Honey Walnut Baked Brie

Honey Walnut Baked Brie  |  Lemon & Mocha

Brie is a heavenly cheese. Encased inside an edible rind, brie has a creamy and buttery texture with a mild taste. When I was younger I used to take my best friend up to New Hampshire to go skiing with me and my family. Her parents used to give us a little food-packed thank you basket every time. The sole reason I remember this is because of the brie.

Honey Walnut Baked Brie  |  Lemon & Mocha

Oh the brie! There was always a wheel of it and my friend and I would dive right in, no serving dishes needed.

Honey Walnut Baked Brie  |  Lemon & Mocha

Brie’s versatility makes it pair well with everything from turkey artichoke paninis to wedges of apple. Sweeter flavors also complement brie well because it’s so mild and you know how I feel about my sweets.

Honey Walnut Baked Brie  |  Lemon & Mocha

This honey walnut topped baked brie is a simple and addictive happy hour appetizer or dinner party dessert. Well, pre-dessert, actual dessert must still be involved.

Honey Walnut Baked Brie  |  Lemon & Mocha

Brie is already a spreadable cheese, but when you melt it into warm gooey deliciousness it becomes both spreadable and habit-forming. The honey and walnuts on top add just the right amount of sweetness, earthiness and texture to really elevate the baked brie. And doesn’t the topping make it look fancy? You can serve this baked brie on its own, but I like to serve it with warm soft bread or raisin crostini.

Honey Walnut Baked Brie  |  Lemon & Mocha

Honey Walnut Baked Brie
 
Yield: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 wheel of brie
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup toasted walnuts, roughly chopped
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the brie in a baking dish. Top with the honey and the walnuts then bake for 15 minutes.
  3. Serve hot with crostini, slices of bread or crackers.

Recipe slightly adapted The Food Network.

Honey, Pear & Prosciutto Pizza with Arugula

Honey, Pear & Prosciutto Pizza with Arugula  |  Lemon & Mocha

Pizza is a wonderful thing. Unless you’re lactose intolerant or soulless, otherwise, truly wonderful. The combination of crispy and chewy crust, gooey savory cheese, and whatever inventive toppings your tastebuds desire is irresistible.

Honey, Pear & Prosciutto Pizza with Arugula  |  Lemon & Mocha

Last Christmas my stepmom got me this countertop pizza oven from Sur La Table. Ever since then Matt and I have been pizza making machines! Well, the pizza oven is the machine, we’re just an extension of its awesomeness. This bad boy cooks up crispy bottom pizzas with chewy crust and molten cheese in under ten minutes. Oh yeah!

Honey, Pear & Prosciutto Pizza with Arugula  |  Lemon & Mocha

I didn’t make a list of possible pizza combinations as I usually do with other foods, but I don’t think we have made the same pizza twice. When my Uncle Rob sent me a huge jar of his homemade honey I instantly knew I wanted to use some of it for a pizza. I love recipes that combine sweet and savory.

Honey, Pear & Prosciutto Pizza with Arugula  |  Lemon & Mocha

This is a white pizza, which does not mean that it has heliophobia or that it is attending a Diddy party. It simply means it doesn’t have any sauce. Which is fine because the honey, cheese, pear, prosciutto and arugula do more than alright on their own. They come together fabulously for a delightful sweet, savory, salty, herby, cheesy and thirds-don’t-mind-if-I-do dinner.

Honey, Pear & Prosciutto Pizza with Arugula  |  Lemon & Mocha

Okay, time for you to go ahead and make this pizza! I’m going to be sitting here writing a pizza combination list, don’t mind me.

Honey, Pear & Prosciutto Pizza with Arugula  |  Lemon & Mocha

Honey Pear & Prosciutto Pizza with Arugula
 
Yield: 3 servings
Ingredients
for the pizza
  • 1 ball pizza dough
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1½ cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1 pear, thinly sliced
  • 3-4 slices prosciutto
  • ⅓ cup crumbled gorgonzola
for the arugula salad
  • 4 cups arugula
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
Directions
for the pizza
  1. Preheat oven and prep dough according to pizza dough instructions. Lightly pierce the dough all over with a fork to help keep it from puffing up in the oven.
  2. Mix the honey with the olive oil and brush over the dough, leaving the crust untouched. Top with the mozzarella then the pear slices. Tear the prosciutto slices and place evenly over the top of the pizza. Add the gorgonzola then bake according to pizza dough instructions.
for the arugula salad
  1. While the pizza is baking whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Toss with the arugula, being sure not to overdress. Place on top of the pizza after it comes out of the oven just before serving.

Honey Ice Cream with Pralined Almond Crumble

Honey Ice Cream with Pralined Almond Crumble  |  Lemon & Mocha

It is part two of the Lemon & Mocha honey series! Weren’t you just sitting there in anticipation since Wednesday’s sweet and sticky honey baked wings? I won’t be upset if you weren’t. I will, however, be upset if you don’t shout with joy now that you are finally reading the second honey post. No pressure.

Honey Ice Cream with Pralined Almond Crumble  |  Lemon & Mocha

Honey is found in many desserts from honey cakes to sticky buns. My grandma uses honey to amp up her oatmeal cookies. One of my favorite ways to eat honey at dessert time is in ice cream. No surprise there.

Honey Ice Cream with Pralined Almond Crumble  |  Lemon & Mocha

This honey ice cream with candied almond crumble is sweet, smooth and crunchy all at once. The honey flavors comes through very strong, which is perfect if you want a bold dessert featuring honey. If you are not a huge honey fan you can either use a more subtle honey or substitute half the honey with another flavoring of your choice, such as peanut butter.

Honey Ice Cream with Pralined Almond Crumble  |  Lemon & Mocha

Did I mention the almonds yet? They are coated with a sugar syrup then left to cool and harden making them sweet, snackable and impossible to stop eating. But save some for your ice cream!

Honey Ice Cream with Pralined Almond Crumble
 
Yield: 1 quart
Ingredients
for the ice cream
  • 1½ cups heavy cream
  • ½ cup good-flavored honey
  • 1½ cups whole milk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 5 large egg yolks
for the pralined almond crumble
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup whole almonds, unblanched and untoasted
  • ⅛ teaspoon coarse salt
Directions
for the ice cream
  1. Add the heavy cream and the honey to a large bowl. Place a fine mesh sieve over top and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium-low whisk together the milk, sugar and salt until warm. Meanwhile whisk together the egg yolks in a medium bowl. Carefully pour the warmed milk mixture, whisking constantly, then pour the whole mixture back into the medium saucepan.
  3. Place the saucepan over low heat and cook the mixture while stirring until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 8 minutes. Make sure the mixture never reaches a boil. Remove from the heat and pour through the fine mesh strainer into the large bowl.
  4. Place the large bowl in an ice bath. Slowly add the cream and continue to stir while sitting in the ice bath until cool.
  5. Once cool, remove from the ice bath then cover and chill in the fridge overnight.
  6. Freeze in your ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions, pouring in 1 cup of the pralined almond crumble with 5 minutes left.
for the pralined almond crumble
  1. Line a baking sheet with nonstick foil and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat combine the water, sugar and almonds. Cook and stir continuously with a wooden spoon until the liquid comes to a boil and the sugar has dissolved then reduce heat to medium.
  3. Continue to cook until the liquid mixture has become sandy in texture. Continue to stir the dark syrup making sure to scrape from the bottom and completely coat the almonds. Keep stirring until the almonds are shiny and glossy.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat before sprinkling with the salt. Pour onto the prepared baking sheet and spread them out. Let them completely cool, breaking up any clusters as needed.
  5. Roughly chop. Pour 1 cup into the ice cream mixture with 5 minutes left. Reserve the rest for topping.
Ice cream slightly adapted from The Perfect Scoop.

Sweet & Sticky Honey Baked Wings

Sweet & Sticky Honey Baked Wings  |  Lemon & Mocha

Remember my Uncle Rob from the filet tailgate sandwiches with whiskey marinade? Well he is a multi-talented man. In addition to grilling up delicious tailgate eats he also harvests honey! As in he has bees in the backyard and a complete beekeeper’s suit. “Rob’s Love Nectar”- check it out! I may be afraid of the bees, but I certainly love their honey.

Sweet & Sticky Honey Baked Wings  |  Lemon & Mocha

Recently Uncle Rob mailed me a big bottle of his honey so I decided to make a series of honey posts out of it. These sticky and sweet honey baked wings are the first of four honey installments and are definitely the best way to kick off this series.

Sweet & Sticky Honey Baked Wings  |  Lemon & Mocha

I was am will-always-be obsessed with these wings. The marinade consists of honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and rice wine vinegar to create a balanced flavor profile. The honey caramelizes while the wings are baking in the oven and makes these bad boys incredibly addictive. Finger-lickin’-can’t-breathe-too-busy-eating addictive.

Sweet & Sticky Honey Baked Wings  |  Lemon & Mocha

They are also extremely low maintenance as you can just stick them in the oven and let the magic happen. I was very nervous to break down the wings myself, but after a couple snips with a pair of kitchen shears I had the process down.

Sweet & Sticky Honey Baked Wings  |  Lemon & Mocha

Currently Rob’s Love Nectar is only available through personal gifting, but shop local honey and support your neighboring beekeepers! Also honey pollinated from bees local to your area is said to help with seasonal allergies so that’s another reason to source your honey locally.

Sweet & Sticky Honey Baked Wings  |  Lemon & Mocha

Sweet & Sticky Honey Baked Wings
 
Yield: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • ½ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
  • 4 pounds chicken wings & drumettes
  • 1 scallion, chopped, for garnish
  • Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 9" x 13" with nonstick tin foil and set aside.
  2. Combine the soy sauce, honey, vegetable oil, rice vinegar, garlic and ginger in a medium saucepan with a whisk. Bring the honey mixture to a boil then simmer on low for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Place the split chicken wings in the prepared pan. Pour the heated honey mixture over the wings then toss to coat.
  4. Bake the chicken wings for about 1 hour or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F and the skin has darkened. Garnish wings with scallions and sesame seeds before serving.
Notes
To break down the wings follow the steps below:
*Clip off the wing tip at the knuckle using a pair of kitchen shears. Dispose the wing tip or save for homemade chicken stock.
*Make a small snip in the fat between the wing and the drumette so it's easier to get to the joint.
*Cut the knuckle between the wing and the drumette to separate them.
*Cut off any excess fat.
Recipe from the Cookin’ Canuck.

10 Minute Mini Breakfast Tacos

10 Minute Mini Breakfast Tacos  |  Lemon & Mocha

Sometimes the best dishes are the ones that take you under 10 minutes to make, but still cause you to dance around the kitchen shouting, “Omg, this is SO good!” in between mouthfuls. Before getting reminded that your excited eating habits need to be worked on so the heimlich doesn’t become necessary. But sometimes these things cannot be controlled. I’ll work on it though.

10 Minute Mini Breakfast Tacos  |  Lemon & Mocha

These mini breakfast tacos are the perfect mid-week breakfast, weekend brunch, after school snack, quick dinner and picnic staple. Okay, maybe not the last one. But for everything else this dish is up for the job.

10 Minute Mini Breakfast Tacos  |  Lemon & Mocha

I like to add some creaminess to my scrambled eggs by adding a little cream cheese. It’s a great trick someone taught me years ago. It doesn’t impart the cream cheese flavor on the eggs, it just makes them creamy and fluffy.

10 Minute Mini Breakfast Tacos  |  Lemon & Mocha

How easy is this dish? Well let’s see, you first put some cheese on a few corn tortillas and heat in the microwave. Meanwhile scramble up some eggs. Top the cheesy softened tortillas with the fluffy eggs and any other toppings on hand, including salsa, avocado, sour cream, peppers and onions. Done!

10 Minute Mini Breakfast Tacos  |  Lemon & Mocha

These mini breakfast tacos are so easy it’s dangerous. How can breakfast tacos be dangerous? Because you can make so many of them that while you’re chomping away and exclaiming in delight how good they are you might require the heimlich. So eat responsibly folks.

10 Minute Mini Breakfast Tacos  |  Lemon & Mocha

10 Minute Mini Breakfast Tacos
 
Yield: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • 2 corn tortillas
  • ⅓ cup shredded cheese (cheddar, monterey jack and pepper jack are all great options)
  • ½ tablespoon butter
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese
  • Salt, pepper and a sprinkling of any other favorite seasonings (I like to sprinkle on some garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and cumin)
  • Salsa, avocado and any other desired toppings
Directions
  1. Place the corn tortillas on a plate and sprinkle the shredded cheese over top. Set aside for now.
  2. Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Once melted add the beaten eggs, cream cheese and seasonings. Let the eggs cook a little then begin to scramble them, making sure to flip them over and break them up often so they remain light and fluffy without getting crispy.
  3. Meanwhile heat the cheese-topped tortillas in the microwave for 45 seconds.
  4. When the eggs have cooked through and are still fluffy (I like to take mine off as soon as they look cooked through) remove from the heat and divide over the top of the two cheesy tortillas.
  5. Top with salsa, avocado or whatever other toppings you like.