Honey recipes not just for the sweet toothed

Recipe book 'The Chain Bridge Honey Bible'
Recipe book 'The Chain Bridge Honey Bible'

The new arrival in the best-selling ‘Scottish Food Bibles’ series has a Borders flavour after being produced in association in Chain Bridge Honey Farm. The collection of sweet and savoury recipes by Scottish food writer Liz Ashworth has a starring role for Horncliffe honey, of which 50 to 60 tonnes are produced each year.

Horncliffe honey bees forage for spring blossom at lower altitudes before moving up to the Cheviots in the summer where the heather gives the honey a distinctive flavour. “The blossom honey of spring and early summer is light and soft on at palate” writes Liz, “July and August bring heather honey, a unique, dark amber, thick, viscous honey, full of the woody warm pungency of the moors”.

The recipes include traditional pairings of honey with oats, in forms such as porridge, granola or oatcakes; savoury ideas such as soups, salmon, honey-spiced in a potage; and honey roasted vegetables; and a host of bakes and sweet treats sure to be popular with Great British Bake off hitting the screens tonight.

Liz provides clear instructions on how to substitute honey for sugar in baking recipes, instructing that honey will keep goods moist for longer, especially in gluten-free baking.

The words are accompanied by quirky and humorous illustrations by Bob Dewar, the origins of Chainbridge Honey Farm and of honey history also add to the reading material before hitting the kitchen.

The Chain Bridge Honey Bible published by Birlinn is available for £4.99 in paperback and also available as an e-book.