01 May 2008

May Day recipe box swap!

swap blogpost
Here’s another one for the wonderful recipe box swap at I have to say… These are great, but a little time consuming if you roll them out. You can shape them into a roll and then slice to save a little time though.

From Maida Haetter’s Cookies. I got this book for my nineteenth birthday and I adore it. I reccomend it to anyone.

Wild Honey and Ginger Cookies

2 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 T. powdered ginger
8 oz. butter cut into small pieces (Do NOT use margarine, the dough gets waaaay sticky)
1 c. honey (If you can find something spicy, that’s the best)

Sift together flour, soda, salt, and ginger in a large bowl and set aside. In a small pan, heat honey and butter, stirring occasionally, to a low boil.
Pour hot honey mixture over dry ingredients all at once and mix until dry ingredients are absorbed and until a stiff dough forms. It’s good to have an upright mixer for this, but you can do it by hand.
Wrap the dough in a piece of oiled foil and tuck it in the fridge for four hours or overnight.
Preheat your oven to 350 F.
Okay, now work with just half at a time, put the dough on a well floured surface and flour your rolling pin, too. The dough will be very stiff so whack it with the pin a bit to loosen it up and roll it out to 1/4 inch thick. And cut it how you please. I like to cut it into squares to be a tiny bit different. Place 2 inches apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake about 12 minutes, until well colored.
They have to be stored airtight or they get soft. You can however recrisp them in a 325 F oven for5 minutes or so.

I don’t have any photos of these, so here’s a few that I’ll call prepping for baking.

Beekeeper Elizabeth says: time to harvest!

Dad shows off an overdeveloped comb. There was one frame missing from this box and the bees were not going to waste that space.

hard at work on a sunny day.


Simone said...

Thanks for the lovely honey and bees pics! Thanks also for sharing the Honey and Ginger cookie recipe - I really must try that one!

Firefly Nights said...

This sounds different and good. I've never made a cookie with this much honey in them. I'll have to give them a try.

My Inspired Heart said...

Wild Honey & Ginger...this sounds absolutely heavenly! I will certainly be giving these a try! And, I love the pictures of the beekeeping...so very interesting!

Allison Fouse said...

Beeeeees! I love bees. Did I mention that I want to have bees on my farm too? Yes, I think bees are a must.

Kathy said...

What a great recipe! Can't wait to try it...Kathy@ Mimi's Garden

Randi said...

I love honey in baked goods! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

Jane @ What About Mom? said...

Those bees do look awesome. I hope they weren't affected by that mysterious bee thing last year?

These sound great, and different. My kids would love to see some real honeycombs! Might just have to show them these pictures.