September just so happens to be Honey Month. Therefore, the following days should be all about the sweet and natural nectar that seems to find its way into everything from folk remedies and beauty products, to snacks and everyday meals.
Besides being a tasty ingredient (that gets its different flavours from the various flowers bees gather nectar from), it is well-known that honey has a lot of health and nutritional benefits. Think about it for a second and you’ll realise that at least once you’ll have been told to replace the sugar in your tea for honey as it is supposedly better for you. Indeed, this precious substance is rich in antioxidants and flavonoids, which lowers the risk of heart disease or certain form of cancers. It can also be used as a natural energy source, can be eaten by diabetics and of course, honey can turn into a world-renowned cough syrup.
When it comes to simply filling your stomach, honey is definitely a go-to to restyle some culinary classics.
We’ve all heard of your typical salted and un-salted, what about honey butter?
As its name implies, it’s simply made by mixing honey with butter until you get a creamy substance. The result is so divine it’ll make you wonder why you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon sooner. This buttery mixture is a great base to make tasty biscuits.
Sauces and Dressings
If you’re tired of eating salad with the same vinegar dressing or cooking meat in the same tomato sauce, honey is probably the product that is going to change your cooking life.
This one is for all the Barbecue and sweet and sour sauce lovers, those who know how to savour the marriage between sweet and salty in a dish. For your salad dressing you could try the following combos, honey-balsamic, honey-mustard, or honey-lemon, just like in our Freekeh Tabbouleh with Honey Halloumi and Pomegranate recipe.
When it comes to sauces you could try a nice honey mustard dipping sauce, or a honey marinade to give chicken that delicious sweetness or as a glaze on a tender piece of pork.
A lot of ingredients that taste delicious on their own turn into disasters when put together, this rule does not apply to cheese and honey. In fact, this is what we call a match made in heaven. No need to be fancy about it, grab a slice of bread covered with your favourite variety of cheese, blue cheese, goats cheese, or cheddar, and pour a spoon of honey on top of it. But if you really insist on making it fancy, pour yourself a good glass of red wine and you are good to go.
As said prior, honey can be used as a healthier alternative to sugar. It is also sweeter, and has a unique taste, so next time you are thinking of baking a cake make sure that honey is on your shopping list. It’s your chance to have fun and rediscover all your favourite cake recipes thanks to this magic ingredient.
Have a go at some completely new recipes that use honey. Medovik, well-known in Russia, is a cake with layers of sponge primarily made of honey and milk. Or try Lekach, a traditional Jewish cake made with honey and spices.
Similarly to cakes, your favourite bread could probably do with a makeover. First step, you can simply take your white bread recipe and add honey. This will give the bread more flavour, but on top of that it helps keep it moist. Wheat Loaf bread is another one that can be reinvented with the sweet nectar.
For some reason, banana and honey go extremely well together, yes, you see where I’m going with this, Honey Banana Bread! This one is definitely a must, so if you have a couple of ripe bananas on the side, think twice before throwing them away and find out what the fuss is all about.
Finally, another Jewish specialty known to work like a charm with honey is Challah. Known for its twisted shape and delicious taste, it’s fair to say that Challah should be the next addition to your recipe book.
Now you have all the tips you could possible need to enjoy in Honey Month the right way! Try these recipes throughout the month for a sweeter September.