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Recipe: Cucumber sandwiches

LAURA FAIRE
Last updated 05:00 19/01/2014

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Cucumber sandwiches create the perfect reason to invite round a beloved friend, dust off the teapot and float about being charming for an afternoon.

8 slices fresh white bread
50g butter, softened
Sea salt
White pepper
1 cucumber, peeled or unpeeled, finely sliced
1 clean muslin or fine linen cloth

NEED TO KNOW

Main ingredient Cucumber
Type of dish Sandwich
Course Starter
Cooking time <30 min
Serves/makes Makes 16 sandwiches
Special options None

1. Slather each piece of bread with butter and sprinkle liberally with sea salt, then frugally with white pepper.

2. Add a layer of cucumber. I like to slice mine into lengths and then slice horizontally into rectangles. This way two slices of cucumber cover a piece of bread. However this is entirely personal; finely sliced rounds are great, too.

3. Sandwich together with the final piece of bread, remove crusts and cut into fours, either squares or fingers.

4. Rinse the muslin in clean cold water, wring well so that it feels just damp. Use to cover the sandwiches until ready to serve. Avoid storing in the fridge as this changes the texture of the bread.

(Served here with a white geranium flower on each, which we didn't eat.)

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