Cooking With Honey – Pumpkin Creme Brulee

pump creme brulee

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!

The Goddess’s Honey And White Chocolate Lava Cake With Honey Raspberry Sauce

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lava cake

If you love cooking with honey, you will adore this recipe!

I hope this honey recipe makes your International Women’s Day even better!!

Yield:  5 servings

Ingredients:

6 ounces white baking chocolate

1/2 cup butter (1 stick)

2/3 cup honey

2 teaspoons vanilla

4 egg yolks

4 egg whites

3/4 cup flour

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease 5 ramekins with butter, set aside.

In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the butter and white chocolate.

In a large bowl, combine 1/3 cup of the honey and vanilla. Pour in the melted butter and chocolate and stir until combined.

Mix one egg yolk at a time into the sugar mixture, ensuring each yolk is fully combined with each addition.

Using your stand mixer and whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium until foamy. Slowly add the remaining 1/3 cup of honey and continue whisking until stiff peaks form.

Fold half of the beaten egg whites along with half of the flour into the chocolate mixture. Gently fold until combined.

Add the remaining half of the egg whites along with the remaining flour and fold gently until combined.

Divide the white chocolate lava cake batter between the ramekins, filling each ramekin 3/4 to the top.

Put in the oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes – check frequently and do not overcook as this will result in the centers being too solid.

The lava cakes are done baking when the outer edges around the top are firm but the center still jiggles.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.

Loosen the cake edges with a knife if necessary and turn each ramekin upside down to place the cakes onto serving plates.

Cut each white chocolate lava cake from the center outwards, allowing the inner filling to spill out.

Garnish with Honey Raspberry Sauce (recipe below) and whipped cream. Serve immediately.

Honey Raspberry Sauce

Cover 12 ounces of frozen raspberries with honey and allow to thaw. The raspberry juice and honey will combine to form a delicious sauce.  Serve over cake, ice cream or yogurt.

Madame Marie’s Sensual French Honey Chocolate Mousse

I feel certain that Madame Marie Curie enjoyed this classic, sensual French dessert on more than one occasion.

Yield:  10 servings

Ingredients

1 pound good quality semisweet dark chocolate  (or white chocolate, if you prefer)
16 oz honey
3 egg whites
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 quart heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

Combine chocolate and honey in a large microwaveable bowl. Microwave 1 minute at a time (or less) stirring after each time (When melting chocolate  in microwave, don’t do until it melts completely. While it is still holding its shape, stir until it’s completely melted). Let cool.

Beat egg whites with a stand mixer, slowly add granulated sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Fold into the chocolate mixture.

Rinse out the mixer bowl, add the whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla. Whip until stiff. Fold into chocolate mixture.

Chill in bowl or divide into bowls. Top with your choice of berries.

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New Year’s Eve – Honey Tiramisu

I made this recipe for Christmas Eve, and it was so good I’m making again tomorrow night! 

Although it contains no cream (other than in the Marscapone), it is delightfully luscious and rich.

Tiramisu was originally made with honey, and I think it makes all the difference. Of course, I would think that…

Grumps aka Vince, a real Italian, says he prefers it a bit less sweet. If you are an Italian traditionalist, reduce the amount of honey to 1/3 cup. Don’t do anything different though! The end result will be heavenly!!

Yield:  8-10 servings

Ingredients

Eggs, 3 large, with yolks and whites separated
Honey, 1/2 cup
Mascarpone, 8 ounces
Ladyfingers, 20
Espresso or Strong Coffee, 1 cup (I used Italian roast coffee)
Cognac or Brandy, 2 tablespoons (I used inexpensive brandy)
Cocoa, 1/8 cup (I used Hershey’s unsweetened dark chocolate)

Directions

Combine 3 egg yolks, 1 tablespoon Espresso, Honey, and Cognac into the large mixing bowl. Beat 2 to 3 minutes.

Add Mascarpone and beat 3 to 5 minutes until consistency is smooth.

In another bowl, combine 3 egg whites and a pinch of sugar. Beat until mixture forms stiff peaks. Gently fold into Mascarpone mixture.

Pour rest of Espresso into flat dish, dip one side of each Lady Finger, and layer on bottom of serving dish. Spread 1/3 of Mascarpone mixture and sprinkle with cocoa.

Continue layering and finish with a Mascarpone layer. Sprinkle and refrigerate 1 hour before serving

Holidays With Honey – Honey Eggnog

egg nog

It wouldn’t be the holidays without eggnog. I love it on Christmas Eve while watching old movies with my family.

Come to think of it, I may just have an eggnog cupcake recipe around here somewhere…

Yield:  12-14 servings

Ingredients

1 cup honey

1 cup warm water

1 cup light rum

1 cup brandy

12 egg yolks

1 1/2 cups milk

1 1/2 cups cream

Garnish: grated allspice or ginger

Preparation

In the bowl of an electric mixer, dissolve the honey in the water. Stir in thoroughly the light rum and brandy. Beat the mixture, gradually beating in the egg yolks, the milk, and the cream. Beat the eggnog until it is foamy and serve it in individual stemmed glasses with a dusting of grated allspice or ginger.

Holidays With Honey – Peppermint Honey French Ice Cream

peppermint ice cream

Peppermint ice cream is my favorite holiday dessert. It’s easy to make and goes perfectly with all those cookies you are baking!

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups heavy cream

1 1/2 cups whole milk

8 large egg yolks

3/4 cup honey

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons peppermint extract

1/2 cup crushed candy canes or hard peppermint candy

Directions

Note:  An ice cream maker is necessary for this recipe.

Warm the milk, honey, and salt in a medium saucepan. Make sure the honey and salt completely dissolve.

Pour the cream into a metal bowl set in a larger bowl of ice and set a medium-mesh sieve on top.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm milk into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.

Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a wooden or heatproof rubber spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula, about 5-7 minutes.

Pour the custard through the strainer and stir it into the cream. Then stir until cool over the ice bath. Chill mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator.

One the mixture is thoroughly chilled, add peppermint extract, a 1/4 teaspoon at a time, tasting the mixture after each addition, until you reach the desired level of peppermint flavor.

Once chilled, freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Once the ice cream has been formed in the ice cream maker, it will be fairly soft. Fold in the crushed peppermint candy. Put in an airtight plastic container and place in the freezer for at least an hour, preferably several hours. If it has been frozen for more than a day, you may need to let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes to soften it before serving.

Yield: Makes 1 1/2 quarts.

Cranberry Week – Honey Cranberry Creme Brulee

Did you know that cranberries have an anti-aging ability to protect brain cells from free radical damage and the subsequent motor and cognitive function losses?

Ingredients

  • 16 tablespoons cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 vanilla bean, preferably Tahitian
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg plus 8 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, cold
  • 2 tablespoons superfine sugar (see tip)*

Directions

Spoon 2 tablespoons of cranberry sauce into each of 8 (4-ounce) ramekins.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In a small saucepan, combine the half-and half, vanilla bean, and vanilla extract. Heat over medium heat just until scalded; do not allow the mixture to boil.

Fill a large bowl with water and add ice. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the egg, egg yolks, and honey and mix. Gradually stir in the scalded half-and-half mixture and place the smaller bowl in the bowl of ice water to cool completely. Stir in the heavy cream and top equally the cranberry prepped ramekins. Place in a baking dish just large enough to hold them and add enough hot water to the pan to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Cover the baking dish tightly with foil and bake until the custard is set but still quivers in the center, about 35 minutes. Remove the ramekins from the water and refrigerate to cool completely.

Preheat the broiler, if using. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the sugar on top of each custard, spread over the surface, and tap out any excess. Place the ramekins on a broiling tray and broil until the top is melted and caramelized, about 30 seconds. Watch carefully; the sugar can burn easily. If using a torch (see Tip), pass the flame about 2 inches over the surface of the custards until the sugar is completely caramelized. Serve while the sugar is still warm.

* If using a torch, replace the superfine sugar with raw sugar, which caramelizes more successfully under a torch flame.