2016 Year in Review

Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread - This elegant Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread is moist & delicious & sure to impress with juicy cherries, bits of chocolate, & a chocolate honey glaze.
The Road to Honey's Most Popular Recipes of 2016 - Traditional Basil Pesto
The Road to Honey's Most Popular Recipes of 2016 - Matcha Pocky Layer Cake with Matcha Mousse and a Matcha Buttercream
The Road to Honey's Most Popular Recipes of 2016 - Ghormeh Sabzi with Tahdig
The Road to Honey's Most Popular Recipes of 2016 - Homemade Boozy Lollipops with Swirls
The Road to Honey's Most Popular Recipes of 2016 - Bourbon Pumpkin Pie with Black Sesame Crust
The Road to Honey's Most Popular Recipes of 2016 - Chocolate Cake with Pumpkin Pie Surprise
The Road to Honey's Most Popular Recipes of 2016 - Puff Pastry Tomato Tart
The Road to Honey's Most Popular Recipes of 2016 - Chocolate & Pumpkin Oreo Cake
Pumpkin Brioche Donuts with Molten Chocolate Truffle Center
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The 2016 year in review for The Road to Honey is chock full of recipes for delicious desserts & even a few savory dishes such as Pesto & Ghormeh Sabzi.

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Well hello there and Happy New Year.  I hope you had a relaxing & peaceful holiday filled with mountains of laughs and lots of tasty treats.  The Mr. and I kept it pretty low key this year, opting to stay at home and have some fun around Boston.  It was a welcome change as we had spent much of 2016 apart given his assignment in Shanghai.  But the good news is he has moved on to a new assignment which, thankfully, will have him based back in Boston.  So far his travel schedule has been a bit hectic, but I am optimistic I will have my work out buddy in town more often than out.  Fingers crossed for me.

Given his absence and the loss of our little Asia, 2016 was a tough year to say the least.  And while I’m optimistic that 2017 will be heading into an upswing, I do foresee a couple of challenges/headaches this year.

As for this little space on the internet, well, I am committed to rolling out the re-design this year and would like to stay in touch with you on a more regular basis. I’m currently in the process of pulling together a plan that will hopefully enable this.  I am also committed to continuing to grow my photography and styling skills this year as my numero uno goal is for you to never, ever. . .not in a million years. . . put your mop away because you will need it to wipe the drool up off the floor every time you visit this little space.

And to kick off drool-fest 2017, I have compiled your favorite posts of 2016 in one handy dandy spot (P.S.  That top image is a slide show in case you hadn’t discovered it yet).

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From donuts to cakes, pies and a couple of savory dishes sprinkled within, these are The Road to Honey's list of readers favorites in 2016

 

You can also pin each recipe individually if you prefer.  So get your mop ready. . .and without further adieu. . .

 

1. Chocolate Cake with a Pumpkin Pie Inside | PIN IT for later.

The Road to Honey's Most Popular Recipes of 2016 - Chocolate Cake with Pumpkin Pie Surprise

 

What’s not to love about this beauty.  I mean it is a pie stuffed inside a cake, which means you get to enjoy the best of both worlds.  Plus, it’s a heavy little number so you get a nice little bicep and glute workout while lifting it out of the oven. Bonus!  You can thank me later for helping you get that Kim Kardashian booty in the new year.

 

2. Homemade Boozy Lollipops with Swirls | PIN IT for later.

The Road to Honey's Most Popular Recipes of 2016 - Homemade Boozy Lollipops with Swirls
The Road to Honey's Most Popular Recipes of 2016 - Homemade Boozy Lollipops

 

I made these whimsical beauties in honor of Asia, our beloved tuxedo cat that passed away this year after a long and heroic battle with cancer.  It touches my heart that you guys liked them so much, especially given the personal meaning behind their appearance on this little space.  While these certainly are cute on their own, how amazing would they be crowning a birthday cake?

 

3.  Traditional Basil Pesto | PIN IT for later

The Road to Honey's Most Popular Recipes of 2016 - Traditional Basil Pesto

 

This year I made the decision to focus The Road to Honey’s content on elevated, yet approachable baking.  That said, you can still find other types of recipes on the site from earlier days.

This pesto was one of the first things I made in the crappy kitchen in my temporary rental (aka “the cave”).  And while that rental didn’t make me feel like I was in a warm and comforting place, this pesto certainly had me feeling like my cooking as as fine as an Italian grandmama.

 

4. Chocolate & Pumpkin Oreo Cake | PIN IT for later

The Road to Honey's Most Popular Recipes of 2016 - Chocolate & Pumpkin Oreo Cake

 

One thing is for sure, you guys really like pumpkin.  Four out of ten of your favorites were pumpkin based, which makes me wonder if I should convert The Road to Honey into a pumpkin only space.  I kid.  I could never give up on all those other flavor combinations that are just begging to tease your senses.  As for this cake, sadly Oreo decided not to bring back the Pumpkin Spice flavor this year, but I think this beauty would be equally delicious with the tried and true original Oreos.

 

5. Bourbon Pumpkin Pie with Black Sesame Crust |PIN IT for later

The Road to Honey's Most Popular Recipes of 2016 - Bourbon Pumpkin Pie with Black Sesame Crust
The Road to Honey's Most Popular Recipes of 2016 - Bourbon Pumpkin Pie with Black Sesame Crust

 

See what I mean!  We need to check you guys into a pumpkin rehab center.  But I can’t blame you.  This exotic twist on a traditional pumpkin pie tastes as stunning as it looks.

 

6. Puff Pastry Tomato Tart | PIN IT for later

The Road to Honey's Most Popular Recipes of 2016 - Puff Pastry Tomato Tart
The Road to Honey's Most Popular Recipes of 2016 - Puff Pastry Tomato Tart

 

The Traditional Basil Pesto was so good (see number 3 above) that I decided to slather it all over some puff pastry & top it with burrata and cherry tomatoes. It’s super tasty for lunch, dinner or served as an appetizer.  And aren’t those tomato jewels so pretty?  I can’t help but smile every time I look at them.

 

7.  Chocolate Matcha Pocky Cake | PIN IT for later.

The Road to Honey's Most Popular Recipes of 2016 - Chocolate Matcha Pocky Layer Cake with Matcha Mousse and a Matcha Buttercream
The Road to Honey's Most Popular Recipes of 2016 - Matcha Pocky Layer Cake with Matcha Mousse and a Matcha Buttercream

 

This beauty went to work with the Mr. where his coworkers daintily plucked the Pocky sticks from the sides of the cake and set them aside before chowing down on this beauty like a pack of wolves.  I guess they hadn’t realized that Pocky sticks aren’t hocky sticks and are in fact edible.

 

8. Pumpkin Brioche Donuts with Molten Chocolate Truffle Centers | PIN IT for later

Pumpkin Brioche Donuts with Molten Chocolate Truffle Center
Pumpkin Brioche Donuts with Molten Chocolate Truffle Center

 

Woah!  That’s all I can say.  You guys really love donuts (and pumpkin. . .but we already covered that), don’t you?  When I posted the photo of these beauties, I had people pounding on my door to get the recipe.  I feared for my life, so I lickety split and got the recipe up on the blog as quickly as I could.  I even tried to get the secret service to guard my door. . .but no can do.  Within days I had received many thrilled comments from those who had braved the seemingly terrifying universe of making brioche and whipped up their own batch.  I, myself can’t wait to re-make in a wide variety of flavors.

 

9. Ghormeh Sabzi with Saffron Rice & Tahdig (crispy rice) | PIN IT for later.

Ghormeh sabzi with saffron rice & tahdig (crispy rice) is an Middle Eastern herb stew popular in Iran. It's made with parsley, fenugreek, dried limes, kidney beans and lamb and served over basmati rice.

 

I don’t know if you guys were enamored by this popular Persian dish, or the Mr’s story of  his childhood, but rest assured that this Ghormeh Sabzi recipe never disappoints.  It’s my personal favorite Persian dish and, from what I hear, is adored by Persians near and far.  Just the mere mention of it seems to illicit a twinkle in the eyes of every Persian you meet.

 

10. Cherry Chocolate Banana Bread with Honeyed Chocolate | PIN IT for later

The Road to Honeys Most Popular Recipes of 2016 - Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread with a Honey Chocolate Glaze
The Road to Honey's Most Popular Recipes of 2016 - Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread - This elegant Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread is moist & delicious & sure to impress with juicy cherries, bits of chocolate, & a chocolate honey glaze.

 

My magic baking fairies transformed boring old banana bread into this masterpiece, and for many of you, it was love. . .alright. . .lust at first sight.  As a matter of fact, word on the street is that many of you were trying to find bootleg ways to turn your bananas into the squishy, ugly ducklings that are needed to make this banana bread the piece of heaven that it is.  Oh. . .and you can read how my brand spankin’ new sunglasses where used as a monkey’s chew toy in this post too.

 

Instagram 2016 Year in Review:

I also started to become a bit more active on Instagram in 2016, so I thought it would be fun to share my top 9 with you.

The Road to Honey's Most Popular Recipes of 2016

Many of these you will recognize from the Blog’s 2016 top 10 list but there are a couple of these tasty treats that did not make it onto the list.  These are:

And I’ve also had some fun creating these stop motion videos:

Clearly it has been quite a year.  And with that, I need to hippety hop and get to whipping up the next generation of treats that will keep that mop of yours busy.

XOXO – Lynn

P.S. I’m sad to see you go. But, if you must, I would love for you to take a few more seconds & join our little Road to Honey family. It’s really simple. Just enter your email address in the box in the upper right hand corner on this site. This will guarantee that you are first to see any new posts from the Road to Honey. And you can be confident that I will never, ever, not in a million years share your e-mail with anyone else – pinky swear.

You can also get sneak peeks, and more behind the scenes action, by following me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin’.

 

37 thoughts on “2016 Year in Review

  • January 7, 2017 at 4:59 am
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    Lynn, your photography, styling and cooking already has me drooling. I’m just going to commit to being in a swimming pool whenever I check in with you – okay? As for your top post list, there are quite a few of my favourites from TRtH on here. Cannot wait to see your new roll-out. Happy, Happy 2017.

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    • January 7, 2017 at 10:58 am
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      Ha! Ha! Perhaps I should be giving out little pool floaties for those brave enough to visit this site Jane.

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    • January 7, 2017 at 10:59 am
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      Awww thanks Kim. Those are two of my favorites too. . .but then again. . .all are my favorite. . .now where did I put those elastic waistband pants? 😉

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  • January 7, 2017 at 10:28 am
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    Everything looks so good. I don’t know where to start! That cake with dark cherries- love it! Those donuts – a yummy way to start the day!

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    • January 7, 2017 at 11:00 am
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      Ha! Ha Debi! I guess the only true way to start is to make each and every last one of them. 😉

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  • January 7, 2017 at 10:40 am
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    *grabs mop* I’ve got a lot of drool to clean up.

    These all look amazing! Those lollipops especially… they’re so pretty! What a fantastic year (food wise, at least — let’s hope for a better 2017 everything-else-wise. 😛 )

    P.S., I LOVE the slideshow at the top! If you don’t mind me asking, I’d love to know how you made it? I didn’t even know slideshows were possible in wordpress. 🙂

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    • January 7, 2017 at 11:05 am
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      He! He! You might need to double fist mops then. Glad you like the lollipops. They really are fun and I want to make a cake just so that I can decorate it with them.

      As for the slideshow. . .you can put one together in wordpress by creating a gallery (under the add media button). Since my photos were in a portrait format, I didn’t like the big black box WordPress placed around them so I ended up using a plug in (Smart Slider 3). I also attempted to create the slideshow in Photoshop but the reds in the photo got all messed up when I “exported for we”. I need to look into how to resolve this issue because my preferred method would have been via Photoshop. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions.

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      • January 9, 2017 at 1:30 pm
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        Thanks for the thorough explanation! I didn’t even know there was a gallery option, lol. 😛 And a cake decorated with those lollipops would be amazing!

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        • January 10, 2017 at 12:57 pm
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          My pleasure. I’m just learning how to create galleries as part of my blog re-design.

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    • January 7, 2017 at 11:08 am
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      Aww thanks Bintu. Those are definitely two of the current favs…I mean can you ever go wrong with donuts? And I guess everyone needs a little dose of fun now that the winter blues are kicking in.

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  • January 7, 2017 at 11:39 am
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    Happy New Year – wow, you’ve been busy the past year — and I am one of the throngs that would have beaten down your door to get that doughnut recipe! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for 2017!

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    • January 10, 2017 at 2:09 pm
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      Ha! Ha! Well glad up got it up before a donut war started. 2017 should be a good year Lisa!!

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  • January 8, 2017 at 12:32 pm
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    Love the recap! There were several I missed this year, but I have them securely pinned for later use now. 🙂 And I adore those little gingerbread men with candy canes!

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    • January 10, 2017 at 12:58 pm
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      Ha! Ha! Glad I could catch you up Lori. Aren’t the gingerbread men the cutest. And the best part is they can hold any number of treats. . .not just candy canes.

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  • January 10, 2017 at 3:06 pm
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    I do love your photography too, I need some lessons from you :)! And your recipes look amazing and I’m sure they’re tasty as well.

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  • January 10, 2017 at 11:13 pm
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    I am drooling indeed. Your photography is sooo amazing! Can’t wait for what’s in store for 2017.

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    • January 11, 2017 at 9:04 am
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      Mission accomplished then Tanya. Many thanks for the compliments on my photography. It’s all a growing process and I hope that 2017 reveals even more amazing photography (and food).

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  • January 11, 2017 at 8:46 pm
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    Those are some great recipes. Loving the homemade lollipops, tomato tart and chocolate banana bread.

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  • January 12, 2017 at 7:03 am
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    What gorgeous recipes! I think I’m drooling at all of them and I know my kids would love it if I had a go at the lollipops!

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    • January 12, 2017 at 10:34 am
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      Many thanks Corina for your kind words. I’m not sure how old your kiddos are but it might be a fun activity to have them help with the swirling & decorating. The candy is very hot. . .so you will want to spoon the actual lollipops yourself. . .and keep an eye so the kiddos don’t get too close.

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  • January 12, 2017 at 1:24 pm
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    It all look divine! Especially that choco-cherry banana bread!!! I might dream of it tonight!

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  • January 14, 2017 at 7:34 pm
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    Your photos are stunning! Every single one of these recipes makes my mouth water!

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  • January 14, 2017 at 10:20 pm
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    Everything looks super amazing! Gorgeous photos too! Love them all! Happy New Year!

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  • January 15, 2017 at 2:00 am
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    It looks like an amazing year you had! Those lollipops are my fave!

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  • January 15, 2017 at 9:33 am
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    What an absolutely beautiful collection of recipes! Happy 2017!

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  • January 16, 2017 at 12:46 am
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    All of these look absolutely delicious!

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