WanderFood Wednesday: High Time for High Tea

by Lauren Van Mullem
( January 8th, 2013 )

Downton Abbey TeaImage from Flickr.

Sunday night, I was glued to my television set for the American premiere of Season 3 of Downton Abbey. It’s the Roaring 20’s! And – spoilers – they started off the episode by serving some classic (though woefully unnamed) cocktails. I was thrilled.

Since Sunday, I’ve been craving finger sandwiches. And, when our neighbors invited us over at the spur of the moment Monday night, I walked through their door to a plate full of: tea sandwiches. I immediately asked if they were on the American schedule for Downton Abbey (the lucky Brits got their “series 3” first), and in fact, they were, and she had been craving finger sandwiches too for the same reason! Even better, she taught me a new recipe.

The Cucumber, Lemon, and Dill Cream Cheese sandwich.

Adding lemon zest to cream cheese is revolutionary, let me tell you. If you haven’t tried it – do.


  • 4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 2 Tb chopped fresh dill

  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon

  • A pinch of salt and pepper

  • 6 slices of bread

  • 1/3 of a large cucumber, thinly sliced

Combine the cream cheese, dill, lemon, salt and pepper, then spread that mixture over the bread and cover with cucumber slices. And don’t forget to remove the crusts!

If you want to get all crazy, try deconstructing a tea sandwich like they do at the Queen Mary tea room. Though I warn you, Carson would not approve.

Deconstructed tea sandwiches

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On January 9th, 2013 at 8:39 am, Mara said:

I don’t have a favorite tea sandwich per se, but I do love going to high tea at Fortnum & Mason in London. My absolute favorite tea treat is scones with clotted cream. Yum!

On January 9th, 2013 at 11:15 am, Lauren Van Mullem - Wanderfood said:

I bought some Fortnum & Mason tea at Heathrow the last time I flew through, and it is now one of my favorites. I’ll have to try their High Tea the next time I’m in London! And don’t get me started on clotted cream. Heaven.

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