With the holiday season already feeling like it’s in full swing, one thing is on my mind…gifting. You see, for me giving a gift is offering an extension of who I am. If you’re thinking I take my gift giving very seriously, you’d be right. In fact, I have several criteria when it comes to finding the perfect gift for friends, neighbors and family. First, it must be meaningful. Second, it must be something that I have made. And third, it must be memorable. And this year I’m gifting something that is all of those things with an absolutely delicious Biscuit and Honey Butter Holiday Gift Basket.
It looks totally amazing right? And the inspiration for it came from sweet childhood memories that I hope to pass on. Growing up in the South biscuits and honey butter pretty much run in my blood. For as long as I can remember it’s what my mom always made on Christmas morning and to say that the taste of this delicious combo brings memories flooding back would be a pretty big understatement. For me, Biscuit and Honey Butter are the dish that Christmas memories are made of and so gifting that memory to loved ones this holiday season just made sense.
While I knew this was the perfect gift as soon as I settled upon it, I’ll be honest and admit it took me a little time to get the idea going. While I was recently shopping for holiday ingredients at Walmart, I happened to stumble on Don Victor Orange Blossom Comb Honey Globe Jar in the Hispanic foods section.
The beautiful jar was what first caught my attention but when I saw the honeycomb nestled inside, I was sold! At first I thought I’d just pick some up for my family to enjoy on warm biscuits during the holiday season but then inspiration struck. I had been searching for that perfect baked good to gift this year and as I looked at my beautiful jar of honey, I knew I had found it. I almost couldn’t finish my shopping trip because I was so excited about going home and putting together my gift creation that was going to put my past year’s efforts to shame.
Once I had purchased my Don Victor Orange Blossom Comb Honey in the globe jar, I hurried home to heat up my kitchen with a treat that I knew would make the perfect gift. I started by whipping up some scratch made buttermilk biscuits. For this Southern girl, they are a food that always belongs on the table and I’ve watched my mama make them so many times that I could probably make them in my sleep! I started by adding four cups of unbleached all-purpose flour to my mixing bowl and adding in 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, 2 tablespoons of baking powder and 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of salt.
I quickly mixed together my dry ingredients and then added one and half sticks of butter (cut into small sections) into my flour mixture.
After beating my butter and flour mixture together just long enough for them to reach a course texture, I poured in two cups of buttermilk and mixed my wet and dry ingredients just long enough for them to form a dough.
As soon as my dough had formed, I floured my counter and pulled it out of the mixer.
Then I gently flattened it with the palm of my hand, folded it over itself a few times and finally flattened it back out to about an inch thick. It was really important for me to knead the dough as little as possible so that I wouldn’t end up with tough biscuits. After getting my dough all flattened out, I used a circular cookie cutter to cut out my biscuits.
Once I had placed all of my prepared biscuits on a greased cookie pan, they were ready to go into the oven.
I popped my biscuits in my preheated oven on 450 degrees and set my timer for eleven minutes. While I was waiting for my biscuits to cook, I whipped up a simple batch of delicious honey butter using my Don Victor Orange Blossom Comb Honey.
I have to say that honey butter is one of the most delicious things around (especially on hot biscuits) and honestly, it’s so easy to make! All I had to do was add four sticks of butter to my mixer.
Then I turned it on low and let the paddle attachment cream the butter for me, warming it slightly so it would mix well with the honey. Once my butter was ready it was time to add my honey.
I removed the lid from my raw, filtered Don Victor Don Victor Orange Blossom Comb Honey that is not heated or processed and breathed in the aromatic fragrance of this delicious treat.
Then I gently removed the honeycomb and set it aside as I had plans to use it later in my gift giving process.
While my honeycomb draining, I measured out a fourth of a cup of my raw honey, 1/2 of a teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1/4 of a teaspoon of cinnamon and added it to my mixture.
After creaming together all of the ingredients for one minute on slow, my honey butter was ready. I grabbed a few small jars, filled them to the top with my honey butter mixture and then cut a small piece of the honeycomb off to add to each jar.
My finished product looked just like the honey butter I find in restaurants in the South and the addition of the honeycomb made it elegant while allowing a pool of honey to form in the top of the butter for an extra special surprise.
After adding tops to my jars of fresh honey butter, I hurried back to the oven to remove my perfectly browned biscuits.
I loved how everything was coming together so perfectly but something was still missing. I really wanted the presentation of this gift to be as special as the biscuits and honey butter themselves so I quickly ran to my computer and whipped up a simple Sweet as Honey Holiday Printable that was in the shape of a preset tag. After printing my tag out, I was ready to put together my gift and I knew without a doubt it was going to be unforgettable.
I started by lining a wicker basket with red linens to create a holder for my warm biscuits.
After adding the biscuits to one end, I placed my freshly made honey butter and a globe jar of Don Victor Orange Blossom Comb Honey to the other end.
Then I added a festive spatula for dipping out the honey and the honey butter and tied my printable tag on.
The end result was a stunning gift that looked amazing and tasted even better!
As a last little effort to share a truly delightful experience with the recipients of my basket, I added a note about how to eat honeycomb along with their biscuits and honey butter. Since I knew that some people are not aware that honeycomb is edible, I wanted to ensure that as they opened my gift they knew that the honeycomb on top was a little gift in itself! All they had to do was add it to their warm biscuits along with honey butter and fresh honey and then spread it over the top for a treat that is truly delightful! Because while the honeycomb doesn’t melt, it ends up becoming soft and providing an extra textural experience to biscuits and honey butter that can’t be missed!
Plus I included a little advice about storing their Don Victor honey at room temperature to prevent crystallization but assured them if crystals did form in their delicious holiday treat, they could easily place their honey jar in warm water and stir it until the crystals dissolved, ensuring that their holiday treat was perfection each and every time they enjoyed it.
With my gift basket complete, I headed out to hand deliver this holiday treat. And while I could have waited till closer to the actual holidays, I didn’t want to. Because I wanted everyone to have the ability to enjoy this sweet treat made with Don Victor Orange Blossom Comb Honey throughout the entire season!
I love knowing that my friends, family and neighbors will be able to eat biscuits smeared with honey butter today and then continue to enjoy the sweet gift of Don Victor honey over the coming weeks. Because I’m sure after just one taste they will find out that a touch of honey is truly a special way to make the holiday sweet.
This holiday season give the gift of sweet, raw Don Victor Honey to your family, your friends and even yourself. Discover how a touch of honey can help make any moment memorable and start your own tradition of biscuits, honey butter and raw honeycomb on Christmas morning! You may discover like I have that life’s truly sweeter with Don Victor Honey!
Now that I’ve shared how I’m gifting sweetness this holiday season, I’d love to hear some of your favorite gift giving ideas!