I should say that I have met Deborah in real life, I love her blog (Romancing the Bee) and she has dedicated one of her recipes, Honey Lavender Gelato, to Emma and me, on account of one of our past queens being named Lavender. So I am a little biased; still this really is my favourite book of honey recipes I’ve found so far!
Despite being a beekeeper, and often busy making lots of cake for hungry beekeepers, until recently I hadn’t done much cooking with honey. This book looks very likely to change that. It has all sorts of dishes within – salads, main courses, cocktails, cakes, puddings… So far this week I’ve tried out two of Deborah’s recipes, photos below…
So this bouncy beauty is Kentucky honey jam cake – Deborah’s recipe here. I happened to have some home made blackberry jam my manager had given me in the fridge, and was intrigued by the idea of putting the jam in before cooking.
As you can see, my version is much more homely than Deborah’s! I don’t think it matters as the cake tasted gorgeous. A subtle, warm spice flavour comes through, and every so often you get the nice surprise of a sweet raisin or date.
I used two layers rather than three as I don’t have three pans all the same size. I also didn’t have time to make the caramel icing, so just sandwiched the cake together with strawberry jam. I altered the method slightly too, mixing in the flour and eggs together a bit at a time to cut down the risk of the mixture curdling.
Emma kindly bought me this amazingly creamy white Leicestershire honey at the London Honey Show. It almost looks like butter!
Also made this week: courgette fritters (zucchini if you’re American). Deborah’s website recipe does not contain honey, but the book version does. Very tasty, and the recipe made enough to last me and Drew as a side for two meals. I am into fritters and often make a sweetcorn & halloumi version for our annual Ealing Beekeepers Christmas party.
British readers: bear in mind that the recipe ingredients are measured in cups. I happen to have a set of cups given to me as a present by a lovely American friend, but if you don’t, you’ll need to buy some or convert the amounts yourself.
Related posts by Deborah:
- ‘My visit to the Ealing apiary‘ – we loved having our visitor from Ohio!
- ‘Cooking with Honey has been published!‘ – where to buy Deborah’s book. I used Amazon.co.uk.
By the way, if you choose to buy this book or indeed any other items from Amazon, please consider going through the Bumblebee Conservation Trust’s Fundraising page. Each time you access Amazon.co.uk via their link and make a purchase this brilliant charity receives a donation worth 8% of your total purchase, at no extra cost to you.