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the thing about honey.

On August 27, 2016, Posted by , in Uncategorized, With No Comments

Can we talk about honey?

When the girls at Hunni’s invited me to share recipes on their blog focusing on honey, I was thrilled. I can talk about honey for a long time!

Are you ready to geek out with me?

As a kid, a spoonful of honey was a popular treat after enduring a spoonful of cough syrup. {“…just a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down” – Mary Poppins, anyone?}

What’s interesting is that a lot of people believe that honey is synonymous to sugar, mostly because they are both sweet. Honey is (mostly) sugar but if you’re opting for a healthy perspective, honey is always the better choice. A tablespoon of raw honey contains 64 calories, as compared to 48 calories in white sugar.

Are you confused yet? Don’t be.

The body expends more energy burning honey than it does burning white sugar therefore, in the end – you end up accumulating way less calories with honey. I don’t pay much attention to caloric numbers but I do appreciate knowing what is in my food. What makes honey unique in comparison to sugar, is that honey has trace elements in it. What that essentially means is that honeybees pick up stuff when they are going from plant to plant. This “stuff” is life giving and is commonly known as vitamins and minerals.

Honey is a treasure chest of goodness that has been valued for over 2,000 years.

In a nutshell, this kitchen staple is liquid gold. To name a few medicinal benefits, honey alleviates allergies, boosts memory, conditions skin, suppresses cough, aids sleep, increases our red cell count, eliminates dandruff (whaaat?) and treats wounds and burns.

We’re trained to believe that things that taste good aren’t good for you. If you believe that, honey is an exception.

I could go on but I’ll save the rest for later.

Today was a sweet summer day. We woke up feeling rested and alive. We packed our bags and headed to Hayward Lake, near Mission. Many hours later, we stumbled home with wet hair, bronzed skin and full hearts.

I decided that we needed a {quick} sweet treat before dinner. Little fuss, maximum joy kinda treat. The thing with honey is that for such a simple product it somehow feels decadent.

I reached for my trusty jar of honey. Nothing fancy, just a regular off-the-shelf-bottle. This is important because I’m a sucker for speciality honey. I have raspberry flavoured honey, manuka honey, buckwheat honey, etc. But I also like to keep the regular stuff in my pantry for everyday recipes.

So here’s a quick afternoon treat: honey lace cookies. They are notoriously thin and will melt on your tongue. These cookies pair beautifully with a cup of black tea.

They are golden bubbly perfection.

Although a little chocolate always elevates the game, don’t you think?

Ah, yes. Excellent move.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I think you need to see the batch I burned. 6 minutes in the oven led to this. Keep a close eye on them. Don’t be fooled – I still ate the burned batch.

 

Honey Lace Cookies

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4-5

 

2 Tbsp butter

2 Tbsp brown sugar

1½ Tbsp honey

2 Tbsp white flour

{teeny} pinch of salt

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Melt butter, brown sugar and honey in a small {heavy bottomed} saucepan.
  4. Once melted, transfer mixture to a heatproof bowl.
  5. Whisk in flour and salt
  6. Drop ½ tsp of batter onto baking sheets leaving about 3″ between dollops as they significantly spread.
  7. Bake until golden brown, approximately 4-5 minutes. {They cook incredibly fast. Keep a close eye on them so that they don’t burn.}
  8. Transfer cookies from parchment to a wire rack to cool.
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