Honey Cookbook

Honey Cookbook

Tupelo Honey Cookbook

One of the most important ingredients in southern cooking is honey. Honey is traditionally important in the deep south not only for its taste - but because honey is hygroscopic (drawing moisture from the air), a small quantity of honey added to a pastry recipe will prevent it from becoming stale. Also, eating local wild honey helps build resistance to hay-fever and other pollen allergies.

Common Types of Honey

It's important to consider what type of honey you are using in your recipes. Flavors of honey common in the south include sourwood, blackberry, tupelo, and orange blossom.

Uses of Honey in Cooking

The main uses of honey are in cooking, baking, spreading on bread or toast, and adding to various beverages such as tea . Raw honey also contains enzymes that help in its digestion, as well as several vitamins and antioxidants.

Tips for Cooking with Honey:

  1. It's simple to substitute honey for sugar in your recipes. Honey is twice as sweet as processed table sugar, so you can reduce the amount called for in the recipe by one-half. Furthermore, since honey is 18% water - reduce the liquid called for in baked goods by about one-fifth. Also, if you are baking sweets - lower the oven temperature by 25 degrees F.
  2. Tired of honey sticking to cooking utensils? Lightly coat the utensil with a vegetable spray before measuring the honey. This will make the honey slide smoothly.
  3. Since honey is extremely good at absorbing & retaining moisture, use honey in baked goods you plan to mail to keep them fresh.
  4. Honey is excellent for salad dressings, since its qualities make it a perfect stabilizer.

The Tupelo Honey Cookbook makes a great gift for anyone interested in Southern cooking.
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