About this recipe:No afternoon tea is complete without cucumber sandwiches. They are so easy to make and hardly need a recipe, however there are one or two tips we can offer to ensure that they are fit for your friends, family or even the Queen should she be stopping by.
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Method Prep:20min › Ready in:20min
Place the thinly sliced cucumber onto kitchen paper and pat the extra moisture away. This will prevent the bread from becoming soggy should you be serving the sandwiches later in the day.
Butter the bread thinly all the way to the crust; this in addition to pat drying the cucumbers will help to keep any moisture away from the bread.
Arrange a single layer of cucumbers on the buttered slice, then top with a second buttered slice. Press down lightly on the sandwich and cut away the crusts leaving a neat square. Slice the sandwich diagonally, twice. Arrange on a plate and serve.
Cutting the cucumber sandwiches into triangles or fingers is a personal choice, some have gone so far as to cut the sandwich into a perfect circle to match a single thick cut cucumber. Cucumber sandwiches will vary greatly from your local tea rooms, to country estates to the Ritz, so do what pleases you!
Use only soft white sliced bread for this recipe, as this will help you achieve a good square when you remove the crusts. If you wish to stick to tradition, this is no place for a sourdough or thick granary.