A Vegan Afternoon Tea

When I studied abroad in London I was fortunate enough to enjoy several afternoon teas.  I love sweets, I love sandwiches, and I actually prefer tea to coffee, so a classic tea is a little piece of heaven for me.  I know that my love of this tasty ritual informed my menu of baked goods for C’est La V Bakeshop, and I’ve always felt that they’d be right at home next to some dainty sandwiches and pots of tea.

I was just starting to test some tea sandwich recipes when Jackie Horrick, owner of Alternative Outfitters, contacted me about catering a vegan afternoon tea for her birthday.  Her back yard was the perfect setting for a relaxing tea service, and it made for a really fun afternoon.  I wrote a Food Feature for VegNews about the tea, and the whole thing was such a huge success that I’ve decided to expand C’est La V’s menu to include catering for tea parties!

If you’re outside of the Los Angeles area and you want to throw your own vegan afternoon tea, you can have C’est La V baked goods shipped right to your front door.  For tea sandwiches, try a meatless chicken salad, chickpea salad or radish and “butter” with gray salt.  You can even buck tradition and do mini TLTs (tempeh “bacon”, lettuce and tomato).  This recipe for Cucumber Tea Sandwiches with Herbed “Cream Cheese” is also a great place to start!

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches with Herbed “Cream Cheese”
If you’re making these ahead of time, store them in the refrigerator covered with wax paper and a damp paper towel to prevent the bread from drying out.

1 medium to large organic cucumber
8 oz. tub of tofutti cream cheese (or your favorite brand), at room temperature
1 tablespoon minced organice chives
1 tablespoon minced organic tarragon
sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
1 loaf organic white spelt bread
about 2 teaspoons Maldon sea salt

Peel the cucumber and slice it into paper thin discs.  Combine the “cream cheese”, minced herbs and salt and pepper to taste in a small bowl.

To make the sandwiches, cut the crusts off of the bread and lay the slices out on a cutting board.  Spread both sides with a layer of the herbed “cream cheese”, and arrange a layer of cucumber disc on one side of bread.  Sprinkle some of the Maldon salt over the cucumber slices and top with the other piece of bread.  Cut the bread in half on a diagonal, and then cut each piece in half again, forming 4 small triangles.

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18 Responses to “A Vegan Afternoon Tea”

  1. This all is mouthwatering! Do you ship to Montréal??? C’est vegan ici! I’d eat all of those little sandwiches right now if I could!

  2. Hi, Jessica! Thanks so much! Unfortunately I can’t ship to Montreal yet, but I’ll let you know if that changes!

  3. Afternoon tea in London is always nice. It has been awhile since I have been there but still remember it well. I was able to get sandwiches which were without meat. Your food looks terrific!

  4. This looks beautiful, you did a fantastic job of replicating high tea!

  5. All these photos are just so beautiful! That cup is so cute.

    Afternoon tea needs to happen more in my life.

  6. Oh gosh! I so wish I lived in L.A! It looks even more fabulous then the afternoon tea I had at Fortnum & Mason in London.

    You are so talented and inspirational!

  7. Ah! This is just so lovely! Looks delicious and makes me want to put on a flowery dress and have a garden tea party too :)

  8. So beautiful! I’ve always wanted to have a proper tea, unfortunately no one I know has the same wish.

  9. Simply marvelous!

  10. Oh my goodness this post is fabulous! My mother and I love high tea and have just recently become vegan and I couldn’t find anywhere in south Florida that had a nice vegan menu, so for mothers day I plan to just make my own! These recipes will be perfect thank you thank you!

  11. Brett Leonard 13. Sep, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Simply lovely! OMG!!!! I love tea sandwiches, and I’m a vegan.

  12. I am a tea trader from Germany. I started my own business last year and I love what I do because I find that through tea I have met so many interesting people…and I found your wonderful website. In Germany we do not have such beautiful tea parties. The more I love what I see on your website. It inspires me. Good luck to you!

  13. Thank you so much, Yvonne! Your message made my day.

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