There are so many wonderful recipes using honey, and with Rosh Hashana just around the corner, I’ve seen lots of recipes for honey cakes and desserts popping up. I wanted to make my own honey cake, and I found an easy one I’m just crazy about.
I was lucky that I was able to use our very own honey from a hive we’d had a few years. A very generous friend came over to help me with the harvest because I’ve never really done anything with our hive before, and I was a bit freaked out. It was very messy, but easier than I imagined.
I still have a ton to learn about caring for our hive, and I recently joined an area beekeeping association. I’m looking forward to going to classes and hopefully getting a mentor! I’ll blog more about our bees as I learn.
After straining the honey into jars and cleaning up all the sticky mess, I was eager to make something with the glorious amber goodness. I found a wonderful, easy recipe for a honey cake in this new cookbook, Sweet and Tart (which is currently on sale at Amazon, by the way).
This is such a beautiful, delicate cake that uses fresh fruit – I used the berries from our bush in the back yard, but you could also use other juicy fruits, like peaches. And, since I used basil from our garden too, it felt very homemade.