Bees, Honey, and Bread!
Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be a BEEKEEPER! I knew when we moved onto our family farm, I would have animals, but bees? I’ve never been around bees; they sting and that hurts!
Guess what? The bees were the first animals, well insects, purchased to join us. Each month from February through October I suit up (covered from head to toe) at least once a month and head out to work in the hives. During the spring I’m usually in the hives every other week to ensure the bees have what they need for honey production. In late fall, I feed the bees with sugar blocks in preparation for winter when I leave them alone and pray they survive.
I have learned so much from the bees. In each hive there are three types of bees: the queen bee, the worker bees (all females) and the drones (all males). Each bee has a job to do and that’s it! They tend to their job, protect the queen, and live harmoniously for about 6 – 8 weeks depending on the time of year the bee is born. The queen should live longer!
Another interesting fact is bees are the only insect that produces food for humans to consume. I am so grateful for the delicious honey my hives produce. Like so many things in agriculture, honey production is dependent on the weather and location of the hives. When there is a rainy spring, honey production will be reduced due to the pollen being washed off the trees. Have you ever thought about that? I certainly had not!
There are so many great benefits of honey. It is believed that honey has healing properties especially when eating local honey. Some people eat local honey to help keep allergies away. Others use honey to help with digestive issues such as diarrhea and indigestion. And when you were a child did your mom mix honey, bourbon, and lemon to suppress your cough at night?
Almost everyone in our family enjoys eating honey whether it is plain – straight out of the jar – or in their oatmeal or tea, on toast, or used in our cooking. I also like to use honey instead of refined sugar in many of my recipes, especially breads and cookies.
Have you tried cooking with honey?
Katie, VP of Product Development, absolutely loves pumpkin bread and who doesn’t like a recipe that’s made from scratch, easy and delicious! The honey gives the bread added moisture which makes it perfect! Use plain honey or add in your Huntsboro Hemp CBD honey which doesn’t change the flavor at all.
Honey Pumpkin Bread
1 2/3 cups all -purpose flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. cloves
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3 large eggs
2/3 cup canola oil
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup honey
1/2 tsp. lemon extract
2 tsps. vanilla extract
1 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 TBSP. granulated sugar and ¼ tsp. cinnamon for topping
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 9″x 5″ loaf pan.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking soda, and salt. Use a hand whisk to combine the ingredients then set aside.
- In a large mixer bowl combine the eggs, oil, sugar, honey, lemon extract and vanilla extract. 1Mix on medium speed until the ingredients are well mixed. Add the pumpkin and mix well. Mix in the dry ingredients just until combined.
- Pour the batter into the pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar blend over the bather.
- Bake 1 hour. Cool in the pan 10 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack. It’s best to let the bread cool completely before cutting. However, if you’re like me you will probably want to cut it while it’s warm enough to melt some butter on it!
Let me know if you liked this recipe. Or share your favorite recipe that uses honey!