Thanksgiving 2013 – Sweet Potato Souffle With Honey And Egg Nog

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I’ve been looking for the perfect Thanksgiving sweet potato souffle recipe for years. I think this is it!

This recipe substitutes eggnog for condensed milk and honey for the brown sugar, maple syrup and tiny marshmallows. It’s just as sweet and tasty, but a bit more sophisticated. (Not that I have anything against tiny marshmallows!!)

This souffle is something your guests will actually LIKE to eat!!

Yield:  4 large or 8-10 small servings

Ingredients:

2 Large or 3 Medium Sweet Potatoes

Granulated Sugar for dusting the souffle dish

Powdered Sugar for dusting the top

3/4 cup Eggnog

3 Large Eggs, separated and room temperature

1 cup Honey

2 tablespoons Butter plus more for greasing the souffle dish

2 tablespoons all purpose flour

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon Allspice

1 ounce Brandy (optional)

1/2 Lemon (juiced)

1/2 teaspoon Salt

Directions:

Place sweet potatoes in a stock pot and cover with water by at least 2 inches. Bring to a boil and cook for 20 minutes or until very tender. Drain and allow to cool before handling. Peel and discard skins.

Place the sweet potatoes in a large bowl and break up and mash using a spoon.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 1 1/2-quart souffle dish; dust with sugar.

In a medium saucepan, heat butter over medium. Add flour, and cook, stirring, until golden, about 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in eggnog; simmer, whisking constantly, until thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat; mix in sweet potatoes and egg yolks. Stir in honey, vanilla, brandy  (if using), lemon juice, salt, and spices and set aside.

Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff peaks form. Whisk 1/4 of whites into sweet potato mixture; using a rubber spatula, gently fold in remaining whites. Pour mixture into prepared dish; place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until puffed, 35 to 45 minutes. Serve dusted with powdered sugar.

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Cooking With Honey – Pumpkin Creme Brulee

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It’s pumpkin season! It makes me happy to see them on sale everywhere.

It also inspires me to develop new honey recipes. This one is especially tasty!

Ingredients:

2 cups heavy cream

1/2 cup honey

4 teaspoons granulated sugar

8 large egg yolks

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg

1 cup canned pumpkin

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

Arrange 8 (1/2-cup) ramekins or custard cups in a large metal baking pan.

In a medium saucepan, combine the cream and honey . Bring to a bare simmer over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the honey. Remove from the heat.

In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks until frothy and lemon-colored. Slowly add 3/4 cup of the hot cream mixture, whisking constantly. Add the egg mixture to the remaining hot cream, and whisk. Add the vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin, and whisk until smooth. Divide among the prepared custard cups.

Add enough hot water to come halfway up the sides of the cups. Bake until the custards are just set in the center but not stiff, 45 minutes to 55 minutes. Remove from the oven and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 3 hours or overnight.

Sprinkle each custard with 1/2 teaspoon of the granulated sugar. Using a kitchen torch, caramelize the sugar. (Alternately, preheat the broiler, and broil until the sugar melts and caramelizes, watching closely to avoid burning and rotating the cups, about 1 to 2 minutes.)  Garnish with cinnamon and whipped cream.  Enjoy!

Honey Raspberry Crumble

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Honey, berries, dairy, and grains were important parts of the Iron Age diet.

It is distinctly possible that Queen Boadicea enjoyed something like this Honey Raspberry Crumble, without the ice cream of course.

Ingredients

  • 2 pints raspberries
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose or whole wheat flour
  • 1 stick unsalted butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, drizzle raspberries with 1/4 cup of the honey honey. Sprinkle with 4 tablespoons flour and toss. Transfer fruit to an 8- by 8-inch baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, mix remaining flour, honey, and butter with a pastry blender or your fingers until mixture forms large, crumbly lumps. Sprinkle over berries. Bake until golden brown, 45 to 50 minutes

Honey Asian Chicken Wings

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It’s Super Bowl Sunday, so I feel obligated to post a recipe for chicken wings.  These are different and delicious!

Ingredients

1/2 cup chicken bouillon powder

1/2 cup Sriracha

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup cooking oil

1/2 cup pureed onion

1/4 cup rice vinegar

Zest of two limes

24 whole jumbo chicken wings

Directions

Heat oven to 325 F.

Combine the bouillon, chili sauce, honey, oil, onion, vinegar and lime zest and whisk together to form a uniform paste. Reserve some paste for brushing, and place the rest in a resealable plastic bag. Toss the chicken wings in the paste in the bag and allow to marinate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Bake in the oven until the wings are just about cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes. Rotate the wings halfway through for even cooking.

To finish the wings, brush with the reserved paste and place under the broiler until charred slightly.

The Romancing The Bee Diet – Day 10 – Honey Cocoa Meringues

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I was a bad girl last night.  I had refined sugar. 

It gave me an upset stomach which persists today! 

I’ve learned my lesson. If I need a treat, I’ll make these. I love meringues anyway.  🙂

Yield:  approximately 20 cookies, depending upon size

Ingredients

3 egg whites

1 cup honey

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

Instructions

Preheat oven to 225º F

Beat all ingredients together until stiff peaks form

Shape as desired

Bake on parchment paper for roughly one hour

Do not remove from oven at once, but turn off the oven, open the door, and leave for at least 5 minutes

Cool gradually, away from draft

Honey Coca Cola Cake

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Coke is one of my guilty pleasures.  Kicking the “Real Coke” habit is one of my greatest victories.

I’m now a Coke Zero fiend, thanks to my skinny, yoga-toned daughter Molly. Thank you, Dear!!

But this cake is a different story. It was introduced to me by my beloved mother L.J.  My Oldest Friend Mary Ann and I actually laughed when she told us about it. That was until we tasted it….

It’s one of the best we’ve ever tasted.  And even better with honey…

Ingredients

1 cup Coca-Cola

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup sugar

3/4 cup honey

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup cocoa

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

Coca-Cola Frosting (recipe follows)

Garnish: 3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Directions

Combine Coca-Cola and buttermilk; set aside.

Beat butter at low speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar and honey; beat until blended. Add egg and vanilla; beat at low speed until blended.

Combine flour, cocoa, and soda. Add to butter mixture alternately with cola mixture; begin and end with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended.

Stir in marshmallows. Pour batter into a greased and floured 13- x 9-inch pan. Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven; cool 10 minutes. Spread Coca-Cola Frosting over warm cake; garnish, if desired.

Coca Cola Frosting

Ingredients

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1/3 cup Coca-Cola

3 tablespoons cocoa

1 (16-ounce) package powdered sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions

Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring until butter melts. Remove from heat; Beat in sugar and vanilla until consistency of firm frosting.

Holidays With Honey – Clams Casino

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Clams are traditionally served at The Feast of the Seven Fishes, and in America they are frequently served as Clams Casino.

According to legend, the recipe for Clams Casino was originally developed in 1917 in the Little Casino in Narragansett, Rhode Island, by a maître d’hôtel for a woman of means wanting something special for her guests. She named the dish after the hotel, and word and popularity of the dish has since spread across the United States.

In the first decades of the 20th century, if a restaurant wanted to be noted, it came up with a dish that involved the baking of shellfish.  Clams Casino and Oysters Rockefeller are the most famous of the dishes created in that era.

Yield:  6 servings

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 ounces sliced pancetta or bacon, finely chopped

1 cup finely diced red bell pepper

1/3 cup chopped shallots

2 large garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon honey

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/3 cup dry white wine

4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

18 medium (2 1/2-inch) littleneck clams, shucked, bottom shells reserved

Directions

Heat the oil in a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add the pancetta and saute until crisp and golden, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pancetta to a plate. Add the bell pepper, shallots, garlic, and oregano to the same skillet and saute until the shallots are tender and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the wine and simmer until it is almost evaporated, about 2 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and cool completely. Stir the honey, the reserved pancetta and 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese into the vegetable mixture. Season the mixture, to taste, with salt and pepper.

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.

Line a heavy large baking sheet with foil. Arrange the clams in the reserved shells on the baking sheet. Spoon the vegetable mixture atop the clams, dividing equally and mounding slightly. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan. Bake until the clams are just cooked through and the topping is golden, about 10 minutes.

Arrange the clams on the platter and serve.

Holidays With Honey – Gingerbread Men

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“Run! run! as fast as you can!
You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!”

Who doesn’t love Gingerbread Men? Especially when they’re made with honey rather than molasses. Have some fun and make these tasty cookies. They’re great for gifts and decorations too!

This recipe makes a light brown Gingerbread Man, like the one above.

Yield:   26 Servings

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/3 cup honey

1 egg

2 tablespoons water

2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon each ground cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice

Directions

In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the honey, egg and water. Combine the flour, ginger, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Divide dough in half. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until easy to handle.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out each portion of dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 4-in. cookie cutter. If you don’t have a cookie cutter, you can make your own templates from paper or cardboard. (I think that’s more fun!)

Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Re-roll scraps.

Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Decorate as desired with icing recipe which follows.

Decorating Buttercream (for piping details)

This makes a LOT of icing. You may want to cut the recipe in half.

Cream until smooth:

6 oz  (1 1/2  sticks) butter (room temperature)

1 lb (4 cups) powdered sugar

¼ tsp kosher salt

1 tsp pure vanilla

Add:

1 tbsp evaporated milk (you may need more)

Beat briefly until light and smooth. Color as desired.

After piping on cookies, this icing should set 6-8 hours or overnight. This icing does not dry hard but will “crust” so cookies can be handled.

Holidays With Honey – Decorated Cut-Out Cookies

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My favorite iced butter cookies come from The BonBonerie in Cincinnati. Aren’t they beautiful?? And they taste every bit as good as they look…

Yes, they deliver!  (Place your orders by December 15th…)

But if you’d rather try your hand at making these beautiful cookies at home (using honey, of course!), below is the converted recipe.  The BonBonerie uses all sugar, but I think mine taste a little bit better. My decorations pale in comparison however.  

Honey Butter Cookies

Cream 3 minutes:

1 lb (4 sticks) unsalted butter

1 cup granulated sugar (or 2 cups, if you aren’t using honey)

Beat in:

1 cup honey

2 large eggs

2 tsp pure vanilla

Sift and add one cup at a time:

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

5 cups all purpose flour

Do not overmix dough.

Note: This recipe requires a stand mixer.

Chill the dough before rolling. Roll to thickness of 1/8 in. to 3/16 in. and cut out in holiday shapes .

Bake at 350 F for 12-15 minutes. Bottom of cookie should be lightly browned.

Milk & Honey Fondant Icing (for icing base)

Bring to boil:

½ cup whole milk

1 tbsp butter

1 tbsp honey (or light corn syrup, if you must…)

(It is convenient to microwave this mixture right in a glass measuring cup.)

Add to:

1 lb 4 oz  (5 cups)  powdered sugar (sifted)

Mix smooth with hand whisk. Do not overbeat, you don’t want a lot of air bubbles in icing.

Flavor with:

4-5 drops of lemon oil (optional)

Note: Dip baked cookies in icing to coat the top. Dipped cookies will dry to touch in 1-2 hours. Allow 6-8 hours or overnight to set completely.

Decorating Buttercream (for piping details)

Cream until smooth:

6 oz  (1 1/2  sticks) butter (room temperature)

1 lb (4 cups) powdered sugar

¼ tsp kosher salt

1 tsp pure vanilla

Add:

1 tbsp evaporated milk (you may need more)

Beat briefly until light and smooth. Color as desired.

After piping on dipped cookies, this icing should set 6-8 hours or overnight. This icing does not dry hard but will “crust” so cookies can be handled.

Serve or freeze these cookies within 4-5 days.

Holidays With Honey – Asparagus Roll-ups With Bacon And Honey

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Ingredients

1 bunch fresh asparagus

Phyllo dough

8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled (per 16 spears)

melted butter

honey

Parmesan cheese

Directions

First, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Rinse the asparagus and pat it on paper towels to dry. With both hands, snap the asparagus on the rough end to trim off the dry tip.

Then, take phyllo dough sheets and lay them down on your workspace. You can cut them a few sheets at a time. Next, cut the sheet into thirds. Now, lie one layer of dough flat and brush melted better on it.

Place one asparagus spear on the dough, leaving some of the ends of the asparagus hanging off the side. Also, sprinkle some of the honey and crumbled bacon around the spear.

Carefully roll up the dough around the asparagus and seal the edges. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up. Then, place the roll-ups on the sheet as you make them. Next, brush the outside of the roll-ups w/melted butter as well. Also sprinkle the roll-ups with Parmesan cheese.

Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. When they are done they should be a nice golden brown color.