1 - Tea and coffee - tea and honey have long been endeared as the eternal ‘couple.’ Add coffee to the list! Many coffee drinkers are now asking for honey to sweeten their mugs.
2 - Breads - fresh bread, toast, english muffins, cornbread. Smooth it on directly, or pre-blend the honey and butter together. Honey butter is an excellent addition to special-occasion table settings (you might want to add a little cinnamon or vanilla flavoring!). Start with a 1:1 ratio of honey and softened butter; mix by hand or with a beater; adjust to taste.
3 - Cereal - Hot cereal, cold cereal, granola...why stop there for breakfast! Honey is a great addition to pancakes, waffles, yogurt, fruit and smoothies.
4 - Baking - families are finding ways to incorporate raw honey in food preparation. A recipe calling for sugar needs some tweaking to replace the sweetener with honey, but it’s worth the effort to experiment when you have a great recipe. Here are some general rules:
- start with less honey than sugar (try ½ to ¾ of the amount of sugar called for), or replace only part of the sugar with honey
- for each cup of honey used, reduce other liquids by about ¼ cup, and add about ½ teaspoon baking soda
- reduce oven temperature by 25 degrees to prevent over-browning
5 - Toppings - it doesn’t take much to dress up ice cream, cheese-and-cracker appetizers, baked apples or fruit compote. In fact, skip frosting on your next cake, and drizzle a little honey on top, or dollop some nice whipped honey on it before serving. For a super easy dessert, top off a teaspoon with your favorite honey - a quick way to solve that sweet craving!!
What’s your favorite way to use honey?