good little glossary and resource section, which honestly for how small the book actually is, Catalano really packs a good amount of info. and with over 100 recipes, Baking with Agave Nectar covers a pretty wide selection: vegan, gluten-free, breakfast goodies, cookies, healthy stuff for kids, pies/tarts, even sorbets and sweet sauces. What i love most is that there are a few recipes for crusts! so far i have made a few things- and i like them! that alone makes it well worth the price, especially if you are looking for ways to kick the sugar habit.
here is one recipe from the book:
ORANGE PECAN GRANOLA (vegan)
from, Baking with Agave Nectar by Ania Catalano
- 1c. oat bran, 1 c flax seed meal, 1c almond meal
- 1/4 c sesame seeds
- 1 3/4 c unsweetend applesauce
- 1c light agave
- 1 tbsp vanilla, 1 tbsp orange extract
- 2 1/2 tbsp cinn
- 1 tsp fresh nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4c canola oil
- 1 cup currant/raisins (or cranberries)
- 1 1/2c pecans (or something else!)
PS: there is also a recipe for agave margaritas!-YUM more on that later!
and just in case you were interested in how agave is harvested, see below!