Honey Berry Cake

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At The Honey Cottage we love things that are unique; honey is no exception. Bees have a way of making every honey different. No year or season is the same as the last and bees have a way of making every honey more delicate then the last. It seems if you hand them a flower they make their own unique art from it. The bees “season” the honey differently as they find new nectar to nibble on. As a cook this works the same way for me; no two recipes turn out exactly the same. Either I use a different honey or I tweak something so the recipe is more amazing then the last. Honey Berry Cake is one of my favorite recipes to play with because you can add a different honey or berry and change it every time.

Ingredients:

1 cup of butter, room temperature is best

1 ½ cups of honey

1 ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract

1 ½ Tbsp. cinnamon

4 eggs, room temperature

1 cup of milk

½ tsp. salt

1 Tbsp. baking powder

3 cups of sifted cake flour

1 cup fresh blueberries

1 cup fresh diced strawberries

Directions:

Let the oven preheat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit while preparing the cake. Spray a 9X13 inch pan and set aside. Using a mixer; blend the butter, honey, vanilla extract, and cinnamon together at medium speed until nice and fluffy. Add 2 eggs and thoroughly mix, scrape down the side of the mixer, add the other 2 eggs, and scrape the side again. Add the milk, salt, and baking powder and thoroughly mix; make sure to scrape down the sides. Add a cup of flour at a time until the batter is completely combined. Fold in the strawberries and blueberries gently and pour the batter into the sprayed pan. Take the pan and lightly bang the pan on the counter to work out any air bubbles in the batter. This takes a couple of minutes. Put into the oven for approximately 35-40 minutes; insert a tooth pick into the center make sure it is done, it will come out clean. Let set for about 30 minutes or until completely cool. This cake is great with or without topping! ENJOY!

Tips:

-You can use frozen berries for this cake; let them set out over night and leave the juice in if you want to add a natural color to the cake.

-Honey Whip Cream is one of our favorite toppings for summer; add fruit on top for a little more color

-Honey Cream Cheese is a adds a nice flavor to the cake; you can add fresh fruit puree to make it a little lighter too

Orange Blossom Honey Granola

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One of my all time favorite things to do in the kitchen is make honey granola. I love being able to play with the recipe and make something new every time. I just recently began experimenting with using cocoa powder and chocolate chips. I was super surprised on how well it came out and had to share. This has now become my favorite recipe because it gives me just enough of a chocolate fix! What I love about this granola is that I can use it any time of day and it goes great in yogurt. It is nice to have something that will give you energy that you can carry with you and not worry about spoilage! At The Honey Cottage we are very excited to work with amazing beekeepers and have their honeys in the shop. This specific recipe is really good with a lighter honey; alpine wildflower, cactus blossom, orange blossom, or alfalfa clover are the best! It gives it enough sweetness without over powering the other flavors.  Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

Ingredients:

2 cups quick rolled oats

1/3 cup whole flax seed; grind this fresh with a coffee grinder

½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

½ cup of raisins

¾ cup walnuts; mashed into bite size pieces

½ cup chocolate chips, ¾ cup if they are mini chocolate chips

½ cup of peanut butter

5 Tablespoons unrefined coconut oil

½ cup orange blossom honey

½ teaspoon orange extract

Directions:

Heat the stove to 300 degrees F. Place the oats, flax seed, coconut, raisins, walnuts, and chocolate chips in a bowl. Place the peanut butter and coconut oil in a small sauce pan and put on the stove to warm it up; set the stove at warm. Once this is warm and thoroughly mixed, turn off the stove, and pour in the honey and the orange extract. Thoroughly mix again and pour over the dry ingredients. Use a spoon and mix it together until everything is combined. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the granola on top. Press the granola down to make a nice even layer; if using an 11X17 pan bake for 25 min., for 9X13 bake for 35 minutes. Once it is done, let cool for an hour before putting in a container.

Tips:

The granola will be a little softer in a 9X13; if you want it crispier, stick with the 11X17 pan.

You can use these ingredients instead to mix it up:

  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Almond Butter
  • Cashew butter
  • Raw cashews
  • Raw peanuts
  • Use Alpine wildflower, cactus, or alfalfa clover honey

I find that the granola keeps better in glass or plastic containers. Zip locks can be used if you use the granola up quickly.

Honey Chia Yogurt

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One of my favorite foods in the world is yogurt! You can do so much with it and you can have it ANY TIME OF THE DAY!!! I dislike buying it pre-done in the store; in my opinion it is loaded with unnecessary sugar and tastes way to sweet. Plus, I want my little ones to learn the value of good old fashioned whole milk yogurt. Yogurt also makes a great dip, frozen popsicle, and is great in smoothies. One of my favorite add ins is chia seeds; they are an amazing superfood and can be a huge benefit to the diet! They are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, vitamins, fiber, and minerals. At The Honey Cottage we add raw honey to our yogurt for a slight sweetness. Here is my favorite recipe for honey chia yogurt; we hope you enjoy!

Honey Chia yogurt

1 cup- Whole milk yogurt

1 Tbsp.-Chia seeds

1 Tbsp. – Raw honey

½ cup- Fruit

¼ cup- Pecans

Directions:

Take the cup of yogurt and put it in a sealable container or in a bowl that can be sealed with plastic wrap. Sprinkle the chia seeds on top of yogurt and mix in; cover and let set for about 2 hours or overnight in the refrigerator. Pull the yogurt out of the refrigerator and place the fruit on top and stir it in the yogurt. Sprinkle the pecans on top and drizzle the honey on top of the pecans. ENJOY!

Tips and Tricks:

You can use frozen fruit; let it thaw before adding to the yogurt. Or put the frozen fruit in the yogurt if you let it set over night. Instead of pecans; use walnuts or almonds. Granola also makes an amazing topper for this yogurt recipe. This is a great way to use local honey so you get those 2 Tbsp. a day!