Recipes

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Honey Fruit Cake
Our first and our most popular cake recipe ... and one that we believe you will want to make again and again.

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Honey and Ginger Cakes
Without wishing to sound like Jamie Oliver, honey and ginger are "best friends", so it's no surprise that this cake is mouthwateringly gorgeous.

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Golden Honey Cake
As it's name suggests, this classic cake is a beautiful golden colour through and through and when taken from the oven, the aroma of honey is absolutely amazing.

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Bienenstich - Bee Sting Cake
Bienenstich or "Bee sting cake" is a German dessert made of a sweet bread with a baked-on topping of honeyed almonds and filled with a vanilla custard

The cake may have earned its name from its honey topping: according to one legend, a bee was attracted to it, and the baker who invented the cake ended up being stung!
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Garlic Honey
'You what, you must be joking?' said the wife. However the proof is in the taste and now the whole family are converted!

Here's how you do it
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Honey Fruit Spritzer
A refreshing long, cool drink to while away the long hot summer days. Almost as good indoors watching the Eastenders omnibus too.

Makes 6 servings
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Honey & Orange Fruit Dip
Very, very more-ish and, arguably, healthy too. This recipe makes sixteen 1-tablespoon servings, enough for a dinner party course or for 1 person to feel slightly guilty.

You will need;
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Honey & Lavender Milk Bath
Be Cleopatra for an evening. Run a deep, hot bath. Light some candles and add this delightful recipe to the bath water. Relax.

To savour this experience is so simple, you will need the following;
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Raspberry Sauce
This sauce is ideal drizzled over ice cream, fresh fruit or yoghurt. I use the word 'drizzled' rather than 'poured' because by the time I've finished sampling its delights there is not enough to pour.

Ideal if you have a glut of raspberries, a bit expensive if you have to buy them. Worth a go though, regardless.
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Honey & Orange Liqueur
Quick and easy to make, goes down a treat.

One of the many pleasures of beekeeping is having an 'excess' of honey at the end of the season. This drink makes for a warming concoction in the winter months when the bees are dormant. Personally I drink it straight although I imagine it's good over ice or made into a long drink with lemonade. For some reason I always find this a Christmassy drink.
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Raspberry & Honey Brandy
Honeybees love raspberry flowers. I love this well-matured drink.

This is one of autumn's finest harvest combos. The best raspberries and honey are normally collected at the beginning of September and if you're lucky enough to have a glut then seriously consider this little number. It makes about a pint of warming liquid sunshine.
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