I have not been able to get these sandwiches out of my head! Rebecca from my Austen in Boston book club makes some awesome sandwiches, but these are my favorite, hands down. Rebecca calls them "Austen in Boston" English Cucumber Tea Sandwiches. We enjoyed them at our last picnic, and they are so good with a cup of tea -- with cream and sugar, of course.
This post also appears at Boston Tea Party.
Ezekiel Bran for Life bread, but my store didn't have any so I went with Nature's Pride Nutty Oat (strangely, the packaging says it has a nutty flavor but no nuts, and it's 100% natural). Even Joe loved the nutty oat, and he isn't always keen on the 12-grain-type breads I bring home. Plus I think ordinary white bread is too bland for something as mild as cucumber.
"Austen in Boston" English Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
By Rebecca of champagne.tumblr.com
Serves 2 to 3
- 1 large English seedless cucumber
- 10 slices bread, Ezekiel 4:9 sprouted grain or something similar and hearty, nothing hard or rustic
- 4 oz. cream cheese (that's half of a bar), softened at room temperature
- 2 tbs whipped salted butter, softened at room temperature
- Salt and pepper
- One or more, optional:
- 1 tbs fresh dill, chopped
- 1 tsp chives (dried or fresh), chopped
- 1 tsp fresh mint, chopped
Lightly butter half of your bread slices. Spread about a tablespoon of the cream cheese on each of the remaining slices. Layer the cucumber, overlapping the slices a little, on the bread slices spread with cream cheese. I find that layering the cucumber slices and then repeating once produces the right ratio of cucumber. Grind some black pepper and sea salt on the cucumber, then sprinkle with the herbs. Top the sandwiches with the buttered bread slices, and let them sit for a minute.
Place your hand firmly yet gently on each sandwich, then use a serrated knife to cut the crusts off carefully. Slice each sandwich into 3 rectangles. Present them on a fancy schmancy plate if you're doing afternoon tea with friends. If you make them in advance, cover the sandwiches with a damp paper towel and store in an airtight container.