Whether it’s a Mother’s Day celebration, a spring baby shower, or you simply feel like gathering the ladies for a spot of tea, the sweet cakes and savory bites served alongside your British beverages speak volumes of your party planning abilities. These tea party recipes for avocado sandwiches and cookies are sure to have your guests’ plates full and pinkies raised throughout your midday soiree.
A tea party isn’t complete without the requisite dainty sandwiches. We recommend this take on a cucumber sandwich with a creamy avocado twist. Mash half an avocado and a splash of lime juice into a bowl before spreading it on a slice of whole grain, crust-less bread. Top the other slice of bread with a layer of whipped cream cheese, thinly sliced English cucumbers, and a small handful of alfalfa for a rich, vegetarian delight. To add a protein punch, swap the cucumber slices for a layer of smoked salmon or egg salad.
For a greener version of this favorite, hard boil a dozen eggs and let them cool. Peel away the shells, slice the eggs into halves, and carefully remove the yolks. Mash the hard-boiled egg yolks with one perfectly-ripened avocado in a mixing bowl. Add a dollop of Greek yogurt, chopped fresh dill, and white pepper, and stir until evenly combined. Pipe the green mixture into the egg-white halves and garnish with freshly chopped chives. If you’re feeling fancy, a small, edible flower on each half will gild the lily.
You’ll want something sweet to round out this repast, and these lime cookies with a chocolate glaze are deliciously citrusy. Beat coconut oil and avocado at medium speed until smooth, adding powdered sugar, egg, vanilla, lime zest, and lime juice until fully incorporated. In another bowl, stir flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Combine wet and dry ingredients on a low setting and let chill in a log form for up to 24 hours. Slice into individually portioned cookies before baking. While these avocado-and-citrus-centered beauties bake, prepare the chocolate glaze that will sweeten the mix.
Melt the chocolate with coconut oil. After you bake and cool your cookies, dip each one in the bowl of chocolate glaze. Enjoy with a cup of Cream of Earl Grey or Buckingham Palace Garden tea.