A little ground cloves in the honey butter does make this sandwich different from other ham sandwiches.  The hint of cloves and underlying honey will remind you of eating honey glazed, cloves studded Christmas ham.

Besides serving these for Afternoon Tea, these make a nice addition to a picnic or potluck. Reuse a pretty biscuit tin and line it with your best linen towel. Not only does it make a great presentation, the linen keeps the sandwiches from drying out. Your friends will be impressed. 

Ham With Honey Butter Tea Sandwiches

Prep: 15 minutes 
Level: Easy
Makes: 8 finger sandwiches
Oven Temperature:
Can recipe be doubled? Yes
Make ahead? Yes, a day ahead, well covered in the refrigerator.


Honey Butter
4 Tablespoons soften butter
2 teaspoons honey
1/8 teaspoon mustard powder
1/4 teaspoon mustard of your choice*
pinch of ground cloves (refer to image below)**
pinch of pepper
Everything else
7 oz (200 g) shaved honey baked ham OR Virginia ham***
8 slices of white sandwich bread
* I prefer mustard powder as I don’t want to risk having a runny spread.
** Do you really need to buy this? Yes. It does set this sandwich apart from other Ham With Honey Butter Tea Sandwiches. Look under ‘Tips’ at the end of this post for ideas to use up leftover ground cloves. Be conservative with ground cloves, it is strong. A little goes a long way.
*** I use shaved ham as it gives a gentler bite to the sandwiches compared to a thicker cut ham.

Shaved ham and bread will complete the tea sandwiches.


1. Mix all Honey Butter ingredients well and use up all the spread to butter 8 slices of bread.
2 Trim ham slices to fit 4 slices of bread. Use up all the ham.
3. Cover with remaining 4 slices of bread. No need to refrigerate sandwiches to firm up before slicing. There is a relatively thin spread of butter so slicing is easy. You will have 8 sandwiches. Enjoy them before someone else does!


What to do with leftover ground cloves?

(1) Churros
Sprinkle ground cloves over that yummy sweet Spanish snack, Churros. Read my post ‘Crispy Doughnut – like Spanish Churros with a Dusting of Icing Sugar‘ for the easy recipe. You should be able to have them ready in 15 minutes.

(2) Chai Tea also called Masala Tea

Recipe for 1 cup: 1 and 1/2 cup of water, 1 Tablespoon Black Tea Leaves. I like Taj Mahal which you should be able to find at your indian grocer. 1/4 cup of milk, 1 and 1/2 Tablespoons of condensed milk, 5 cardamon pods, a small pinch of ground cloves (refer to picture). Boil water. Crack your cardamon pods. I use the bottom of one of my heavy base pots. Does a great job. When water boils, work fast. Add tea leaves, milk and condensed milk. Once it comes back to a boil, add cracked cardamon pods and ground cloves. Turn off heat and remove from stove. Let it steep 5 to 10 minutes. Strain and serve. I like it with churros.

(3) Pineappleade

Many years ago I read of a novel way of using the peel of pineapples to produce a refreshing drink. I believe the recipe is Jamaican in origin. It is especially good served on hot days and after a heavy meal.

Recipe for the peel and core of 1 pineapple:

That’s all you need to make pineappleade plus water of course.

a pinch of cloves, 1/2″ (1.25cm) of cinnamon (I add cinnamon because I like a subtle taste of it, you can choose to omit), 1/2 cup of sugar, 1″ (2.5cm) sliced ginger, peel and core of 1 pineapple. 4 cups (1 liter) water.You must clean the peel thoroughly with a brush under running water. Top and tail pineapple. Remove most of the outer peel and trash that. Reserve whatever remaining pineapple peel, eyes and core that you would cut off and normally trash before you get to the edible part of the fruit. Refer to picture below. Add all the listed ingredients into the pot. Bring to the boil, cover and turn off the heat. Set aside for 24 hours. I leave mine in the refrigerator. Strain and serve. You can reheat it for a hot soothing pineapple beverage.


I am almost there! I just have to post one last tea sandwich recipe and that of the Classic Victoria Sponge Cake and I will have completed posting all the recipes for the items for my English Afternoon Tea Spread! That is every single morsel you see on the 2-tier cake stand.