Quarantine Cooking: Vintage Southern Tea Cakes Recipe (2023)


Quarantine Cooking: Vintage Southern Tea Cakes Recipe - Paula's in the kitchen with Bobby and they're cookin' up another retro recipe that's a classic southern favorite...Vintage southern tea cakes!
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- Okay, Bobby.

This is another retro recipe., Southern tea, cakes.

- Very retro.


So good.

- All right.

So we're gonna stir together our flour, and that's, just extra flour, and that's our sugar, and our baking powder and baking soda, I believe, check that recipe, son.

- Baking flour- - [Paula] Soda and powder.

- Four, baking soda.

Baking powder, yep.

- [Paula] And, how much salt? - I don't see salt.

- I don't have any salt in that recipe, but- - Just a pinch, it'll always do ya.

- I like sweet and salty, so I'm going to do maybe a 1/2 a teaspoon because we are cutting this recipe in 1/2 'cause.

It makes so many.


If you'd start your sifting.

- When did you, I, don't, know, I, don't know, how I remember you doing tea cakes.


Did this recipe? Come from? - Oh.

My gosh, son, it's.

So old, I, can't, tell ya.

- Did you make 'em for us.

When I was a little kid? - Oh.

My gosh, you don't remember.

It was just a big, white cookie.

- I do remember.

- [Paula] Just, a big, white cookie.

- I do remember.

But maybe that memory is blotted out by the, the chocolate gobstoppers that you used to wrap in Saran wrap and put in the refrigerator.

- Put in the refrigerator.

- Everything else is sort of shoved aside.


Think about how those things were so good.

- Okay.

You wanna start doing that? - So I'm, sifting, I'm, sifting, I'm, sifting, I'm, sifting.

- Yeah, sift, sift, sift.

- Okay, got it.

- Rather than pulling out a sifter, I.

Just use this little strainer sometimes.

You know, if I don't have a tremendous amount of flour.

- [Bobby] Well, what's, the difference? Just, the sifter would have a handle on it and sort of spin.

It around? Well.

This works just fine.

This is what you'd use for like powdered sugar on top of a cake or something like that.

- Exactly.

- Or to wash your vegetables, in.

I'd, wash, my vegetables, in, oh.

Look at that.

There goes Aunt, Peggy.

- Look here at great, great.

- Aunt Peggy, we're, making tea cakes.

- What.

You doing? - [Peggy] I came to see what I can sample.

(laughing) - [Paula] Well, I just took tomato grits out of the oven.

- I'll try those.

- [Paula] C'mon.

- Just a small serving.

- All right, listen, how a serving like that size? - [Peggy] That'll do it.

(laughing) She eats like a bird, y'all.

Come on in.

- Okay.

Well, we have sifted.

This is done.

The only left is.

You know, what's left? - What? - Salt.

(laughing) - Push it through because it's kosher.

It sure is.

- Why push it through when I can just dump it into my hand and drop it in here? - [Paula] Bobby.

You are a little smart.

- Well, that's.

Why I went to Harvard.

(laughing) All.

Those years ago, Aunt, Peggy., I bet you didn't know, that, did ya, Aunt Peggy.

- [Peggy] I knew you when I was there.

- You went to Hardin.

(laughing) - I went to Hardin.

- [Peggy] I'm, waiting.

(laughing) - [Paula] You don't, even standing up.

- She's over there, waiting on you to bring her a bowl of grits.

- [Peggy] Yeah, I, never run across the- - Well, in the meantime, I will be here making tea cakes, which I've never read before, so.

So far, I've, sifted flour and I've sifted baking powder and baking soda.

And, I've, sifted, some, how you doing? (laughing) Hey, I, sifted, some kosher salt.

You're, looking good.

- [Paula] Doesn't.

She look good? - She looks great.

Come on in and get some grits.


Now we have to add two eggs, a 1/2 cup of buttermilk, and 1/2 stick of softened butter and a little bit of vanilla, a teaspoon of vanilla.

- [Paula] Yeah.

- Yeah.


You catch all that? - No, but I know, you did.

- I got all the dry and we've sifted it.

So now we're going to add the rest of the ingredients.

- We've got to add one egg.

- Gotta add one egg.

- And let's beat this egg up with that 1/2 cup of buttermilk.

How about that? - All right.

- And then y'all, we're gonna have to put this in the refrigerator and let it sit for about an hour.

- We could make something else while we do that, right?, I, love cooking with you., I, get all kinds of things that I never get.

Taste, sugar and salt.

- Yes.

- Butter.

(laughing) Almost forgot what it tasted like.

- All right, let's, see.


When do we put in that butter? - Everything now.

- And remaining ingredients, yes.


We go.

So we need a little vanilla.

- This is nice.

- That butter, soft? - It's nice and soft.

So we'll just, before you add that, let's, see if you can incorporate that butter.

- Does everything have a stick of butter? - Yes, son.

The original is two sticks, but we're only halfing the recipe.

(laughing) Don't give your mama, no lip.

- No.

- Yeah.

You wanna use pastry cutter.

- That's it.

- Yeah.

- Yeah, just do it that way.

And you know, what?, I'll, go ahead and add the vanilla to your egg and buttermilk too.

- Okay.

- [Paula] You know, what? I think I wanna put a little almond flavor in it.



Do you think? - [Bobby] I? Think it sounds good.

What's, the- - [Paula] Bobby.

You have stepped in something sticky, son.

I, hear you just talking.

- It's just clean, shoes are just clean.

- [Paula] Well.

Last night, I found honey.

- So.

What is the, the flavor of a tea cake is really kind of mild, isn't, it?, I, mean, there's, not really a whole lot to it.

- Nope, it's, very good and I, just think, Bobby.

One of those recipes that started so, so.

So long ago, when you didn't have a lot of ingredients.

Women came up with, and men, I, guess, I'm sure, some of the men were cooks.


You know, people just came up with what they had to work with, and they always had flour, and they always had eggs 'cause.

Most people had chickens.

- Well, that butter mixed right, in.

- 'cause.

It was nice and soft.


This is gonna be wet and sticky, you're gonna wanna change utensils.

- Try with the spoon or with a whisk.

Do you think? - I'd go to a spoon.

Spoon, it., There, you go.


So nice to have a man around the house 'cause.

Sometimes mixing up stuff is hard.

- [Bobby] So we're going to combine all this together and then we're gonna form it into like a disc, like kind of just a big, flat, ball.


Then we refrigerate for an hour, is that right? - [Paula] Yeah.

So we can roll it out.

- [Bobby] What's.

The reason for refrigerating it? So, it becomes- - [Paula] So.

It can get hard.


We can roll it.

- Aunt Peggy, how's.

The grits? - [Peggy] Good.

- [Paula] Yay, where ya going? - [Peggy] Putting.

My (indistinct) out of my way.

- Oh, okay.

Now I need to push you up.

I'm just afraid to.

- [Peggy] Yeah, I, know.

- [Paula] You need to sit back before I, push you up so I, don't.

Remove your breast.

- [Peggy] I like if you just let me hang out here.

(Peggy talking quietly in background) - [Paula] Okay.

So you're, saying, don't, push ya.

- [Bobby] Okay, Mom, I think it's pretty well combined.

- [Paula] Okay, ooh, yeah, that's, good., So.

What I'm gonna do now is- - [Bobby] Did.

We add the vanilla? - [Paula] Yes, I, added it to the buttermilk.

- [Bobby] I have stood here in eaten plums.

Mom's got all the plums on the counter right there and I must've eaten seven.

- [Cameraman] Yeah.

It was full.

- [Bobby] It was full, yeah.

- [Paula] The best plums I think I've ever- - I've got a little bit of a- - Oh no, a stomachache.

- Yeah.

- Well.

If you have to run to the bathroom, I understand.

- No, no, I'm, just kina like, like I ate too many plums.

- Well.

They are so good.

- They're fantastic.

- So I'm going to get all that- - I love fresh fruit.


I'll stand around and just eat fruit all day at our house.

We, all do.

- I know, it.

And little Ollie likes it as good as you.

- [Bobby] Oh.

My gosh, my kid (speaking faintly).

- [Paula] She just takes it.

She, picks it up and crams it in her mouth.

(laughing) - [Bobby] You should see that child eat.

- [Paula] All.

Three of your children are good eaters.

- [Bobby] Yeah, I, don't know where they get that from.

- [Paula] I don't know.

- Can.

You get a good closeup on Pearl's, face?, Maybe, we'll, see where it all comes from?, Just, throw in the food towards the face.

(laughing) - That's all right.

- [Theresa] Paula, he's being mean.

You have flour all over your face.

- You've got flour all over your face.

- I do? - [Theresa] That's why- - I've gotta clean damn paper.

Towel right? Here.

- Well aren't.

You used to do it.

- Well, aren't.

You used to doing that, cleaning somebody's face, all day, aren't ya? - Well, I'm more concerned with the dagum floor and the walls.

And the TV.

They can get it off their own faces.

They, just throw it all in my kitchen.

- All right.

Look at that.

Beautiful dough, y'all.

- Oh, it's perfect.

- [Paula] That is some pretty dough.

- [Bobby] That came together- - [Paula] So easily.

- [Bobby] Just, lickity, split., You know, what? Hold on just a sec.

- [Paula] What? - [Bobby] You've got a couple of.

You got one hanging on the wall over here.

- [Paula] Oh.

The banana pudding recipe.

- [Bobby] Yes, but I this- - [Paula] But, I, didn't sew that one.

- But this is.

This is what we're making right now.

- Yes.

Grandma's, Tea, Cakes.

- Grandma's Tea Cakes and this- - That called for lard.


I probably did that in the early, early '70s.

- Mama would have, I.

Remember this hanging in our house, my whole life.

- Your whole life.

- I say, our house, like we lived in one house, that is not what I mean.

We moved all over the place.

- 23 times.

We moved.

- Every apartment that we lived in, every house that we rented, every place that we hung.

Our hats, I, remember, Grandma's, Tea Cakes crochet, is that the word you use? - [Paula] No, cross stitch.

- Cross stitch, handing in every.

Look at that.

- [Paula] Every kitchen.

We had.

- I mean.

Look at that.

- Where.

Did you find that? I can't? Remember where it is.

- And? This is the original frame, obviously.

- Oh gosh, yeah.

I wonder if it has the date on it.

- No way that I can see.

It doesn't have one here.


No tellin'.

I wonder if there's $100 hidden in here, someplace.

I'd, be willing to make a bet that there is no.

- There is not.

- No, no.

- [Paula] I'd be surprised.

If you found $1.

- Yeah, me, too.

Looks like somebody's already checked.

So if there was one there, it's long, gone.

- You know, son, I.

Do remember that day you came over to my house.

You were living with one of your buddies at that time.

You came home.

You said, "Mom, I'm.

So hungry.", And, I, said, "I.

Am too, son." - How come I.

Didn't, look like it?, (laughing), I.

Guess we ate all the starches.


You said, "I'm.

So hungry.", And, I, said, "I.

Am too, son.".

I, said, "Let me go to our change drawer "and.

See if I can get up enough money for us.

"A number two at McDonald's." And in the bottom of that little bitty change, in that white jewelry box, I found a $50 bill that I had.

Bobby me danced all over that living room.


He got in his car, and he went to McDonald's and got us two or maybe three number twos.

- I remember, that would have- - I got a number two.

- That would have been.

We got a lot of number twos in our life.

(laughing) - Yeah.

We got a lot of number twos.

- That would have been about 1990.

Maybe?, '89?, '88, '89, something like that.

Ah, who cares.


So Grandma's, Tea, Cakes.

That's, what we're making now, into the fridge for about an hour.

So we're gonna go and we'll be back in about an hour.

- Yes.

Okay, y'all I'm going to finish up those Southern tea cakes by myself 'cause Bobby had to leave, but I'm doing this a little different from the recipe.

It says to roll, 'em, out, y'all.

But you know, what, to slice 'em is so much easier.

So that's, what I'm gonna do rather than rolling them out and then sticking and having to, it's just a mess.


This is the way we're gonna do our tea cakes.

And like I said, earlier, they just a plain cookie that all the housewives, the women doing the cooking, or the men.

They always had these particular ingredients.

So nothing fancy.

And they're, just a big round, cookie., He's, kind of flattened on one side.

So I'm having to kind of give 'em another little shape.

- [Cameraman] Tea biscuits.

- Tea biscuits, yes, tea, biscuits.

That looks like biscotti.

- [Cameraman] Yeah.

- Ooh, I made some of Greg Cantor's biscotti.

The other day, y'all.

It was the best I've ever eaten.

So go to Greg's.

Kitchen, I think is how his Facebook page reads.

You will not be sorry.

He is a friend of mine.

And that boy knows he can cook.

So, Greg's, Kitchen.


It was peanut, butter., Peanut, butter.

- [Cameraman] White chocolate.

- And white chocolate biscotti.

And Greg sent me some in the mail and I said, "Ooh, I got to have this recipe, I got to call him." And.

He said, it's on his website.


We went to his website and sure enough, there.

It was first recipe that came up., So, Greg, I.

Thank you.

So much., All right.

This one looks a little shy.

So I'm gonna come down here and get a little bit more and stick up underneath that.


This is also a good cookie that you could.

If you wanted to roll it out, you could do it for Christmas.

Do it in Santa Claus shapes, or, that one's a little thin, too., (dog, barking), And there we go.


They go.

(laughing) So we're gonna put this in the oven at 350.

I can't, remember for how long Theresa.

It's been so long since I made a tea cake.

- [Theresa] Where's.

My recipe? - But Bobby showed y'all earlier.

- [Theresa] 10 to 12 minutes.

- Okay, 10 to 12 minutes.


Wanna set that timer, Theresa? - [Theresa] I, certainly will.

- Bobby showed y'all the cross stitch that I did for the tea cake.


I did that back in the '70s, early '70s- - [Theresa] You.

Wanna put 'em in? - When I used to make 'em.

Yes, Theresa would like for me to put 'em in the oven.

- [Theresa] They're home cooked.

- Did Bobby 'bout drive.

You crazy talking.

- [Theresa] No.

- You sitting there and waiting for him to shut up.

- [Theresa] No.

Not at all.

I like his stories.

- I do too.

I love.

His stories., Okay, 10, minutes., I think I let these cook for like 12 minutes.

The recipe called for 10.

But I think 12 was the magic number.


You see.

These are just very, very plain, unpretentious, delicious, cookies.


You could certainly dress, 'em, up., You could brush 'em with some egg white and put sprinkles on 'em or something like that., Or like I said.

You could roll them out like the recipe tells you to do into different shapes.

But to me a tea cake should look just like this.

Perfect., Perfect., Perfect.

Almost looks like a flat, biscuit, doesn't, it? - [Theresa] Strawberries and whipped cream will be fabulous with it.

- Oh gosh.


This would make a powerful good strawberry, shortcake., Just, pour some sweetened strawberries on top and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

And then some fresh whipped cream on top.

It would be so good., So, that's, it., But.

Those of y'all that have never had a tea cake.

Please think about trying this recipe, 'cause I've been making it for a hundred years and Bobby went into the laundry room and found this, that he showed y'all earlier.

Something I did back in the '70s because I made a lot of tea.

Cakes., So, that's, it., Y'all, enjoy, have a wonderful, day, stay safe and I'll see y'all next time., Love and best dishes.


Who made the original tea cakes? ›

Tea cakes are most associated with the enslaved people of the South who baked them for slaveholders—and for their own families, too. When many of them left the South after the Civil War, they took their recipes with them; tea cakes have been baked and talked about in African American kitchens for generations.

Do tea cakes have tea in them? ›

If you're thinking a tea cake is the South's take on coffee cake—think again. Traditional Southern tea cakes are more akin to a cookie, but with a pared-down ingredient list that results in a simple flavor that lends itself to pairing with a cup of—you guessed it—tea.

What are tea cakes made of? ›

Even though they're called cakes, tea cakes are old-fashioned cookies made with with butter, sugar, eggs, flour, and vanilla. They're perfect for afternoon tea or to enjoy with a glass of lemonade.

What was Tea Cake original name? ›

Vergible Woods, known as Tea Cake, is the third husband of Janie Crawford, the protagonist of Zora Neale Hurston's novel Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937).

What is the biscuit in a Tea Cake? ›

The Tunnock's Teacake is a sweet food often served with a cup of tea or coffee. It was developed by Sir Boyd Tunnock in 1956. The product consists of a small round shortbread biscuit covered with a dome of Italian meringue, a whipped egg white concoction similar to marshmallow, although somewhat lighter in texture.

Is there marshmallow in tea cakes? ›

Mallow (38%) (Sugar, Glucose syrup, Egg white), Milk chocolate (34%) (Sugar, Cocoa butter, Cocoa mass, Standardised whole milk, Skimmed milk powder, Palm oil, Shea butter, Emulsifier [soya lecithin], Flavouring), Biscuit (28%) (Fortified wheat flour [wheat flour, calcium carbonate, iron, niacin, thiamin], Vegetable oil ...

How long does tea cake keep? ›

You can serve it as is, or spread with a little butter and serve with a nice cup of tea! Any leftover cake can be wrapped in a layer of parchment, then a layer of foil. It should keep well for a week at room temperature.

How long does tea cake last? ›

You can make these Russian tea cakes without nuts for a completely soft and delicate cookie. OR use ground nuts if you would like the flavour, but not the added crunch. How long will these tea cakes last? These cookies stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

What country are tea cakes from? ›

England. In most of England, a teacake is a light, sweet, yeast-based bun containing dried fruits, most usually currants, sultanas or peel. It is typically split, toasted, buttered, and served with tea.

What are the 3 types of cake? ›

Thus, cakes are either: SHORTENED (BUTTER OR OIL) CAKES or UNSHORTENED (FOAM) CAKES. Chiffon cakes make up the third category, but here they're included with unshortened(foam) cakes.

What's another name for tea cakes? ›

What is another word for teacake?
currant teacakehuffkin
raisin breadraisin bun
sweet bun

Why does tea cake go crazy? ›

He was her hero, but he is not treated with a hero's glorious death. Instead, he is reduced to insanity because of a rabies bite from a stray dog caught up in the hurricane. Because of this, Janie is forced to kill the man she loves to put him out of his rabies-induced misery.

Why are my tea cakes flat? ›

Why did my Russian Tea Cakes go flat? This is probably because your butter was too soft when creaming. If the butter is too warm, it will melt in the oven quickly before the edges of the cookies are set. You can always try chilling your cookie dough for an hour or more to help firm up the butter.

Why are they called tea cakes? ›

Tea cakes originated in Britain and were served, as the name implies, with afternoon tea. But in the South, the cookies evolved into a special snack. In some families they were served only on holidays.

What did Tea Cake do before he died? ›

Tea Cake becomes deranged and pulls a gun on his wife. He and Janie end up facing off, with guns pointed at each other. Tea Cake is driven by the disease within him, and Janie shoots out of self-defense. He dies in her arms—biting her arm—and Janie mourns his death.

Can you eat tea cakes without toasting? ›

You can brush the tops of the buns with warm apricot jam if you want them to look shiny. Teacakes can be eaten warm straight from the oven or transfer to a cooling rack ready to slice and toast when you're ready.

Is a hot cross bun a Tea Cake? ›

Answer: They look similar but taste quite different. A hot cross bun combines traditional ingredients for dough (flour, yeast, egg) with sugar, butter, milk, sweet spices, and dried fruit. A teacake is a yeast-based bun with dried fruits and sometimes peel.

What do Americans call rich tea biscuits? ›

20. Rich Tea Classic. Description: A plain cracker. American equivalent: A Saltine without the salt.

Why do British dip biscuits in tea? ›

Dunked biscuits produce twice as many aroma compounds as dry ones. Dunking allows the aroma and taste compounds in biscuits to “diffuse out to the mouth and the nose much more efficiently,” said Dr Fisk, who carried out the comparison.

Should you dip biscuits in tea? ›

DO NOT DUNK YOUR BISCUITS. AT ALL. That's according to William, who says dunking your fave sweet treat into tea is an “arrestable offence.” He admits from the comfort of your own home is a fine location to dunk that biccy into your tea, but out and about is a huge no.

What do Arabs call tea cakes? ›

Sfouf is by far one of my favorite Lebanese desserts. It's a moist cake characterized by its intense yellow color from the turmeric spice. It is made from semolina, flour, oil, sugar, and aniseed which gives it a distinctively awesome taste.

What is the cookie with marshmallow and chocolate called? ›

Whether you call them Mallomars, whippets, krembos, Viva Puffs, mallowpuffs, pinwheels, or chocolate tea cakes, chocolate-covered marshmallow cookies are beloved childhood treats around the world.

What makes cake spoil easily? ›

Chemical leavening agents like baking powder and baking soda are what give your cakes their rise and, like every ingredient in your pantry, they eventually go stale. These products have an effective life of about six months. They'll still work after that, but not as well.

Can I freeze tea cakes? ›

Can I freeze tea cakes? Yes! For best results, wrap each cake in plastic wrap. Then, individually or group together cookies and wrap them in aluminum foil.

Should tea cake be kept in fridge? ›

All cakes are best consumed at room temperature (approx. 22°C to 25°C) to ensure the best flavour and texture. Store your cake in an air conditioned room, if not consumed immediately. Leftover cake can be stored in the refrigerator for upto 7 days in an airtight container.

What cake lasts the longest? ›

Plain Unfrosted cake:

It will usually last for several days, covered well, at room temperature. If you really want to prolong the freshness, then cake with no filling or frosting (plain cake layers or a bundt cake) will last about 7 days, covered well, in the refrigerator.

What cake has the longest shelf life? ›

Let's start with the cake that has an unusually long shelf life: fruitcake! This is an excellent way to illustrate what makes a baked good last longer. Many swear that the longer you wait to eat fruitcake, the better it tastes.

Which country has the best cake in the world? ›

Poetically, Scotland is known as Caledonia which means “the land of cakes”. If you are wondering how a country which is famous for its pristine clear lakes became a country for some of the best cakes, then let us tell you that it was so because of its world-famous oatmeal cakes.

Is tea cake black or white? ›

Tea cakes are an integral part of African American food culture. Originating over 250 years ago, these cookies were a recipe passed down verbally through generations.

Are tea cakes good for you? ›

A quite healthy teatime option if eaten with low fat spread and/or jam. One teacake supplies around 10 per cent of your daily fibre intake – required for a healthy digestion and normally functioning bowels.

What is the rarest type of cake? ›

Masami Miyamoto's diamond chocolate cake is hands down the most expensive cake in the world. The flavor of this ridiculously expensive cake is Unknown, but reports state it as ganache chocolate. It stood not that tall as it was only 14-inches, but it was layered with 100 diamonds, weighing up to a total of 50 carats.

How old is tea cake? ›

He is around 12 years younger than Janie. This means that he is approximately 24 to 27 years old. Tea Cake is set up as the exact opposite of Janie's first husband, Logan. He is young, romantic, and adventurous.

What is the tradition of tea cake? ›

Tea cakes were served for many gatherings and special occasions throughout history such as Prohibition, political gatherings, religious events such as baptisms, and even at funerals. As far back as October 25, 1774, an Edenton resident, Penelope Baker used tea cakes in her protest against the British Tea Act of 1773.

Are tea cakes and scones the same? ›

A scone is often slightly sweetened and occasionally glazed with egg wash. The scone is a basic component of the cream tea. It differs from teacakes and other types of sweets that are made with yeast.

What is Tea Cake weakness? ›

And Tea Cake's weakness concerning the inability to control his power makes Janie more confident and prudent. During the whole novel, Tea Cake may be accepted as a stimulator of Janie's life.

Why does Tea Cake not like Mrs Turner? ›

Tea Cake makes fun of Mrs. Turner behind her back because she has a strange figure, but Mrs. Turner is proud of her Caucasian lips, nose, and buttocks. She is drawn to Janie because Janie also has Caucasian features.

Why does Tea Cake refuse to leave? ›

At times, Tea Cake is motivated by pride, as when he refuses to leave the Everglades at first sign of the impending hurricane, prioritizing money over safety for Janie. However, in the middle of the storm, Tea Cake saves Janie from a rabid dog, ultimately sacrificing his own life in this act of love-driven heroism.

Should you cover a cake with a tea towel? ›

The tea towel will help stop the cake loosing valuable steam and therefor keeping it nice and moist. The benefit of this is that moist cake is less likely to crack when you roll it.

How do you increase the shelf life of tea time cakes? ›

Advice for Bakers: 7 Ways to Extend Shelf Life
  1. Keep it in the Freezer. ...
  2. Keep it Tightly Sealed. ...
  3. Work Honey into the Recipe. ...
  4. Work Cinnamon into the Recipe. ...
  5. Add in a Bit of Pectin. ...
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What does running on tea cakes mean? ›

In Bearly Believable: My Part in the Paddington Bear Story, by Shirley Clarkson, appears the line “The factory must have been running on teacakes”, meaning that it was severely short-staffed. These suggest that running on teacakes equates to running on empty.

What is the size of a Tea Cake? ›

The traditional size of a tea cake is around 19 to 20 cm diameter. Traditionally, a Puer tea cake weighs 357g per piece.

Where did the Tea Cake originate? ›

Tea cakes can trace their origin back to Great Britain where “afternoon tea” is still a part of everyday life. Afternoon tea began in the 1840s as a tradition of having a tea in the afternoons as a way to stave off hunger until the dinner meal was served.

When was the first Tea Cake made? ›

The Teacake was born

Boyd did a lot of market research and further developed the idea of using Italian meringue. He made a biscuit base, hand piped the mallow onto the base and covered in milk chocolate. The Teacake made its first appearance in 1956.

What happened to Tea Cake before he died? ›

He was her hero, but he is not treated with a hero's glorious death. Instead, he is reduced to insanity because of a rabies bite from a stray dog caught up in the hurricane. Because of this, Janie is forced to kill the man she loves to put him out of his rabies-induced misery.

Who made original Smith Island cake? ›

Smith Island Layer Cake With Traditional Chocolate Icing

No one is quite sure where this delicious dessert got its start, but many folks credit Mrs. Frances Kitching, whose easy and amazing recipe from Smith Island's official cookbook is presented here.

What is special about Tea Cake? ›

In most of England, a teacake is a light, sweet, yeast-based bun containing dried fruits, most usually currants, sultanas or peel. It is typically split, toasted, buttered, and served with tea. It is flat and circular, with a smooth brown upper surface and a somewhat lighter underside.

What is the oldest type of cake? ›

Yeast cakes are the oldest and are very similar to yeast bread. Such cakes are often very traditional in form and include such pastries as babka and stollen.

What is the shelf life of Tea Cake? ›

Tea Cakes and brownies have average shelf life of 3-4 days if kept outside in AC room, wheres in fridge they will last for around 10 days. Other items have long shelf life of 40-80days.

Why is it called tea cakes? ›

Tea cakes originated in Britain and were served, as the name implies, with afternoon tea. But in the South, the cookies evolved into a special snack. In some families they were served only on holidays. In others, they were especially for children.

What did Tea Cake get sick with? ›

Tea Cake's case of rabies is an extension of the force of nature that victimized him and Janie (and other humans) during the hurricane. After contracting the disease, Tea Cake loses his physical strength, and, by extension, his sense of command over himself, Janie, and the rest of the world.

Why did Tea Cake not like Mrs Turner? ›

Tea Cake makes fun of Mrs. Turner behind her back because she has a strange figure, but Mrs. Turner is proud of her Caucasian lips, nose, and buttocks. She is drawn to Janie because Janie also has Caucasian features.

What is the famous cake made in Maryland? ›

Effective October 1, 2008, the Smith Island Cake became the State Dessert of Maryland (Chapters 164 & 165, Acts of 2008; Code General Provisions Article, sec. 7-313).

What dessert is Baltimore known for? ›

Smearcase is a traditional American cheesecake variety originating from Baltimore, Maryland. The base for the cake is usually made with a combination of flour, baking powder, sugar, oil, eggs, and salt; while the custardy filling is usually made with a combination of cream cheese, sugar, milk, flour, vanilla, and eggs.

What is the state dessert of Virginia? ›

Virginia: chess pie

A simple concoction of sweet pie dough filled with a tasty cornmeal custard, chess pie is an American classic.

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