We were delighted, this weekend, to come home from the National Honey Show with an armful of awards!
We’ve had a bumper crop of honey, due to all the lovely weather this year, and have been very careful in extracting, filtering and presenting our honey for the show. There are many classes at the National Honey Show and this year there were nearly 2,000 entries across them. Being based in Brentford, we are able to enter the Middlesex County classes, the London classes and the National classes that are open to the whole of the UK.
We’ve entered honey every year that we’ve been keeping bees and were delighted that very first year to win a First Prize for our London Honey, last year, it was our Honey and Oat Cookies that came home with an award but this year we won four prizes!
As we’ve recently opened a Micro Bakery, it was important to enter one of our cakes and I carefully created a recipe that would be a rich sticky treat. We decided to enter the ‘Tray Bake with Honey’ class, I thought that the honey flavour would be most appreciated as a drizzle on the top and chose orange and cardamom as complimentary flavours and ground almonds for a moist richness.
It was a bit of a risk as not everyone likes cardamom, a spice often used in Indian cooking, however the judges loved it and gave it First Prize – the best in the country! So congratulations to the Micro Bakery and their Honey, Orange and Cardamom Cake, to make it yourself, you can find the recipe here.
Our honey did pretty well at the show too.
We were awarded second prize in the Middlesex County and were Very Highly Commended in London.
Every award has points attached to it and I was thrilled to discover that I had also won a cup that is engraved ‘Presented to The Best Female Beekeeper of the Year’.
Hopefully we can encourage some more of our association to enter the show next year as we have some wonderful female bee keepers that could win this cup next year!
Coming up at the Corner…
Our ‘Micro Bakery’ continues this week.
Bread, buns, cakes & treats will be baked throughout the day, put your orders in early, and can be collected along with honey and preserves between 5-7pm. For more details see our Facebook Group.
For sausages without the chemicals, we are running a course for you to make your own bangers on Thursday 5th November and if you fancy brushing up on your own baking skills, we have our monthly Bread: Sweet & Savoury on Thursday 17th November.
- We’ve been practising Panettone and Stollen for the Micro Bakery
- Our Photo Journalist friend, Martin Cervenansky, showed us Sara’s portrait in the Picture of the Year exhibition in Bratislava
- The lovely Helen from Made By HRM came to Hen Corner to talk new business plans – She’s got some fab stuff take a look!
Jobs for this week:
- Get ready for our Bonfire Bake off this Friday 6th November
- Prepare for next week at the Country Living Christmas Fair
- Meet Lorna, the Chief Reporter for Chiswick Buzz, to plan monthly food films
Join us on the Journey!