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2. Cut ends off of onions and peel. Slice each onion 5 times, from the top to within 1/2 inch of the bottom. Turn onion 90 degrees and then make 5 more slices the same way, to create a crosshatch pattern, three quarters of the way down the onion. Place the onions into an 8" by 8" baking dish.
3. Put water, honey and butter into a small pot and gently heat until the butter melts. Season onions with salt and pepper and then pour the honey mixture over them. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour, until the onions have opened into a flower shape and are tender and golden.