The month of September happens to be National Honey Month and I am quite the lover of honey. Granted the months almost over and now I produce a honey recipe which reminds me of my other love. Procrastination.
Honey, for me, is right up there with vanilla for baking. I love it as a flavoring in baked goods, even a condiment to bread or fruit on the breakfast table and of course an addition to any cheese. Well, maybe not Kraft singles but… a real cheese yes. It has great properties and is very effective in baking and savory dishes. I absolutely love honey and find it very sexy as well.
“Life is the flower for which love is the honey”
I like to think of honey as a flavoring when baking because it is very strong. Too much honey in something and it can kill the whole dish. It will be all that you taste. Many people assume they can just substitute honey for the sugar in a recipe and this just isn’t true. A rule of thumb though if you are going to replace the sugar in a recipe for honey is to reduce the liquid in the recipe by 25%. Also, you will want to use a neutral honey if you are adding a lot or if you don’t want the predominant flavor of the honey you are adding. In baking a delicate cake or this bread I use a soft Alfalfa Honey.
This Honey Walnut Bread is a typical quick bread recipe that are some of my favorites to throw together. They are best right out of the oven while still warm and a slather of good butter. I really like my White Chocolate Orange Butter along with the Honey Walnut Bread. Honey and orange are a really great combination.
Honey goes beyond just cooking as it’s also a healer and great for the skin. Another sick passion of mine, don’t get me started. I think it’s totally worth checking in to and playing around with. There are so many different honey varieties to cook and bake with its astonishing. Check out the varieties here http://www.honey.com/honey-at-home/learn-about-honey/honey-varietals/
Hopefully you’ll get involved with how great honey can work for your recipes. You might have to play around with honey in your recipes. For example, Buckwheat Honey in my opinion maybe good in savory or a hearty bread but… that honey smells like wet dog and boy is it strong tasting. Use wisely. Now go! Let me know how things work for you.
“You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have
to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room”
Honey Walnut Bread
100g almond flour
111g light brown sugar
100g chopped walnuts
3g baking soda
-combine all dry ingredients, except walnuts, and mix on low with paddle attachment. Mixture will be dry and crumbly.
-combine water, honey and vanilla. Heat in small sauce pan just before simmer. Add to dry mix
-be sure to scrape the bowl to make sure all is incorporated. Stir in the walnuts last. Mix will be very runny.
-pour into a 9x4x3 greased loaf pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour 10 minutes
-the typical knife inserted should come out clean test