The Food Exchange – give me some honey!

For this months Food Exchange Lucy from www.lucyabakes.com and I tried to think of an Autumnal theme. We decided on a theme that involved honey in our baking. The color of honey is perfect for autumn: warm and golden, it is so comforting so it is something I definitely connect more to a cold season rather than the warmer ones.
Anyway, after settling on the theme we realised that this year is actually the 90th anniversary of Winnie the Pooh. And as Winnie the Pooh always knows what is best I think we definitely settled for the right theme:

“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.”

A.A Milne, Winnie the Pooh

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Lucy’s suggestion for me this month was a salted honey cake with hazelnut brittle from Delicious magazine – you can find the recipe here.
I baked the cake on a rainy Sunday morning and we enjoyed it with a cup of tea as an afternoon snack and it was soooo good. Winnie the Pooh would have loved it!
I decorated the cake with the brittle and the last figs of the season. I think it looks very much like autumn and I will definitely make it again – and next time I would like to invite Winnie the Pooh to share the cake with us. I think that would be a fun afternoon.

The little bear is definitely one of the heroes of my childhood and I can’t wait to read the book to my own children! I remember my dad sometimes not being able to read the book to us because he was laughing so hard. Especially the first chapter will always stay in my mind:

“Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it. And then he feels that perhaps there isn’t. Anyhow, here he is at the bottom, and ready to be introduced to you. Winnie-the-Pooh.”

A.A Milne, Winnie the Pooh, Chapter 1

Thanks Lucy, for suggesting this delicious recipe and for reminding me of Winnie the Pooh!

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