Top 7 Typical English Sandwiches

It’s a warm summer’s afternoon, the rowers are splashing on the Avon, the picnic rug is set under the parasols, and the butler has just announced afternoon tea… does it get more English?

We can’t all teleport back to Oxford in the 1920s, but we can experience traditional English afternoon tea through the sophisticated and delicate food tradition of high tea.

No-one does a good high tea better than the English, and no high tea would be complete without those delicate, mouth-watering morsels known as tea sandwiches (along with some scones with cream and jam!). Here are our picks for the top seven English sandwich recipes to look out for.

  1. Cucumber

    When it comes to traditional English recipes, nothing gets more quaintly reminiscent of lawn bowls and afternoon tea than a perfect cucumber tea sandwich.

    This delicate mouthful needs to be made with care and finesse: the bread should be crustless, the cucumbers peeled and seedless, and the butter fresh and thick. Don’t even bother if they’re not freshly made, and we’re going to suggest you become a proper English tea sandwich snob and turn your nose up if they’re not cut into delicate triangles. Pass the Earl Grey, darling!

  2. Smoked Salmon

    A classic for the classy, no high tea array of English tea sandwiches would be complete without the intoxicating aromas of smoked salmon, on a bed of crème fraiche or cream cheese, and with the merest hint of dill. Rye or Pumpernickel bread are acceptable here, and we’ll even grant you a few translucent slices of English cucumber. If it smells fishy, forget it — the salmon may be old.

  3. Egg Salad

    Quintessentially English, the egg salad sandwich is a stalwart of afternoon teas across Britain. A good egg salad sandwich consists of lightly hardboiled eggs, mashed with mayonnaise or yoghurt, and well seasoned with salt, pepper, and perhaps something daring like a sprinkle of chives or paprika. And, of course, a thick layer of the best English butter (preferably organic and from grass-fed cows for the best flavour).

    A good egg salad sandwich should be moist but not soggy; rich but not sickening; and eggy but not sulphurous. If you can smell it from more than a metre away, the eggs may be overcooked or old — stay away!

    White bread is compulsory here, crusts are best trimmed, and multiple layers of filling and bread, neatly cut, would be most welcome. For a taste of Harrod’s-style tea sandwiches, simply add some watercress for a classic ‘egg-and-cress’ experience. Subtle but exquisite.

  4. Roast Beef

    Every good English patriot makes more roast beef than they need, so they can enjoy that special treat of a roast beef sandwich the next day. It’s the horseradish that makes it extra special, lifting the flavours of the roast beef and transforming them into a delicacy. Watch out for dry or curled looking slices of roast beef: this shows it might be old and tough. When it comes to traditional English recipes, roast beef sandwiches are really the cream of the crop.

  5. Tomato

    Don’t even bother going here unless it’s the height of summer and you can find beautifully ripe, tasty, English-grown tomatoes. The tasteless watery pulp grown in hothouses or imported don’t deserve the name. A great English tomato tea sandwich should have slices of juicy, flavoursome tomato, a thick spread of good butter to prevent the bread from going soggy, a hearty bread, and a good sprinkle of salt and freshly-ground black pepper. Look for heirloom tomato varieties, which come in all sorts of beautiful colours ranging from blacks, purples, and greens, to the traditional reds, and even orangey-pink. If the bread looks soggy, forget it!

  6. Cheese and Pickle

    England produces some fine craft cheeses, and there’s no better way to try them than in that classic ploughman’s fare, the cheese and pickle sandwich. The piquancy of the pickle should be not too sour, not too sweet, and offset the richness of the cheese. Look for English classic cheeses such as Wensleydale, and places that make their own pickle.

  7. Ham and Mustard

    A classic ‘next day’ sandwich, nothing beats a sandwich filled with thickly sliced ham off the bone, fine English mustard, and perhaps a little cheese. Free-range ham will taste the best — pale shaved supermarket ham, cured in chemicals, has nothing on the thick rustic slices of traditional English recipes. Wholegrain mustard works here, as do some fresh salad greens — something robust like radicchio, even — and a few slices of ripe tomato, when in season. A nice rye or wholegrain bread goes well with the richness of the fatty meat.

    If you happen to come across a delicious ham and mustard sandwich featuring a good melting cheese like Raclette, try toasting it or having it toasted for a radical combination of English and French cuisines — ploughman’s fare meets the croque monsieur!

There are other delicious combinations out there, but these are the classics when it comes to English tea sandwiches. Stick to simple, tried-and-true combinations, fresh ingredients, and avoid soggy or old-looking offerings, and you can’t go wrong.

Now, pour yourself a fragrant cup of tea with milk and a sugar cube, stir it with a dainty teaspoon, and lift one of those delicate little triangles to your mouth… we hope you’re on a lawn somewhere in the sun, watching the cricket, because it doesn’t get more English than this!

10 Ways To Enjoy French Toast That You Never Knew Existed

French toast is such an easy recipe that resourcefully combines eggs, milk and bread to make an exquisite breakfast or sweet treat with your afternoon tea. However, after you have mastered how to make French toast, you might be ready to up your game. You want to get creative and take French toast to new heights. French toast is such a basic recipe that it can take on various additional ingredients. That’s why we found these 10 ways to enjoy French toast that you never knew existed.

  1. Nutella Bacon Stuffed French Toast

    What could be better than putting the two naughtiest foods together for the ultimate taste bud explosion? Everybody loves bacon and Nutella, although there are some who are too shy to say it. The mix of salty with sweet will have you hooked in an instant. We must admit that this is not the healthiest way to dress up your French toast recipe, but it could be the yummiest. If you are feeling invincible, pour some maple syrup on top. Let us stop teasing you and give you the recipe here.

  2. French Toast Bowls

    This is such an awesome twist to a boring bowl of cereal in the mornings. Certainly, its full of the richness a traditional French toast has and that you have come to expect as well as love. However, topping this bowl of lusciously butter and egg soaked bread with healthy berries will make you feel less guilty digging your fork into this slice of culinary heaven. Give this recipe for French toast bowls a go and let us know how they turned out.

  3. French Toast With Peaches And Ice Cream

    When the summer season hits you like a big rock, it’s time to whip up this delicious breakfast treat. Peaches are in their element in the hotter months, so it’s a great way to use up all the peaches you got from the market. Adding that scoop of vanilla ice-cream just lifts this dish. A classic ingredient pair that will never disappoint you. If it’s the dead of winter, you can still use tin peaches to make this tasty French toast with peaches and ice-cream recipe.

  4. Creme Brulee French Toast Bake

    This just makes our hearts skip a beat. Although the French aren’t the politest, are responsible for Napoléon and think they are better than us Brits – they do two things very well. French toast, of course, and creme brûlée. Put them together and you have heaven on earth. Once you bite into this creme brûlée French toast bake, you will have a soft spot for the French.

  5. Cannoli Stuffed French Toast

    After a trip to the country shaped like footwear, you might be missing some of their famous treats. Trying this combination of the Italian dessert with fluffy French toast could get you into some political trouble, but it’s so worth it. When two countries with excellent cuisine join forces you get this amazing French toast.

  6. Churro French Toast

    Speaking about countries coming together to make the French toast world a better place. Somebody married the Spanish treat Churros with French toast and they came up with this. A perfect formula for French toast lovers who like their bread on the crispier side.

  7. Hot Chocolate French Toast

    We didn’t forget the chocoholics across the globe. Imagine French toast drowned in hot chocolate. You can’t, but you hope it’s true. It’s a legitimate fact that this hot chocolate French toast recipe exists. However, it’s totally up to you whether you want to have it for dessert or breakfast. Either way, we won’t judge you. All we can say to those of you who try this recipe, is that you have a good eye for epic grub.

  8. S’more Stuffed French Toast

    A s’more is a common night time campfire treat that campers cook up in their campfire. They roast a marshmallow, get a piece of chocolate and sandwich them between two graham crackers. It sounds very basic, but it’s very tasty. A genius created this s’more stuffed French toast recipe. The French might look at this twist of their national dish with disdain, but it’s absolutely fabulous.

  9. Baked Egg French Toast

    Maybe your sweet tooth isn’t calling your name? However, a spot of French toast could really make your day. Here’s a recipe for baked egg French toast. If the sweet tooth calls you after you plate this delicious recipe, just add some maple syrup to answer to its demands.

  10. Baked Chai Spiced French Toast

    If you are looking for something exotic to add to your French toast, you should try this baked chai spiced French toast recipe. So, if you find your mornings are dull and mundane, add some spice with this avant garde French toast recipe.