Cucumber Sandwiches

Total Time
10mins
Prep
10 mins
Cook
0 mins

Quintessentially English high tea sandwiches - just how Oscar Wilde's Lady Bracknell would have had them served. Cucumber sandwiches are one of England's most traditional tea sandwiches, thinly sliced cucumber on good buttered bread. The crusts are always removed. I found this recipe on an English website and have posted it for the 2005 Zaar World Tour. The ingredients and directions have made concessions to what is now available - such as seedless cucumbers. A delicious really low fat sandwich!

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Ingredients

Nutrition
  • 1 large seedless cucumber
  • 125 g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest, grated
  • 8 slices firm white bread, thin slices, crusts removed
  • 8 slices firm whole wheat bread, thin slices, crusts removed
  • fresh mint sprig, to garnish
  • thin orange slice, to garnish

Directions

  1. Peel the cucumber, cut in half lengthways, and slice crossways as thinly as possible.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the butter and orange zest and stir until the mixture is creamy and the ingredients are well-blended.
  3. Spread each slice of white bread with the butter mixture, arrange several slices of cucumber on each slice and top with the whole-wheat bread, and cut each sandwich into 4 triangles.
  4. To serve: Arrange the sandwiches on a platter, alternating white and brown sides of the sandwiches and garnish with mint sprigs and orange slices.
  5. On cucumbers: Of course traditionally the cucumber is peeled, but to modern tastes, many cucumbers available - such as Lebanese or continental, just those names alone would be enough to have Lady Bracknell turning in her grave! - really don't need peeling.