Tea Sandwiches, finger sandwiches, ladies tea party

Chloe’s Inspiration – Tea Sandwiches

Planning for the upcoming Alice in Wonderland – themed Baby Shower I am hosting, I am on the hunt for tea sandwiches.  I thought I would take you along on the search, and after the Baby Shower, you will get to see what I decided upon and how I presented them!  A Tea Sandwich is a small sandwich which should only be two to three bites.  It should be a sandwich easily eaten with your fingers; therefore, often referred to as “finger sandwiches”.  These are sandwiches which are served on bread, without crusts, cut long and narrow, on the diagonal, or cut into shapes with cookie cutters.  Bread is often colored, as are fillings or spreads for the sandwiches.

Tea Sandwiches, finger sandwiches, ladies tea party-CelebrateandDecorate.comThese sandwiches are from She Knows Food and Recipes.  She offers a lot of tips and recipes for Apple Chicken Salad Finger Sandwiches, Cucumber Cream Cheese Sandwiches, and more!

Finger or tea sandwiches presented on tiered cake plates-CelebrateandDecorate.com

You always want to present Tea Sandwiches in a pretty way, such as these on tiered cake plates.

Open face cucumber sandwiches for a tea party - CelebrateandDecorate.com

These are particularly pretty open-face cucumber sandwiches.

Ribbon sandwiches also known as tea sandwiches or finger sandwiches, these are served at Kensington Palace in the Orangerie -CelebrateandDecorate.com

Ribbon Sandwiches

Tea sandwiches, finger sandwiches for a baby shower

My search for the best Tea Sandwiches for the baby shower has led me to Ribbon Sandwiches, Finger Sandwiches, and of course, Tea Sandwiches.  This made me curious about what exactly is a “Tea”, “Ribbon” or “Finger Sandwich”.  I have determined that it is important to use butter or cream cheese spread thinly on the bread, which will keep the bread from becoming soggy.  Crusts are always trimmed off of these sandwiches.  It will be easier to cut the sandwiches into small pieces if you place them in the freezer for a few minutes first, so they are more firm.  Assemble and fill the sandwiches prior to cutting off the crusts to insure tidy edges.  The sandwiches can be open face or not.  Bread can be colored, or natural.  Have fun picking your favorite recipes and shapes for your sandwiches, I know I am collecting recipes and trying them out.  I would love to hear from you, what your favorite Tea Sandwich recipes are!

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    1. You can order bread in different colors from your bakery, or you can bake your own bread and add the gel food coloring to the dough after it has risen, or you can add the food coloring to the wet ingredients before allowing the dough to rise, however, using that method, you will not be able to adjust the color after it has risen. You can also add gel food coloring to frozen bread dough, allow it to rise, and then add the color. Good luck, and please share the pictures of your colored dough!


      1. Please give more details on how to add the food coloring. If I use a frozen dough, after it rises, do I apply to the risen dough and knead it in? Please explain. Thanks.

        1. Renette, I have colored my bread by adding to my dough when I am making it. I am not sure how this would work with frozen dough. If you can thaw the dough without letting it rise, and then work it throughout the dough, then let it rise, I think this may work. I hope that helps!

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