Sunday, June 17, 2012
The Tea Sandwich
The tea sandwich is an essential part of afternoon tea. Even with an assortment of cookbooks and recipe files, I often find that I rely upon basic recipes that are in my head and put together by rote. There's nothing wrong with that, but sometimes it is helpful to kick things up a bit and try something new. Adding one or two new foods to each tea presentation helps one develop their repertoire. And over time those new ideas become a part of the routine.
Here's a recipe for Cream Cheese & Banana Tea Sandwiches. This recipe is plant-based vegan, but you can easily replace dairy and egg ingredients for the vegan options below:
Cream Cheese and Banana Tea Sandwiches
1 cup Tofutti cream cheese (available at health food stores or many supermarkets)
1/4 cup soy milk, plain (available in most supermarkets)
2 bananas, ripe
1/4 cup Vegenaise (available at health food stores or many supermarkets)
Mix the Tofutti cream cheese and soy milk together until creamy. Then add the bananas, mashed. Spread Vegenaise on raisin bread or your favorite whole grain bread. Remove crusts and cut into quarters (diamond shape). Garnish with a coin of sliced banana and a mint leaf.
Photo: My cookbook bookcase that keeps getting filled with teacups and teapots! There is a constant ebb and flow as I try to retain the space for cookbook use! The tea cozy (bottom, left) is from Marilyn at Delights of the Heart - Marmalady Tea.