Baking and cooking with honey has never been sweeter! We’d like to share with you some awesome recipes from our recipe vault on how to add some flair and flavor to your cooking by incorporating honey in your dishes.
Roasted Honey Chicken Breasts
Chicken is a great meat to work with as it is a lean and healthy meat and absorbs seasonings effectively. Here’s an old chicken recipe loved by most of us but with a new twist:
1 cup of raw and unfiltered honey (any type)
1 cup of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of chopped fresh rosemary (dried rosemary will do)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
4 boneless chicken breasts
Make a mixture by combining the honey, lemon juice and rosemary. Add in the salt and pepper then mix well. Immerse the chicken in the mixture and marinate it for an hour. Set aside.
Prepare a broiling pan and assemble the chicken pieces on it. (you may also choose to grill or bake the chicken pieces in the oven). Broil the chicken for about 5 to 10 minutes until well done. In the process, you may to choose to occasionally brush the chicken pieces with either olive oil, or butter, alternating it with the marinade. Gather the jus (drippings) and mix a good amount of all-purpose flour to thicken it. This could serve as gravy for the dish. It also tastes great when dipped in honey.
Broccoli Salad with Special Orange Blossom Honey Dressing
Orange blossom honey is preferred by many for its mild, citrus aftertaste. Add character to your usual broccoli salad and go green all the way by topping it with a special orange blossom honey dressing.
For the salad:
2 cups of broccoli florets, chopped
2 cups of grated cheese
1 medium onion, chopped
For the dressing:
1 cup of light mayo
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons orange blossom honey
Combine the ingredients in each group. Pour the cold dressing over the salad and serve.
Homemade Granola Bars
Snacking on a granola bar when you’re hungry is a great way to fight hunger pangs. Because of its high fiber content, granola bars can make you feel full for a few hours. Most granola bars incorporate the use of maple syrup and brown sugar, and although these two are both sweet options, nothing can top the goodness of honey when it comes to what is the healthiest.
6 cups of oats
2 cups of bran
2 cups of wheat germ
1 cup of sunflower seeds
1/2 cup of sesame seeds
1 cup of chopped almonds
1 and 1/2 cup of raisins
2/3 cup of oil
2 teaspoon vanilla
4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon ginger
Mix all the oats, bran, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and chopped almonds in a huge bowl. Set aside. Mix the honey, oil, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves and ginger in a smaller bowl. Combine both mixtures in the large bowl and stir well. Bake the mixture at 300 degrees for an hour. Let it cool a little bit then stir again. Add in the raisins. The granola mixture will harden when it cools.
Baked Honey Pineapple Ham
1 (10-12 lbs.) cured ham
1 can of pineapple juice
2 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 cup of honey (any kind, most preferably wildflower)
1 tablespoon whole cloves
5 pineapple slices
Wipe the ham with a damp cloth. Put it in a roasting pan with the fatty side up then bake it in the oven at 325 degrees. Estimate the baking time at about 20 minutes per pound of ham. Remove the ham from the oven 45 minutes before it has done baking. Skin it, remove some fats, and dot it with cloves.
Mix the honey with the pineapple and lemon juices. Boil the mixture then remove from heat. Pour it over the ham. Bake the ham for another 45 minutes at 170 degrees. When done, serve with sautéed pineapple chunks and a sprig of fresh mint leaves.
There’s nothing more heavenly than having a bite out of honey cookies straight from the oven. This classic cookie when combined with a tall glass of milk make a great evening snack right before bedtime not just for kids, but also for the kids-at-heart.
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
A dash of salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon of water
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
2 and 1/3 cups of flour
1/2 cup of slivered almonds
Mix sugar and honey in a large bowl. Add in egg, cloves, cinnamon, salt and ginger. Beat well.
Make a mixture out of baking soda and water. Add this to the previous mixture and stir well. Add in flour and almonds. Continue stirring until the mixture has thickened into a dough.
Take out a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan and press the dough on it. Bake the cookie dough for 20 to 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Cut the cookies into 3 x 1 inch bars then carefully remove them from the baking sheet and transfer them into a wire rack. Let it cool for a few minutes and they’re good to go!