Mention “Tea Cakes” to different people and you are sure to get different thoughts on the subject.
What is a tea cake?
According to my favorite internet source (aka Wikipedia): A teacake in England is a light yeast-based sweet bun containing dried fruit, typically served toasted and buttered. In the U.S. tea cakes can be cookies or small cakes. And in Sweden it is a sweetened wheat soda bread served with butter, jam and often cheese. In India and Australia a teacake is more like a sponge cake.
My mother-in-law grew up in rural Alabama on a farm and the recipe I have came from her. I like to believe that it is an authentic, old-fashioned recipe.
No matter what, it’s an addictive little cookie. It’s difficult to eat just one. In fact, in making this recipe I HAD to eat three. Yes – three for the sake of research. And my poor husband – I texted him a picture while he was away and his response was “mouth-watering.”
(Please don’t tell anyone, but while I am sitting her writing all of this I HAD to go and eat another one. All for research. Yes, research.)
Old Fashioned Tea Cakes
- 4-5 cups self-rising flour
- 2 cups sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup oil
- ½ cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla flavoring
- 1 tsp lemon flavoring
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Place flour, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
- Make a well in the center and add remaining ingredients. Mix until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. The dough will be stiff.
- Place on lightly floured surface and knead. Roll out and cut using a cup.
- Place on baking stone and bake for 7-9 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Cool and enjoy.
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- If you use a baking stone, they will probably take a little bit longer to cook. I also recommend that you use parchment paper for easy removal.
- If you use a metal sheet pan, keep a close eye on your first batch so that you get a feel for how they will bake in your oven. They will bake faster on metal than on a baking stone. Also, you might want to rotate the baking sheet for more even browning.
- The thinner the cookie, the crunchier it will become as it cools.