Celebrating all things local, we’ve been looking at ways of supporting those close to us. These delicious honey jumbles have a gorgeous retro feel to them, and are so yummy it’s very difficult to stop at one (or three). Have a search on your local Facebook page or ask around about local hives to find some delicious honey that’s made on your doorstep. You can decant the honey into sweet pots for your guests, or whip up a bunch of these tasty biscuits for your dessert table or favours – yum!
What You Will Need:
- Baking tools – trays, cooling rack, mixing bowls, saucepan, mixing spoons, baking paper
- Honey jumble recipe – 60g butter, 1/2 cup honey, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 1/2 cups plain flour, 1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda, 1 tsp ground ginger, 1/2 tsp mixed spice, 1 tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp milk
- Icing recipe – 1 1/2 cups icing sugar, 25g butter, squeeze lemon juice, water, pink food colouring
- Gift boxes or bags if they’re to be given as a favour
Step 1. Much like gingerbread, these chewy and spicy honey jumbles are made with a dough that needs to be cooled before being baked. We loved being able to pop round the corner to pick up some local honey, but if you live where that can’t happen, check online to see if some country stores will ship to you. Place the butter, brown sugar and honey into a pan over heat until the butter melts. Bring to the boil, then place aside to cool.
Step 2. Sift the flour, bicarb soda and spices over the honey mixture. Once combined, add the milk and mix well. Place aside to cool for approximately 30 minutes, until dough becomes firm.
Step 3. Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until just together. Cut the honey jumble dough into four pieces, and roll each into a long strip. Cut the strips into 5cm long pieces (or smaller for mini varieties), place on a tray, and into a preheated 180 degree oven for 10-12 minutes, or until golden. Let them cool on the tray for 10 minutes, before placing on a wire rack.
Step 4. To make the icing, mix together all of the ingredients, keeping a thick consistency (you may not need any water, depending on how juicy the lemon is). Add a couple of drops of pink colouring and combine well.
Step 5. Using a knife or spatula, ice each jumble, and let dry until icing is set. These delicious biccies are a retro treat that will be a delight on any dessert table, served alongside mini pots of your local honey, or given as sleepover hampers for your guests staying the night.
About Ms Honeycomb: My heart and home in Scotland and Australia, I am a florist, flower lover, writer, baker, stylist and sew-er of lovely things, with my darling toddler forever keeping me on my toes!
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