Dainty savoury sandwiches are an essential introduction to the ceremony of afternoon tea. Afternoon tea is a tradition that is as much about the conversation as it is about the treats. Savoury sandwiches should be no more than three bites and essential that you can hold it in one hand. When preparing afternoon tea you need to prepare savoury sandwiches that are not going to overpower the sweet treats to follow. Three varieties of savoury sandwiches is the perfect amount to serve. Our most popular savoury sandwiches here in Ariel House are smoked salmon on brown bread with real Irish butter, dainty cucumber slices on tomato and chilli bread and egg & cress served on sourdough.
Our top five tips for the perfect savoury sandwich:
- It is essential that you use the freshest bread you can find and the best quality ingredients that you can source. Always quality over quantity.
- Allow 3-4 sandwiches per person.
- Don’t prepare them too early as they will either go soggy or dry out.
- Spread the butter or mayonnaise all the way to the edge of the bread to create a seal against wet sandwich fillings.
- Use a good quality bread knife to ensure a good clean cut on the bread.
We make our own brown bread every day in the kitchen and guests often ask us for the recipe. It is so delicious and traditional that we never mind sharing it. What are your favourite savoury toppings? We would love to hear your suggestions!
Ariel House Brown Bread
• 185g self-raising white flour
• 85g wholemeal flour
• 30g porridge oats
• 1/2 tsp sugar
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp bread soda
• 1 egg, lightly beaten
• 280ml milk
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
Mix all the dry ingredients thoroughly.
Add the lightly beaten egg.
Add the milk.
This makes quite a wet mixture, pour into a greased loaf tin.
Bake for 35-45 min until base sounds hollow when tapped.
Till the next time!