My theme – I have selected a cookie for each day and a book that begins with the letter of the day. I also added a few fun facts about the cookie and/or its ingredients. In America, a cookie is described as a thin, sweet, usually small cake. By definition, a cookie can be any of a variety of hand-held, flour-based sweet cakes, either crisp or soft.
My Review – When I was very young my paternal grandmother used to make me Tea Cakes. From what I'm told I used to walk next door to her house and bang on her backdoor with a rock she kept by the door for me because I was too little to knock hard enough for her to hear me. She would let me in and together we would bake tea cakes. According to my mom she even baked me tea cakes on the day she died. I've never forgotten her, her love for me, or her tea cakes. I don't have her recipe, but making these brought back fond memories of homemade tea cakes.
Fun Facts – Culinary historians say the cookie may have been slaves' version of the English tea cake. With very little provisions, those enslaved Africans took what was available and made their own version. People often preferred teacakes, because the basic ingredients (sugar, flour, milk, and eggs) were generally on hand. In the days before families bought prepackaged baked goods, mothers cooked these by the dozen. They stocked them in flour sacks or pillowcases to keep them fresh, pulling them out when children returned from school or the family wanted something sweet. Every woman had her own special recipe, often passed down from her mother or another close relative.
Book Buddy – Tea Cakes for Tosh by Kelly Starling Lyons
I found this book and book trailer while researching this blog post. It was published in December 2012 and reminds me of making Tea Cakes with my Grandmother. I am so happy to have discovered this little Tea Cake Treasure.
Tosh loves his grandma Honey and her delicious golden tea cakes. When she tells the story of how the cookies became part of their family, he feels like he's flying back in time. But then one day, Honey starts forgetting things, even an ingredient for the tea cakes. Inspired by his love for his grandma and respect for his family's heritage, Tosh finds a way to give Honey and himself a special gift that keeps the memory alive.
Have you ever made Tea Cakes? Does your family have a recipe they've passed on through the generations?