Snack: Cream Cheese "Tarts" With Wild Blackberry Honey

Looking for a fast, sweet, comforting snack to nibble with your tea? Here's a childhood favorite that needs only three things: cream cheese, sweet honey, and soft sandwich bread.

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When I was young, my mother would sometimes make these little open-faced sandwiches as a special treat with tea. We called them "tarts" to make them seem even more special.

She would spread a plain piece of sandwich bread (always whole-wheat!) with a thick smear of cream cheese, then wipe on a layer of sticky honey and cut each piece of bread into quarters. The tangy cream cheese and sweet honey soak into the bread a little, with just enough softness and sweetness to perfectly complement a cup of tea on a rainy spring afternoon.

I've made these with fancier breads, too, like a good baguette and a nice chewy rustic bread, but the sandwich bread is really the best. It's soft, and the cheese and honey sort of soak into it. But a slice of walnut loaf with cheese and honey would also be a lovely treat.

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The last time I got fancy and made these with a nutty birdseed bread with whole grains, oats, sunflower and sesame seeds, as well as a delicious wild blackberry honey from Honey Ridge Farms. Honey Ridge Farms is a family beekeeping operation in Washington, and I am loving this blackberry honey from their farm. It has a tanginess that is new to me in honey; you can taste a little bit of berry and blackberry leaves in its sweetness. Delicious!

Honey Ridge Farms

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Here's to easy, simple afternoon snacks in the spring.

Related: Fall Breakfast: Ricotta, Fig, and Honey Tartine

(Images: Faith Durand)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.