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Teatime Sandwiches

John Torode and the Perfect Club Sandwich

A club sandwich, or clubhouse sandwich, is a toasted bread sandwich with turkey, bacon, tomato, lettuce and mayonnaise. Sometimes this sandwich features chicken instead of turkey, or roast beef instead. There might be ham instead of bacon, or cheese slices. Honey pickle is a popular condiment in some styles of club sandwich, and there might be a little mustard too, especially if beef is used as a filling.

These sandwiches are often cut into quarters and held together with toothpicks. Three slices of bread are used to make this sandwich, rather than two, so a club sandwich is taller than a regular sandwich. This makes an interesting choice for teatime, so you might like to learn how to make a classic club sandwich. You should not use too much filling in each sandwich, else these can be messy to eat.

Ensure all the ingredients are chilled before you start to assemble the sandwiches. In this video the bread is not buttered. Instead you need to combine some mayonnaise with mustard to make Dijonnaise. Once everything is in place, it is time to trim off the crusts and add the toothpicks to hold the sandwiches together. These look colourful and appetising at teatime and the way the ingredients contrast together is magical. Take your pick from chicken or turkey. Different home cooks like to use different poultry, or perhaps you have some cooked chicken to use up, in which case the choice is already made for you. Continue reading

How to Make Sandwiches for Afternoon Tea

An English afternoon tea is based around a pot of tea, hence the name, but you can also expect the sandwiches, small savoury and sweet snacks and cakes. So what type of sandwiches should you make for teatime? Take a look at this video and you will learn everything you need to know about how to make quintessentially English finger sandwiches.

One of the keys for making the best ones are to ensure the flavours and shapes are kept as delicate as possible, which means no strong flavours and no rough or rugged shapes. English teatime sandwiches are usually presented in finger-shapes or small triangles, and unlike conventional sandwiches which are bigger, you should be able to eat a teatime sandwich in just 3 bites.

So do you fancy the cream cheese and smoked salmon sandwiches, the egg mayo and cress ones or what about the dainty cucumber sandwiches? You might wish to get all these ingredients and have a go at making some of each. Just remember to trim off the crusts and serve the sandwiches on fine bone china plates for true British appeal. Continue reading

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, my name is Christine and I would like to welcome you to TeaTime Recipes. Tea has always been a favourite of mine and I adore the tradition of serving this wonderful beverage with all kinds of little snacks both sweet and savoury. Read More