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Leatherwood Honey Cookies

-----Original Message----- 
From: Katrina 
Sent: Friday, November 01, 2013 5:27 PM
Subject: leatherwood honey cookies

Hi Uncle, I enjoy your column, I think this may  be my first request but I 
have tried things you've found and published, and learned a lot. Thanks!

There was a recipe on the bottle of Leatherwood Honey from Tasmania long 
ago--it was a simple recipe, no spices as I recall--used only a couple of 
Tablespoons of the honey and the flavor came through beautifully.

The honey now comes in cans (easy to find) but no recipes.

I can't find a similar recipe that uses a small amount of honey like that 
one did.

Thanks for any help you can find.


Hi Katrina,

Your request brings up several issues:

The first is that leatherwood honey is a type of honey made (by bees, of course) from the nectar of leatherwood tree flowers. It's not necessarily a brand, and it's all from Tasmania, because it seems that's the only place that leatherwood trees grow. It's sold under several different brands. The website you give is for just one of those brands. I'm going to assume that you are sure that this company is the brand that had the recipe on their jar. Apparently this one company has registered the trademark "Tasmanian Leatherwood Honey": Tasmanian Honey

But, see all these other brands of leatherwood honey from Tasmania:

Leatherwood Honey

Blue Hills Honey

Heritage Honey

Heathmont Honey

The second issue is that, if you go to that "Tasmanian Leatherwood Honey" website, enter it, and click on "Our Products", you'll see that they still sell their honey in glass jars as well as cans. I've no idea if the recipe is still on the jars.

It's very difficult to find a recipe that was on a jar or a can or a package of something because, when people post such a recipe on the Internet, they don't say "this recipe is from the Tasmanian Leatherwood Honey Jar." So, what I did first was to go to the company's website. In the case of "Tasmanian Leatherwood Honey", they don't have any recipes on their website. The next thing that I did was to go to Google Images and do a search on "leatherwood honey". This brought up images of the jars and cans. Once in a while, but not often, you can find an image of the back, as well as the front, of the jar in this way. No such luck in this case. The next thing was to search for recipes for "leatherwood honey cookies." That was the best search term I had, because you didn't say what kind of cookies they were or give any other ingredients, just that they contained a small amount of leatherwood honey. Using that search term, and all the variations that I could think of, I found only three cookie recipes that specifically called for "leatherwood honey":

Walnut Shortbread

Ginger and Leatherwood Honey Cookies

I found the below recipe for "Leatherwood Honey Cookies," although it calls for 120 grams of honey, which seems like more than you suggest. I did not find any recipe that gave any indication that it was from the jar of any brand of leatherwood honey.

Hopefully, one of these is the recipe you want. If not, then the only other way I know to pursue it would be to write to the Tasmanian Leatherwood Honey Company and ask them for it. If you click on "contact us" on their website, you can get their mailing address and phone numbers. The e-mail given is:

I will also post this on my site. I have many Australian readers, so perhaps one of them has the recipe and will send it.


Leatherwood Honey Cookies

120g Leatherwood honey (or other strong type of honey)
30g butter
50g brown sugar
1 egg
1 pinch cinnamon
100g ground hazelnuts
50g whole hazelnuts
250g flour
1 tsp baking powder

Melt the butter with the honey slowly. Mix the flour with the baking powder. 
Egg, sugar and cinnamon add the honey and butter mixture until smooth.
Add flour and ground hazelnuts. Whole hazelnuts coarsely chop and mix.
shaping the dough into a vigorous roll and cut into finger-thick slices. 
Gently press flat with the palm of your hand and place on a lined baking 
Bake at 180 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes. 
Hi Phaedrus,

Thanks again for your help.  Here is how I found the recipe.

I googled images for the Leatherwood Honey and remembered the one that  I
found the recipe on.  It wasn't on their website, but I emailed the company and
received the recipe right away.

Here it is (for your interest, if you are interested)

Please find below the recipe for honey cookie biscuits 

Leatherwood Biscuits 

1/4 lb butter, 
1 egg
Pinch salt
1/2 lb sugar
2 cups Self raising flour
1 tablespoon Leatherwood Honey
1 tablespoon desiccated coconut

Cream butter and sugar, add egg and honey.
Fold in flour with salt.
Lastly add coconut until mixture is stiff
Place one teaspoon mixture rolled into balls on greased tray.
Flatten with work in moderate oven for 5-7 minutes
Makes approx. 3 dozen

Thanks again.  Katrina
Subject: Leatherwood Honey
From: Hayden
Date: 5/27/2020, 1:22 PM

On 5/27/2020 12:48 PM, Hayden wrote:

Dear Phaedrus

Could you recommend a suitable substitute for Leatherwood Homey?
I am asking since the “Leatherwood Honey Cookies” on your website 
sound fabulous.

To digress and brag about Jungle Jim’s here in Cincinnati, they have multiple 
acres of International Food at both their locations. They have a South Pacific 
area several aisles large. I certainly want to shop there for it; fantastic 
experience. For example, often, one sees people carrying around a stalk or two 
of sugar cane as the shop. It looks too big to go into a cart. They have whole 
octopi, whole salmon, whole many fishes fresh on ice. There are 100 gallon(?) 
tanks of live tilapia and striped bass, live lobsters, crabs, mussels, oysters, 
etc. Their fish department has a huge (very huge) yacht and a battleship’s anchor 
and bell. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. The British Isles department has 
Sherwood Forest and Robin Hood and Little John about 12 feet over your head 
covering about 25-30 feet of ceiling space -life-size trees and models posed there. 
The fresh produce department is possibly over an acre (seriously). The coffee bean 
jars have an entire 2-story tall shelf about 10-15 feet long (200 varieties?) plus 
a few skids of 50 lb.(?) burlap bags of coffee sitting around. There are life-size 
animatronic characters coming to life performing music at times. (An Elvis lion is 
the oldest. General Mills Honey Nut Bee Band and overhead swinging and talking 
Campbells Soup cans are newer). The olive department and cheese department 
each are simply huge. You should imagine the great deals you find on sale products. 
There is much more. This is at the original location north of Cincinnati in Fairfield. 
Location #2 is in the Eastgate area; somewhat smaller, though still huge. So many 
employees available to answer anything at all.

Their South Pacific section may carry leatherwood honey. If not, what would make a 
suitable substitute? Could you say?

Thank you,

Hello Hayden,

I did a bit of research, and the only other kind of honey that is mentioned as being similar is "ulmo honey" from Chile and Argentina. Leatherwood honey has a very distinctive, strong taste, being made by bees from the nectar of leatherwood tree that is found only in Tasmania. You can buy it on the Internet, and you can get Ulmo honey on the Internet, too, if you can't find it in a specialty shop near you (Amazon has both). Ulmo honey is also made by bees from the nectar of a particular tree that grows in South America. You aren't likely to find any substitutes among domestic American honeys.


Taco Tienda

From: dave  
Sent: Thursday, October 31, 2013 3:40 PM
To: Phaedrus 
Subject: taco tienda 1960s

blackstone av. fresno  meat filling for their tacos
thanks dave

Hi Dave,

Sorry, no success with this recipe. Taco Tienda Drive-In at the southwest corner of Blackstone and Clinton avenues was owned by Virgil and Mary Wattenbarger from 1957 to 1968, according to information from Fresno city directories.


Old Lady Cake

A Michigan Dutch Recipe.

Old Lady Cake (Oude Dame Koek)

2 TBSP     butter
1 cup      sugar
1          egg, well beaten
1 cup      molasses
1-1/2 tsp  anise seed, crushed
2 cups	   sifted cake flour
1 tsp	   baking powder 
1 tsp      baking soda
1/4 tsp    salt
1/2 tsp    nutmeg
1/2 tsp    allspice
1/2 tsp    ground cloves
1-1/2 cups sour milk

 Cream butter and sugar together. Add egg, molasses and anise seed and beat thoroughly.
Sift flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and spices together 3 times. Add dry ingredients 
and milk alternately to creamed mixture. Bake in greased tube pan in a slow oven (300° F.)
45 minutes. Makes 1 (9-inch cake). Traditionally a Christmas cake.

("The United States Regional Cookbook" edited by Ruth Berolzheimer - 1947)

Heavenly Torte

A Wisconsin Dutch recipe.

Heavenly Torte (Himmeltorte)

1-1/2 cups 	butter
1/4 cup 	sugar
1/4 tsp		salt
4		egg yolks
1 tsp		grated lemon rind
4 cups		sifted flour
1 		egg white, unbeaten
1/4 cup		sugar	
1 tsp		cinnamon
1/2 cup		chopped pecans

	Cream butter and sugar, add salt and egg yolks 1 at a time and beat until smooth after each.
Add lemon rind and flour. Pat dough into 3 oblong pans, spread the top of each with the mixture of 
unbeaten egg white, sugar, cinnamon, and pecans. Bake in a very hot oven (450° F) for 10 minutes, 
then reduce heat to 350° F and bake until done. When torte is cold spread raspberry jam and 
Himmel Torte filling on 2 layers and cover all with remaining filling. Makes 3 layers 7 x 11.

Himmel Torte Filling

4 TBSP 		sugar
1 TBSP		cornstarch
2		egg yolk, beaten
2 cup		thick sour cream
1 tsp		lemon or orange extract
1/2 tsp 	vanilla

  Mix sugar and cornstarch together and add to egg yolk. Stir in cream and cook over water until it 
coats the spoon. Add flavoring.

("The United States Regional Cookbook" edited by Ruth Berolzheimer - 1947)

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