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The Cucumber Finger Sandwich. Quintessentially English

The History

Although cucumbers originated in India more than 3,000 years ago, putting them in a sandwich is very much a British invention. The crop arrived in England in the late 14th century for the first time. However, they weren't put in sandwiches until the Victorian era, when they were served during afternoon tea.

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Cucumber Sandwiches

Cucumber, cream cheese and dill really is the quintessential English tea sandwich and makes a lovely fresh crispy sandwich. We use English cucumber which are long an elegant and are usually covered in plastic wrap and have no seeds and a thin skin; unlike American cucumbers who have a thick skin, are short and dumpy and have lots of seeds. (ha..) American cucumber need preparing by cutting off the skin and removing the seeds. With English cucumber you don’t need to do that. Just wash and slice.

Use Philadelphia cream cheese as it’s a good quality creamy cheese. Spread 2 slices of bread with softened cream cheese just like you would butter – only more thickly. Add 6 sliced cucumbers to one slice of the sandwich. Sprinkle with dried dill weed. Place the 2nd slice cheese face down on to the cucumber side. Cut in to triangles.