Honey Cinnamon Banana Bread Pudding

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We love recipes that substitute white sugar with raw honey as a sweetener.  Here is one we found in O Magazine that does just that.

Ingredients

  • Canola oil cooking spray
  • 4 cups half-and-half
  • ¾ cup plus 3 Tbsp. raw honey, divided
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 eggs plus 4 egg yolks
  • 3 very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed well with a fork (about 1¼ cups)
  • 6 cups 1 bread cubes (lightly packed), such as a rustic country loaf
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Directions

Active time: 30 minutes
Total time: 2 ½ hours

Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease a 9-inch x 13-inch baking pan or glass dish with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together half-and-half, ¾ cup raw honey, cinnamon, salt, eggs and yolks, and bananas until well incorporated. Stir in bread and set aside to let soak 15 minutes.

Transfer to prepared pan and spread out evenly. Bake until firm in the middle and golden brown around the edges, 45 to 55 minutes. Set aside to let cool, about 1 hour.

In a clean, large bowl, whisk cream and remaining 3 Tbsp. raw honey until soft peaks form. Serve bread pudding with whipped cream dolloped on top.

*Photo by Sang An and original recipe courtesy of pastry chef, Joanne Chang

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

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

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