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Cucumber sandwiches are a treat typical of the British afternoon tea. However, there is nothing that says that you can’t enjoy them in the comfort of your own garden or balcony.
These sandwiches date back to the Victorian era, but modern versions of the recipe have sprouted all over and new modern takes may be as enjoyable as the real thing.
Let’s take a look at this treat as temperatures begin to rise and cool snacks are in order.
Spring is here! Days are getting longer; the weather is getting warmer and the sun is shining (just ignore those April showers).
Enough of the warm dishes of winter, it’s the perfect time to give a chance to fresh cool vegetables and create an afternoon snack for all to enjoy.
Cucumber Sandwiches – Looking Back
Since the 1870s the cucumber sandwich has been part of the British afternoon tea. First, as a refreshing way to battle the heat of colonial India and then as a refined light snack enjoyed by the upper class of England.
Today these sandwiches may be enjoyed by all, but it still remains a symbol of the refined ceremony of the fancy afternoon tea.
Cucumber Sandwiches – Looking Inside
The traditional recipe for cucumber sandwiches requires few ingredients:
These sandwiches are easy to make.
Begin by peeling a cucumber and slicing it into the thinest slices possible and then season them with salt. Taste before using.
Then butter both slices of bread thoroughly. This will create a barrier between the bread and cucumber that may help prevent your sandwich from turning soggy.
Place the slices of cucumber on one of the pieces of bread in such a way so that they just slightly overlap, this will ensure a thin sandwich. Make sure that all the bread is covered with cucumber.Now, season with pepper, freshly crushed or powdered, whichever you prefer. Then cover the cucumber with the second slice of bread, cut the crusts off.
Finally, cut the sandwiches into rectangles or triangles. This is up to you, but the objective is to make sure the sandwiches are as similar as possible.
These sandwiches will pair well with any tea, as the cucumbers are not overpowering and allow you to still fully taste the flavor of your tea.
Cucumber Sandwiches – Looking Around
Many modern recipes for cucumber sandwiches have been created since the times of colonial India. Make use of the variety of ingredients you already have in your kitchen.
And as we are being recommended to stay home, this is a good time to:
Cucumber Sandwiches – Looking Forward
If you like these sandwiches, you may want to think ahead.
Do you want to learn more about cucumber sandwiches and look at the recipe in more detail? Also, why not get other ideas to create interesting variations of the traditional recipe?
Read more at the cucumber sandwich page:
Keep cool as a cucumber!
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