Infused honey can make sweet holiday gift
|Add extra flavors such as orange, mint or rosemary to honey to created special Christmas presents.
Gannett News Service
Here's a suggestion for such a present: a gleaming jar filled with flavor-infused honey.
Infused honey is remarkably simple to make, and each infusion can be concocted to suit the individual taste of your recipient.
Following are recipes for six different flavor combinations of infused honey: orange, mint, ginger lime, rosemary, hot pepper, and cinnamon clove.
Start with 1 cup of pure honey and simply vary the main flavoring ingredient. Place honey in a small saucepan. Add flavoring. Bring just to a boil; reduce heat immediately and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes (note: only cinnamon-clove needs to stand for 24 hours).
Strain while still warm. Place in sterilized jars and garnish with respective fresh herbs or zest, if desired.
- Orange honey is perfect over duck or combined with butter over cooked carrots. Add to honey the zest of 1 orange, cut into strips and squeezed to release flavor; then follow basic method.
- Mint honey is a refreshing addition to hot or cold teas. Add to honey 1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves, squeezed to release flavor; then follow basic method.
- Ginger lime honey lends a festive sweet note to spicy dipping sauces for potstickers or egg rolls. Add to honey 10 quarter-sized thin slices of peeled fresh ginger and the zest of 2 limes, squeezed to release flavor; then follow basic method.
- Rosemary honey is an aromatic accent for warmed brie or used to season pork. Add to honey fl cup fresh rosemary leaves, squeezed to release flavor; then follow basic method.
- Hot pepper honey adds a delightful kick when slathered on cornbread or when used as a glaze for chicken. Add to honey 2 large jalapeno peppers, sliced; then follow basic method.
- Cinnamon-clove honey is heavenly stirred into French toast batter, or blended with butter for summer squash. Add 5 cinnamon sticks and 1 tablespoon cloves to 1 cup honey. Bring just to a boil; reduce heat immediately and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 24 hours. Reheat over low heat and strain to remove cinnamon sticks and cloves. Place in sterilized jars and garnish with fresh cinnamon sticks and cloves.