The holidays are a wonderful time to share homemade treats and dishes sweetened with all-natural honey. Here are our 5 favourite honey Christmas recipes:
1. Paula Roy's Honey Roasted Nuts
Homemade honey roasted nuts make a wonderful gift, appetizer or complement on your charcuterie board. Paula Roy's Recipe (video below) is easy and delicious!
Ingredients 3 tablespoons (45 mL) honey 1 teaspoon (5 mL) canola oil
Pinch each of chili powder and ground cardamom or cinnamon 1 cup (250 mL) raw nuts Few dashes salt
Method Line a small baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.Heat honey, oil, chili powder and cardamom over medium heat in a small, non-stick frying pan. When it begins to bubble, add the nuts. Stir to coat nuts evenly with the honey mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, for 4 – 5 minutes, until honey mixture has almost evaporated and nuts are beginning to turn brown. Quickly transfer the cooked nuts to the prepared baking tray, spreading out in a single layer. Sprinkle lightly with salt and let cool. When cooled, break into pieces and transfer to an airtight container. Store up to 2 weeks.
Makes 1 cup (250 mL)
Paula Roy is the Food editor Ottawa At Home and TV Host of Paula Roy's Favourite Foods. You can find more of her wonderful recipes at: constantlycooking.com
2. Mulled Wine
Not only is this a quintessential cold-weather drink for a frosty Christmas eve, it will also fill your home with the splendid aroma of cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.
Start with a robust red wine, using one you would enjoy drinking on its own.
For a sweet mulled wine, add about 3/4 of a cup of honey, and 3/4 of a cup of water, for every 750 ml bottle of wine. If you would like it less sweet, cut the honey back to half a cup.
Add a cinnamon stick or two. Other great spices for mulled wine are:
Whole cardamom pods Star Anise
Whole allspice berries
Strips of orange zest
We add orange slices to our mulled wine, but you can also improvise with other fruit like cranberries, raisins, or apple slices
3. Honey Lavender Shortbread
A twist on traditional shortbread, the lavender honey version from The Baker Upstairs is delicious! When we tried this recipe, we had to search around for culinary lavender...but eventually found some at the Natural Food Pantry in Ottawa.
1 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup sugar 3 tablespoons honey 2 cups flour pinch of salt 2 teaspoons dried lavender