I always think in terms of savory when I think of tea sandwiches. But sweet sandwiches are a delight.
Mincemeat and Cheese
I start with a quick bread. This is banana nut, but zucchini or date nut bread would work. You can make your own. I bought this one because I know my local bakery makes wonderfully moist and dense quick breads. As you can see, my husband already took a hunk of the end!
Cut two slices about a half inch thick. Get them as evenly matched as possible.
Coat both sides with either goat cheese, cream cheese, or spreadable brie. I used this creamy goat cheese.
Next, grab that jar of mincemeat pie filling you’ve had on the top shelf for three years. You’ll only need a little. Just a thin coating on the bottom slice. If you don’t have this filling, use apricot jam.
Assemble the two sides and cut the mini sandwich in half. Spread a little more of the cheese on the cut side.
Finely chop your favorite unsalted nut: almonds, pecans, walnuts. And dip the cheese coated edge in the nuts.
While enjoying your snack pick up a copy of Jennifer Trethewey’s Betting the Scot.
Declan Sinclair is a Highlander who believes his dreams never lie. When he spots Caya at a public house, he knows instantly she is the woman in his dreams—his future wife. Though her brother had promised never to gamble again, he engages Declan in a card game—and the prize is the lovely Caya.
Caya Pendarvis has no time for childish things like dreams or fairy-tales or love. She’s the sacrificial lamb on her way to the far north of Scotland to wed a wealthy merchant in exchange for settling her brother’s gambling debts.
Winning at cards is one of the many things Declan Sinclair does well. Unfortunately, the ability to court a woman—a talent he lacks—is the only skill he desperately needs to win Caya’s heart.