Decorative Holiday Afternoon Tea Sandwiches
Afternoon tea sandwiches are a perfect complement to the holiday season. Whether you are having a full afternoon tea, a buffet or just trimming the tree decorative shapes will add a festive flair.
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I love the versatility of cookie cutters. It is so very easy to create fun shapes by using various sizes. The choices are limitless. Remember the basic principles apply to the breads to remove the crusts. To thin the bread use a rolling pin or in a pinch, a can. To keep the bread from sticking to the cookie-cutter spray the inside walls with a thin coat of non-flavored cooking or vegetable oil. Working on wax paper will help when cutting out
your shapes. 1-2-3 you are ready to begin.
A star shape tree is a serving for one person. Prepare by using star-shaped cutters of five graduating sizes. Next prepare five different fillings. If you wish to apply finely chopped greens to the edges of each sandwich it will enhance the design of the tree.
Afternoon Tea Sandwich Shapes~ Gingerbread Man, Holly Leaf, Snowflake
A few suggested fillings: Gingerbread Man with Cinnamon Cream Cheese, Holly Leaf with Turkey, Arugula and Cranberry Mayonnaise, Snowflake with Cucumber and Mint.
To color the bread use FDA food colors lightly brushed on top. Be careful to not saturate the bread or it will become soggy.
Have fun looking for many other ornamental shapes to make your holiday extra special.
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