If there’s one thing that people love more than pumpkin pie, it’s honey.
This year, why not try a new way to enjoy your favorite fall treat by combining it with some spicy flavors in a delicious spiced honey recipe.
What Type Of Honey Do You Need For This Recipe?
There are three types of honey that you will want to know about when trying out this spiced honey recipe.
The first type is raw honey.
Raw honey has been heated at temperatures lower than 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 Celsius).
Therefore, they contain natural enzymes that provide health benefits like boosting immunity, fighting off infection, and improving digestion.
The second type of honey is manuka honey.
Manuka honey comes from bees living on plants known as manuka trees.
These trees produce flowers that have medicinal properties and are used by native Maori tribes in New Zealand.
They also help fight bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
However, because these herbs may be toxic if taken internally, you should always consult your doctor before taking them.
Lastly, you’ll find clover honey.
Clover honey is produced by bees who live near clovers.
Clovers give off essential oils that protect against harmful germs, which makes this honey great to consume during cold and flu season.
Like other honeys, clover honey contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.
How Much Honey Do You Need?
This recipe calls for 1 cup of honey (1/2 pound) which will add up to about 4 tablespoons of honey.
If you are making multiple batches, you may want to use a larger container so you don’t have to worry about measuring out each batch individually.
Note: Honey should always be stored away from heat and light as they will cause honey to crystallize quickly. Airtight containers like Mason jars or glass bottles work well for storing honey.
- Honey – 1 Cup (or half pound)
- Pepper Flakes – 2 Tablespoons
- Cinnamon Stick – ¼ Teaspoon
- Nutmeg – ½ Teaspoon
- Cloves – 5 Pinches
- Whole Cardamom Pod – 3 Pinches
You can adjust these amounts according to how sweet you would prefer your spiced honey to taste.
The amount of pepper flakes used here was just enough to give it an extra kick without being too strong.
What Spices Do You Need?
For this simple spiced honey recipe, all you really need are just four ingredients – cinnamon sticks (or ground cinnamon), cloves, ginger root, and black pepper.
All these spices will add a nice depth of flavor to your homemade spiced honey.
If you don’t have any of these spices on hand, they can easily be found at most grocery stores or online retailers for reasonable prices.
However, if you want to get fancy, adding other herbs like rosemary, nutmeg, and cardamom would also be lovely additions.
You could even add in some dried chiles if you prefer a little heat instead of sweet and mild.
How Much Of Each Spice Do You Need?
This isn’t an exact science since everyone’s taste buds are different.
But if you want to get started on this project, here’s what I suggest starting with:
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons nutmeg
- 4 teaspoons ginger
The amount of each spice will depend on how strong or mild they are for you, so feel free to adjust these amounts as needed until you reach the flavor profile that you like best.
How Do You Mix The Honey And Spices Together?
You may have noticed that most recipes for spiced honey call for ground cinnamon or ginger, but what about cloves? Cloves are an essential ingredient in any good old-fashioned mulled cider, so how else could they fit into this spiced honey recipe? Well, the answer lies in their unique flavor profile—they both add warmness and sweetness to the finished product while also giving off that distinct aroma found in other traditional sweet treats like baked apples or Christmas cookies.
To create a blend of these two very different ingredients, we recommend using half teaspoons of each spice.
You will want to use freshly grated nutmeg instead of ground nutmeg as well.
If you aren’t sure if your fresh nutmeg has enough seeds inside, just run a knife through them after you remove the skin.
The reason we suggest using whole spices is because they tend to release more flavor when compared to ground versions.
The combination of those three ingredients should give you all the warmth and depth you need for a great spiced honey recipe.
Once you have everything ready, stir up the honey until combined, then pour over the hot water bath on top of the already simmering apple slices.
Let the mixture rest for at least 30 minutes before serving.
For best results, leave any leftover spiced honey out overnight to allow the flavors to meld together even further.
How Long Do You Need To Let The Mixture Sit?
This spiced honey recipe calls for letting the mixture rest overnight before serving it on top of your favorite dessert or breakfast foods like pancakes, waffles, muffins, granola bars, cookies, and breads.
The longer the mixture sits, the better flavor it will have after being combined with the sugar and spices.
If you don’t have enough time to let the mixture age overnight, then just put the ingredients into an air-tight container and store them in the fridge until needed.
The mixture should keep well for about two weeks if refrigerated properly.
How Do You Know When It’s Ready?
Honey is a very forgiving ingredient for most recipes.
If you have ever cooked with honey before, you will know this.
Honey has a sweet flavor, but also offers other tastes like vanilla, cinnamon, or ginger depending on what sort of flavoring ingredients are added.
The amount of each spice used depends on how much you want them to stand out.
For example, if you wanted just a hint of ginger flavor, add only half as much ginger powder as you would use for a stronger taste.
As in all cooking, it’s best to start small so you don’t overwhelm yourself with too many spices at once.
Once you think your spiced honey is done, taste it to see how well the flavors blend together.
You may find that the sweetness of the honey balances nicely with the spices.
Or, you might notice that the spices overpower the honey entirely and turn into an unpleasant tasting mess.
In either case, give it another minute or two until you get the right combination.
Once you are satisfied, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before serving over pancakes or waffles.
How Do You Store It?
Spiced Honey Recipe Ingredients:
- 1 cup raw honey
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder (ground)
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/16 teaspoon nutmeg powder (ground)
- Combine all of the ingredients together in a small saucepan over medium heat until it reaches its boiling point.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool for about 10 minutes before transferring into an airtight container or jar.
How Long Does It Last?
This particular recipe for spiced honey is fresh out of the oven.
However, the best part about it is how well-seasoned it will become as it sits on your kitchen counter.
Once cooled down, you can keep it stored in an airtight container or jar in the fridge until the next time you want to eat it.
You can also freeze any leftover spiced honey so that you have something sweet and warm when cold weather hits.
Just place the leftovers into freezer bags once they’ve cooled completely, then pop them back into the fridge before serving.
What Are Some Other Ways You Can Use This Recipe?
There are so many different uses for this recipe.
You could add it to coffee or tea, drizzle it on toast, or even spread it over pancakes.
The possibilities really aren’t limited at all.
If you want something a little bit sweet but still savory, adding this to your breakfast will definitely do the trick.
I also like to keep a jar around for when I have guests coming over.
When they arrive, we put out plates and forks and then everyone gets together and helps themselves to a generous helping of this warm, spicy goodness.
It makes the meal feel extra special because I know it was prepared just for them.
- 1 cup honey
- 2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- To a pot, add honey and your preferred chile or pepper flakes. This should be heated to a simmer over medium-low, then taken off the heat and apple cider vinegar added. Transfer to a glass jar after cooling to room temperature and, if desired, filtering out the peppers.