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Tea Cakes Recipe

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Barbara Frazier
Added: Friday, October 26, 2007


My mother and grandmother made delicious tea cakes, but neither of them used a recipe. Recently I came across this recipe which I tried. It tastes very close to theirs but is not quite the same.

1/2 cup margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg (I omitted this and put a teaspoon of vanilla flavoring instead).
1 tablespoon milk

Beat butter (margarine) at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, beating until blended. If you choose to use vanilla, add it now.
Combine flour, baking powder, and nutmeg (If you chose to use it) Add to butter mixture alternatly with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition.

Using a tablespoon, spoon the dough onto a well-greased cookie sheet. Pat down as well as you can.

Bake at 350 for approx. 13 minutes. (I baked them on the bottom rack for 6 minutes and the rest of the time on the top rack of my conventional oven.)

My mother and grandmother liked to put an icing on top, so I made my icing as follows:

2 T. margarine (Melted)
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 tsp. milk (use more or less to get right consistancy)

Blend all of the above and spread on top of each tea cake. Let the icing cool and harden before storing the tea cakes in a container.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Meet the two older generations of great teacake bakers and two younger generations who are challenged to keep up the family tradition and pass it on. Now there's generation five- Jennifer and Lauren...

Pictured above Recipe (January 1959)
Barbara Butler Frazier (3rd Generation-Age 25)
Beverly Ann Frazier (4th Generation-Age 9 months)
Emma Myers Bulter ( 2nd Generation-Age 49)
Lila Gable Myers (1st generation-Age 73)

Also a picture of the "finished product"-The Tea Cakes




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