the story tastes like honey

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.

Beat the eggs into the melted honey mixture using a wooden spoon. Sift the flour into a large bowl and pour in the egg and honey mixture, beating until you have a smooth, quite runny batter.
Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 50 minutes-1 hour until the cake is well-risen, golden brown and springs back when pressed. A skewer pushed into the centre of the cake should come out clean.
Turn the cake out on a wire rack. Warm 2 tbsp honey in a small pan and brush over the top of the cake to give a sticky glaze, then leave to cool. Keeps for 4-5 days wrapped, in an airtight tin.
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