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Desserts with honey

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I'm cooking Rosh Hashana dinner for 10, I try to be a little creative in my take on the traditional. I'm not a big fan of honey cake (although I've been told to try one again) but would like my dessert to have honey in it. We're not kosher so dairy/meat etc. doesn't matter. Any creative ideas? Thanks, much appreciated.

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  1. Yes, try a different recipe - they can vary widely.
    I remember seeing something about a honey chiffon cake on this board in the past few days, that looked intriguing.

    1. My go to at this time of year is extremely simple, but spectacular. Great Peaches, seeded and cut in half filled with either goat cheese or goat/ricotta (Mozz Co). sprinkled with whole Marcona Almonds heavily drizzled with Lavender Honey from France. All ingredients available at Central Mkt.

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      1. re: J.R.

        In a similar vein, I love figs or dates stuffed with mascarpone and drizzled with honey.

        1. re: Megiac

          Also in the same family: good goat cheese sprinkled w/toasted pistachios, drizzled w/honey. Make some pistachio biscotti for spreading/dipping. If you're feeling adventurous, infuse the honey with black pepper & rosemary.

      2. Since kosher isn't a concern, how about a honey ice cream with fig compote? I've always wanted to do this, but couldn't as the in-laws do a kosher dinner (meat).

        This was my contribution to last year's rosh hashana at the in-laws:

          1. I've been thinking about an apple and honey sorbet---but I haven't done any research to see if I can find a recipe. The idea is intriguing to me--cool and refreshing after a heavy holiday feast.
            Apple cake sweetened with honey, or apple crisp, or, for dairy, vanilla & honey ice cream over a slice of warm cake or crisp.
            enjoy. p.j.

            1. Nigella Lawson has a honey semifreddo with pine nuts in Forever Summer that's really very good.

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              1. re: Amuse Bouches

                That sounds really good, I'll have to look it up.

              2. My mother used to make a Honey Pecan Pie. It wasn't a gooey liquid mess like the normal pecan pie, more of a gooey fudgey texture.

                1. I've been meaning to try this recipe for upside down honey cheesecakes for quite some time: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

                  I'm also trying to find a recipe for Taiwanese Honey Sun Cakes. (i.e. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suncake) These are some of the most delicious pastries I've ever had, with paper thin layers interspersed with honey--but not cloyingly sweet like baklava is for me. Depending on where you live, you might be able to find it in your closest Chinatown bakery.

                  1. Panna Cotta with honey. Michael Chiarello made a good one: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip... The honey is sort of sauce or topping but I'm sure you may be able to integrate it into the panna cotta by taking out the sugar.

                    1. The best honey dish in the world IMO is baklava, which could be kosher if you substitute margarine for the butter in the phyllo (although it wouldn't be as good). Make the baklava with pistachios for a truly inspired taste.