Honey Cake

Today…it’s about GRACE.

Which makes me think of HONEY.

I started honey sampling this past winter. German honey production has a rich history and can be a consistently lucrative. Honey bees and making money extends back to the pre-Chrisitan era, most notoriously in the form of Honey Wine (not MY cup of tea). The first laws of the land on record contain how-to guidelines regulating the honey making business. Every year, an exact account had to be performed, and churches and abbeys relied on honey making for candles, honey, and alcohol production. More recently, in 1976, they enacted a food law titled ‘the Honey Purification Act’ that stipulates extremely strict standards for honey purification. Sugar contents, HMF and enzymes are among these standards.
Meaning…they take their product very seriously.

I think I go through about the smallest package of sugar every four months or so, but average 2-3 baked goods a week. I rely on honey, molasses, agave and maple syrup as sweeteners in these baked goods.

And so, it’s not hard to imagine my delight when introduced to the honey-maker stand this past January.  I am now looking for local honey almost every where I travel….including a past trip to china. I brought this back to fellow honey lover and after a month “stole” the jar back to serve up in a lovely, oh so scrumptious honey cake.
Southern Style

Corn Meal Honey Cake

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 Cup Bob’s Gluten Free Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal

3 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
(Spices….4 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup honey
1  large eggs at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
1/2 cup strong tea
1/4 cup Tequilla

Fits in one large loaf pan. Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously grease pan(s) with non-stick cooking spray.  In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately, and then slowly mis together.

Bake until cake tests done, until it springs back  about 35 to 40 minutes.

Let cake stand fifteen minutes before removing from pan.

Grace is a funny thing

You can gulp it in the morning,

and be parched by afternoon

Slumbering,

we don’t touch the miracles

or the wonders

or the a-mazing hereness of

us

we feel

suffering means

something is wrong

and don’t care

that the truth often is,

the broken body means something is healing

the temper tantrum that the brain is growing

the weed that the soil is fertile

and the tears that the love was vital

So, no matter where you are with

GOD

you honor me

by showing up

and sharing

this

honey

and that, to me…

is

GRACE

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