The newest book in the Honeybee Sisters series, Like a Bee to Honey, comes out on August 30, and I am as excited as a bee on a honeysuckle bush! Rose Christner, the youngest of the Honeybee sisters, is timid and cautious, but she’s not shy in the kitchen.
One of Rose’s favorite recipes is Honey Whole Wheat Pancakes, which she makes for Josiah Yoder and his energetic nephews in Like a Bee to Honey. Honey Peach Syrup is definitely something Rose would make to go over her pancakes—especially this time of the year when the peaches are ready!
This is a simple recipe with only three ingredients, and it looks, smells, and tastes delicious. This recipe makes enough for my husband and I to be in pancake heaven with just a little left over. If you are baking for a crowd, I would recommend quadrupling this recipe.
Honey Peach Syrup
2 ½ cup diced peaches
¼ cup honey
½ tablespoon lemon juice
Peel peaches and dice. Put peaches in a medium saucepan and stir in honey and lemon juice. Turn stove to medium-high and mash ingredients together with a potato masher while heating.
Unless the peaches are extremely ripe, they won’t mash down all the way. That’s okay because you’re going to put them in a blender. (If you’re Amish and don’t use electricity, your syrup is going to be a little lumpy.) Once the peaches are slightly broken down and blended well with the honey, bring the mixture just to a boil and remove from stove. Transfer mixture to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into a clean saucepan.
Taste the syrup. Add honey if you want it sweeter. Heat over medium-low heat to a low boil, boiling until the mixture reaches syrup stage, stirring frequently so it doesn’t burn on the bottom. 10 to 15 minutes. The mixture will start to look slightly translucent. Serve warm over pancakes, waffles, or ice cream. In the unlikely event that you have leftover syrup, store in the refrigerator. Delicious! (Adapted from triedandtasty.com)
This pancake recipe appears at the back of Like a Bee to Honey. It is my favorite breakfast recipe.
Honey Whole Wheat Pancakes
1 ½ cups buttermilk
1 cup whole-wheat kernels
3 tablespoons cornmeal
1 tablespoon honey
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon Rumford baking powder (This brand makes a difference. Without it, add another tablespoon of cornmeal.)
Step 1: Have a hot griddle greased and ready.
Step 2: Put the buttermilk in the blender and turn the blender to the highest speed. Slowly pour the whole-wheat kernels into the blender. It will sound like popcorn popping. Blend until the popping sound is gone. Add cornmeal, eggs, honey, and salt.
Step 3: After mixing well, add baking soda and baking powder and blend for 20 seconds. The batter will rise fast! Pour dollops of batter onto hot griddle and brown on both sides.
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Jennifer Beckstrand is the RITA nominated and award-winning author of the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series. She loves writing about the plain Amish life and the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth. She and her husband live in Utah and have four daughters and two sons.
Be on the lookout for Jennifer’s upcoming release, Like a Bee to Honey!