Sweet Like Honey: Love, Health, and Honeyed Fruit Squares


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By Merdal at tr.wikipedia from Wikimedia Commons

Honeycomb. By Merdal at tr.wikipedia from Wikimedia Commons

Honey, a gift from the pollen of flowers and hard working bees, promises to sweeten everything it touches. The nectar’s association with love and sensuality reaches far and wide with mentions in the Bible, the Kama Sutra, and the Perfumed Garden. Historically, honey wine, a beverage of fermented yeast, water, and honey, was served to newlyweds the night of their wedding to promote fertility and provoke deep feelings of desire. Westerners continue this tradition, not in action, but in name, as we call the time shortly after the wedding ceremony the “honeymoon.” Behind the association and sweetness of honey, lies numerous amount of vitamins and minerals that give reason to its aphrodisiac lore.

Honey contains copious amounts of vitamins B, C, and the mineral boron. These constituents work together to help regulate estrogen and testosterone levels, stabilizing the mood and providing natural vibrancy. Furthermore, the viscous, sticky substance contains a large amount of sugar, which provides the body with quick usable energy and allows the physique to enjoy long hours of amorous events.

Styles of honey vary from bold and thick like molasses, to soft and creamy like butter. Each batch possess a different aroma and taste based on the type of pollen sipped by the honeybees. Most table honeys, and the one used in the following recipe, come from the clover. However, experimenting with exotic nectar that come from flowers, such as orange blossoms or fire-weeds, will waken the senses not only between two lovers, but anyone that tantalizes their taste-buds with its sweetness.

Photo by Waugsberg, via Wikimedia Commons.

Photo by Waugsberg, via Wikimedia Commons.

Honeyed Fruit Squares

Pie Crust

  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups butter, chilled
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift flour, sugar, and salt together into a large mixing bowl. Add the butter to the dish and cut it into the mixture until it crumbles into pieces the size of small peas.

Mix together egg, water, and vinegar. Add the concoction to the flour mixture. Knead all the ingredients together. If it becomes too sticky add a little flour to the dough.

Sprinkle flour onto two piece of wax or parchment paper. Place the ball of dough between the paper and roll out until about 1/4 of an inch thick.

Cut the dough into 3 by 3 squares. Place on a greased cookie sheet and pork holes in the dough. Brush the dough with butter.

Bake for 5-7 minutes at 350 degrees. Sprinkle the squares with cinnamon and sugar.

Honeyed Fruit

  • 1/4 cup clover honey
  • 1-cup of berries, plums, or apricots
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1-2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Whipped cream

Combine the above ingredients except the whipped cream into a mixing bowl.

Spoon 3 tbsp. of fruit mixture on to each square.

Top with homemade whipped cream.

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