Hemp seed oil and hemp oil are continuing to gain popularity. Incorporating these ingredients into recipes is a little easier than you think. Hemp seed oil brings a nutty flavor to your baked item. Hemp oil is a little more “green” or organic in flavor – some describe it as being grassy tasting. When paired with the right blend of ingredients, that flavor is tamed. In this guide, we’ll help you understand how to bake with hemp oil and hemp seed oil.
Hemp seed oil is rather temperature sensitive. It is ideal to substitute a portion of a recipe’s oil with hemp seed oil when the baking temperature is low. Hemp seed oil can also be used as a moistening agent when a baked good is done, which can prevent it from losing some of its nutritional value. The oil can be combined with fruit juices or added to a flavored simple syrup to brush over finished baked goods.
When baking with hemp oil, it should also not be used on baked goods that will be in the oven at a high temperature. Items like brownies that can bake at a lower temperature to achieve a fudgy, chewy texture are ideal for incorporating hemp oil. It can help add moisture to a baked item. If you have a dessert that requires a crumble or crumb topping, incorporating hemp oil may be helpful for creating crunch and texture, especially when combined with coconut oil.
Making Simple Syrup with Hemp Seed Oil and Hemp Oil
Oil and water aren’t supposed to mix, but there are ways to make it work. Simple syrup is very simple to make. It is just equal parts water and sugar. You’ll want to allow the two to simmer so that the sugar dissolves. If you want a thicker simple syrup, allow the water and sugar to reduce slightly. It is best to add citrus zest, pure extract or fresh fruit juice to the simple syrup after taking it off of the heat.
Steeping herbs like thyme, rosemary and mint is acceptable in the simple syrup as it will help add another layer of flavor to the syrup.
To get the hemp oil or hemp seed oil to combine successfully, you may need to use an emulsifying agent, like pectin or sunflower lecithin. If you allow the simple syrup to cool for just a few minutes, the oil may combine with the simple syrup with the use of a hand mixer. The syrup should then be brushed immediately over the baked item to prevent separation.
Easy Simple Syrup:
½ cup water
½ cup granulated sugar or sugar substitute
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of ½ lemon
2 sprigs Thyme
1 Tbsp. hemp seed oil or hemp oil
1/8 tsp. thickener (sunflower lecithin or pectin) only if needed
Add the flavor components (lemon zest, lemon juice and thyme) before the water and sugar come to a simmer. Let the mixture simmer until the sugar is dissolved and allow it to reduce slightly. Take off the heat; remove the sprigs of thyme and let sit for 5 minutes. Add the hemp seed oil or hemp oil, stir. Brush or drizzle over baked item immediately.
This is a popular flavor booster for yellow cake, white cake, lemon cake and even raspberry desserts.
Add to Heat-Tolerant Carrier Oil
Hemp seed oil and hemp oil are better protected for baking when combined with heat-tolerant carrier oil. The ideal carrier oils for this application would be walnut oil, grapeseed oil and olive oil. Only one-quarter of your carrier oil should be replaced with either hemp seed oil or hemp oil. For example, if your recipe calls for ¼ cup oil, you would remove 1 tablespoon and replace it with 1 tablespoon of hemp seed oil or hemp oil.
The 3:1 ratio can help protect the non-heat tolerant oil. While coconut oil may be the first thing that comes to mind, it can burn, so it’s not the ideal carrier oil to protect a more expensive oil. If you are making a hard candy shell for a cold dessert, coconut oil is ideal and in this application you could easily use half hemp seed oil or hemp oil and half coconut oil.
Use in Sauces for Baked Goods
Not all baked goods require a frosting or icing. Some simply use a reduced berry or chocolate sauce. These are ideal places to add hemp seed oil or hemp oil. Some fruits have natural pectin in them, which can help work as an emulsifier to prevent separation.
Fruit with natural pectin:
- Citrus fruits
Strawberries, grapes and cherries have less pectin than other fruits, so you may have to add just a pinch of pectin to help stabilize the sauce.
You can add up to 2 tablespoons of hemp seed oil or hemp oil to a berry sauce if the volume when finished is at least ½ cup. It is important to keep the oil portion to a minimum to prevent separation and an oily texture.
When making a chocolate sauce, it is better to mix the hemp oil or hemp seed oil into melted chocolate. It will work even better if you are also using heavy cream or coconut milk. Adding oil to chocolate before it is melted can cause the chocolate to seize up and become a crystalized mess. Add oil very slowly. Consider combining the hemp oil or hemp seed oil with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil before adding it to the melted chocolate, it helps them combine better.
Adding hemp seed oil and hemp oil to your baked goods does not have to be a daunting task. When done in the proper volumes, it works very well. It is important to keep your ratios with other oils at 3:1 to help protect these delicate oils from burning while baking. Enjoy adding new layers of flavor to your baked goods with the inclusion of hemp seed oil and hemp oil.