Cooking With Honey – Butterfly Honey Spread

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This is a simple yet delicious way to prepare a honey-based spread.  In a pretty jar, it makes a wonderful gift!

Ingredients

1 cup heavy cream

2 cups honey

3 sticks unsalted butter, softened

1 tsp vanilla

Directions

In a sauce pan combine cream and honey. Heat on medium-high heat and stir until the honey is melted and completely combined with the cream, about 2-4 minutes.

Pour the hot mixture over the butter and mix until blended, either by hand or machine. Add vanilla and blend again. Pour mixture into a container, cover and let cool in the refrigerator. Keep refrigerated.

Serve on warm bread, toast, oatmeal, pancakes, or anything else!

Thick Yogurt With Honey From The Land Of Milk And Honey

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Deborah the Matriarch may have enjoyed a dish like this thick yogurt (aka Greek yogurt) with honey and seasonal fruit. This is the easy version, but it’s almost as easy to make your own yogurt.

Yield:  4 servings

Ingredients:

1 quart (4 cups) container of plain yogurt

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Directions:

Line a medium-large bowl with a piece of cheesecloth or a clean white dish towel.

Dump a 1 quart container of plain (unflavored), yogurt into the center of the cloth.

Bring the four corners of the cloth together and lift the yogurt.

Over the bowl or sink, twist the corners to squeeze out the liquid (it will drain through the cloth).

Continue squeezing, putting the yogurt under pressure, to force the liquid out.

When the majority of the surface liquid has been drained, it will start to drip more slowly. Tie off the top of the cloth just above the mass of yogurt with string.

Place the cloth containing the yogurt in a strainer or colander, and place the strainer or colander in a bowl where it doesn’t touch the bottom (so that the liquid can continue to drain).

Place the bowl containing the strainer/colander in the refrigerator and allow to drain for 2-3 hours.

After draining, take the cloth containing the yogurt and put it in the sink (do not remove the string).

Place the palms of your hands on the bag and press down to force out any remaining liquid.

Remove the string, open the cloth, and using a spatula, put the yogurt in a bowl for use.

Note: How thick is thick? The yogurt should be at least as thick as sour cream.

For vegans: Buy or make soy yogurt and strain as above.

Drizzle with honey and serve.

Honey Almond Pancakes

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Snowed in? Make pancakes! There’s even a wheat-free version!!

Yield: 12 pancakes

Ingredients:

1 cup all purpose flour (or flax seeds, ground)

1 cup almond flour (Bob’s Red Mill)

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1 1/2 cups milk (or dairy free version of milk)

3 large eggs

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons oil

Directions:

Mix all together. Pour by 1/4 cup-full onto hot griddle. When bubbly, flip over to cook other side. Pancake will be on the thin side. Top with fresh berries and drizzle with honey. Enjoy!

Honey French Toast

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It occurs to me that I have sadly neglected posting honey recipes for breakfast and brunch dishes. This is a serious oversight, considering honey has some of its best moments early in the day!

 I’ll begin making amends with this lovely recipe for one of my favorite dishes, Honey French Toast.

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

1 cup half-and-half

3 large eggs

2 tablespoons honey, warmed in microwave for 20 seconds

1/4 teaspoon salt

8 (1/2-inch) slices day-old or stale French, Italian, brioche or challah bread

4 tablespoons butter

Directions

In medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the half-and-half, eggs, honey, and salt. You may do this the night before. When ready to cook, pour egg mixture into a pie pan and set aside.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Dip bread into egg mixture, allow to soak for 30 seconds on each side, and then remove to a cooling rack that is sitting in a sheet pan, and allow to sit for 1 to 2 minutes.

Over medium-low heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a 10-inch nonstick saute pan. Place 2 slices of bread at a time into the pan and cook until golden brown, approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan and place on rack in oven for 5 minutes. Repeat with all 8 slices. Serve immediately with honey, maple syrup, whipped cream or fruit.

Or if you’re really feeling decadent, serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream drizzled with honey. (preferably Graeter’s ice cream!)