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Fall with Honey

Mix some honey into your autumn.

I've had loads of National Honey Board emails come my way since I last posted about honey and I'd like to share with you some of my favourite recipes from those emails.  Watering mouths at the ready...

All credit for pictures and words go to the National Honey Board.

(makes 12 muffins)

Start your day off right with these delicious muffins sweetened with honey. Honey acts as a humectant and retains moisture in baked goods, which results in an incredibly soft, moist muffin. And because of its antimicrobial properties, honey gives baked goods a slightly longer shelf life. Who knew one ingredient had so much functionality?

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup solid pack pumpkin
  • 1 cup chopped toasted walnuts
In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg; set aside. Using an electric mixer, beat butter until light; beat in honey, egg and pumpkin. Gradually add flour mixture, mixing until just blended; stir in walnuts. Spoon into 12 greased or paper-lined 2-1/2 inch muffin cups. Bake at 350°F for 25 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove muffins from pan to wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

(makes 10 servings)

There’s nothing more refreshing than a glass of iced tea, especially when it’s sweetened with honey! Because honey is 17% water, it dissolves quickly and easily in most beverages. Plus, since honey is slightly sweeter than granulated sugar, you can use less honey to achieve the same level of sweetness.
  • 1 quart boiling water
  • 12 tea bags
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 quart cold water
  • Mint sprigs, if desired
Add tea bags to boiling water and allow to steep 3 to 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and add lemon juice and honey. Stir to combine. Add cold water and refrigerate. Pour over ice cubes in tall glasses. Garnish with mint if desired.

(makes 6 servings)

This is a terrific dessert to make with your kids – easy (and fun!) to make, loaded with fresh fruit and kissed with honey’s sweetness. To see a video demonstration of this recipe, visit our YouTube Channel here!
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 tube (10 oz.) refrigerated pizza dough
  • 1/2 Tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut, lightly packed
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted
  • Whipped cream, for garnish
  • Fresh fruit, such as berries, for garnish
  • Mint sprigs, for garnish
Whisk together cream and honey. Reduce over medium low heat by about 1/3, until mixture thickens and develops a light caramel color. Reserve. Shape pizza dough according to package directions. Spread butter over pizza shell. Sprinkle with coconut and almonds. Drizzle with reserved cup honey mixture; spread gently with a rubber spatula shell. Bake at 450° F until crust is lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Cool to warm or room temperature. Cut into 6 wedges. Garnish with whipped cream, fruit, and mint sprigs.

(makes 1 1/2 - 2 cups)

If you want to make a fancy, melt-in-your-mouth (literally) dessert for your friends, this is the recipe for you. The smoked honey gives this sweetener an even deeper flavor profile while also giving the ice cream a smoother mouthfeel. Ice creams using honey generally have a lower freezing temperature, which results in an ice cream free of grainy ice crystals.
  • 5 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, split
  • 1/3 cup smoked honey, or to taste*
To prepare ice cream base, beat eggs and sugar together in a bowl; reserve. Combine milk and heavy cream in a saucepan; scrape vanilla seeds into mixture, then add whole vanilla bean. Bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to low. Temper egg mixture with a little of the hot liquid. Slowly whisk tempered egg mixture into the saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Cool. Remove vanilla bean. Pour ice cream base into ice cream maker, following manufacturer’s instructions for freezing. Add smoked honey after the mixture begins to thicken. Notes: Yield will depend upon the amount of air a particular ice cream maker incorporates into the ice cream. *Smoke honey over pecan chips at a low temperature for about 1-1/2 hours.

(makes 4 servings)

  • 1-1/2 cups fresh berries, divided *
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 8 frozen waffles, toasted
Purée 1/2 cup berries in a blender or food processor; set aside. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add honey and bring to a boil; simmer 2 to 3 minutes, then add berry purée. Continue to simmer 2 to 3 minutes more until syrup thickens slightly. Set honey syrup aside and keep warm. For each serving, place 2 waffles on plate. Top one waffle with 1/4 cup fresh berries. Drizzle with 1/4 of syrup and top sandwich with remaining waffle. *Raspberries, strawberries and blueberries work well.



  1. That dessert pizza looks so tasty! Honey screams "fall" to me in cooking and baking, for sure.
    xo Josie

  2. I LOVE the honey theme! i just did a blueberry theme the other day :)

  3. the pizza looks so so good. adore this post. if you get a second I'd would love to hear what you think of my latest outfit post. xoxo

  4. I LOVE honey. I use it in almost all baked goods and put it on everything from toast to crackers and cheese (gross? or delicious) I am going to try some of these! -Amy @

  5. These look so good. Thanks for the great info and recipes!

    XO, Katie
    Running on Happiness


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