For those of you who are newbies when it comes to tea culture, a tea sandwich represents a British custom and it is a small prepared sandwich meant to be eaten at afternoon teatime to quench hunger until dinner. Tea sandwiches can come in a number of different forms, but should be easy to handle, and eaten in two bites. It can be a long, narrow sandwich, can have the form of a triangle, or simply be a small biscuit. It may also be cut into other decorative shapes with a cookie cutter.
The credit for this particular British custom and also for the tea blend named “English Afternoon” traditionally goes to a duchess named Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, somewhere in the early 19th century. She felt hungry in the evenings due to the habit of late dinners, so she ordered to her servants to bring in her room some tea and cakes. Becoming her personal custom she invited her friends to this miniature party thus having the miniature tea sandwiches created.
# 1 Ham and Apple Tea Sandwich
The first step is to spread softened butter and mustard inside a split loaf of French bread. The second step is to fill the split loaf with ham, sliced cheese and sliced green apple. At the end in order to get those little tea sandwiches, cut into pieces the loaf of French bread filled with the above ingredients.