Red Wine Honey Cake

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YIELD  10 to 12 servings.

INGREDIENTS

  • Grease or nonstick spray, for the pan
  • 300 grams all-purpose flour (2 1/2 cups), more for the pan
  • 10 grams baking powder (2 teaspoons)
  • 3 grams baking soda (1/2 teaspoon)
  • 3 grams salt (1/2 teaspoon)
  • 2 grams cinnamon (1 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 2 grams cardamom (1 teaspoon)
  • 2 grams ground ginger (1 teaspoon)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 200 grams granulated sugar (1 cup)
  • 1 1/4 cups olive oil
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons good quality honey (we recommend Bloom’s Orange Blossom honey), more to taste
  • 3/4 cup dry red wine
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 pounds ripe yellow plums
  • 1 tablespoon chopped lemon thyme leaves, or regular thyme leaves, plus branches for garnish

PREPARATION

1.  Place a rack in the middle of the oven; heat to 350 degrees. Generously grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan, including center tube.

2.  In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices.

3.  In another large bowl, whisk eggs well. Whisk in sugar, oil, 1 cup honey, the wine and the fresh ginger until well combined. Whisk in dry ingredients until smooth.

4.  Pour batter into pan and bake until springy to the touch and a cake tester comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool for about 20 minutes, then unmold the cake and let cool completely.

5.  Meanwhile, pit and quarter plums. In a medium bowl, toss plums with remaining 2 tablespoons honey and the thyme. Add more honey to taste and let macerate for at least 30 minutes.  Serve cake sliced and garnished with plums and thyme branches.

Note:  Measurements for dry ingredients are given by weight for greater accuracy. The equivalent measurements by volume are approximate.

*Original recipe and photo courtesy of Melissa Clark

HAPPY ROSH HASHANAH

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Happy Rosh Hashanah from all of us at Bloom Honey!   To help make your New Year celebration even sweeter, we are offering FREE SHIPPING when you purchase 2 or more jars TODAY (offer valid through 8/28).  Shop Now at www.bloomhoney.com

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Whether you are hosting a Rosh Hashanah feast or attending as a guest, make Bloom Honey a part of your celebration!!  L’shanah Tovah!

Honey Cupcakes with Marshmallow Icing

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Yield: 10 cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup raw honey (we recommend Bloom’s White Clover honey)
  • 1 ½ tbsp water
  • 1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp cardamom
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp vanilla
For Icing

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 ¼ cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with liners and lightly mist the liners with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Combine the butter, brown sugar, honey and water in a small pot and bring to a simmer, stirring so that the butter melts and the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool while you prepare the other ingredients.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cardamom, cinnamon and salt. Add the eggs and vanilla, followed by the brown sugar honey mixture. Beat until well combined.
  4. Pour batter into prepared cupcake tins — filling the tins 3/4th of the way full. Bake for 25 minutes, until cupcakes are golden.
  5. While the cupcakes cool, make the icing. Combine the sugar and water in a small pot over medium high heat. Bring to a boil and cook for three minutes.
  6. Place your egg white in the bowl of an electric mixer {or use a handheld mixer}. Slowly stream in the hot sugar syrup WHILE the mixer is going on high. Do not stop beating. Keep the mixer going for at least ten more minutes, until icing can hold stiff peaks. If it appears too runny, keep beating. It will get there.
  7. Spread the icing on the cupcakes — icing will harden slightly as it continues to cool.

*Recipe and Photo courtesy of Jenna Weber

Happy National Honey Bee Day!

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“Honeybees are the glue that holds our agricultural system together,” – Hannah Nordhaus, The Beekeeper’s Lament

Indeed, without honeybees to pollinate our crops, foods such as almonds, apples, avocados, broccoli, and blueberries would vanish.

Today we celebrate the honeybee and recognize their contributions to our everyday lives – they’re responsible for 1/3 of the food we eat, after all!  We also pay homage to the beekeepers, whose hard work and labor help ensure that we have bees to pollinate our crops.

How can you help protect this critical species for future generations?

  • plant a bee-friendly garden without pesticides
  • support your local beekeepers by buying local raw honey
  • donate to Project Apis M (they fund research on honeybees and Colony Collapse Disorder)
  • Urge your member of Congress and Senator to support bee-friendly legislations, such as a ban of neonicotinoid pesticides and research into the cause and solutions to CCD.

Learn more about National Honeybee Day by visiting their site:  http://www.nationalhoneybeeday.com/

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Bloom Honey will be at Erewhon Natural Foods Market today from 2pm to 5pm for National Honey Bee Day!  Come celebrate with us – Stop by and say HI to Bloom Honey President, David Jefferson, and sample some of our delicious raw honey!

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A first look at this season’s White Clover honey

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Our bees spent the summer in Colorado making our signature varietal – the finest White Clover honey you’ll ever taste!   We received our first sample the other day and are excited to share a snapshot with you!  And yes, it tastes as amazing as it looks.

You may notice that the color of this season’s clover is more water-white than the previous season’s.  That’s the beauty of raw varietal honey – no two bottles look or taste exactly the same.  Varietal honey can be best compared to varietal wine in the sense that the color, smell and taste can vary from year to year depending on annual climactic changes.  Even the same flower blooming in the same location may produce slightly different honey each year depending upon temperature and rainfall.  White Clover, in particular, can vary in color from water-white to light amber and has a sweet, pleasing, mild taste.

 

 

 

Check in for Charity at Erewhon – This month!

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We are happy to share with you that one of our wonderful retailers – Erewhon Natural Foods Market –  will be donating one free meal towards feeding a Delancey Street resident for every Facebook check-in during the month of August.

The Delancey Street Foundation began in 1971 and is the country’s leading residential self-help organization for former substance abusers, ex-convicts, homeless and others who have hit bottom.  For over 40 years Delancey Street has been developing a model of social entrepreneurship, of education, of rehabilitation and change that is exciting and full of hope – all without professional staffing or outside funding and at no cost to the California tax payer.  To learn more about the Delancey Street Foundation, call (323) 662-4888 or visit them on the web at http://www.delanceystreetfoundation.org/.

Erewhon Natural Foods Market is located in Los Angeles at 7660 Beverly Blvd.  Visit Erewhon anytime during the month of August and be sure to check in on Facebook to feed one Delancey Street resident – it’s that simple!

Ricotta topped with Honey, Blueberries & Thyme

Ricotta with Honey, Blueberries & Thyme

Time: 10 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 4-6

Ingredients

1 and 1/4 cups honey
2 and 1/2 cups ricotta
1 cup fresh berries 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
flowers (if available) or thyme leaves

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Preparation

1. Heat the honey in a sauce pan until watery.
2. Divide the ricotta among 4-6 serving dishes or goblets.
3. Divide the warmed honey over each serving. Top each serving with berries and thyme leaves.

*Recipe & Photo courtesy of Peggy Lampman

Honey, Lime & Sriracha Chicken Skewers

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Servings: 4-6
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Total Time: 30 Minutes
 
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest, from one lime
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, from 2 limes
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1-1/2 square inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
  • 1-1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs (between 8-10), trimmed and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, plus more for garnishing platter
  • Limes, sliced into wedges, for garnishing platter (optional)
Preparation
  1. In a blender, combine the soy sauce, raw honey, oil, lime zest, lime juice, garlic, ginger, Sriracha and salt. Blend until completely smooth. Pour 1/2 cup of the marinade into a small bowl; cover and refrigerate until ready to serve (this will be your sauce).
  2. Combine the chicken and remaining marinade in a large Ziplock bag and seal tightly. Place in a bowl (in case of leakage) and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  3. Remove the chicken from the marinade and thread onto skewers, folding the pieces in half if they are long and thin.
  4. Be sure the grill is clean, then preheat to medium-high heat. To grease the grill, lightly dip a wad of paper towels in vegetable oil and, using tongs, carefully rub over the grates several times until glossy and coated. Grill the chicken kebabs, covered, until golden brown and cooked through, turning skewers occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes. (Keep an eye on it — if they are browning too quickly, turn the heat down.) Transfer the skewers to a platter and either drizzle the reserved marinade over top or pass alongside. Scatter the chopped cilantro over top and garnish the platter with lime wedges and cilantro sprigs, if desired.

*Recipe & Photo courtesy of Jennifer Segal

Bloom Honey Now Available at Erewhon Natural Foods! Raw Food Event Saturday May 18th 11 AM – 2 PM!

Hello Bloomblog readers,

We are excited to share that Bloom Honey is now available at Erewhon Natural Foods Market in Los Angeles!

Erewhon’s motto is “If It’s Here It’s Good for You”, and that is certainly true with Bloom Honey.

All 4 varietals of our 100% pure raw honey, unfiltered & unpasteurized are available at this popular LA destination for all things natural and healthy!

Our tasting tour continues this Saturday May 18th from 11 AM to 2 PM at Erewhon’s spectacular RAW FOOD EVENT. Come by for a free sampling of Bloom Honey!

Erewhon Natural Foods Market is located at 7660 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036.