Just when you thought something as perfect as honey couldn’t be improved upon, this recipe comes along, adding fresh personality to the pantry staple. It’s pretty simple to make—just toast the seeds until fragrant, crack with a skillet, and simmer with the honey, and voila! Drizzle over avocado toast for a fresh taken on a standard, or even layer in a ripe tomato sandwich. There are no wrong answers. This is a great gift to bring to a party, so double or quadruple the recipe and store in pretty glass jars to gift all summer long. Shopping tip: use a mild honey like orange blossom, so it won’t compete with the strong spice flavors.

Sarah Copeland


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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat coriander and cumin in a small, dry skillet over medium-high, stirring often, until fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes; transfer to a cutting board. Using a knife or the bottom of a skillet, crack into very small pieces. Place poppy seeds and honey in a small bowl; add cracked coriander and cumin and stir to combine. (If honey is too thick to stir, heat in a small saucepan over low or microwave on high until warm, about 30 seconds.)

  • Transfer honey to a small jar with a tight-fitting lid and let stand at room temperature overnight. Store at room temperature for up to 1 month. Drizzle over tomatoes and open-faced tomato toasts.