This article has been submitted to Monthly Mingle for October 2009 – High Tea Treats at  Meeta’s What’s for Lunch Honey? and to Aparna’s My Diverse Kitchen.


High Tea is a tradition that has come to be a sophisticated event from 4 pm to 5 pm in the modern world. This is the time when working men and women break from work to rejuvenate themselves and mingle. Commonly called a coffee break in IT industry these days, High Tea is the time between lunch and dinner when one would like to have something light to carry them on during the rest of the day.

High Tea is generally a serving of hot beverages with a spatter of bite sized dishes. A very classic dish that can be served is canapés. Canapes are small bread bases that can be topped with almost anything. Here I have used ready-made canapés. They are small square box-like flour moulds and are readily available anywhere. I have served sweet and savory canapés to satisfy both kinds of palates.


One box of canapés. Shallow fry the individual canapés in oil. This will make the canapés crisp and tastier. In case canapés are not available in market, you can cut out brown bread in the shape of 1 inch circles or squares and fry them to get the base.

Sweet and Savory Canapes

Sweet and Savory Canapes

Sweet canapés


½ cup cottage cheese

7-8 tbsp sugar

1 pinch cardamom



Strawberry sauce

Blend cheese with sugar and cardamom powder to get a paste. Drop a tablespoon of the mixture in a canapé. Cut apple into very thin wedges and decorate the canapés for the final crunchy taste. Place a drop of strawberry sauce for the final touch.

Savory canapés


3-4 potatoes

Béchamel sauce

1 pinch cinnamon



Tomato sauce or ketchup

Boil potatoes and mash them. Prepare béchamel sauce and mix with cinnamon and mashed potatoes. Fill canapés with mashed potatoes and shallow fry or bake for 5 mins. Prepare carrot wedges and decorate the canapés for a final crunchy taste while garnishing with tomato ketchup. Alternatively, green chutney can also be used.

Bechamel sauce

2 tbsp butter or ghee

2 tbsp flour

1 cup milk

1 tbsp cheese (optional)

1 pinch salt

1 pinch white pepper

Heat butter in a pan and roast flour in it till it turns light pink. Take of heat and pour milk in the pan. Mix well and cook on low flame. Grate cheese and add to the sauce along with salt and white pepper.