Watch out bees, it won’t just be us flying around tomorrow, there will be a cute little baby in the air, carrying a bow and arrow! Yes, we’re talking about Cupid, and we hear he LOVES honey!
No we’re not joking (or using it as an elaborate marketing ploy for sales of Just Bee) – they say honey is an aphrodisiac, the ‘food of love’! So today we’re sharing a saucy little Valentines honey recipe for you to show the special bee in your life just how much you care, awwwww. Or perhaps it’s a secret crush on someone at work? Even more exciting… get into the office early tomorrow and leave these beauties on their desk! Hehe.
All we’ll say is take care how you use it. No getting carried away with the sweet stuff! We don’t want any sticky situations…
Ok Chef Bee, is honey really the ‘food of love’?
- According to the scientists, yes! Honey is an aphrodisiac for both men and women. It’s rich in B vitamins, which support testosterone production, and it’s rich in the mineral boron, which promotes oestrogen production in women. All helping to make you more amorous!
- Plus it increases the levels of nitric oxide, the chemical released in the blood during arousal.
Steady on Chef Bee, this is a family friendly blog! So what’s honey got to do with a HONEYmoon?!
- While today, the word honeymoon has very positive connotations, it traditionally meant something quite different. Dating back to the 16th century, ‘honeymoone’ referred to the inevitable waning love of newlyweds. ‘Honey’ signified to the initial month of sweetness whilst ‘moone’ referred to the fleeting amount of time that sweetness would last – one full moon. Hmmmm, any good news!?
- And as the ‘food of love’ and a special treat of sweetness, newlyweds were often given presents of honey on their big day – and sometimes mead (honey wine). Ok, that doesn’t sound too bad.
OK, let’s have this recipe!
Chef Bee’s Honeyed Sweetheart Biscuits filled with Raspberry Jam
- 80g honey …we use Pa Harper’s wildflower, but any runny honey is good J
- 60g coconut oil or butter, melted
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 220g flour (we used rice flour, but any flour will do!)
- 100g ground almonds
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 egg, beaten
- A splash of cold water (adjust as necessary)
- Melt your coconut oil or butter in a medium bowl then mix in the honey and vanilla.
- In a separate bowl combine the flour, ground almonds, baking powder and salt.
- Add the liquid mix to the flour mix and begin to stir with a spoon. Now it’s time to get sticky – Using your fingers, mix until a breadcrumb-like texture forms.
- Add the beaten egg and stir until the mixture clumps together. Once again, it’s best to use your hands in here! If the dough is too dry, add a tablespoon of cold water.
- Wrap the dough in cling film and chill for 30 minutes.
- Whilst the dough is chilling, line 2 baking trays with baking paper and pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4.
- Once chilled, place the dough onto a clean counter service sprinkled with a little extra flour. Knead gently, then roll out with a rolling pin, until the dough is about 0.5cm thick.
- Using a large heart shaped cookie cutter (if you don’t have one you can do this with a knife and a steady hand!), cut as many hearts as you can and place them onto your lined baking trays. Reroll the dough out until no dough remains.
- Divide your hearts in half and cut smaller heart shapes in the middle of half of them (not all of them). We had 24 hearts, so cut 12 small heart shaped holes. You can bake these miniature hearts too.
- Bake in your pre heated oven for 8-10 minutes until golden, then remove from the oven and allow to cool. Making sure to keep an eye on them so they don’t burn!
- Once cool, place a heaped teaspoon of jam onto the hearts that don’t have a whole in them and then place a heart with a whole in on top … and gently press it down.
- Enjoy these sweethearts with your sweetheart!
Just Bee’s Raspberry Jam – for the filling
- 300g raspberries (fresh or frozen)
- 2 tbsp. water
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 heaped tbsp. honey
- 2 tbsp. chia seeds
- In a small saucepan, bring the raspberries, water, lemon juice, and honey to boil.
- Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer, add the chia seeds, and stir gently until thickened.
- Remove from the heat, pour into an airtight jar and leave to cool before refrigerating.
- *We suggest this keeps for up to two weeks, if you can resist it!
YES Chef Bee, your Valentines treats are going to have Cupid firing his arrows all over the place!!
And we couldn’t end today’s post without sharing a little love poem with you…
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Diamonds are expensive
So honey will do
…Will you BEE our Valentine?
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See ya next week!
Blogger Bee x