When I read the first reading from Lent for Everyone: Mark on Wednesday morning I pictured John the Baptist walking around with a bag full of locusts and honey.
And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins … he ate locusts and wild honey. ~ Mark 1:4, 6
It was at that point that I figured it might be fun to make something with honey for our first small group. I figured we’d prefer that to locusts. I wasn’t expecting my first ever honey cake to be so good! Like the evening, it amazed me with how full, rich, and perfectly sweet it was.
We saw honey – We ate honey – We entered the story as part of the crowd following Jesus who are looking for something off him.
Honey Cake (from BBC Good Food)
- 250g clear honey, plus about 2 tbsp extra to glaze
- 225g unsalted butter
- 100g dark muscovado sugar (I used light muscovado)
- 3 large eggs, beaten
- 300g self-raising flour
Preheat the oven to fan 140C/ conventional 160C/gas 3. Butter and line a 20cm round loosebottomed cake tin. Cut the butter into pieces and drop into a medium pan with the honey and sugar. Melt slowly over a low heat. When the mixture looks quite liquid, increase the heat under the pan and boil for about one minute. Leave to cool for 15-20 minutes, to prevent the eggs cooking when they are mixed in.