OLD FASHIONED TEA CAKE
Fluffy, buttery, and shockingly tender, old fashioned tea cakes are more akin to a crossover between a biscuit and a cookie than they are to a cake. Like many of our oldest recipes, tea cakes were created out of scarcity-both in ingredients and time. Rather than the time consuming yeasted breads made for holidays or the intricate (and expensive) pastries made for celebrations like weddings and birthdays, tea cakes were more of an everyday treat to be enjoyed with a cup of tea. But seventy years ago, treats regularly baked to stock the cupboard for a surprise visit had to be made without requiring a great deal of time and without depleting the pantry of its resources. The tea cake took very little time to make and called for ingredients already laying around the kitchens of our great grandparents. While they may look like cookies, they certainly don't taste like them. Tea cakes contain much less sugar than a conventional cookie, and the main liquid ingredient is buttermilk, giving a slightly savory edge to an already mildly sweet pastry. At their most basic, tea cakes are simply flour and sugar combined with butter and buttermilk. Flavors like vanilla, cinnamon, or lemon are regularly used to add a touch of flair to the otherwise simple cakes. Our recipe calls for the zest of one lemon, adding just the right hint of citrus to the buttery tea cake.
Provided by Micah A Leal
Yield 12 tea cakes
Number Of Ingredients 8
- Combine flour, sugar, lemon zest, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to mix.
- Scatter butter across surface. Pulse until butter is completely incorporated into dry ingredients. Add buttermilk and pulse a few times until the dough clumps together. Gather dough, barely kneading until you can shape the dough into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. On a well floured surface, use a floured rolling pin to roll dough into a 1/4-inch thick circle. Use a 3-inch round cutter to punch out circles from the dough; transfer circles to prepared baking sheet. Reroll scraps and cut out additional circles.
- Bake until tea cakes have puffed slightly and barely take on color, 12-14 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before removing from baking sheet.
Spare a bit of time to bake these delicious teacakes which you can serve warm with butter for a weekend breakfast, coffee morning or afternoon tea
Provided by Elena Silcock
Categories Afternoon tea, Breakfast
Number Of Ingredients 9
- Warm the milk with the butter in a pan until the butter has melted, then add 100ml water to cool the mixture to room temp. Tip the flour, yeast, sugar, spice and 1 tsp salt into a bowl, making sure the yeast is on the other side of the bowl to the salt. Make a well in the flour mixture and pour the milk and butter in, mixing until it forms big flakes, then bring together with your hands. Tip on a surface and knead until smooth (about 5 mins). Put the dough into a large, lightly oiled bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and leave until doubled in size, so about 1-1 ½ hours.
- Line a tray with baking paper. Tip the mixed dried fruits into the dough and knead them in, trying to disperse them evenly throughout the dough. Cut your dough into 6 even-sized balls, take each ball and, using the cup of your hand, and pressing down a little with your palm, roll the ball in a circular motion on the surface to create tension across the top of the bun and a neat round shape. Place onto a tray about 5cm away from each other and press down with your palm to flatten the dough down a little, creating the teacake shape. Cover loosely with an oiled sheet of cling film, for a further 45 mins, or until they have doubled in size.
- Meanwhile, heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas mark 6. Brush the top of each bun liberally with the egg wash, then bake for 20 mins on the top shelf of the oven, until the buns are golden and well risen. Allow to cool on a wire rack, then slice in half, toast and slather with butter if you like.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 338 calories, Fat 6 grams fat, SaturatedFat 3 grams saturated fat, Carbohydrate 60 grams carbohydrates, Sugar 16 grams sugar, Fiber 2 grams fiber, Protein 10 grams protein, Sodium 1 milligram of sodium
GRANDMA'S OLD FASHIONED TEA CAKES
A soft teacake that is best when one to two days old. You can change flavors by substituting almond or lemon extract for the vanilla. Add a few drop of food coloring to dress up the dough for special occasions.
Provided by RGA
Number Of Ingredients 8
- In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and nutmeg; stir into the creamed mixture. Knead dough for a few turnns on a floured board until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until firm.
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch in thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 1/2 inches apart onto cookie sheets.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 187.8 calories, Carbohydrate 26.6 g, Cholesterol 35.8 mg, Fat 8.3 g, Fiber 0.4 g, Protein 2.2 g, SaturatedFat 5 g, Sodium 135.3 mg, Sugar 14.7 g
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet.
- Beat butter and sugar in a bowl until creamy. Stir in flour, vanilla extract, baking powder, and baking soda until dough is well mixed. Drop spoonfuls of dough 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheet.
- Bake in preheated oven until lightly browned, 5 to 10 minutes.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 173.7 calories, Carbohydrate 24.5 g, Cholesterol 20.3 mg, Fat 7.8 g, Fiber 0.4 g, Protein 1.7 g, SaturatedFat 4.9 g, Sodium 101.3 mg, Sugar 12.6 g
I've baked many batches of different cookies through the years, but family and friends tell me these are the best. The simple buttery flavor appeals to all.
Provided by Taste of Home
Yield 9 dozen.
Number Of Ingredients 7
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture (the dough will be soft). , Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 7-8 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 81 calories, Fat 4g fat (2g saturated fat), Cholesterol 21mg cholesterol, Sodium 71mg sodium, Carbohydrate 11g carbohydrate (6g sugars, Fiber 0 fiber), Protein 1g protein.
RUSSIAN TEA CAKES
- First, brown the butter: Place the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat to cook. Check it after about 7 minutes; it should be a medium-brown color, not too light but not too burnt. Once it reaches that color, take it off the heat and let it cool. Refrigerate to continue to cool for about 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 3 half sheet pans with parchment paper.
- Add the cold browned butter, flour, powdered sugar, salt, vanilla extract and cinnamon to a food processor; process until light and fluffy. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the walnuts and mix with a rubber spatula until combined.
- Using a small ice cream scoop, portion 48 mounds of the dough onto your prepared sheet pans, spacing them 2 inches apart. Place in the freezer to cool for 15 minutes.
- Bake until the cookies are firm and smell nutty and toasty, 15 to 18 minutes. Rotate the pans 180 degrees halfway through baking.
- Meanwhile, place additional powdered sugar in another large bowl. Once the cookies are out of the oven, let cool for exactly 6 minutes 30 seconds then toss in the powdered sugar. Enjoy!
EASY TEA CAKES
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Cream the butter and sugar, about 4 minutes. Add the eggs and mix thoroughly. Then add the milk and gradually add the flour, making a light, soft dough. Roll the dough out so it¿s very thin. Cut into rounds and put on a buttered baking pan. Bake until the cakes are yellowish in color, about 8 minutes.
SOUTHERN TEA CAKES
There were nine children in our family and Mother had to stretch the budget, so she made these often for dessert. I loved them when I was a child, and they're still a special treat. In fact, I've never met anyone who doesn't like these cookies. They're so simple and quick to make.
Provided by Taste of Home
Yield about 3 dozen.
Number Of Ingredients 6
- In a bowl, cream together shortening and sugar. Beat in eggs. Add milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir in flour; mix well. , Drop by tablespoonfuls 2-1/2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 252 calories, Fat 11g fat (3g saturated fat), Cholesterol 25mg cholesterol, Sodium 251mg sodium, Carbohydrate 34g carbohydrate (19g sugars, Fiber 0 fiber), Protein 3g protein.
You can personalize these tea cakes if you like, substituting a pinch of cinnamon, allspice, or mace for the nutmeg or sour cream for the buttermilk.
Provided by Toni Tipton-Martin
Yield Makes about 2 dozen tea cakes
Number Of Ingredients 11
- In a bowl, whisk together the flour,baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg.
- In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl again, then beat in the buttermilk and vanilla.
- Gradually add the flour mixture, beating just until smooth and well blended. Divide the dough in half. Flatten each half into a disc. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate until chilled and slightly stiff, at least 1 hour, but overnight ideally.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- On a lightly floured surface, working with one portion at a time, roll the dough to a ¼-inch thickness. Cut with a floured 1½-inch round biscuit cutter. Gather the scraps, reroll, and cut again. Sprinkle lightly with demerara sugar. Transfer the tea cakes to the baking sheets and space them about 1 inch apart.
- Bake until the tea cakes are lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on the pan for 1 minute, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. The tea cakes will keep for about 2 weeks in an airtight container.
OLD FASHIONED TEA CAKES
My grandmother made these for my mom when she was growing up and in turn my mother baked these for me. Some of my favorite memories are of coming home from school and having aplate of freshly baked tea cakes waiting for me.
Provided by MarieRynr
Categories Drop Cookies
Yield 6 dozen
Number Of Ingredients 9
- Cream shortening, sugar, and eggs in a mixer bowl until light and fluffy.
- Stir in the baking powder Dissolve the baking soda in the buttermilk.
- Stir into the creamed mixture.
- Add the salt and vanilla.
- Stir in the flour gradually until a soft dough forms.
- Drop by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet.
- Press with a damp cloth wrapped around the bottom of a glass.
- Bake at 350*F for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
- Cool on wire racks.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 898.1, Fat 36.8, SaturatedFat 9.3, Cholesterol 71.3, Sodium 704.4, Carbohydrate 131.6, Fiber 2.2, Sugar 68, Protein 11.4
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Top Asked Questions
How do I make a tea cake?Step 1. Preheat oven to 375°. Generously butter --no cooking spray here!--baking pans. Pro Tip: For this tea cake recipe, I use 4 baking pans so that I don't have to wait for them to cool. Step 2. Melt two sticks of butter in a small saucepan. Step 3. In a large bowl, combine two eggs and the sugar.
What are tea cakes made of?This is a simple recipe of tea cakes with butter, eggs, and flour. It uses baking soda and cream of tartar as a leaving agent. Adding cream of tartar makes prevents the sugar from crystallizing and makes the cookies especially soft, which is a key characteristic of tea cakes. You can build on this basic recipe in many ways.
How do you add lemon zest to Tea Cake?Our recipe calls for the zest of one lemon, adding just the right hint of citrus to the buttery tea cake. Read the full recipe after the video. Combine flour, sugar, lemon zest, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of a food processor.
How do you roll out tea cakes without baking paper?Remove baking pan to a rack for about 5 minutes, then remove tea cakes to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely. Don't add extra flour when you start rolling out the cookies. Just have a lightly floured surface and sprinkle a little flour on top so you can roll them out. Don't use parchment paper or cooking spray on the baking sheets.