Named after the 4th Earl of Sandwich, sandwiches have been a staple of British afternoon tea since, in the late 19th Century, the 7th Duchess of Bedford found herself hungry late in the afternoon and began a tradition of tea and snacks, the idea soon caught on. Alas, today the tradition only continues as a treat or as a break from shopping.
For dainty sandwich authenticity:
Cucumber and Cream Cheese
2 slices white bread
sliced cucumber (English cucumber preferably)
salt and pepper
American scones tend to be sweeter and more buttery than British scones. But since the scones are going to be buttered and likely have sweetened jam added anyway, the scones themselves should have less of those ingredients; this may produce a drier scone but it is more traditional. Having said that, enjoy some sweeter scones too.
Open faced sandwiches
thickly sliced bread (baguette?)
cream cheese with pesto
top with sprig of dill, olive, etc.
The recipe below is the one I used many, many years ago back in the UK. Yes, it does have lard, but its this that makes it so good! Try the other recipes also, they don't have lard!
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Crab and Cucumber
Mix crabmeat with mayo, lemon zest, chives
bread and butter
Try using 3 slices of bread, crabmeat on one layer and cucumbers on another layer
sliced roast beef
salt and pepper
Smoked Salmon and Cucumber
2 slices of bread (try one white and one wheat)
thick sliced roast ham