Thursday, 26 July 2012

manuka honey lemon cake

... the good people at the New Zealand Honey Co recently sent me 3 wonderful new honey products; the thyme honey, which i'm planning to cook with some gorgeous lamb over the weekend... and two incredible manuka honey's with natural flavourings, one with lemon, the other with root ginger... both additions compliment the natural honey perfectly and as you can imagine taste truly incredible.... the manuka honey with lemon is as good as the best lemon curd you could make, rich and thick and really creamy with quite an intense lemon hit... the manuka honey with root ginger is really special, with little nuggets of ginger that give the honey a hit of underlying warmth that is undeniably good... the mankua honey with lemon was just calling to be baked into a classic lemon cake and who was I to deny the call of the bee...

manuka honey lemon cake
to be honest this product is so pure the very best you can do with the stuff is spread it onto toast... the three honey's arrived the weekend my mum came up for her birthday and we basically spent three breakfasts 'oooing' and 'aaaahing' over the stuff... but i'm not sure honey on toast really counts as a recipe so here's my cake...

4oz self raising flour (or plain flour and 2 teaspoons baking powder)
2oz ground almonds
pinch of salt
4oz butter - softened
2oz sugar
2oz manuka honey with lemon
2 eggs
1 tablespoon milk
grated rind of one lemon

for the glaze
the juice of one lemon
1 large teaspoon honey

- beat the eggs, sugar and honey until pale and fluffy, add the lemon rind and stir in

- add one egg and beat in, then add half the flour and beat in

- repeat with the remaining egg and flour and all the ground almonds

- add the milk and stir in, then pour into a lined and greased loaf tin

- bake on 170C for 40 mins or until golden

- pull it out of the oven and prick all over with a skewer

- heat the lemon juice and honey in the microwave and then pour the hot liquid over the cake

- allow to cool entirely before removing from the tin and eating

... i'm planning a couple of other interesting recipes to use the honey again so look out for them over the next few weeks... the New Zealand Honey Co honeys can be purchased pretty much all over the world and at ASDA, MORRISONS and Waitrose in the UK

eat and of course, enjoy!



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