In my new Amish romance series, The Honeybee Sisters, the three Christner schwesters are all grown up and ready for romance to find them. The sisters also keep bees and make all sorts of delicious treats with the honey they pull from their beehives.
Sweet as Honey, the first book in the Honeybee Sisters series, came out this week. A Bee in Her Bonnet releases at the end of July, and Like a Bee to Honey will be in stores at the end of August. It’s going to be a romantic and delicious summer!
The following recipe is from The Honeybee Sisters Cookbook, a companion book to the Honeybee Sisters series. The Honeybee Sisters Cookbook comes out on July 11, and is full of honey recipes and lots of yummy pictures. Be sure to look for it on amazon.com.
Bee’s Knees Corn Dogs
3 cups Krusteaz pancake mix
1 cup cornmeal
1½ cups water
1 egg, slightly beaten
½ cup clover honey 1
2 bun-length beef hot dogs cut in half
24 6-inch lollipop sticks
4 cups canola oil
Begin by preheating 4 cups canola oil in a deep, heavy pot on medium low. Heating gradually helps maintain a steady temperature. Heat oil to 375°, adjusting heat to hold temperature. In a deep bowl, whisk dry ingredients together. Add water, egg, and honey. Mix together with rubber spatula until mostly smooth. The batter will be quite thick and should hold its shape when you run your finger down the center. If the batter is too thin, it won’t stick to the hot dog. You can easily adjust by adding more water or more pancake mix until you get the right consistency.
Push the lollipop stick about 2/3 of the way into the hot dog. Dip the hot dog into batter, covering completely.
Carefully set into hot oil, turning with tongs until the batter starts to brown. Don’t let the corn dog touch the bottom of the pot. (It should stay buoyant.) You may add up to 3 corn dogs to the pot, but add one at a time and make sure they start to develop a crust before you add more. Continue turning so the corn dogs brown evenly. Cook until the corn dog is a deep golden brown. Remove and drain onto paper towel. For an extra touch of sweetness, drizzle a small amount of honey over the corn dog and serve with mustard.
This will easily make 24 pups. If you want to use the extra batter, you can thin with milk or water and use for pancakes. Or drop teaspoons of batter into the hot oil and brown like doughnut holes. Roll in cinnamon and sugar or powdered sugar immediately after removing from oil.
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 new release, Sweet as Honey!