It’s been a delicious week with
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and Beatrix Potter and Bunny Week!
The recipes and fun have multiplied like rabbits :)
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and find all the Beatrix Potter recipes
and bunny inspiration for the week!
I’m serving Spring Tea Sandwiches
with Flower & Herb Cheese,
fun for a garden party, shower, or tea. . .
. . .Inspired by some tabletop gardening
and Cooking with Flowers.
Beatrix Potter, Pansies Watercolor with Pencil, undated,
Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life
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!
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.
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).
Blend to incorporate, adding your shredded/ chopped petals to your room temperature cheese, along with your herbs and seasonings.
Cover and refrigerate.
Use soft cheese within a week.
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
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.
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.
Garnish with violas and
parsley or other herbs.
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.
You can find a printable recipe, here.
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