Everybody has one of those sticky little plastic bear jars in the cupboard. But for cooking, baking, and drinks-making with deep deliciousness, it pays to always have a more serious and flavorful stash of honey in the pantry. Here are 10 reasons why.
1. Honey Butter
Unsalted butter, honey, and a bit of salt—these three ingredients can transform waffles, pancakes, biscuits, and even plain toast into something comforting and special. Get our Honey Butter recipe.
2. Honey-Brined Turkey Breast
Orange blossom honey, orange zest and juice, and shallots, and fresh thyme make a memorable brine for roasted turkey breast, and make a whole chicken extra special. Get our Honey-Brined Turkey Breast recipe.
3. Honey Mustard Sauce
This simple, perfect blend of mustard powder, apple cider vinegar, honey, and a pinch of kosher salt is a natural with soft pretzels, and does wonders as a sandwich spread for ham or corned beef. Get our Honey Mustard Sauce recipe.
4. Honey Vinaigrette
We came up with this dressing of honey, white wine vinegar, and neutral-tasting grapeseed oil to toss a salad of bitter greens, but you could apply it to all kinds of salads. Get our Honey Vinaigrette recipe.
5. Honey Nougat
This crisp, sophisticated confection by David Lebovitz has whole and sliced almonds, pistachios, orange peel, honey, orange flower water, and a bit of heavy cream. Get our Honey Nougat recipe.
6. Greek Honey and Cheese Tart
This tart is traditionally filled with fresh, unsalted myzithra cheese (which can be difficult to find in the United States) or whole-milk ricotta, but we discovered that manouri, another Greek cheese that’s fresh and lightly salted, complements the sweet honey and lemony crust. Get our Greek Honey and Cheese Tart recipe.
7. Toasted Sesame and Honey Gelato
A creamy gelato, where the deep, sophisticated taste of sesame seeds and toasted sesame oil plays off the rich, creamy flavor of sweet cream and honey. Get our Toasted Sesame and Honey Gelato recipe.
8. Ricotta and Honey Tart
Honey and lemon zest flavor this tart made with ricotta cheese. A crisp crust and crunchy almond topping sandwich the creamy filling. Get our Ricotta and Honey Tart recipe.
9. Atholl Brose Cocktail
In Scotland, Atholl Brose is a traditional drink of Scotch whisky mixed with the liquid from soaking steel-cut oats, stirred with honey, and topped with lightly whipped cream. Bartender Erik Ellestad tried a bunch of different combinations of these ingredients before coming up with this delicious drink. Get our Atholl Brose Cocktail recipe.
10. Honey and Apricot Fruit Leather
Drying apricots intensifies their sweet-tart flavors, and the addition of a little honey balances out the overall taste of this tasty DIY fruit leather. Get our Honey and Apricot Fruit Leather recipe.