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Honey comb usages

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Right, ive recently got a a small box of honey comb from New Zealand and i have no clue of what to do with it. I know you can make ice cream but i dont have a machine and i really rather do something else with it besides ice cream. Any ideas?

Thanks.
post #2 of 10
you can make some neat looking candles. Get some candle string and then wrap it in honeycomb when it is warmed up, but do not squish it. search google for some images of honeycomb candles for inspiration
post #3 of 10
A really interesting and creating use of honeycomb is to ... (wait for it) eat it.

It tastes fantastic, with more complexity than plain honey. Just cut it up and spread it on hot toast or biscuits, serve it any other way you like honey, or you can eat it by itself as candy.

When you've got all the flavor out of chewing it, you can swallow the wax or spit it out. It won't hurt you, but some people find it weird.

The top "cappings" actually help with hay fever and other pollen allergies -- but are most helpful if the honey's local. For no particularly good reason, I'm guessing it's not local and you are -- or vice versa.

Anyway, eat, enjoy, live,
BDL
post #4 of 10
yum thats the best kind of honey ,
our honey is just so nice

its lovely spread on toast for breakfast,
or a little bit on a a hot chicken breast as a sauce that is maybe herby flavoured or with a bit of garlic

serve it with some great blue cheese and peices of sliced pear

or on crackers with a peice of cheddar

a little added to a bowl of dark thick chocolate ganach and turn it in to truffles with some sliced stem ginger

i eat the wax and all its kinda chewy and nutty
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post #5 of 10
Sorry, did not realize it had honey in it.
My grandfather kept bees and that was pretty much how we would eat it, he would only spin the honey out when the harvest time came to gather all of the honey to bottle.
post #6 of 10
I was served some Thursday night with duck confit topped with onion gelee....it was delightful.

Very Sharp or blue cheeses work well with honeys....Tasmanian is interesting.
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post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
the cheese sounds good and easy, but i like the souind of the duck. K, time to start researching. thanks anyway, ganache is another nice sounding idea...
post #8 of 10
I found a honeycomb once, in a tree struck by lightning and knocked down. I used it as incense--I'd burn just a little bit at a time and it smelled so good . . .
post #9 of 10
If you're going to roll or dip it in ganache, you'd better have it at a fairly low temperature. Honeycomb melts pretty easily, I think at around 105F. IIRC the queens of most species won't lay eggs at much above 95F; the dogma is because the comb deforms and melts at temperatures not much higher. It's been a long time since I took a biology class. Maybe I saw it on Nova.

And just as an FYI, most chocolate "honeycomb" candies aren't made with actual honeycomb; but with a honey crunch. Take that for what it's worth. I'd never quibble with Tessa on anything which belongs to the "pastry chef." She's da man. Just watch the temps, mmmkay?

Most, if not all of the suggested uses, are excellent suggestions. Nevertheless, do try a little on a piece of toast or a muffin to get some idea of what you've got before committing a lot of energy and expensive ingredients. It would be a shame to waste an entire duck because it turns out you don't like the feel of the wax -- or just don't like it with duck. Same with a pint of cream and a great deal of chocolate.

Do you remember "wax lips" candy? The ultimate texture and the sense of the candy running out of flavor are similar. Can you accept that as part of a relatively sophisticated duck dish? Not everyone can.

Just sayin' is all,
BDL
post #10 of 10
oi BDL what do you mean im da man ......... last time i looked i was all woman:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol: just kidding ya

when i suggested about the honey in the choc i was thinking as it started to cool and thicken but still be warm enough to soften the honey comb, you dont need too much as it will get disgustingly sweet

its also nice if you add a little to you bowl of oatmeal in the morning
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