Truffle honey is one of the few sweet expressions of truffles in gourmet cooking and fine dining. Truffle honey takes the savory, fragrant and earthy characteristics of truffles and combines them with honey made by honeybees. The flavor of the honey is strongly influenced by the types of truffles used to flavor the honey, as well as the nectar source the bees use to create the base honey itself.
If you are unfamiliar with the honeymaking process, honey is made from the nectar and pollen that are collected by bees while they are pollinating. The nectar and pollen contain a lot of antioxidants, and they are often used for therapeutic purposes. At Sabatino Tartufi, we use a very light flavored clover honey which is less intense and slightly less sweet than other honeys. The reason we use a lighter flavored honey is so our truffle flavor will be more apparent and fragrant. Our resulting truffle honey is loaded with truffle flavor and a medium sweetness that is balanced and easy to use.
Truffle honey boasts the same general health benefits as honey does. For centuries, honey has been celebrated for its healing properties.
It is a little known fact that this honey is also beneficial in the kitchen. It was first used by the Egyptians and Greeks as a healing medicine, but they also discovered that it tasted great on bread and the culinary world has never been the same. Today, our truffle honey can be found in many dishes in restaurants and homes around the world from salads to cheese boards, and even ice cream and cocktails.
Truffle Honey is a very unique type of honey that has a very distinct flavor. It can be used in different ways, but the easiest way to use it would be to just drizzle it on top of any dish that needs a slight savory and sweet touch. It works especially well when paired with salty dishes and ingredients where it can balance the salinity in the dish with a creamy pop of sweetness. This is why truffle honey works so well with a variety of cheeses, cured meats, and seafood.
Here are some great pairings for Truffle Honey:
- Pastries like croissants or brioche
- Brie cheese with crackers
- Ricotta Crostini (see link here)
- Prosciutto wrapped asparagus
- Cheese and charcuterie boards
- Fried Chicken and Waffles
Because our Truffle honey is perfectly balanced, it is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of dishes. Below are just a few examples of recipes to show the various ways that you can use this tasty ingredient.
- Avocado Toast with Truffle Honey (link)
- Truffle Cold Brew Cocktail (link)
- Honey Blackberry Ice Cream with Sea Salt (link)
Truffle Honey is one of the most fun ingredients you can use within the truffle product world. You can use it to make sweet dishes and desserts even sweeter or to add a hint of sweetness and balance to savory dishes. Truffles and honey have been gourmet delicacies for centuries, the combination of these two ingredients is relatively new, so there is a world of possibilities to unlock by adding this unique ingredient to your next dish.
A few “rules” to keep in mind will help ensure that you get the best results out of your next jar or bottle of Sabatino Tartufi Truffle Honey:
- A little goes a long way. Use our truffle honey sparingly at first until you find the right balance between the honey and your dish.
- Adding truffle honey to items that are either creamy or salty (or both) usually creates a delicious, new, and balanced bite. Think cheese, yogurt, or cured meats.
- Always add truffle honey as a finishing touch. Never cook with it as heat will minimize the truffle flavor.
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