Cookbook giveaway – Baking with Less Sugar

Baking with Less SugarIn Baking with Less Sugar, Joanne Chang – author of the bestselling Flour and a Harvard math major to boot – comes up with a winning formula: Minus the sugar equals plus the flavor. Joanne shares her secrets for substituting natural sweeteners, such as honey and maple syrup, for refined sugar in all-new recipes plus favorites from her previous cookbooks and her bakeries. To learn more about the challenges that she faced in swapping out natural sweeteners, read our Q&A with Joanne. Also, don’t forget to check out the EYB World Calendar of Cookbook Events to see details on the book tour.

We’re delighted to offer 3 copies of Baking with Less Sugar to EYB Members in the US and Canada. One of the entry options is to answer the following question on this blog post:

What delicious treat would you be most interesting in baking without refined sugar?

Please note that you must enter the comment after signing into Rafflecopter or your entry won’t be counted. The contest ends May 11, 2015.


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  • mfl  on  April 13, 2015


  • tasteslike  on  April 13, 2015

    Lemon meringue pie

  • TeaLady  on  April 13, 2015

    The HUBS LOVES cake. And eats WAY to much of it. I would like to find that perfect lower/no sugar cake for him.

  • MLKehoe  on  April 13, 2015

    I'm intrigued by the whole concept! Since baking is more a science than an art (although art does enter into the equation!), I don't bake a lot of items heavy in sugar. If there's a way to cut down on the refined sugar I'd love to know how!

    The Pumpkin Apple Spice Muffins are calling to me.

  • jenniesb  on  April 13, 2015

    I am really excited to have a cookbook that focuses on reducing the refined sugar in recipes without resorting to artificial sweeteners/stevia. I think this is definitely a book to add to your cookbook library!!

  • elinwoods  on  April 13, 2015

    Pretty much anything! I love to bake and I try to replace on my own, but having a bit more guidance would be appreciated!

  • sgump  on  April 13, 2015

    Angel food cake already has essentially zero fat . . . can you remove (or at least replace some of) the sugar and have much anything left?

  • AGENT99  on  April 13, 2015

    Coffee cake – they always have so much sugar!

  • MangerTout  on  April 13, 2015

    Cookies of any kind. It is so easy to have a few and the number of calories can be astounding!

  • angelanorr  on  April 13, 2015

    pie of all kinds

  • Ambrosia  on  April 13, 2015

    Chocolate cake!

  • contest718  on  April 14, 2015

    cheese cake, biscotti and of course candy bars like snickers!

  • chawkins  on  April 14, 2015

    All desserts, most of them are too sweet for my taste.

  • Bakingreader  on  April 14, 2015

    So excited to try her banana bread with less sugar, never would have dared deviate from that delicious recipe!

  • nicolthepickle  on  April 14, 2015

    Chocolate chip cookies.

  • ballen  on  April 14, 2015

    peanut butter cookies

  • reno2014  on  April 14, 2015

    I have been disappointed many times with my favorites without the sugar. It is hard to find these types of recipes. Does this book break my past experiences? I hope to find out. How about a sugarless black forest cake for starters. Then follow that up with pecan butter tarts, and then mincemeat pie (meatless variety).Always looking to cut back on calories. Love the chance to find out if this meets my needs. And with no flavor lost.

  • southerncooker  on  April 14, 2015

    Brownies maybe.

  • trudys_person  on  April 14, 2015

    Any kind of cake, pie – especially lemon meringue … I'd like to try the recipes in this book because someone else has done the testing for me – a pastry chef!

  • cecrofts  on  April 15, 2015

    The chocolate chip cookies I make for my sons weekly!

  • kimtrev  on  April 15, 2015


  • bfg67  on  April 15, 2015

    banana bread

  • MCDForm  on  April 15, 2015

    We love so many baked goods but we are partial to brownies since we can never eat enough!

  • Grace  on  April 16, 2015

    Chocolate cake

  • annieski  on  April 16, 2015

    pecan pie

  • tkay77  on  April 16, 2015

    I love baking of all sorts and have a horrible sweet tooth. Truly I would love to see adjustments for all types of desserts, but particularly pies.

  • Deneenm  on  April 16, 2015

    considering that I have a major sugar addiction but love baking, this book would be so great to have!

  • jlh39  on  April 16, 2015

    Brownies, frosting, cakes, ….

  • kidzcook  on  April 16, 2015


  • aliceinbakingland  on  April 16, 2015

    A really good basic cupcake with buttercream like frosting

  • annapanna  on  April 17, 2015

    buttercream and lemon bars

  • tjnelson1hotmail  on  April 17, 2015


  • sbh2006  on  April 17, 2015

    I am always interested in learning to reduce my use of refined sugars, particularly in breakfast breads and fancy desserts.

  • chowfamily  on  April 17, 2015

    I find almost all desserts too sweet. The flavor of the main ingredients gets lost in the overwhelming taste of sugar.

  • MaryLouSumberg  on  April 18, 2015

    some kind of high-protein cookie/bar that is made with low/no sugar and a healthy kind of oil

  • kalex426  on  April 18, 2015

    A lighter, less sugary cake/cupcake frosting would be a life saver

  • Analyze  on  April 18, 2015

    i guess whichever ones would be most adaptable to it! looking forward to perusing the book to see how it's done! if I had to pick one, I'll say cake 🙂

  • nadiam1000  on  April 19, 2015

    Probably lemon bars or brownies – 2 of my favorite desserts

  • jd5761  on  April 20, 2015


  • RoseM  on  April 20, 2015

    cake, of course! texture is never quite right

  • sillyvy  on  April 21, 2015


  • rchesser  on  April 21, 2015

    The lemon bars

  • nmclallen  on  April 21, 2015

    muffins and quick breads

  • Carpecookie  on  April 24, 2015

    I'm interested in making a caramel sauce without refined sugar. Sugar substitutes don't seem to caramelize well but I'm hopeful that either coconut palm sugar or maple sugar might work.

  • matag  on  April 25, 2015


  • lmalter  on  April 26, 2015


  • elysek  on  April 26, 2015

    Chocolate Chip Cookies and Brownies

  • percussion03  on  April 26, 2015

    Cake with frosting

  • cpasek  on  April 26, 2015

    I would like to see muffins without sugar, because they are a more common treat in our household.

  • Nancith  on  April 26, 2015

    Brownies, definitely!

  • ltsuk  on  April 26, 2015

    chocolate chip cookies!

  • mtlevinson  on  April 26, 2015

    husband loves the sweets and anything Joanne Chang creates with less refined sugar will be scrumptious!

  • kirbiemom  on  April 26, 2015

    Pineapple upside down cake! The fruit is sweet enough, but less sugar in the glaze and cake? Please!

  • Ileina23  on  April 26, 2015


  • bevie19  on  April 26, 2015

    Any and all cookies– shortbread too.

  • DJBWA  on  April 26, 2015

    A delicious chocolate chip cookie!

  • JanScholl  on  April 27, 2015

    Anything with peanut butter! I could live on PB out of the jar.

  • crimsonqueen5  on  April 27, 2015

    Chocolate chip cookies

  • LadyEssex  on  April 27, 2015

    I'd love a Sachertorte recipe, mmmm!

  • kelbooow  on  April 27, 2015

    Cheesecake, definitely. I have such a soft spot for it but it's so incredibly sugary!

  • stephlinde  on  April 27, 2015

    I almost always cut the sugar in half for muffin recipes. Would love to see ideas for cookies and cakes also.

  • beetlebug  on  April 27, 2015


  • cilantromapuche  on  April 27, 2015

    a lemon bar.

  • rstuart  on  April 28, 2015

    Meringue: is it possible?

  • Vbroussard  on  April 29, 2015

    Breakfast items like scones and muffins.

  • pandapotamus  on  April 29, 2015


  • shaedurls  on  April 29, 2015

    Banana bread

  • robinj  on  April 29, 2015


  • kb_mw  on  April 29, 2015


  • lilhubbard8  on  April 29, 2015

    Anzac Biscuits! Traditionally they contain golden syrup & granulated sugar to get that dark, crisp finish (you would probably call it a cookie rather than a biscuit). I've tried baking them with Xylitol, but they turned out soft and chewy – completely the wrong texture! I'd love to find a natural alternative to refined sugars for this biscuit – perhaps there is a similar recipe in the book that I could adapt.

  • t.t  on  April 29, 2015


  • paulabucharles  on  April 29, 2015

    Cheesecakes and Mousses!

  • Mariarosa  on  April 29, 2015


  • Sofie168  on  April 29, 2015

    Cookies & bundt cakes

  • kitblu  on  April 29, 2015

    I would love a sugar-free recipe for angel food cake.

  • littlejulie  on  April 30, 2015

    I would love sugar free recipe for carrot cake and all sweet treat really.

  • skinnelly  on  April 30, 2015

    Chocolate chip cookies and blueberry pie!

  • elenajh  on  April 30, 2015

    Coffee cake

  • TwoGrants  on  April 30, 2015

    Chocolate pudding!

  • infotrop  on  April 30, 2015

    Muffins… they usually taste too sweet to me.

  • DFed  on  April 30, 2015

    Everything! I've really been trying to cut back on sugar as a rule!

  • madamepince  on  April 30, 2015

    Cakes — hard to get the crumb right without the sugar.

  • SilverSage  on  April 30, 2015

    Carrot cake

  • stuCooks  on  April 30, 2015

    Brownies… and anything chocolate

  • artistonholiday  on  May 1, 2015

    Coffee and walnut cake

  • Julia  on  May 2, 2015

    I would love to reduce the use of sugar in all of my baking without sacrificing taste or texture.

  • ElizabethL  on  May 3, 2015

    Lemon bars

  • Sfgordon  on  May 3, 2015

    Would love a recipe for pecan pie that doesn't require a boatload of corn syrup, and some less sweet frostings – I've been making french and italian buttercreams lately but I'm wondering if I can replace the sugar syrup with something less intensely sugary.

  • srj  on  May 4, 2015


  • VitaminJ  on  May 4, 2015

    I made these ice cream sandwiches with sugar cookies recently, and they had sugar sprinkled on top as well as in them– I'd love to experiment with less refined sugars as a garnish- the texture and difference in taste would be fun and different!

  • michelle1009  on  May 5, 2015

    Carrot cake!

  • MmeFleiss  on  May 6, 2015

    Pound cake.

  • clairew137  on  May 9, 2015


  • zubs1990  on  May 9, 2015

    Carrot cake and chocolate chip cookies are faves in our household. I have switched from white sugar to pure cane, but would like to learn how to use less or substitute another sweetener.

  • Tinybite  on  May 10, 2015

    Brownies and Bar Cookies

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