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Honey Comb Pudding – A Sweet, sweet surrender!

Posted on January 25, 2014 by in baked goods, desserts

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Honey bears such significance in so many religions that one could almost refer to it as the “`Food of the gods”! One spoonful of this delicious honey comb dessert and you will believe that it is from “the gods”!


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Honey, in Hinduism is one of the 5 elixirs of immortality, in the Jewish faith, apple slices are dipped in it and eaten at new year to bring sweet to the new year! In Islam, it is eaten for its healing properties and in the New Testament of the Christian Bible, John the Baptist lived for long periods of time on locusts and wild honey! The Ancient Egyptian were the first people to sweeten breads and cakes with it… bless their hearts, because they have opened the way for us to use honey in all kinds of delicious ways.

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Strangely, as a child I hated the stuff. Growing up in Ceres, we often got given a jar of  honey by some farmers as my father worked very closely with them. Drinking tea with honey and lemon was unimaginable to me, what’s wrong with milk and sugar. Little did I know that later in life, I would have to buy it at a cost!

I use honey often in sweet treats, such as my Honey and Pear pudding, these little Greek cakes and even a cupcake adorned in honey is irresistible! However, savory dishes and especially Oriental dishes, often ask for honey as an ingredient.  Try this Oriental Chicken Noodle Salad and you will know why!

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My brother in law arrived home from work the other day and in his hand he had the biggest Tupperware container he could find and it was full of honeycombs. At his place of work, he placed a box a few months ago and harvested the honey himself. Looking and learning more about the bee cycle, is quite fascinating to me, how the heck can little insects just know stuff like that, making honey, protecting the queen, building a hive….hectic stuff!

I wanted to make something special and Kokkedoor, Theresa de Vries, sent me this recipe which she again got from Errieda du Toit, the mama Kokkedoor!

So with their permission, here it is ! Let me just issue a warning here! This dessert is very sweet and the best way to enjoy it is by surrendering completely and maybe an espresso shot close by!

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Honey Comb Pudding

serves 8-12

Ingredients

250 ml honey

200 ml  butter – at room temperature

250 ml sugar

250 ml milk

5 ml bicarbonate of soda

3 eggs

250 ml flour

5  ml salt

To serve

pistachios

fresh figs

Greek Yogurt

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Method

Pre-heat oven to 180 C. Melt the butter, honey and sugar together  glass bowl in a microwave oven until everything is melted. Keep aside to cool slightly. Mix the milk and bicarb together and keep until needed. Beat 3 eggs and keep until needed. Lastly mix the flour and the salt. Now mix the flour mixture with the milk mixture and then the honey mixture. Then add the eggs and mix thoroughly. Pour into a 25 x 25 cm oven dish and bake for 35 – 40 minutes. It should be  dark brown color. Alternatively bake in muffin pans for 15 – 20 minutes. Serve with generous dollops of Greek yogurt, fresh figs, pistachios and a slice of the glorious honey comb.

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