These delicious little lemon flat cakes were the featured tea cakes in the Lemon Inspired Tablescape I posted a few days ago. See? I didn’t forget to share the recipe. You are amazed, I know.
Let me be clear. I absolutely DO forget a lot of things. Call it ADD, absent-minded (yes, the brain is disappearing!), scatter-brained, quirky, or just plain over 50 with CRS Disease (Can’t Remember Stuff).
But I am not forgetful when it comes to food – especially sweets (selective forgetfulness?).
When I was in high school, HBD (Handy Builder Dad) asked if I could make tea cakes for him. I loved baking cookies on the weekends for the hungry brothers and HBD to enjoy during football games on TV.
Similar in looks to a sugar cookie, tea cakes have a cake-like texture.
No family member could provide Nonie’s actual recipe. So I found a recipe in a book (for a regular, not lemon tea cake) and tried a test run. HBD liked them, but I don’t think they were as good as Nonie’s. But then, sweet memories along with food make the food sweeter, right?
This week, I adapted that recipe from all those years ago to a tea cake with a lemon flavor. I hope you’ll try them – yummy with hot tea, especially yummy with Real Southern Sweet Tea (learn to make it: The Ten Commandments of REAL Sweet Tea).
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1/3 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2-1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Blend sugar, eggs, and oil together. Measure the milk and add the lemon juice to the milk while in the measuring cup. Let sit for a few minutes. Mix the dry ingredients together and add to batter, alternating with milk mixture. Add extract and zest.
You can print the recipe here for Lemon Tea Cakes.
Place soup-spoon-sized dollops on prepared cookie sheet 2″ apart. Bake in 350° oven for 10-11 minutes or until slightly brown.
In my oven, it took 11 minutes.
I think Nonie would be happy. But, I hope someone in my family reading this post will dig around a little more for her original recipe. I sure would love to get my hands on that!
These are for you, HBD. 🙂
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Alderberry Hill for MAKE THE SCENE MONDAY
Boogieboard Cottage for MASTERPIECE MONDAY