The thought of adding honey in a pie might sound like heaven, and it is. If you’ve never tried honey in a pie, you just add to the sweetness level, not including bringing something healthy if using raw honey.
Let’s look at four outstanding honey pie recipes that you should try for your family or next dinner party.
1. Honey Custard Pie Recipe
Yes, there really is something known as just a honey pie, but it still utilizes a custard as the filling.
This is one of the sweetest pies out there and it’s not too complicated to make. To start, you’ll want to create your own pie crust, or buy one pre-made in a grocery store.
Make the honey custard filling by adding 2 cups milk, one cup of heavy cream, three large eggs, one-half cup of raw honey, 1/3 cups each of brown and granulated sugar, 3 tablespoons of cornstarch, one teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1/8 teaspoon of salt.
Mix this together and heat on the stove for about 25 minutes. Place in the shell, bake in the oven for 50 minutes, then allow to cool for a couple of hours.
Many people add a drop of honey as a garnish on top to enhance the sweetness.
2. Honey Pecan Pie
If you want a true sugar kick to your pie, adding honey to a pecan pie is one of the best ideas. Keep in mind the sugar content is higher here, but worth it if you don’t have to watch your blood sugar.
To start, you’ll need 1/4 cup of sugar, 3 tablespoons of flour, three lightly-beaten eggs, one cup of raw honey, 1/3 cup of melted butter, one teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, one cup of chopped pecans, a half-cup of pecan halves, and an unbaked pie shell.
Adding one cup of raw honey might sound like a lot, but the health benefits of raw honey here can add something nutritious to a calorie-filled pie. Some say this particular recipe is also not excessively sweet.
3. A Healthier Pumpkin Pie with Honey
All those pumpkin pies you’ve consumed every Thanksgiving for years have likely been loaded with granulated sugar. While that’s to be expected, what if you want to make a healthier pumpkin pie using a different kind of sweetener?
Raw honey is just the thing. To make a honey pumpkin pie, begin with two cups of pumpkin puree. Add 3/4 cups of raw honey, one teaspoon of vanilla extract, one-half teaspoon of sea salt, 3 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice, 3/4 cups of heavy cream, and two lightly-beaten eggs.
After pouring in the mix to the pie shell, let bake for 25 minutes at 375F while protecting the crust with tin foil. After 25 minutes, remove the foil and let bake for another half-hour.
Adding in 3/4 cups of raw honey adds just enough added sweetness without it being unhealthy. You’ll even get some antioxidants using raw honey, including from the pumpkin mix itself.
4. Honey-Roasted Apple Pie
Sources like Betty Crocker offer this unique honey pie recipe that once again removes granulated sugar out of the classic apple pie equation.
Make this by filling eight cups of apple chunks. The apple type is up to you, but Golden Delicious is most typical.
Add 1/3 cup of honey, three tablespoons of flour, then 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Add the mix to your pie crust. Most recipes say put another two tablespoons of honey in to sweeten it up further.
This has to bake an hour, plus several hours of cooling time. You’ll probably find it has a slightly tart flavor based on the type of apple you use. Regardless, you’re once again making raw honey become the best sweetener for one of America’s most traditional pies.