Dainty decadence for a Mother's Day tea
Some moms want a spa day. Some moms crave chocolate. And some moms just want a little fancy pampering.
If your mom falls into that last category, consider throwing her a tea party this Mother's Day. It's so much easier than it sounds. Brew some of her favorite teas. Purchase high-quality sweets — some beautiful candies and chocolates, as well as some delicate cakes are ideal. True to the tea party theme, everything should be small. So if you can't find small pastries, get some that are easily cut and divided.
Likewise, creating tea sandwiches is all about being dainty. You want to create something small and pretty. Of course, it also needs to taste good. The easiest way to do this is to start by assembling multiple (and different) standard sized (but thin) sandwiches, then cut them down to more petit sizes. With the exception of the avocado, these sandwiches also can be prepped a few hours in advance.
Mother's Day Tea Sandwiches
Start to finish: 30 minutes
Makes: 16 to 20 petite sandwiches
8 thin slices tight-crumb bread, such as brioche, pumpernickel or a country-style white bread
Softened salted butter
Softened cream cheese
Very soft brie cheese
Thinly sliced radishes
Thinly sliced cucumbers
Thinly sliced ham
1 avocado, pitted and sliced
Thinly sliced pear
Place the slices of bread on a cutting board; 4 will be bottoms, 4 will be tops. Spread butter over 2 slices, cream cheese on another 2, marmalade on another 2, and brie over the final 2.
For the fillings, arrange the sliced radishes over 1 of the buttered slices; the cucumber slices over the 1 of the cream cheese slices; the watercress over 1 of the marmalade slices; and the ham over 1 of the brie-covered slices. Top the radishes with thin slices of avocado; the cucumber with tarragon; the chives over the watercress; and the pear over the ham.
Top each sandwich with the second slice of bread. To cut the sandwiches, you can either use small cookie cutters (shapes such as ovals or hearts are fine) or you can trim off the crusts, then cut each sandwich into small triangles or rectangles. If desired, secure each smaller sandwich with a toothpick.