Cucumber Sandwiches

Appetizers and Starters, Recipes

Good heavens! Lane! Why are there no cucumber sandwiches?

Cucumber Sandwiches

Cucumber Sandwiches

For some reason, of all the scenes in the opening act of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, the cucumber sandwiches were the most memorable to me. And now, English afternoon tea is just not complete without a tray of gorgeous, refreshing cucumber sandwiches. Elegant in their three-ingredient simplicity, cucumber sandwiches traditionally consist of thinly sliced white bread, paper thin slices of fresh cucumber, and butter.

Perfect for afternoon tea

Perfect for afternoon tea

We recently came into some fresh cucumbers from our friend’s garden, so I decided to grab Kewpie sweet mayonnaise in lieu of butter, a loaf of Japanese white bread, and steep a pot of Earl Grey. A very thin layer of the sweet mayo prevents the cucumber from making the bread soggy and adds a hint of tartness.

Ingredients:

The Ingredients

Ingredients:

White bread

Cucumbers

Kewpie Mayonnaise (or unsalted butter)

Cucumber slices, ready for action!

Cucumber slices, ready for action!

Peel and slice the cucumber as thinly as possible. You could save some time and use a mandoline if you have one.

Mmm... mayo

Mmm… mayo

Drizzle about 1 teaspoon of the sweet Japanese mayo onto a slice of bread. Spread evenly, all the way to the edges. If you have any “extra,” scrape it off and slather onto a second slice.

Arrange the cucumber slices

Arrange the cucumber slices

Arrange slices of cucumber in a single layer.

Cut off the crusts, just like elementary school lunches

Cut off the crusts, just like elementary school lunches

Top with the second slice of bread and cut off the crusts.

Serve the triangles on a platter

Serve the triangles on a platter

Cut the sandwich on the diagonal twice, making four dainty triangles.

TARDIS blend from Adagio Tea - a blend of earl grey, vanilla, and blackberry

TARDIS blend from Adagio Tea – a blend of earl grey, vanilla, and blackberry

Pour yourself a cup of tea, switch on BBC America to the latest episode of Doctor Who (unveiling of the Twelfth Doctor, anyone?), and enjoy afternoon tea with this Japanese twist on a British classic. Keep calm and carry on, my friends.

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