Oh, what a bee-utiful day

HOney and yoghurt muffins from Crafty Cooks Northampton

What type of bee can’t make up it’s mind?   A maybe

Knock Knock…
Who’s there?
Honey Bee…
Honey Bee, who?
Honey bee a dear and get me a glass of wine

okay I shall stop now.


It’s been a great week in the Crafty Cooks kitchen, however it didn’t start off so great.  I will very often spend my Sundays test baking the following week’s recipe.  It’s not necessary, as the recipes we show you have been tested and tested and tested some more.

BUT, this week it all went horribly wrong…Something has changed, and the cakes didn’t work.  The cakes turned out like soufflés that had sunk.  They tasted nice, but we all want more for our little crafty cooks.  So all the class leaders put our heads together and altered and tweaked and retested and have come up with a recipe that we are happy with.

I will share this recipe with you at the bottom of this blog post, but just for now I want to share with you all a few of the interesting things that we have learnt this week

  • Queen bees can live for up to 5 years.  During that time she can lay up to 1 million eggs.
  • When the larva hatch, the girls become worker bees and the boys become drones.
  • Each worker bee typically only lives for four to six weeks.  In that time she will produce about 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey.
  • The boy bees are only in the hive to ‘mate’ with the queen.
  • The worker bees carry the pollen back to the hive in a special honey stomach, and then regurgitate it when they get to the hive.
  • If a bee stings you it will die.

It seems a bit strange to consider that we will put the life’s work of more than 12 bees on a slice of toast!

I found this video on you tube of a glass beehive showing the honeycomb being built (time lapse to just over a minute).  It’s fascinating!


Fascinating, but my skin is crawling a bit now. *shudder*

Anyway, here’s the recipe that I promised you for the honey and yoghurt muffins

3oz plain flour
1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 oz butter
2 tbsps yoghurt
2 tbsps honey
1/2 egg
1 dsp lemon juice

Rub the butter into the flour and bicarb.  In a separate bowl mix all the other ingredients together.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well.  Split among 6 cupcake cases and bake for 12 – 15 minutes on 190° (fan assisted)

Eat warm with a cuppa!

I hope that you are able to try these muffins for yourself at home.  I’d love to see how yours turn out


Maria xx

Have a great day, Maria xxFacebooktwitterpinterest