recipe for honey cakes


There's something about honey cakes that makes me feel medieval. In a good way.

Honey was the sweetener of choice in the early Middle Ages (my period) and I always imagine people sitting outside little one room houses in small villages surrounded by enormous forests, nibbling honey cakes.

Which of course they weren't as they were too busy farming or sewing or brewing or baking or praying or fighting. 

I also had one of these:



Duck eggs are fabulous in baking! My neighbours have a duck and gave me this. 

How better to use it up than make up a pretend medieval recipe? Perfect.

These are a cross between a scone and a biscuit. Not very sweet, just a bit crumbly. Probably excellent with mead or hippocras (spiced wine) if you have them on hand. Lovely with a cup of tea. Great in a school lunchbox. 



125 butter, melted

1 tblsp honey

1 egg (chook egg is fine, duck if you have one!)

2 cups self-raising flour

1 good tsp garam masala

2 tblsp milk



Stir together the melted butter, the honey, the egg and the milk until mixed well. Then sift over the flour and garam masala and mix well.

Spoon onto a greased or lined baking tray into golf ball sized balls. 

Bake on 180 deg for approx 20 mins or until golden. 




What's in your lunchbox this week?


9 Comments on “recipe for honey cakes

March 28, 2011 at 11:55 pm

They sound really nice. I’ve been told that eating local honey can help hayfever sufferers. At this time of year when I suffer with spring blossom hayfever I end up having honey sandwiches and honey drinks – this will make a nice change. Great timing.

I have miso soup, brown bread and an apple in my lunch box today. x

March 29, 2011 at 9:00 am

We are on spring break this week so I have extra time in the kitchen to play…this looks like a wonderful recipe to try. I love all things honey and this looks so good. Thank you.

March 29, 2011 at 1:37 pm

yum! left over birthday cake and home made fruit bread. um, must go, want to make honey cakes….

March 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm

in oven…

March 29, 2011 at 2:31 pm


March 29, 2011 at 2:37 pm

not cool yet but YUMM! love the garam marsala! I made them wholemeal and they are a bit crumbly but good – o. thanks!

International Woman of Mystery
March 29, 2011 at 10:29 pm

That looks awesome. Love the honey and garam masala combo. Weird but fab!

In our lunchboxes today we had a cheese & homemade chutney (not by me) sandwich (G) and 2. homemade hummous (by me!) sandwich (R)…and both had cut up cucumber and yellow capsicum.

March 30, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Will definitely try this recipe. Stephanie Alexander also has a good recipe for honey cakes in her Kitchen Garden Cooking with Kids book but I think I need a change! Thanks.

Heather Ross
March 31, 2011 at 9:40 am

They sound yummy. I am going to give them a try with a gluten free twist. I made some gf banana muffins this week. It wasn’t a gluten free recipe so had to play with the ingredients and they were okay, little bit disappointing. Popped them in the fridge and the next day they actually tasted really good! Also made some chicken soup from a great little book ‘Frugavore’ by Arabella Forge. You should check it out…I think you will like it!


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