Anyone for tea…cake?

Happy Wednesday, dear readers! It’s the peak of the week – thank goodness – and we’ve got a few recipes to tempt you with, to get you thinking about the weekend and what you’re going to bake.

So a few weeks ago we started a bit of a mini series of traditional treats to enjoy with tea. We started close to home, with a few yummy creations from the British Isles. Today we’re going to hop across the Atlantic Ocean and see what our neighbours in the Southern states of America might snaffle with a good cuppa. Tea Cakes.

Southern Tea Cakes are believed to be a basic version of British tea cakes (the flat bun-like kind that are best toasted and thickly buttered) that were further simplified by the poorer classes to include fewer ingredients and better suit their resources. It’s this unfussy adaptation that has survived the test of time.

Southern tea cakes

This first recipe is as authentic as they get. Taken from an old family favourite, with only minor adjustments, this is the closest you’ll come to the real deal. It sounds to me like a kind of very thin shortbread and a rather tasty accompaniment to your afternoon brew.

lemon tea cake

If you fancy something zingier, how about a lemon version? Adding lemon zest and juice to the mixture, and topping with lemon icing puts a fresh twist on the original. We think these would be the perfect partner to our Lemon Green tea.

Gooey tea cakes

Feeling like something cakier? This alternative is more dense and  chewy for more of a cookie feel. Another iced version, this recipe feels quite pudding-y and we think it would make a lovely finish to a meal with friends, served with a refreshing pot of Earl Grey.

Well I don’t know about you, but I’m convinced and my mouth is watering! Will you be whipping up a batch of Southern Tea Cakes this weekend? Show us some snaps and let us know how they turn out.

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