History and the invention of the dish
It is the sandwich that defines the English afternoon tea: its presentation and filling; its size and shape and slenderness; whether it is with or without the crust. It was in 1840 that Anna Maria Stan-hope, hit upon the idea of afternoon tea,a dish designed to bridge the gap between lunch and dinner. The sandwiches served at teatime are just filling enough to inhibit overindulgence in the scones, cream and jam, and iced cakes that follow.
Recipe for a traditional Tea Sandwhich
- Ham, Brie and Apple-Spread softened butter and Dijon mustard inside a split loaf of French bread. Fill with deli ham, sliced Brie and sliced green apple. Cut into pieces.
- Tomato-Cheddar Spread-mayonnaise on white bread. Sandwich with sliced tomato, aged cheddar and watercress. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces.
- Cucumber-Butter-Mix 4 tablespoons softened butter, 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest and 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs. Spread on white bread and sandwich with sliced cucumber. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces.