Apricot Jam and Cheddar Tea Sandwiches

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Sweet and salty apricot jam and cheddar tea sandwiches are made with 3 ingredients, ready in minutes, and there’s no cooking involved. They’re the perfect savory for tea time and party appetizers.

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Easy Apricot and Cheddar Tea Sandwiches

Apricot jam and cheddar cheese are a match made in heaven. These 2-bite, crustless sandwiches are the perfect mix of sweet and salty. The best part of this recipe is that there’s no cooking involved. All it takes is a little prepping and assembling.

These apricot jam and cheddar tea sandwiches are vegetarian, so they are a great meat-free option for afternoon tea.

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Recipe Highlights

  • These tea sandwiches use just 3 ingredients: white bread, apricot jam, and cheddar cheese. That’s it!
  • This recipe is super simple to make using a round cookie cutter to make the perfect uniform circles out of the ingredients.
  • This recipe makes 4 bite-sized tea sandwiches for serving 1-2 people, but you can increase it for a large group.

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Ingredient Notes

Ingredients for Apricot Jam and Cheddar Tea Sandwiches.
  • White bread: Soft white bread is the key to a good tea sandwich. It’s best to use Very Thin Pepperidge Farm white bread.
  • Apricot jam: You can use any brand of apricot jam. It’s sweet and slightly tangy, so it contrasts nicely with the cheddar cheese. 
  • Aged cheddar cheese: Use a cheddar cheese that has been aged for at least 15 months. This way the flavor has had plenty of time to intensify. In this sandwich, the aged cheddar cheese tastes much better than regular cheddar.

For full ingredients and detailed instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Step-by-Step Instructions

White bread being cut into circles with a round cookie cutter.

Step 1: Cut the bread into circles with a round 2″ cookie cutter. Avoid cutting the crust.

Slices of cheddar being cut into circles with a cookie cutter.

Step 2: Cut slices from a block of cheddar cheese. Cut circles out of the cheese using the same cookie cutter used to cut the bread.

Steps to make an Apricot Jam and Cheddar Tea Sandwich.

Step 3: Spread the apricot jam on one side of each bread circle. Place the cut out cheddar on top of the bread. Top with another piece of bread, apricot jam facing down.

Recipe Notes

Don’t spread too much apricot jam on the bread. 

Just a little bit of jam is needed on each slice. You don’t want the sweetness of the jam to overpower the cheddar cheese. Plus, too much jam can make eating the sandwich too messy and sticky.

Freeze the bread for the cleanest cuts.

Frozen bread cuts cleaner than room temperature bread and it holds the shape better. You’ll get nicer edges with less crumbs with frozen bread.

Make them ahead of time.

If you want to make these tea sandwiches ahead of time, you will need to add a layer of butter between the jam and the bread to prevent the bread from getting soggy.

Make the sandwiches with butter and store them overnight in the refrigerator. Cover the sandwiches with wax paper and a damp paper towel in an airtight container. The damp paper towel will help prevent the bread from drying out but avoid letting it touch the sandwiches.

Serve at room temperature.

Tea sandwiches are traditionally enjoyed at room temperature. If preparing in advance, take them out of the fridge 15 minutes ahead of time to warm them up.

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Expert Tips

  • You can use cookie cutters in other shapes, but simple ones like squares and rectangles work best.
  • To prevent the cheese from breaking apart, coat the cookie cutter inside and out with olive oil.
  • Tea sandwiches don’t usually include crusts, so be sure to cut those off.
  • Don’t have apricot jam? Swap it for other flavors like strawberry or raspberry.

Questions You May Have

What’s the best tea to pair with these sandwiches?

Tea sandwiches are best paired with black tea like English Breakfast or Earl Grey.

Does it matter if I use yellow or white cheddar?

You can use either yellow or white cheddar but just make sure that it’s aged cheddar.

What is the best bread for tea sandwiches?

A soft, thin sandwich bread usually works best for tea sandwiches.

Apricot Jam and Cheddar Tea Sandwiches on a flat surface.

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Apricot Jam and Cheddar Tea Sandwich Recipe

By: Jee Choe
These sweet and salty apricot jam and cheddar tea sandwiches are made with 3 ingredients and there's no cooking involved.
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Yield: 4 tea sandwiches

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Cut circles out of the bread.
    Cut 8 circles out of the bread. Avoid the cutting the crust.
  • Cut circles out of the cheese.
    Cut 4 circles out of the cheddar.
  • Assemble the sandwiches.
    Spread a thin layer of apricot jam on each slice of bread. Put 1 slice of cheddar cheese on top of 4 slices of bread. Cover with another piece of bread with the apricot jam side down.
  • Repeat until you make 4 tea sandwiches.

Notes

  • Soft sandwich bread is the key to a good tea sandwich. It’s best to use a very thin white bread such as Pepperidge Farm.
  • Use a cheddar cheese that has been aged for at least 15 months. This way the flavor has had plenty of time to intensify.
  • Don’t spread too much apricot jam on the bread slices. You don’t want the sweetness of the jam to overpower the cheddar cheese.
  • Freeze the bread for the cleanest cuts.
  • If you want to make these tea sandwiches ahead of time, you will need to add a layer of butter between the jam and the bread to prevent the bread from getting soggy. Make the sandwiches with butter and store them overnight in the refrigerator. Cover the sandwiches with wax paper and a damp paper towel in an airtight container. The damp paper towel will help prevent the bread from drying out but avoid letting it touch the sandwiches.
  • Tea sandwiches are traditionally enjoyed at room temperature.

Nutrition

Calories: 137Carbohydrates: 16gProtein: 6gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 213mgPotassium: 44mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 151IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 153mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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