Why powered honey?
Why take the time to make honey powder when you could just use honey in its liquid loveliness, I hear you ask.
Well, powdering the honey makes it more versatile. In many recipes liquid honey does not work well as a direct substitute for sugar. Real honey can make cooking gooey. The added moisture can change the chemistry of a recipe, such as cakes or biscuits, making the finished product ….. disappointing.
What is honey powder?
Manuka Corner honey powder is literally dehydrated, manuka honey. It is made by dehydrating raw honey until all the moisture has evaporated. From there, it’s ground into a fine powder, sugar-like crystals, or broken into shards. That’s it.
Why use dehydrated honey?
No longer do you have to struggle with sticky spoons to get that sweet honey flavour. Honey powder dissolves nice and evenly; it adds the flavour of honey without the texture, making nature’s sweet treat easier to use and more versatile. Let’s face it, liquid honey can be a sticky mess, particularly when trying to get it out of the measuring cup or off the teaspoon because you’ve forgotten to warm them. All of that hassle magically disappears when you powder it.
Honey tastes good in just about any food you want to sweeten, but it doesn’t act like sugar. While it sweetens whatever you add it to, it won’t caramelise or add chewiness.
How to use honey powder?
There are many uses for honey powder, just think outside the box, or sachet, when using it. You can add it to bread. Mix into meat or veggie marinades or sweeten sauces or dressings with a dash. Sprinkle a bit on kumara before serving them. Dried honey has been used in Korean kitchens for a long time.
Try it in your coffee or sprinkling it on your morning cereal or porridge. When you put it in yogurt, it stays crunchy for a minute, which is delicious, or you can whip it into ice cream.
Manuka honey on the go
It can be used instead of sugar in tea or lemonade or in smoothies as a natural sweetener on the go.
Dehydrated honey tastes and looks good. There are so many ways to use this versatile product that you are sure to come up with your own uses quickly. You can use it in its dried form, or slowly add 1/4 cup cold water to 1 cup honey powder for liquid honey.
Pure, dehydrated honey is an excellent alternative to refined sugar because it contains many vitamins and minerals. Honey has nutrients in it. Sugar does not.
Another plus is that honey powder keeps for a very, very long time. As long as you keep it dry, it should stay in powder form and you won’t have to worry about it going bad for about years and years. Seriously!
A little bit goes a long way. You don’t use nearly as much to get the sweet punch you need as you would other sweeteners, so it goes a lot further. You get more sweet bang for your buck.
The proof is in the eating
Now for a super simple recipe nobody will be able to resist. Try it as a cold winter’s afternoon treat or a Sunday morning breakie.
Honey Cinnamon Toast
Honey cinnamon toast will become a favourite, plus the kids will be able to make it themselves. This is also marvellous on eggy French toast.
- 2 slices of bread, toasted (we all know white bread is better for treats)
- butter – loads
- 1 tsp of honey power or 1 Manuka Corner sachet
- 1 Tbsp cinnamon
- First, make the honey cinnamon mix by blending the honey powder and cinnamon. Mix well. The ratios are going to depend on you and your family’s palate, so I suggest you just keep experimenting.
- Then, sprinkle the honey cinnamon mix on your warm buttered toast.
- Gobble it all up.
To find powdered honey, you can buy it online.