Cucumber (and Mint) Sandwiches

An inter-war years sandwich recipe found on CookIt
Cucumber (and Mint) Sandwiches

Cucumber sandwiches were often served as part of a formal afternoon tea. They had been very fashionable for the upper classes in the Edwardian era and had now become part of ordinary people’s afternoon tea.

Lyon’s Corner Houses were a popular place for people to go and have tea, scones and sandwiches. This recipe comes from a former employee of Lyons, Mrs Olive Bloomfield.

Ingredients
8 slices of white bread, sliced thinly
1 oz butter
16-18 mint leaves
the juice of half a lemon (2 tablespoons roughly)
half a cucumber

Method

[1] Cut the bread into thin slices and butter each side with butter. Remove the crusts making sure the slices are square.

[2] First wash the cucumber. Then peel the rind into a ‘stripe’ all around the fruit like a stick of rock. Then slice very thin.

[3] Put 5 pieces of cucumber on one slice of the bread like the number 5 on a dice and lay two mint leaves over the top. Place another slice of the bread on top

[4] Cut the sandwich into four triangles and display on a plate with a sprig of cucumber and a mint leaf.

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