It's funny how words get misheard and preserved, especially among close-knit cultural groups. I was looking for this recipe in the box of recipes my wife inherited from her Mammaw Jenny. This recipe for old-fashioned Tea Cakes (the kind you have at tea time if you're British, was in an old newspaper clipping along with a recipe for cornmeal pie. It was listed as a recipe for old-fashioned "T" cakes. Not sure what the local newspaper thought the "T" stood for. There was another recipe by someone named Miranda for a "Sheith" cake - or a sheet cake as it is known throughout the rest of the world. So T-cakes or Tea Cakes, whatever you want to call them, these are a great party cookie that's not very sweet, but just right for a little snack or a light dessert after a big old potluck.
Mammaw's Old Fashioned Tea Cakes
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup butter, melted
- 2 eggs beaten
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Mix all ingredients well
- Roll dough thin
- Cut out cookies with a cookie cutter
- Place cookies evenly on an ungreased cookie sheet
- Bake until cookies are a light golden brown. Do not overcook.
You can also spoon the batter onto a cookie sheet. The original recipe also suggests using an insulated cookie sheet. I like to bake them till they crisp and turn darker around the edges. These are very simple and come out like a cross between a cake and a cookie. Very civilized for a simple something to go with a warm drink or iced drinks. You can even substitute Truvia for sugar and lower the calories even further.
© 2016 by Tom King