Baking Dessert


July 13, 2015


I have a dear friend Janet who, among other things, makes amazing honey. It’s beautiful Manuka honey from Northland honey bees. She’s just given me a huge jar so I thought I’d share one of my favourite recipes.

You can use bought pastry and press the orange zest in, but this surprisingly simple version is much better. You’ll only need half this amount so freeze the rest or double the honey mix to make more.

These sticky little treats are perfect winter treats and sure to impress!

Makes 8 little tarts

170g butter
85g caster sugar
1 egg
Zest 1 orange
260g flour

Beat the butter and sugar lightly then add the egg, vanilla and orange zest. Add the flour and mix until just combined. Rest for 30 minutes in the fridge before using

Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to 3mm thick and line small 8- loose-bottomed tart tins, trimming edges. Blind bake in a preheated oven set at 180°C for 10 minutes, remove paper and weights and bake until dry and crisp (10 minutes).

120 g  butter
120g manuka honey
140 g brown sugar
100 ml cream
180 g walnuts, roughly chopped

Melt the butter in a saucepan over a low-medium heat until the sugar dissolves; add the honey, sugar and cream. Stir until boiling, then allow to boil for a further four minutes without stirring. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the chopped walnuts.

Pour the mixture in to the cooked pastry cases and allow to cool and set. Serve with Greek yogurt or whipped cream


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