I was faced with the daunting challenge of hosting my little sister’s kitchen tea (bridal shower) a few weeks ago. With little prep time available, I planned the menu around all things quick and easy, that would require minimal ingredients. The last thing I wanted to do was run around a supermarket the night before. I’d considered just buying boxes of tarts and cakes from nearby patisseries, but what’s the fun in that?

So the night before, I prepared a chocolate shortcrust pastry and cut off the crust of 3 bags of sandwich bread.The next morning, scones were baked, the construction of the chocolate and pear tart was completed, a strawberry mille feuille was attempted and a production line of gourmet sandwiches was in action.

Hosting a kitchen tea - afternoon tea

These sandwiches turned out to be a crowd pleaser! I’m definitely keeping the recipes on file as they were such a hit, and here it is for you, shall you ever need to host an afternoon tea too!

Prawn & Dill Sandwiches
Serves 4
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438 calories
29 g
141 g
28 g
17 g
9 g
144 g
881 g
3 g
0 g
18 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
144g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 438
Calories from Fat 245
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g
43%
Saturated Fat 9g
47%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 11g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 141mg
47%
Sodium 881mg
37%
Total Carbohydrates 29g
10%
Dietary Fiber 2g
7%
Sugars 3g
Protein 17g
Vitamin A
11%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
22%
Iron
17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 200g cooked peeled prawns, coarsely chopped
  2. ⅓ cup (80g) mayonnaise
  3. 2 tbs finely chopped dill
  4. 1 tbs lemon juice
  5. 8 slices white bread
  6. 50g softened butter
Instructions
  1. Use a serrated knife to remove and discard the crusts.
  2. Combine the prawns, mayonnaise, dill and lemon juice in a small bowl. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place the bread on a clean work surface and spread evenly with butter. Spoon the prawn mixture evenly among the slices and gently smooth. Sandwich together with remaining bread slices.
  4. Cut each sandwich into thirds to make finger sandwiches. Place on a serving platter and serve immediately.
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calories
438
fat
28g
protein
17g
carbs
29g
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Smoked Salmon & Cucumber Sandwiches
Serves 4
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333 calories
31 g
67 g
11 g
27 g
5 g
181 g
951 g
6 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
181g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 333
Calories from Fat 98
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g
17%
Saturated Fat 5g
24%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 67mg
22%
Sodium 951mg
40%
Total Carbohydrates 31g
10%
Dietary Fiber 2g
7%
Sugars 6g
Protein 27g
Vitamin A
7%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
30%
Iron
16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 200g smoked salmon
  2. 1 green cucumber, peeled, seeded, thinly sliced
  3. 8 slices wholemeal bread
  4. 100g spreadable cream cheese
Instructions
  1. Use a serrated knife to remove and discard the crusts.
  2. Place the bread on a clean work surface and spread evenly with cream cheese. Top half the slices with smoked salmon and layer with cucumber slices. Sandwich together with remaining bread slices.
  3. Cut each sandwich into thirds to make finger sandwiches. Place on a serving platter and serve immediately.
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calories
333
fat
11g
protein
27g
carbs
31g
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Roast Beef & Watercress Sandwiches
Serves 4
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311 calories
28 g
58 g
15 g
16 g
8 g
122 g
333 g
3 g
1 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
122g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 311
Calories from Fat 134
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g
23%
Saturated Fat 8g
41%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 58mg
19%
Sodium 333mg
14%
Total Carbohydrates 28g
9%
Dietary Fiber 2g
7%
Sugars 3g
Protein 16g
Vitamin A
12%
Vitamin C
9%
Calcium
17%
Iron
17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 tbs horseradish cream
  2. 150g slices rare roast beef
  3. 1 cup watercress sprigs
  4. 8 slices multigrain bread
  5. 50g softened butter
Instructions
  1. Use a serrated knife to remove and discard the crusts.
  2. Place the bread on a clean work surface and spread evenly with butter. Lightly spread horseradish cream on each slice. Top half the bread with roast beef and top with watercress sprigs. Sandwich with remaining bread slices.
  3. Cut each sandwich into thirds to make finger sandwiches. Place on a serving platter and serve immediately.
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calories
311
fat
15g
protein
16g
carbs
28g
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afternoon tea sandwiches

plate of assorted afternoon tea sandwiches

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.

18 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks! It’s actually a 3 in 1 cake stand! You can turn it upside down to make a dips platter or flip the lid and sit it on the dips platter to turn it into a large serving bowl! It was an awesome find at Victoria’s Basement!

  2. Ooh purty…! Since I won’t be doing all that work any time soon, I’m going to high tea on the weekend :)

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