“But Angela,” you are no doubt asking, “wasn’t that honey supposed to be for gifts?”
Hey, what exactly are you suggesting? I don’t think I like your tone.
Yes, I ate a bunch of it with some fruit and some buttermilk bleu cheese. Sue me. It’s pretty good stuff. It is also about the easiest thing in the world to make. Here’s the recipe: warm up a bunch of your favorite, local honey, and stir in the black walnuts. Place in jars. If you are not as craft-impaired as moi, tie on some pretty bows (note my “bows” below).
It’s just that simple. I store this in the fridge and then warm it up prior to spooning it over cheese, fruit, ice cream, pancakes, my palm…
To make three pints I used a pound and a half of black walnut pieces and two and half pounds of dark, local honey from Madhava. Ideally you want to let this develop for at least a week before you eat it, so the flavor of the walnuts really permeates the honey. However, some of us have issues with delayed gratification, and it is pretty good right away. If you live in the Midwest you might be lucky enough to happen on a jar of black walnut honey at a grocery store, sold by Laney Honey, which is how we first discovered the deliciousness of the combo. Whenever we could find it we would buy every jar in the store, but then we thought…hey…we could just make this…
Another gift idea, and something worth making for yourself, too.
Thanks for reading,