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Etsy Roundup – Caramel Treats for Weddings

by | Etsy Roundup, Made


Polka Dot Bride



  1. Hard salted caramel covered in chocolate from Sugar Bakers Bakery 2. Roasted almond salted caramel nougat from Sweetniks 3. Apple cider caramels from Sweet Addict Bakery 4. Caramel popcorn from nonstoppopcaramel 5. Caramel and chocolate covered almonds from Zam Artisan Chocolates 6. Salted caramel chocolate pecan clusters from OneSweetIdea

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Cocktail Friday – Maker’s Mark Old Fashioned

by | Cocktail Friday, Made


Ms Chinoiserie

Maker's Mark Old Fashioned

Often overlooked in favour of more ‘modern’ cocktails, the Maker’s Mark ‘Old Fashioned’ is anything but! Blending the full-flavoured whisky taste of caramel and vanilla with bitters and orange gives it that subtle kick of sweetness; perfect for after dinner drinks with smooth conversation!

60ml Maker’s Mark whisky
2 x dashes Australian Bitters Co bitters
1 x teaspoon of sugar
1 x teaspoon of water
1 x orange peel

Place sugar and water in the bottom of an Old Fashioned glass and stir until dissolved. Add bitters and whisky. Fill the glass 3/4 full with ice cubes and stir for 20 seconds or until a preferred dilution is achieved. Top with fresh ice. Garnish with an orange twist.

The BEST Cucumber Sandwich Recipe

by | Made, Recipes


Jessica Derrick


Today marks the first day of a sparkly new series here at Polka Dot Made. Each month, we’ll be sharing with you the best recipes for bridal showers, high teas and wedding day breakfasts. So yummy! A delicious array of sweet and savoury plates that guests and bridal parties will swoon over – beginning today, with the best cucumber sandwiches. Really, they are the BEST!

Whenever I have a cucumber sandwich, I can’t help but think of the Queen, enjoying a sandwich or two at a palace event.  They are impossibly delicate and a little bit fancy and let’s face it, everything you want at a bridal shower high tea. Paper thin slices of cucumber sandwiched between pillowy white bread and seasoned cream cheese. The secret? A hint of celery salt and a sprinkle of dill. These sandwiches are perfectly paired with a glass of champagne or a Pimms classic if the mood allows. I promise you, the Queen would be nothing if not pleased with your efforts.

What you’ll need:

2 x lebanese cucumbers
3 x spring onions, finely sliced
250g Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon fresh dill, finely sliced
Pepper to taste
9 x slices of white bread
Paper towel


What to do: 

Step 1. Peel the skin from the cucumbers and slice them into paper thin rounds. Arrange a layer of cucumber rounds on a paper towel. Cover with another paper towel and squeeze to absorb as much moisture as possible. Repeat until all cucumber has been drained.

Step 2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, mix the cream cheese, spring onions, dill, celery salt and pepper until well combined.


Step 3. Spread a thin layer of the cream cheese mixture onto a slice of white bread. Arrange one layer of cucumber rounds onto the cream cheese. A slight overlap is fine, but try not to overlap too much.


Step 4. Spread another piece of bread with a thin layer of cream cheese. Arrange cream cheese side down on the layer of cucumber. Now, on the top side, spread another thin layer of cream cheese. Then layer cucumber once again and top with the final piece of bread.


Step 5. Firstly cut the crusts from the sandwich. Cut into three ribbons and then cut each ribbon in half.  Enjoy!

Hints & Tips

  • The thinner style of sandwich thickness bread (not toast thickness) is best, otherwise the bread and cucumber ratio is slightly out.
  • Draining the cucumber on paper towel is an important step. Cucumbers hold a considerable amount of water which can lead to soggy sandwiches if not drained properly.
  • Take your time when cutting the sandwiches. Use a sharp, serrated knife and press down gently with an open palm to hold in place but without squashing the bread.
  • Because freshness is key with these cucumber sandwiches, it’s best to make them on the day you are going to enjoy them. If you want to be prepared ahead of time you can make the cream cheese mixture and peel, slice and drain the cucumbers up to a day beforehand. Keep refrigerated until assembling the next day.
  • If you assemble the sandwiches a few hours before your guests are arriving, double wrap with cling film and keep refrigerated until ready for serving.



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Ms Chinoiserie Says: So yummy; I can imagine enjoying one of these pillow soft sandwiches under a tree at a garden party with a glass of Pimms! Delightful!!!

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