I’ve overdosed on honey in the past. This was during my make bath salts and make shampoo phase of my life. I was buying essential oils to scent soaps with and also bought a small vial of honey perfume. I used it in honey oatmeal foot scrub and honey milk baths… and in the process used up my tolerance for the smell of honey. Fortunately that was ten years ago, and my cooking adventures have renewed my yen for this sticky sweet stuff. This month’s Sugar High Friday is a good reason to wake up the honey in my house, as Nic has given us the theme ingredient of honey to play with.
Honey is a marvel, a kitchen multi-tasker… though its uses aren’t limited to the kitchen. Mary Roach’s intriguing book Stiff: the Curious Lives of Cadavers, describes an ancient practice of using honey’s embalming properties to preserve the aging body of an elder. Old men would introduce honey into their diet and eventually subsist solely on honey as they prepared their bodies for the afterlife… while still alive. Honey has also been a popular embalming agent in funerary practices, for use once death has happened.
Honey also is an emollient (soothes and smoothens skin) and a humectant (promotes the skins retention of moisture), which makes it ideal to put in homemade facial products and bath soaps.
This recipe for Eternal Sunshine Frozen Honey Mousse brings the flavors of honey once again into my favorite realm for a treat this sweet- the frozen world. The chill on this dessert helps keep the sweetness of the honey from overwhelming the palate. This frozen mousse is ideal for creating an airy ice cream product without the aid of an ice cream maker. Its creamy sweetness is perfectly set in the tangy sweetness of raspberries or a simple raspberry sauce.
So get ready for the afterlife, and treat any stinging sunburns with Eternal Sunshine Frozen Honey Mousse…
Eternal Sunshine Frozen Mousse and Sunburn Salve
Over a hot double boiler (not boiling though) , whip 2 egg yolks with one pinch of salt until lightened in color to an opaque yellow white. Add 1/2 cup of light honey to the egg yolks and continue to beat till the mixture has thickened and resembles melted vanilla ice cream. Remove from the heat and place a piece of plastic film or wax paper directly on the egg mixture surface (to prevent skin formation). Chill till very cold.
Whip two egg whites till stiff and fold into the cold yolk mixture. Also fold in 3/4 cup of whipping cream whipped stiff. Spoon the mousse into desert cups with drizzles of raspberry sauce or garnished with toasted pecans or pistachios and freeze.
This dessert also makes an excellent salve for freshly sunburned skin (skip the nuts and raspberries for this use…). It’s cool and the honey helps keep your skin moist while it’s damaged. Don’t use on open wounds (duh).