Saturday, 4 August 2012

manuka honey and root ginger blondies with pistachio nuts




... for one of the worst recessions and financial crises in world history The Viking and I are actually quite busy at the moment... work in London has picked up quite a bit with a couple of exciting product launches in September and October and our summer Thursday's filled with a live chat show at The Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park it's all moving along nicely... we're up and down the motorway quite a bit but I really shouldn't complain... it's better than sitting and watching the sunshine come and go...

... plus I still have just enough time to eat and I have this stunning pot of manuka honey with root ginger sitting on my kitchen shelf, sent to me by the very lovely folk over at the New Zealand Honey Co and i've been pouring through the cookbooks trying to find a recipe but there was really nothing that I wanted to do... as with the manuka honey with lemon I wanted to create something that really holds the flavour of the honey without masking it with too much fuss and nonsense and so I thought a simple tray bake using the honey instead of sugar... i've included some yummy crystalised ginger which really brings out the ginger in the honey and i've added some whole pistachios as I think they add a little eastern promise to the whole thing...


manuka honey and root ginger blondies with pistachio nuts
i'm not sure these can be truly called blondies as I forgot to add the white chocolate in the cake batter, so as you can see i've drizzled it on top... they do have that intense buttery aroma that you only get with blondies and I have to say they taste absolutely stunning... so as far as i'm concerned they'll keep their name...

300g manuka honey with root ginger (that's nearly a whole pot folks!)
6 oz plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 large duck egg
200g butter
1 tablespoon crystalised ginger
1 tablespoon pistachio nuts
50g white chocolate chunks

- pre-heat the oven to 170C and line a 20cm x 2cm square cake tin with foil

- cream the butter and honey with a wooden spoon until pale and creamy

- add the egg and beat in

- add the flour and baking powder and beat in

- add the ginger and nuts and mix in

- pour into the tin and bake for 30 mins or until golden

- heat the chocolate in the microwave and drizzle all over for an eclectic pollock inspired look

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!

24 comments:

  1. ... and you forgot to say, eat New Zealand Honey and you too will be like an Olympic champion rower (or at least look a bit like one. Or maybe, have once interviewed one.) Oh, and lovely brownies (and congrats on all the work. Make hay/brownies while the sun shines! x

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  2. Never heard manuka honey but these blondies look delicious!!!!

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  3. looks & sounds great Dom - now where can I find some ducks..... x

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  4. They sound fantastic Dom!

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  5. What a fabulous combination! Delicious and rather inspired.

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  6. mmmm ... give me a glass of iced tea, one or two of these yummy bars, a comfy chair in the garden and a good book ... you can stay busy and I will while away an afternoon in the sun ...

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  7. This recipe sounds delicious, but have you seen the price of manuka honey! 300g in one cake is beyond extravagent - it's approaching decadent! LOL!

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  8. Wow, a duck egg. I'm having a hard enough time trying to get my husband to build me a chicken coop for fresh eggs. He will never build a pond for duck eggs. Seriously, the blondie recipe sound amazing and the white chocolate drizzle on top makes them look like a delicious pastry from Starbucks!

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  9. Great combo which I would never have thought of for a blondie. Yum

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  10. Wow! just Wow... Sounds so much better than a Brownie.

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  11. Sounds like a delicious snack option! I love pistachio nuts and certainly honey does have more antioxidants than refined sugar at least! :)

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  12. Manuka honey is so great for health, but so expensive I wouldn't dare think of cookign with it! You're so lucky to have been offered jars of them, I love what you've done with them all so far, very creative and of course yummy sounding. These blondies look like a wesome. And you can tell yourself they are kind of healthy and have more ;)

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  13. Love it :D

    XoXo
    http://abudhabifood.blogspot.com

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  14. Looks like blondes have more fun in your kitchen! LOL! Dom, these look seriously delicious!

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  15. I agree with Shu Han, Manuka honey really should be called medicine. I am not a real fan of it but take a spoonful for a sore throat and its gone the next day. It is very expensive in Australia a little jar cost me $17! But what can I say it was worth every dollar. Not sure I could afford to cook with it though.
    Love the white chic drizzled over the top - perfect visual effect Dom!

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  16. They look fabulous !!
    I have looked for Manuka honey and can only find the plain variety. I haven't braved Morrisons yet - our local one is so busy (the only place where I have observed double-trolley-shopping!!) but I will have to pick my time and brave the scrum. It looks like it will be worth it !!

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  17. A whole pot of honey? Sounds absolutely divine - with or without the chocolate. And you managed to get hold of a duck egg too. Congratulations on getting the work, even if it does mean you can't watch the weather as much as you'd like to.

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  18. My daughter will love this recipe. After she had seen an episode of Supersizers Go, she had a craving for Honey cake and I found her searching the web for a recipe and baked one. This looks and sounds amazingly delicious! :)

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  19. Wow, what a delicious fudgy looking cake. I'm not sure that adding the chocolate to the cake could have made it any better - and it looks great on the top. I really do like the idea of ginger flavoured honey, but then I love ginger anything really!

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  20. These look amazing! Sure they tasted it too :o)

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  21. I LOVE manuka honey and I could quite easily eat ALL of those in ONE sitting - what's in a name, they look bloody lush!

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  22. Mmm...this sounds delicious Dom...they look amazing too. I'm always looking for non sugar recipes so this is perfect. I'll have a go soon and let you know how I get on.

    Glad that business is booming for you and The Viking.

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  23. Glad to hear that business is going well for you and The Viking! These blondies look fantastic! I really need to hunt down some of this honey. I'm not a huge fan of pistachios, but I bet walnuts would work as well.

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  24. Manuka honey is sooooo good. Def making these :-)

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