Hey Honey!

This week it is all about honey! This sweet thing has a multitude of benefits to help in your everyday life besides to just sweeten up those teas and coffee. This lovely syrup has a natural antibiotic property to help with colds, coughs, and upper respiratory infections.

Honey by itself is a great aid in weight loss, helps to maintain blood sugar levels, so you can sweeten things up without the use of sugar. It regulates insulin in your body as well as removes free radicals from the body. It is used as an antiseptic and aids in wound healing. Honey also can help in creating smooth, healthy, and beautiful skin.

If you mix Honey with milk you get the added benefits of promoting bone health, soothing on the tummy, aid in curing of intestinal disorders, and makes the body more agile and youthful.

Adding ginger to this already miracle nectar can help to reduce blood pressure and heart ailment risks. It can reduce the growth of cancerous cells in the body (Because it help to remove free radicals), and because of the ginger can aid in digestion and stomach irritation. These two can also reduce the side effects of chemotherapy such as vomiting

Cinnamon is also a great addition to honey because they both have natural antibiotic properties to help cure the common cold. They can reduce cholesterol, pull glucose out of the bloodstream, promotes good digestion, and so much more. Topical uses of honey and cinnamon can help treat insect bites, treat minor skin infections, and pimples. These two can prevent bad breath and toothaches as well as help aid in weight loss. Making a paste out of these two are a great way to keep you immune system strong too.

Honey is a great way to sweeten those teas and hot drinks, especially now that cold and flu season is upon us. However, be careful with those hot drinks because the antibiotic property in them is easily broken down in hot drinks. So make sure you are taking a little bit extra Honey each day, but is that really bad thing? IT TASTES SO GOOD!

Be careful when buying honey in the local grocery store because if it is not local it does not have you local allergens in it, which will not do any good come allergy season. The more local the honey the better your allergies will be for that season.

Here at Mattie’s we love honey and sell local honey (literally a mile away from the store!) and have honey candies, which are great from personal experience and have kept me relatively healthy throughout this chilly season.

Honey Oat Bread Recipe:

3 cups Sir Galahad Artisan Flour

¾ cup Rolled Oats #5

2¼ teaspoons instant yeast

1½ teaspoons Real Salt

1 cup Milk (Almond Milk preferably but can use regular)

¼ lukewarm water (110 degree to activate Yeast)

2 tablespoons butter

¼ cup honey (local)

Topping:

¼ cup Honey (local)

2 tablespoons Rolled Oats #5

In a two cup measuring cup warm the milk up just enough to melt the butter but do not boil. Add water and honey.

In a large mixing bowl (our in a stand mixer) mix together all your dry ingredients (¾ cup oats, yeast, real salt, and flour). Pour liquid mixture into dry mixture and mix until dough has formed. Let knead in mixer for 10 minutes with dough hook. If still very elastic after 5 minutes add flour a tablespoon at a time. (I usually have to add a half a cup more but sometimes not that much.) If the dough is too dry add more water 1 teaspoon at a time (However I seldom have to do this).

Set dough in a greased bowl, make sure to turn to get all sides of the dough coated, and let sit in a warm place (I set mine in front of my fireplace) until doubled (Usually 45 to hour depending on how warm it is).

Once dough has doubled punch down and turn out on to a floured surface. Flatten dough into a 9 x 12 inch rectangle. Roll tightly and place into a greased 9×5 loaf pan. Set aside and let double for about ½ an hour (this could take up to 1 hour but mine only took 35 minutes).

While dough is rising again preheat your oven to 350 degrees and places loaf pan with 2 inches deep of water (To keep the bread moist with baking) and let that get warm with your oven.

When dough has doubled brush top with honey and sprinkle oats on top. Then bake about 40 minutes. The internal temperature needs to be around 190 degrees.

This bread is great for sandwiches and toast to put you honey on in the morning. It has a sweet taste and is very soft.

Honey is such a wonderful and scrumptious thing to add to your diet or if you already have incorporated it you should splurge a little bit! (Just a little don’t get too carried away now!) We also carry ginger and cinnamon in our store as well!

-Mattie

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