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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

What My Grandmother Taught Me ~ Part 2

Hello, CQ readers. Today I am sharing a tea cake recipe that my heroine, Juleah Fallows Braxton, would have made in the Colonial period. 

Allow me first to give you a snippet from my novel 'Surrender the Wind', an inspirational historical romance set in the Colonial era. 

Juleah’s reflection appeared in the window glass. Unlike a mirror, it was a translucent image, her eyes and face pale, her hair ghostly soft about her face. She saw one person, one woman, instead of a couple. How incomplete she seemed without Seth beside her.
Her eyes filled and blurred the reflection before her. The horse chestnuts trees her father had planted on the hilltop beyond the garden came into view. Lances of sunlight poured between them, made the grass luminescent, matched the color of the lichen in the pond. 
“I wish I could paint that scene,” she whispered, leaning her head across her arm. “But I shall never excel at watercolors.”

Juleah's Colonial Tea Cakes
1 cup of butter, 1 cup of sugar, 3 eggs, and 4 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of baking poswer, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/8 teaspoon of salt. Cream butter and sugar together until creamy. Add slightly beaten eggs and remaining ingredients. Roll on floured board and cut. Sprinkle with sugar and bake at 400 for 12 minutes. Serve to guests, especially ladies, with good English tea and dusted with powdered sugar.
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  1. Love this passage! Great description. Thanks for the recipe. Looks yummy:)
    Have a fantastic day!

  2. My Tea Cake receipe is same but did not put powdered sugar on them just made into logs and cut or rolled out and used cookie cutters. I will have to try that. I also have a Wedding Cookie receipe almost like this that I do roll in powered sugar. They melt in your mouth and of course pecans were added. lol Hey, GA is the nut state.
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  3. My MIL just sent some awesome cookies down from Chicago and these were one of those sent. So yummy. Thanks so much for your post, Rita! Such beautiful writing!


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