Honeydew Honey – One of the rarest out there.
Honeydew honey is a type of honey produced by bees using honeydew, which, like nectar, is a sugary liquid that derives from sap.
To better understand what honeydew honey is, we need to know that bees can produce honey by collecting and transforming two different nutrients: nectar and, indeed, honeydew.
The honeydew, however, unlike nectar, is not produced directly from plants, but from insects that absorb sap from plants to live and multiply, the insects then secrete a product still rich in nutrients, especially sugars: honeydew.
Honeydew droplets stick to leaves, branches, barks, and so on; the bees find it, collect it and, through their work, produce honey.
What to do with Honeydew Honey?
Due to the high quality of honeydew honey, any heat treatment should be avoided. Even when making good old cuppa bee gentle and avoid very hot liquids.
Ice cream, on the other hand, is a perfect choice due to the slight bitterness of this honey. Especially in combination with vanilla, honeydew honey produces amazing results or you could make “Hot Toddy” ice cream.
Here is our basic honeydew honey ice cream recipe:
- 500 ml of double cream whipped stiff and then some.
- 1 egg-free range would be best as the yolk is much fattier and egg white holds air bubbles better.
- 2 vanilla beans but if not accessible use good quality extract. Both best sourced online rather than from supermarkets.
- 1 lemon organic is a must as we gonna use zest and conventional lemons are dipped in wax to last longer.
- 1 x shot of whisky.
Honey. As much as you want. There is no wrong answer.
Nice and quick. No fussing about.
Cream honey, egg yolk, lemon zest, and whiskey together until smooth.
Gently, and it is very important. Fold! Do not mix. Fold gently egg whites, a third at a time into whipped cream.
It is a bit tedious but it will pay off with a gelato-like effect while maintaining the fluffiness. At the end you can either stir in egg yolk mix or how we like to do it, you can let the base set in a freezer for an hour and then gently stir it in and by thus creating ever so desired swirl.
Best to cool down egg yolk mix in a fridge before or even in a freezer if you are going to be over-enthusiastic with whisky!
Good luck and have fun!
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