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Oct 30, 2006 01:59 PM

Recipes Showcasing Honey

What is your favorite way of showcasing honey? I would like to bring something homemade to a colleague this Wednesday (Nov. 1), specifically something featuring honey (he is helping me identify native bee species for some research, so it seems to make sense...).

Anyway, I could always just bring some lovely honey from my local (Berkeley) farmer's market (and maybe a nice cheese to go with?) but I am considering making something.

It would need to be made the day before, so needs to travel well. I figure a dessert would be best - but I am open. Something more interesting than Baklava -

perhaps this Pear Tart with Blue Cheese and Honey?

Thanks for any ideas.

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  1. I watched Nigella make this Honey Bee Cake the other day and was instantly intrigued: I haven't tried it, but it looked so good! I'm always interested in recipes with honey in them for some reason... my mom's friend is a bee keeper, so we always have plenty of high quality honey around.

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    1. re: Katie Nell

      I made it and took it to a baby shower - a very big hit! My son really enjoyed helping me make the bees. The glaze does need to sit a long time before you pour it over the cake - 2 hours is not long enough, but that is the only drawback. Very dense, moist cake.

    2. There is a wonderful "Beehive Cake" over at Food Network,(this a different one from the above mentioned Nigella's) but I don't know that it would travel well. (Still, take a look.) **Last night on Iron Chef the theme was honey**--if you could catch a re-run it might give you some ideas? I only saw a few minutes, enough to see that Alton Brown has a bee tattooed on his arm! (Really?) Also, I know there are honey liqueurs that can be bought or made. Feta is delicious with black pepper and honey, but the tart you've mentioned looks perfect too! Trivia--both Ruth Reichl and M.F.K. Fisher strongly dislike(d) honey.

      1. We purchase large qtys of honey from GA each year and have a number of honey-based recipes we enjoy. This cake travels very well.

        Honey Cake

        3 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
        1/4 teaspoon salt
        1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
        1 teaspoon baking soda
        2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
        1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
        4 eggs
        3/4 cup white sugar
        4 tablespoons vegetable oil
        2 cups honey
        1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
        1/2 cup almonds
        1/2 cup raisins
        1 1/2 cups honey
        2 tablespoons lemon juice
        1/2 cup water
        1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
        2 ounces slivered almonds for topping

        Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
        Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and allspice. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, gradually adding the sugar. Beat until thick and light in color, about 5 minutes. Beat in the oil, honey and coffee. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture. Chop the almonds coarsely and mix with raisins. Stir into batter.
        Oil the two pans and line the bottom with waxed paper. Oil again. Fill each pan with batter to within 1 - 1 1/4 inches from the top. Bake for 65 to 75 minutes until cake tests done. Do not overbake. Let cool 10 minutes and remove from pan.
        To Make Glaze: Boil together 1 1/2 cups honey, lemon juice, lemon zest and water. When glaze reaches a thick consistency, remove from heat and drizzle over cake. Sprinkle with almond slivers.

        1. You can do a traditional Jewish Desert that is wonderful - Teiglach - bits of doguh cooked in boiling honey -

          Source: The World of Jewish Cooking by Gil Marks

          3 large eggs, lightly beaten (or 2 large eggs & 2 tbsp vegetable oil)
          1/2 tsp baking powder
          1/4 tsp salt
          1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, preferrable unbleached
          1 cup honey
          1/2 cup sugar
          1/2 to 1 tsp ground ginger
          1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, blanched almonds or hazelnuts (optional)
          1/3 to 1/2 cup minced candied fruit (optional)

          Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a large baking sheet. Oil a large plate or second baking sheet.

          To make the dough: Combine the eggs, baking powder and salt. Gradually stir in enough flour to make a soft, workable dough. Place on a lightly floured surface and, using floured hands, knead until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes.

          Roll the dough into 1/3-inch-thick ropes. Cut into 1/3-inch pieces and roll each piece into a ball. (It is okay that the dough pieces are not smooth, as this will allow the honey to seep inside.)

          Arrange the dough pieces in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake, shaking the pan occasionally, until very lightly browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool.

          To make the syrup: Stir the honey, sugar, and ginger in a large saucepan over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Stop stirring, increase the heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.

          Add the dough pieces and cook, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon for 10 minutes. Add the nuts and fruit, if desired, and cook until the syrup is a deep brown and the dough pieces sound hollow when tapped, about 10 additional minutes.

          Pour the teiglach onto the oiled plate or baking sheet and let stand until cool enough to handle.

          Using wet hands, shape into 2- to 3-inch mounds or shape into 1 large mound and cut into pieces Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

          1. Honey-vanilla ice cream! Might be tough to transport, but I love the way the cool vanilla cream sets off the honey taste. You can pretty much replace 1/2 the sugar in a vanilla ice cream recipe with honey, I've found.