3 honey inspired recipes to celebrate World Honey Bee Day!

On the 15th August beekeepers and bee enthusiasts celebrate World Honey Bee Day. Honey bees provide us with heavenly golden honey. When returning to their hive honey bees perform what is known as a ‘waggle dance’, to point other bees in the direction of the food source. So, to celebrate World Honey Bee Day we have 3 honey recipes that will make you want to get up and dance too!

Honey & its benefits 

Packed full of nutritional benefits and rich in antioxidants, honey has also been known to increase immunity, improve blood composition and much more. Along with its hive of benefits, honey has a unique flavour and can add a delicate floral sweetness to any recipe. 

Honey, Roasted Pecan, Fig & Goat’s Cheese Salad

Use a runny honey for this easy, versatile dressing. The sweet and tangy taste of the dressing pairs, it can be drizzled over any salad. It works particularly well with goats cheese or even chicken. This salad will definitely add a wow factor to alfresco dining this summer. Choose a peppery leaf salad to accompany it such as rocket and mustard leaves.

Honey, Roasted Pecan, Fig & Goat’s Cheese Salad

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp Honey
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Pecans
  • 125 g Goat's Cheese
  • 1/3 cup Olive OIl
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 6 Figs (Washed)
  • Salad leaves of your choice

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180C, scatter pecans on an oven tray and drizzle with 2 teaspoons of honey; cook for 20 minutes and transfer to a waxed paper-lined baking sheet to cool.
  • For dressing, in a small bowl, whisk 1/3 cup oil, vinegar, remaining honey, salt and pepper; set aside.
  • Divide salad greens as you wish. Top with slices of goats cheese & drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with honey pecans.

Honey Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

This simple soup packed full of healthy ingredients will keep you inspired heading into the autumn months. Serve with delicious warmed bread /croutons or top off with a drizzle of cream. 

Honey Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 Whole Butternut Squash
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3 tbsp Honey
  • 2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 3 Leeks finely chopped
  • 1 Onion finely chopped
  • 4 Carrots finely chopped
  • 3 Celery finely chopped
  • 3 Garlic cloves
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1.5 litres Vegetable Stock

Instructions

  • Slice the butternut squash in half, drizzle in olive oil and honey then season as you wish with salt and pepper.
  • Place them cut-side down on an oven tray, add a splash of water to the pan and cover with foil.
  • Roast the butternut for an hour or until they’re fork-tender.
  • Soften the onion, leeks, carrot and celery in a few tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot. Add the garlic and herbs then add the roasted butternut squash and vegetable stock.
  • Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes. Then blend the soup until smooth.
  • Then ready to serve, bring the soup to a simmer for 5 minutes.

Honey Drizzled Flapjack

Adapt your favourite flapjack recipe with a delicious drizzling of honey! Its fruitiness and delicate floral sweetness will certainly make an amazing addition to this classic flapjack recipe.

Honey Drizzled Flapjacks

You won’t get enough of this beautifully sweet dessert!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins

Ingredients

  • 200 g Unsalted butter
  • 200 g Caster sugar
  • 200 g Honey
  • 400 g Porridge oats

Instructions

  • Put the butter, sugar, and honey in a saucepan and heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved.
  • Add the oats and mix well.
  • Preheat the oven to 180C and grease a 20x30cm baking tray. Transfer the oat mixture to the tray and spread.
  • Bake in the oven for 15–20 minutes, until lightly golden around the edges, but still slightly soft in the middle.
  • Leave to cool in the tin, then turn out and cut into squares.
  • Drizzle with honey for that final bee-utiful touch.

Looking for a thirst-quenching beekeepers beverage?

With hydration in mind, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite beekeeping beverages. There are no artificial ingredients and you can tweak each recipe by experimenting with different honey to achieve wonderful new flavour combinations. Discover, our 3 Best Beekeeping Beverages to Get You Through the Day.