Spring Tea Sandwiches with Flower & Herb Cheese

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It’s been a delicious week with

The Novel Bakers

and Beatrix Potter and Bunny Week!

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The recipes and fun have multiplied like rabbits :)

You can hop along with

The Novel Bakers on Pinterest,

and find all the Beatrix Potter recipes

and bunny inspiration for the week!

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I’m serving Spring Tea Sandwiches

with Flower & Herb Cheese,

 fun for a garden party, shower, or tea. . .

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. . .Inspired by some tabletop gardening

and Cooking with Flowers.

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Beatrix Potter, Pansies Watercolor with Pencil, undated,
Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life

 

Flower & Herb Cheese

Making Flower & Herb Cheese (or Butter) is easy and beautiful with edible flowers, and adds a ‘wow’ factor for a shower, garden club lunch or treat at the breakfast table!

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For one 8 ounce package of room temperature soft cheese, add 1/4 to 1 cup flowers, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and any other herbs or desired seasoning.

I used Neufchâtel, violas, chives and parsley.

As with any edible flower, use only ones that are pesticide and chemical free.

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Pick your edible flowers in the morning when they are fresh, avoiding older bruised blooms. Rinse gently to “debug” them and pat dry. Remove each pansy or viola from its sepals (green base).

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 Blend to incorporate, adding your shredded/ chopped petals to your room temperature cheese, along with your herbs and seasonings.

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 Cover and refrigerate.

Use soft cheese within a week.

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For 8 ounces of soft cheese use these

amounts of flowers as a guideline:

Pansy/Viola Cheese~  1/4 cup violas

Nasturtium Cheese~ 1 cup nasturtiums

Rose Cheese~  1/2 cup rose petals, add 1 teaspoon rose water (optional)

Lavender Cheese~ Up to 2 tablespoons lavender buds

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I used Pepperidge Farm Very Thin Sliced Bread and seedless cucumber and radishes sliced thin with a mandoline. Place sliced cucumbers on a paper towel to absorb excess moisture.

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 Spread your herbed flower cheese on your bread, layer cucumbers and/or radishes and use cookie cutter for shapes. If you don’t want to fool with cookie cutters, serve your sandwiches open-faced, and cut in squares or triangles for serving.

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 Garnish with violas and

parsley or other herbs.

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 If assembling tea sandwiches ahead, cover your sandwiches with a damp paper towel and plastic wrap to keep your bread fresh & from drying out. Garnish with flowers before serving.

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You can find a printable recipe, here.

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I’m joining The Novel Bakers

for Beatrix Potter Week. . .

Visit Jain and Michael Lee

for more Bunny/Beatrix Potter fun:

 a quiet life

Rattlebridge Farm 

Spring Tea Sandwiches with Flower & Herb Cheese

Thank you for your visit, also sharing at:

Marvelous Mondays,  Metamorphosis Monday,

The ScoopInspire Me Tuesday,

Wow Us WednesdaysFoodie FridayHome Sweet Home,

 Be Inspired FridaySeasonal Sundays

 

  24 comments for “Spring Tea Sandwiches with Flower & Herb Cheese

  1. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud
    April 11, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Such a fancy lunch! I’d like to eat a rabbit please…not that I’m bitter or anything:@)

  2. April 11, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Cute little sandwiches !fun to entertain and show off the fancy but easy sandwiches! Yum!

  3. Cheryl
    April 11, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Lovely Mary! Where do you get your edible violas? You cannot use flowers from the garden center. Does your grocer carry them? Would love to make these for our garden club.

    • April 11, 2014 at 9:05 am

      Hi Cheryl, You can start them from seed if you can’t find them.

  4. paula
    April 11, 2014 at 8:29 am

    ~Mary~
    Almost to pretty to eat ! What time is tea time?!?! :) Mary everything you do I am just awww of. And I know you put a lot of time into each day you share. Thank you !! (hug) you are so gifted !
    Have a sunny day ~
    Paula
    IN

  5. April 11, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Hi Mary, I’ve never tried using a mandolin because they are so intimidating! But your veggies look so pretty that I may try one. Pass me a bunny sandwich please! Linda

  6. franki
    April 11, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Delectable!! franki

  7. April 11, 2014 at 9:30 am

    is it getting too redundant to say how adorable this week has been? who knew an endless parade of bunnies could be so joyful to the soul! your tea sandwiches are precious, too cute to devour!

    what fun to have a tea party in your potting shed surrounded by all your cuteness. i admire you for all your pansies, they are to hard to grow in mass in my warm climate, they love cool and moist, something i can’t offer them, so i am feeling a little garden envy to your abundance of fancy flowers for butter and cheese! just seeing them spread out makes you look like the richest in the kingdom!

    another joyful start to my day, i can’t bear the thought we only have 2 more days of play…

  8. April 11, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Your Beatrix Potter posts have been the highlight of my week, Mary!

  9. April 11, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Mary, I want to have tea in your potting shed. These little tea sandwiches are too pretty to consume, so I’d savor them simply with my eyes.
    I marvel at your photography. The shot of the cucumber and radish slices and the sweet pansy blooms gently arranged on the paper……both are exquisite! You never skip a beat. The creativity in the kitchen, garden, staging, and behind the lens is incredible with every post you create. Bravo!

  10. April 11, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Oh, now I want to host a Spring Tea Party!
    and I ditto everything Sarah said just above me!

  11. April 11, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Mary, you have certainly had many sweet posts of Beatrix Potter this past week. I have enjoyed each one. Your pictures are so darling. Thanks for sharing them.

  12. April 11, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    I want to have a party now and dazzle my friends with YOUR ideas! I pinned your cream cheese log with violas recently and I noticed my daughter repined it. She liked it also.

  13. April 11, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Pansies are so pretty and your have used them in a most lovely way! Everything here shouts springtime and beauty!

  14. April 11, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    You always WOW me with your delectable food, Mary! xo

  15. April 12, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Oh this makes me want to throw a tea party! All your sandwiches are gorgeous! I love the open faced ones, they are so pretty mixed in with the cookie cutter shaped ones~and that cheese is just stunning! I can’t say enough about your photos and styling, it is always brilliant and delightful :)
    Jenna

  16. Cynthia Raines
    April 12, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Over the top Mary!! So tastefully done, you’re just the very best with the recipes and beautiful photography! I’m headed out to my shed and flower beds. Spring has FINALLY arrived in Michigan. It’s 62 and we are rejoicing!!

  17. Rattlebridge Farm
    April 12, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Splendid, gorgeous, informative, and delicious…I can’t think of enough good things to say about this post. I’ve pinned your photos to my edible flower board at Pinterest. These little tea sandwiches are elegant and playful. I know that Beatrix herself would admire them. I can’t believe that Novel Baker week is coming to an end. It was a journey, with the most exquisite destinations–your house and Jain’s. [Now it’s time to clean my epic mess(es). Where is Bandwidth when I need him? :-) ]

  18. April 15, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Mary, do you grow or buy your violas? The sandwiches are delightful!

  19. Joni
    April 17, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    What elegant sandwiches. I think Peter himself tried to come into your home and eat these :). Joni

  20. April 19, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    These Tea Sandwiches look so good!! I love what you did by adding the violas to them! You always have the best ideas! Hope you stop by Simple & Sweet Fridays. Everyone will love them!! Happy Easter!
    Hugs,
    Jody

  21. Kathy G
    April 20, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Hi Mary,
    Second trip back to this post. I made these for a brunch for my dear friends and they were just thrilled over them!!!. Seeing their reaction was so delightful, just made us laugh even more.
    These are so versatle and easy to do. They offer another great option for those great seasonal cookie cutters,we all love.
    I cut the bread out the night before, using wheat and white bread I stored overnight in ziploc bag and assembled quickly the next morning.
    Just wanted to thank you for sharing, I so enjoy visiting your site!
    Hugs,
    Kathy

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