honey-butter muffins + grampa’s gourmet honey giveaway

August 15, 2012

in Breakfast & Muffins

Unbeknownst to you, I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen, incorporating honey instead of white sugar into some recent recipes. Baking with honey appeals to me because it has a lower glycemic index than sugar and isn’t heavily processed. When I read a Cooking Light article about raw, varietal honey (unpasteurized and unfiltered) from Grampa’s Gourmet Honey, I couldn’t wait to try it. All the varieties I tasted are exceptional straight from the jar (especially the award-winning black Tamarisk Honey), so developing a recipe with the honey was a natural next step.

Not only do these honey-butter muffins feature both ingredients, I also made a quick honey-butter glaze to brush over the batter before baking. Gloriously golden muffins emerge from the oven, perfumed with honey and vanilla. Though there’s no cornmeal to be found in this recipe, these muffins remind me of cake-like cornbread. Devour warm, with a pat of butter and a nice drizzle of honey.

To encourage you to bake with honey, I’m giving away two jars of Grampa’s Gourmet Honey to one of you – the golden Colorado Clover Honey is sweet with floral notes, a perfect substitute for sugar (I recommend using it in these muffins). The second jar is White Honey, a smooth and creamy honey with a nutty flavor, perfect to slather on a warm muffin or piece of toast. Giveaway details are below the recipe!

Honey-Butter Muffins
1 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup low-fat buttermilk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup honey
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 tsp vanilla extract

Glaze
1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 1/2 tsp honey

Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 12-cup standard muffin pan with baking cups; coat baking cups with cooking spray. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the mixture. Combine buttermilk, egg, honey, butter, and vanilla in a medium bowl; add to flour mixture and stir just until combined.

Divide batter evenly among baking cups (each baking cup will be 2/3 full). Combine butter and honey in a small bowl and heat in the microwave until melted, about 30 seconds. Use a pastry brush to brush glaze over batter. Bake for 13 to 14 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let muffins cool in pan on a wire rack for 2 minutes before removing from pan to serve warm or cool completely. Store leftover muffins in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 days.

Yield – 12 muffins (serving size: 1 muffin)
Calories – 140
Carbs – 23

Giveaway Details:
The winner will receive:
Two varietals of honey – Colorado Clover Honey & White Honey

To Enter:
Subscribe to Tutti Dolci via email or RSS and leave a comment telling me your favorite honey variety.

Extra entries: Do one or all of the following, and leave separate comments for each:
1. Become a fan of Tutti Dolci on Facebook.
2. Become a fan of Grampa’s Gourmet Honey on Facebook.
3. Follow @Tutti_Dolci on Twitter.
4. Follow @GrampasHoney on Twitter.

Good luck! Entries/comments accepted until Sunday, August 19 at 5:00 pm PST. One winner will be chosen at random and notified by email. US residents only.

Disclosure: Grampa’s Gourmet Honey generously provided me with honey for recipe development & this giveaway. I was not compensated in any way and was not obligated to write or recommend the honey. All opinions are my own.

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116 Comments

1 Laura @ Family Spice August 15, 2012

I love LOVE honey, especially after tasting all the different varieties. You have to get your hands on some blueberry or any berry honey – amazing! And I already subscribe & follow you on twitter!

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2 Jen @ Savory Simple August 15, 2012

Wow, these muffins sound incredible! Honey & butter is always such a delicious combo. I subscribe to your site by email! My favorite honey is acacia. It’s so light and smooth.

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3 Brent August 21, 2012

Jen,
I agree! Wrote about acacia honey here:

http://www.grampashoney.com/blog/

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4 Jen @ Savory Simple August 15, 2012

I am a fan of Tutti Dolci on FB!

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5 Jen @ Savory Simple August 15, 2012

I follow you on Twitter :)

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6 Jen @ Savory Simple August 15, 2012

I now follow grandpa’s gourmet on twitter.

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7 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious August 15, 2012

I’ve been trying to incorporate more honey in place of sugar too! It’s such a wonderful substitution. And these muffins are absolutely heavenly. That honey butter glaze is absolutely sinful!

As for the giveaway, I’m already subscribed via rss (of course!) and my favorite variety of honey is, well I guess, the plain old traditional one. I haven’t tried anything else! :)

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8 fabiola@notjustbaked August 15, 2012

I am craving muffins oddly enough, I am so going to try these! I use organic sugar cane, no white sugar in my house.
I already follow you on twitter, facebook, and rss! :)
I would use the traditional honey.

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9 Jenn August 15, 2012

I follow you on twitter :) And I LOVE this recipe! There was a guy who sold several varietals of raw honey at our market in Milan… Pretty sure my favourite one was the “agrumi” (citrus, surprise, surprise!)

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10 Jenn August 15, 2012

And now I follow @GrampasHoney too!

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11 Jenn August 15, 2012

How was I not already?? Now I’m your fan on FB :)

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12 Cassie August 15, 2012

I love using honey in place of sugar. These muffins look to-die-for Laura! I especially love using local honey, I can’t wait to try these!

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13 Susan August 15, 2012

What a wonderful giveaway, Laura! I LIKE Tutti Dolci on FB!
I don’t know if you know that if you add a teaspoon of honey to vinaigrette, it helps bind the oil & vinegar together so it doesn’t separate.

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14 The Café Sucré Farine August 15, 2012

Your muffins look fantastic, I love honey so I know already these will be great. I can only imagine warm out of the oven how delicious these would be.Thanks for sharing this beautiful recipe, you photos are just amazing!

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15 kale August 15, 2012

i don’t think i’ve ever had white honey. these muffins look tasty and happy!

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16 Jenn and Seth August 15, 2012

gorgeous muffins! they sound so simply perfect, i love it!

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17 Kankana August 15, 2012

I too have started experimenting a lot with honey and these muffins sounds fantastic!

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18 Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin August 15, 2012

I’m always nervous and hold back on baking with honey because the taste is strong and distinctive compared to sugar. This recipe is the perfect guide – these look so buttery, sweet and tasty! :)

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19 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) August 15, 2012

I love this! I also try to sub honey or maple syrup where I can. Great post :)

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20 Carol | a cup of mascarpone August 15, 2012

I adore the sounds of this recipe, and they look fabulous…so warm and inviting! Thanks for doing the experimenting for us, Laura!

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21 the wicked noodle August 15, 2012

I already subscribe via rss & I’d have to say that clover is my favorite variety, but only because I’m not well versed in the different varieties. Bobby Flay’s recipes are great and he uses honey in many of them. He’s always adding just a dash of it & he’s got me doing that, too! Now you’ll be getting me to add it to my baked goods :-)

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22 the wicked noodle August 15, 2012

Already your fan!

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23 the wicked noodle August 15, 2012

I’m now a proud fan of Grandpa’s Honey :-)

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24 the wicked noodle August 15, 2012

Already follow you on Twitter!

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25 the wicked noodle August 15, 2012

Now following Grandpa’s Honey on Twitter, too!

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26 Heather @ Bake, Run, Live August 15, 2012

Honey is a much loved staple in my house. While Clover is the most common for us, we never shy away from trying different flavors!

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27 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers August 15, 2012

Your recipe sounds great and the cupcakes look yummy! Not fair though, I am out of the loop. :-) Even if I can’t join the giveaway, my favorite honey are acacia and chestnut. We always use honey at home especially for the kids because they are healthier to use. Good luck on your giveaway!

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28 Patty August 15, 2012

I love baking with honey and like to try all the different flavors- will go to check out Grandpa’s Honey (love the name) ;-)
Your muffins look beautiful and I think the recipe sounds like a keeper to me!

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29 Casey Niehoff August 15, 2012

My favorite honey is black locust. It is very difficult to find. My second favorite is acacia. I love putting honey in tea!

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30 Yelena August 15, 2012

My favorite honey is lavender with truffles))) I would love to try your gift!

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31 Yelena August 15, 2012

I am following you on Twitter

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32 Yelena August 15, 2012

Now following Grandpa’s Honey on Twitter, too!

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33 Yelena August 15, 2012

I’m now a fan of Grandpa’s Honey!!!! :-)

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34 Molly August 15, 2012

Love honey but never know which variety to buy so I usually buy local hooney – I think it’s clover???
I was already a subscriber via email.

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35 Molly August 15, 2012

Liked you on fb.

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36 Molly August 15, 2012

Liked Grampa’s Gourmet Honey on fb.

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37 Molly August 15, 2012

Following you on twitter

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38 Marcia August 15, 2012

I just started getting into honey and have tasted some amazing varieties. There is nothing better than a piece of challah bread slathered with honey!

I follow you on Facebook!

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39 Molly August 15, 2012

Following Grampa’s Gourmet Honey on twitter

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40 Marcia August 15, 2012

I “like” Grandpa’s Honey on Facebook!

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41 Bunny August 15, 2012

I like orange blossom honey the best.

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42 erin August 15, 2012

i subscribe via email and i love all honey!

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43 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking August 15, 2012

I love using honey in my recipes, makes indeed a better substitution for sugar.
These muffins look delish Laura, I’m sipping on a cup of tea and one of your muffins would be a great accompaniment.
I’m already subscribed to your feeds

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44 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking August 15, 2012

following you on Twitter

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45 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking August 15, 2012

Like Tutti Dolci on Facebook

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46 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking August 15, 2012

Like Grampa’s Honey on Facebook now

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47 Terra August 15, 2012

I just subscribed to your your RSS feed, YAY! My favorite honey is this local honey. They make a whipped honey that is flavored with cinnamon and there is one with chocolate….HOLY CATS YUM! They other honey I love has red pepper flakes, so it is a sweet and spicy all in one:-) I have been wanting to avoid sugar in my sweet treats, I need to cut out sugar. I have a sugar/candy addiction I am working on:-) Your muffins sound fantastic, were they really moist? Hugs, Terra

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48 Terra August 15, 2012

I follow you on Facebook:-)

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49 Terra August 15, 2012

I follow you on Grandpa’s Gourmet Honey on Facebook:-)

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50 Terra August 15, 2012

I follow you on Twitter:-)

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51 Terra August 15, 2012

I follow you on Grandpa’s Gourmet Honey on Twitter:-)

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52 Valerie August 15, 2012

Both honey varieties sound absolutely dreamy! I’m having visions of Belgian waffles, pancakes, and these muffins!

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53 Valerie August 15, 2012

Just became a fan of Grandpa’s Gourmet Honey Facebook page.

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54 Valerie August 15, 2012

I’m already one of your happy Twitter followers. :)

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55 Valerie August 15, 2012

Also already a huge fan of your Facebook page.

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56 Suzanne Perazzini August 15, 2012

I use quite a bit of honey in my recipes, both sweet and savoury but I won’t oblige you to send the two jars of honey all the way to New Zealand if I were to win so leave me out of the draw. Lovely photos, by the way.

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57 Natalie J Vandenberghe August 15, 2012

Already an email subscriber. I love Clover Honey, but I’ve never tried White Honey, so I’m eager to try that–thanks for the giveaway!

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58 Natalie J Vandenberghe August 15, 2012

I already like you on Facebook

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59 Natalie J Vandenberghe August 15, 2012

I like Grampa’s Honey on Facebook

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60 Natalie J Vandenberghe August 15, 2012

@Lexiquin follows you on Twitter

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61 Natalie J Vandenberghe August 15, 2012

@Lexiquin follows @GrampasHoney on Twitter

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62 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef August 16, 2012

I’m making these muffins on Saturday morning! They look fantastic!

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63 Deb August 16, 2012

I follow you by email.
I’m a fan of regular honey because that’s what I have had; would like to try your give-away varieties.

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64 Ilene August 16, 2012

I love honey with any kind of floral flavor.

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65 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella August 16, 2012

I think subbing sugar for honey is a great idea! After all, honey is so good for you :)

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66 Deb August 16, 2012

My daughter is a fan of honey and slathers her toast with dollops of sweet amber goodness every chance she gets! She would be pleased if I baked with honey more often. I great reminder that baking offers such a wide range of sweet options!

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67 Averie @ Averie Cooks August 16, 2012

I love Manuka honey but all honey is awesome!

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68 Averie @ Averie Cooks August 16, 2012

FB like you

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69 Averie @ Averie Cooks August 16, 2012

FB like Grampa’s

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70 Becky August 16, 2012

I LOVE Creamed Cinnamon Honey from Western Sage in BC.(http://www.westernsagehoney.com/products.html) So so so good!

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71 Christina August 16, 2012

These look amazing! Thank you for the giveaway! I’m following Tutti Dolci on Twitter.

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72 Christina August 16, 2012

Following Grampa’s Gourmet on twitter.

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73 Christina August 16, 2012

Liked Tutti Dolci on Facebook.

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74 Christina August 16, 2012

Liked Grampa’s Honey on Facebook. Thanks again!!!

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75 ally August 16, 2012

mmm, how amazingly yummy & divine! cinnamon honey is my favorite.
xo
http://allykayler.blogspot.ca/

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76 Jen L | Tartine ans Apron Strings August 16, 2012

Just wanted to say how gorgeous your muffins are! I guess when you use real honey like this, the natural colours just pop! Delish-looking, Laura! Too bad I’m not from the US :(

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77 celeste meehan August 16, 2012

i’ve become something of a honey “nut” over the past couple of years – trying different types of honey in everything from herbal teas to muffins & cakes
to fruit recipes (especially ones with cheese). honey is the first thing i look for at farm stands and in food stores. this recipe looks wonderful – can’t wait to try it!

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78 celeste meehan August 16, 2012

just “liked” tutti dolce on facebook! and my favorite honey so far (and i’ve tried a lot) is braswell’s wild berry honey. looking forward to trying grandpa’s gourmet…

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79 Liren August 16, 2012

Oh, that white honey looks divine! I have been using creamed honey more and more, and I wonder if it is similar? I must try these muffins, just beautiful!

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80 Riley August 16, 2012

Honey butter glaze sounds wonderful! Yum!

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81 Jennifer @ Mother Thyme August 16, 2012

I can’t wait to try these muffins! This is the perfect morning muffin with my cup of coffee! I would definitely love trying the White Honey but they both sound absolutely wonderful!

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82 Jennifer @ Mother Thyme August 16, 2012

I am now a fan of yours on FB. I thought I already was. Also I forgot to mention in my last comment I already receive your updates via RSS. :)

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83 Jennifer @ Mother Thyme August 16, 2012

I am now a fan of Grampa’s Honey on FB.

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84 Jennifer @ Mother Thyme August 16, 2012

I already follow you on Twitter. :)

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85 Jennifer @ Mother Thyme August 16, 2012

I now follow Grampa’s Honey on Twitter.

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86 Mercedes August 16, 2012

I already subscribe via email and I would love to try the creamy, nutty honey!

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87 Mercedes August 16, 2012

I am a Tutti Dolci fan on Facebook

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88 Mercedes August 16, 2012

I follow you on Twitter!

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89 Mercedes August 16, 2012

I follow Grandpa’s Honey on Twitter

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90 Angie@Angie's Recipes August 16, 2012

These muffins sound and look so good with clover honey!

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91 Katerina August 16, 2012

These muffins look absolutely divine! I wish I had at least one for my breakfast today!

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92 Muna Kenny August 17, 2012

Love the idea of using honey in dessert, the muffins look really good :)

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93 Rosa Mayland August 17, 2012

What lovely muffins! They look really delicious.

Cheers,

Rosa

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94 Sawsan (Chef in disguise) August 17, 2012

I love the idea of using honey instead of sugar.
It adds a nice flavor and it is good for you :)

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95 carrian August 17, 2012

I loooooove a fantastic honey! Great post!

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96 Kate August 17, 2012

Looks and sounds fantastic. I’d love to try it!

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97 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) August 17, 2012

I have to say I love all kinds of honey–I’m never without it at home but I’ve not made a bigger effort to replace sugar for it in my baking. I really like that its low GI factor; I didn’t know that!

I’m a subscriber and a fan of yours on FB and Twitter! Great giveaway!

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98 Danielle E. August 17, 2012

I’m not sure if this counts, but my favorite variety of honey is creamed, or spun, honey

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99 Danielle E. August 17, 2012

I have liked “Tutti Dolci” on Facebook

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100 Danielle E. August 17, 2012

I have liked “Grampa’s Gourmet Honey” on Facebook

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101 Nami | Just One Cookbook August 17, 2012

I love how simple these muffins are. I actually have been looking for good honey and now I saw your recommended brand. Nice! To answer your question… I only use honey for mostly savory dishes to replace sugar or to create more mild sweet flavor. I have a long way to try baking with honey, but maybe it’s nice to start baking with honey since I don’t have a long baking history anyway. :D I’ve been subscribed!

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102 Nami | Just One Cookbook August 17, 2012

Following your facebook.

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103 Nami | Just One Cookbook August 17, 2012

And twitter already.

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104 Nami | Just One Cookbook August 17, 2012

And new follower of Grandpa’s Honey on facebook.

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105 Nami | Just One Cookbook August 17, 2012

And twitter. Thank you for the great giveaway!

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106 Anne@FromMySweetHeart August 18, 2012

Though I love baking with honey, I’ve never actually totally replaced it for the sugar in the recipe! These muffins look gorgeous and I love that little tip about brushing a glaze over the muffins before baking! Wonderful! : )

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107 Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } August 18, 2012

What a perfectly simple muffin recipe and the addition of the honey is brilliant. I am an all over honey fan but clover honey is probably at the top of the list! Lovely!!

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108 meredith August 18, 2012

I Subscribe to Tutti Dolci via RSS, and I like local honey!

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109 meredith August 18, 2012

Im a fan of Tutti Dolci on Facebook.

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110 meredith August 18, 2012

Im a fan of Grampa’s Gourmet Honey on Facebook.

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111 meredith August 18, 2012

I Follow @Tutti_Dolci on Twitter @mermont84

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112 meredith August 18, 2012

I Follow @GrampasHoney on Twitter @mermont84

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113 Lora @cakeduchess August 18, 2012

I really like to bake with honey. Your muffins look so good and I’d love some for breakfast tomorrow morning:)

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114 Baker Street August 20, 2012

I love baking with honey! these muffins look amazing and would make for an incredible breakfast!

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115 brighteyedbaker August 20, 2012

I’m sad I missed the giveaway, because you really sold me on the honeys, but I still have to tell you that those muffins look and sound so perfect! I feel like I can understand what you mean about them being a little like cornbread, and the combination of honey and butter is totally mouthwatering. YUM!

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116 Magic of Spice August 23, 2012

I missed the good stuff :( These muffins look wonderful and I do adore utilizing honey in my recipes :)

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