Thursday, 30 April 2015

Honey Bees + Scottish Honey & Whisky Cake & Honey Cake Recipes

The above is a link to a lovely site with tons of useful information about Bees, and also has a very nice recipe selection.

Recipe 1.
Scottish Honey & Whisky Cake

6 oz self-raising flour (or all-purpose flour with baking powder)
6 oz butter
6 oz soft brown sugar (light brown sugar)
3 beaten eggs
4 tablespoons whisky
Rind of a small orange, grated .... (can also use the juice instead of the whisky)

Ingredients for butter Icing:
6 oz icing (frosting) sugar
2 oz butter
2 tablespoons clear honey
Juice from a small orange
Toasted flaked almonds as decoration

1. Cream the butter and sugar together, add the orange rind and beat in the eggs, one at a time. 
2. Whisk until the mixture is pale and fluffy. 
3. Sift in half the self-raising flour (or all-purpose flour and baking powder) and pour in the whisky. 4. Fold in to the mixture and sift in the remaining flour and again fold in. 
5. Grease two seven inch sandwich tins and divide the mixture between the two, smoothing the tops. 6. Bake for 20/25 minutes in an oven at 375F/190C/Gas Mark 5 until the cake is a light golden colour. 

Turn onto a wire rack to allow it to cool.

Honey Butter Icing:  
Put the butter, honey and one tablespoon of orange juice in a mixing bowl.
Slowly sift in the icing (frosting) sugar and work the mixture till they are all combined. 
Use half the butter cream as a sandwich between the two halves of the cake and spread the rest smoothly on the top. 
Add the toasted almonds as decoration. 

Honey Cake - Recipe 2 (simple)
1.1/2 cups sugar

3 eggs

3 cups plain flour

¼ tsp bi-carb

2.1/2 tspns mixed spice

2 tsps baking pdr

¾ cup veg or sunflower oil combined with 1 cup warm honey & 1 cup warm water

1. Beat eggs and sugar till thick, yellow and creamy.

2. Sift dry ingredients and add alternately with the oil, water and honey mixture.  Mix well to combine.

Add a  handful of sultanas if wanted.  (Lightly flour the fruit before putting into the mix.)
The batter will be pretty runny – don’t worry this is fine!

Pour into a large greased and floured container – baking tin, roasting tin, glass dish etc.  Making sure at least 1-2” is left for cake to rise.

Bake at 325 deg.F. (Gas 3) or 170 deg.C. for approx. 1hr.

Check carefully in center to see whether cake is cooked through.

You can do this by very gently pressing the top of the cake or use a clean skewer.

If browned enough but not cooked through, lightly cover with large sheet of foil so it will continue to cook but wont brown further.

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