By Kevin Williams
Ah, honey. It can be a sweet nothing you call your spouse or child. Or, maybe my favorite honey: Honey, Honey, an Abba song. Well, maybe nothing can top the real thing: honey. My parents bought Rachel and I a giant jar of good ol' southern orange blossom honey during their recent swing through Dixie. I tried a spoonful this morning and it is indescribably awesome (see, it is so awesome I really can't describe it). Well, let me try....it tastes like rich, sweet honey but with a hint of citrus. Can't wait to put some in my tea next week.
Beekeeping is a popular pasttime among the Amish who sell the honey for money. I've seen Amish beekeepers in places as far and wide as Wayne County, Indiana and Beeville, Texas (wonder if it is named so because of the bees?).
Inventive Amish cooks use honey as a veritable sugar substitute, using it in cakes, cookies, and breads. Here are five recipes from our archives and elsewhere that honey plays a starring role.
AMISH HONEY APPLE PORK CHOPS: Yum, try this out for supper sometime!
HOMEMADE HONEY BARS WITH MAYONNAISE GLAZE: Okay, that may SOUND gross, but it is not...it's one of my favorite Amish recipes ever. Click here.
HOMEMADE HONEY GRANOLA: This recipe comes to us from a Swartzentruber Amish family in Ohio. Some good stuff! Click here for the recipe.
AMISH HONEY WHOLE WHEAT BREAD: Use fresh, local honey if you can...not to knock Sue Bee....but click here for the recipe...
AMISH HONEY-APPLE CAKE WITH CINNAMON GLAZE: Man, I sure wish this website had a photo of this cake. Sounds amazing, looks like a photo was once there, but it doesn't show on my screen...click here for the recipe.
BONUS RECIPE: If you missed Gloria's recipe the other day for "sesame honey chicken", here it is again.