Tea cakes have become a favourite treat along with tea for both adults and children. Every country has a different style of tea cake, but the most commonly served with hot tea is a small version of traditional cakes.
Creating Tea Cakes
Simple cookies to mignardises form a part of tea cakes. These are often prepared from the leftover dough or batter. Those that are made from scratch to be served as a treat with tea are the best versions of tea cakes.
Recipe for the traditional tea cakes
You can also bake the traditional tea cakes in the comfort of your home without investing too much time or effort by following this simple recipe.
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups of sugar
2 tablespoons buttermilk
3 eggs (Vegetrain substitute – 3/4 cup of sweetened condensed milk or yoghurt)
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
Take butter and cream in a large mixing bowl. Beat it to make a smooth blend while doing so gradually add sugar. Now, one at a time add eggs and continue beating. Next, pour in the buttermilk. Beat it until the mixture is smooth. Keep this cream mixture aside for a while.
In another bowl take the flour and mix baking soda to it. Now slowly add this flour mixture to your cream mixture and make sure it’s smooth and there aren’t any lumps. Finally, add the vanilla and stir using a blender.
Chill the dough overnight for it to get firm so that you can easily roll and cut the tea cakes. Only when the dough is firm, on a floured surface roll it to 1/4 thickness. Now cut it into circles using a cookie cutter. Place each of these on a greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle sugar on each cake.
You are all set to bake! Now bake them at 400 degrees for approximately 8 minutes. The edges will have a light brown colour. Cool them and enjoy them with your tea!
How to serve tea cakes
The recipe shared above is one which has been a part of homes in England and the United States for generations. You have made the cake following the recipe, but it is equally important to understand how these are to be served!
The proper manner to serve these cakes is by arranging them on a serving ware with fruits or sandwiches. Along with these pour a hot cup of tea for the guests and yourself and enjoy your little tea soirée.