Bee Hive Puddings

Food Celebration Days: British Honey Week - 3rd - 9th May 2010

Over the past few years there have been claims made that eating a spoonful of local honey in the lead-up to the hay-fever season has transformed sufferers lives. Sadly this is mainly anecdotal and it is my understanding that research has shown that honey has not been proved to be an effective anti-allergen. But some people swear by it and, I must say if I were a hay-fever sufferer I would certainly give it a go. Even if it doesn't work it’s a great excuse to have a spoonful of the wonderful Lynsted Honey made right on our very own doorstep. If you haven’t tried it you must give it a go. Almost zero food miles! OK so the bee has probably flown a few miles. Then again it has nothing else to do and it doesn’t contribute to global warming. I leave others to worry about wing flapping and chaos theory. But it is worth noting that studies have shown honey works better than over-the-counter remedies for coughs, colds and sore throats (especially when it is mixed with whisky, although the addition of this ingredient may not be scientifically proven either). Honey also makes a tasty coating when mixed with sesame seeds and drizzled over cocktail sausages and chicken wings.

Ingredients - makes 4

4oz (100g) butter, melted 4oz (100g) soft light brown sugar
4 tablespoons honey (preferably local) ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
4oz (100g) self-raising flour 2 eggs
2oz (50g) ground almonds 3oz (85g) Greek yogurt


  1. Butter four individual ramekins and line the bottom with a circle of baking parchment.
  2. Heat oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  4. Beat the egg, melted butter and yogurt together and stir in to the dry mix. Mix until smooth.
  5. Spoon a tablespoon of honey into each ramekin and spoon the cake mix on top.
  6. Place on a baking tray and cook for between 20 and 25 mins until well risen and golden brown.
  7. Remove from the oven and loosen the cake away from the side of the ramekins. Turn on to a serving plate or pudding bowl.
  8. These are delicious served with vanilla ice cream or good old fashioned custard.


GROUNDS (almonds)


HONEY (Local is best)