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As part of my Lenten journey, I am replacing sugar with honey whenever I can. Sugar is overdone and feels like an indulgence. I read somewhere that honey is acceptable even during strict fasts, so I thought I'd get to know it a bit more.

Could anyone share insights or personal experiences on:

Traditional Greek Dishes Featuring Honey: Which are the standout dishes where honey plays a pivotal role?
I use honey with Greek yogurt and a bunch of desserts. Having desserts doesn't feel right during Lent, but the yogurt with honey sounds good?

Pairing Honey with Other Ingredients: Are there specific ingredients or types of honey that best complement certain Greek foods?
I love it with lemon in tea, but that's all I can think of.

Cooking Tips with Honey: Any tips on cooking with honey? Perhaps, how to balance its sweetness or how to choose the right honey for savory dishes versus desserts?
Does it lose its sweetness if it gets too hot? I tried to use it instead of sugar the other day in something I was making (bread) and I couldn't taste the honey.

Personal Favorite Recipes: Do you have any personal honey-infused recipes passed down or discovered that you’re willing to share?

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As part of my Lenten journey, I am replacing sugar with honey whenever I can. Sugar is overdone and feels like an indulgence. I read somewhere that honey is acceptable even during strict fasts, so I thought I'd get to know it a bit more.

Could anyone share insights or personal experiences on:

Traditional Greek Dishes Featuring Honey: Which are the standout dishes where honey plays a pivotal role?
I use honey with Greek yogurt and a bunch of desserts. Having desserts doesn't feel right during Lent, but the yogurt with honey sounds good?

Pairing Honey with Other Ingredients: Are there specific ingredients or types of honey that best complement certain Greek foods?
I love it with lemon in tea, but that's all I can think of.

Cooking Tips with Honey: Any tips on cooking with honey? Perhaps, how to balance its sweetness or how to choose the right honey for savory dishes versus desserts?
Does it lose its sweetness if it gets too hot? I tried to use it instead of sugar the other day in something I was making (bread) and I couldn't taste the honey.

Personal Favorite Recipes: Do you have any personal honey-infused recipes passed down or discovered that you’re willing to share?

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Hi! I have a few recipes you might want to try that use honey, instead of sugar and are perfect for Lent! There's Pasteli (Ancient Greek Sesame Bars), Saragli (Baklava Rolls), Baklava Triangles and Homemade Granola Clusters. If you can get real Greek honey, they'll be even better! Let me know what you think!
 
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Hi! I have a few recipes you might want to try that use honey, instead of sugar and are perfect for Lent! There's Pasteli (Ancient Greek Sesame Bars), Saragli (Baklava Rolls), Baklava Triangles and Homemade Granola Clusters. If you can get real Greek honey, they'll be even better! Let me know what you think!
These recipes look delicious!

I have never made baklava in the rolls, just in a big pan. I am intrigued by that and your granola clusters.

Thanks for sharing!
 
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These recipes look delicious!

I have never made baklava in the rolls, just in a big pan. I am intrigued by that and your granola clusters.

Thanks for sharing!
Just pan a whole pan of granola clusters for lent!
 

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