Making a Lemon Honeypot is such an easy thing to do at home and it was one of my very first posts when I began blogging. The idea isn't new, but it is a nice one if you're expecting company over for some tea and cookies. A natural honeypot like this not only adds charm to your table, it also adds flavoring to your tea in a most fragrant way.
Lemons are fruits that can always be found in my kitchen. No ifs ands or buts about this. If I'm visiting my parents on the west coast during the winter I make it a point to bring back a suitcase of lemons from their citrus trees. I can't imagine my life without lemons.
Rather than grabbing a honey bear which may or may not contain actual honey, source your honey from a local farmer if it's possible. With farmers markets springing up everywhere, I have a feeling that local honey is more readily available these days. The beekeepers in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, provide me with my favorite honeys and I do try different varieties just to see what they're like. Honey is delicious drizzled over a buttered biscuit or stirred into some Greek yogurt, but it is fantastic in a cup of tea. If it's coming out of a lemon pot, then it is superb!
Let's make a Lemon Honeypot.
My dad's lemons are the best. I love having them in my kitchen sitting on one of my cake stands, because they're a reminder of the things I love most.
It's quite simple. Choose a lemon (this is a meyer) and slice off a small cross section from the bottom to create a stable base when you set it down.
Cut off about a 1/3 or 1/4 cross section from the top to expose the flesh.
Using a melon baller, remove the flesh and place it in a small bowl. I like to save the juice for a good salad dressing or for some other use.
Leave a bit of fruit on the bottom of the lemon.
Choose a good honey. This raw honey is from Maine and it is quite delicious.
Fill the lemon with honey and bring it to the table along with the top. Supply a honey wand for guests to dip. Let each person flavor & sweeten their tea to taste.
Simple. Beautiful. Delicious.
Don't forget to have something freshly baked when offering your guests a proper tea. Madeleines make a perfect accompaniment to tea and if you're like me, make sure to have several 'mads' per guest.