The name may throw you off into thinking that tea cakes can only be savored with a hot beverage, but fact is that these types of deserts are the most versatile, and can be served at any occasion and time. To add to these various myths, tea cakes do not contain any concentration of tea leaves, but are often created with the unused dough or batter from other baked products. Just like their different shapes and sizes, the flavor of tea cakes vary in different geographical locations, but the overall idea remains unchanged, which is a quick snack for kids and adults.
An example of this variation would be butterballs, which are also known as Russian tea cakes and Mexican cookies or wedding cakes. These types of cakes or butterballs were first introduced in Russia in the late 18th century, and made their way to the United States in the 20th century. The official cake of New Mexico - Bizcochitos are another delicacy that is similar to Tea Cakes, with the only difference being that they include anise in the mix, and are also referred to as Mantecados in Spain.
In England, tea cakes are seen in the form of a bread roll, which is further cut to make sandwiches. They are traditionally made with no dried fruit and are available in wholemeal, brown, granary or white flour. These English tea cakes are great to be had as fingers, dipped in butter or marmite. Moving down south in Europe, teacakes are often referred to as tekaka in Sweden, which are nothing more than sweetened white soda bread. In the homeland, tea cakes resemble large cookies that are made with flour, milk and flavoring, and are often seen in the south side. Sponge cakes in India and Australia are similar to tea cakes in the west, and are typically served warm with a hot beverage.
Tea cakes are easy to make and do not need a great deal of time or effort, and the perfect example to get started would be the recipe below.
What you Need for this Tea Cakes Recipe:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup softened butter
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 tablespoons buttermilk
1 tablespoon baking soda
2 cups sugar
How to Make this Tea Cakes Recipe:
Blend the cream and butter in a bowl.
Gradually add the sugar while beating the butter, and add the eggs once sugar is almost dissolved.
Add the vanilla and gently stir and set aside to chill for a couple of hours.
After cooling, cut the dough into quarter thick slices, and the best tool to use is cookie or biscuit cutter.
Bake the cake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until light brown.
Remove the tea cakes and let them cool before serving.
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