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!

25 comments:

  1. It would be interesting to see a recipe for honey on toast but I suppose it might lack sustained dramatic interest. This sounds a lovely, classic cake - definitely not a waste of honey. Lamb with thyme honey sounds good too, though...

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  2. It seems to be so soft!!!
    Great cake!

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  3. Either of those honeys on porridge sounds like h-e-a-v-e-n

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  4. What's wrong with a recipe for honey on toast? Assuming you made the bread of course! The honey sounds wonderful - I want some. And the cake sounds even better, I love honey cake.

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  5. All three do sound tantalising - I think the thyme one with lamb sounds wonderful. The cake looks a fabulous bake to show off the lemon honey, though, too. It looks so soft and delicious! :)

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  6. The lemon cake sounded so good to me, but then when you mentioned spreading the lemon honey on toast, and little bells started going off in my head...I'd love to try it either way!

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  7. I think I could use this recipe for a dessert course for a catering client. Of course I'll taste a slice before I let them have it.

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  8. I love honey and your loaf looks great!

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  9. That looks and sounds amazing Dom - I love baking with honey and this sounds just my kind of cake. Perfect

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  10. That is a fine looking bake. I'm not the hugest fan of honey but I am sure I could cope with a slice of this cake alongside my cuppa ;0)

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  11. Honey on toast sounds like a perfect recipe to me!!

    But your cake looks divine.

    Sue xx

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  12. This sounds divine...Manuka honey and lemon...fantastic! So simple and yet so delicious, this would be perfect with a cuppa! :-)

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  13. I adore Manukau Honey having grown up with this - I made a polenta cake recently with lemon and ground almonds but never considered using honey. Brilliant idea.

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  14. I am a LONG TERM Manuka honey user.....I take it in tea every day to stave away infections...and LOVE it on toast too! GORGEOUS looking cake Dom!

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  15. These honeys sound delicious - I will look out for them the next time I brave the scrum in my local Morrisons.
    This cake looks fab and I bet it would go down really well at our charity cake stall in November. Thanks for the recipe.

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  16. Oooh the crumb on your cake looks delicious and I really like the sound of the lemon honey in it!

    I will be interested to see how you get on with the thyme one - I was sent a bottle ages back and have not had much success with me, just doesn't work for me unfortunately!

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  17. Manuka honey is amazing, isn't it? So caramelly in texture. Luxury. Your cake looks pretty luxury too. Mmmmmmm!

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  18. Yummy cake! We love manuka honey in our house. I think its up there with Attiki honey and way cheaper! :-)

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  19. I've never even heard of Manuka honey, but this loaf looks soooo incredibly good, I know I would love it!

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  20. You whip up the best cakes and desserts. I think I am going to make this cake this week with my honey from the bog close to my house. I also think I might add some of my Lemon Thyme to it. Can't wait!

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  21. Just bought the lemon & the ginger honeys from
    Morrisons 7.99 a jar - looking forward to using it.

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  22. Lemon cake..........i love it! Great blog!

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  23. This cake sounds heavenly. I haven't come across the New Zealand Honey Co yet, but it looks like I will have to seek them out, their honeys sound fantastic!!

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  24. I like the sounds and looks of this cake....will definitely try this out....if only I could find the honey here in Nova Scotia. I will check a few specialty shops. Thanks for sharing this.

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  25. It is looking great your cake and so soft.You will get all the benefits of manuka honey eating that cake, and besides that I think that tastes awesome.

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