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!



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