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Show me the hunny: Claire Ptak’s recipes for honey chocolate cake and almond macaroons

January 28, 2017

I like honey in my tea and on my granola at breakfast, but I don’t usually reach for it as a way to sweeten my baking. The flavour of honey can change with baking and I don’t always like the way it goes. This week’s recipes, however, capture everything I love about honey – its unctuous texture, its earthy sweetness, and its ability to make you feel like a child. Coincidentally, we have started reading Winnie-the-Pooh as a bedtime story to our daughter, Frances, who turned one this week. The world of Pooh is wonderfully simple: he is thoughtful and considerate but – a bear after my own heart – all he really wants to do is eat and read poetry. Each evening that my husband or I read to our daughter from our tattered copy, we end up discussing the musings of Pooh with a glass of wine after she’s gone to sleep. It is light-hearted, yet profound: “When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?” “What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?” “I say: I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet. Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said. I couldn’t agree more. In honour of Pooh, here are two honey-based bakes that definitely make for exciting happenings on...

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