If you’ve never had a southern tea cake, they are rather difficult to describe. I can assure you though, despite appearances, it is nothing like a cookie. This tender little cake is soft and pillowy, with just a touch of sweetness. A very simple and comforting flavor, they are generally only iced for company or special occasions, at other times getting only a light sprinkling of sugar as they come out of the oven.
These tea cakes are something I dearly love to bake. One of the main reasons (despite the flavor and texture and…well everything else that is wonderful about these!) is that I have issues with sugar and therefore can’t really eat most of the yummy desserts I make for Southern Plate. These tea cakes don’t bother me, though, as they are not loaded down with sugar and super sweet taste as most cookies are. They are the perfect treat with an afternoon cup of coffee or as a snack. If you are expecting something really sweet, you’ll want to plan on icing.
Mama Reed (Adle Reed was her given name) made these on a regular basis and the day she made them her kids (all ten of them) were allowed to eat as many as they wanted as they were coming warm out of the oven (can you imagine the thrill of that?). After they cooled the would be placed in a large glass jar with a screw on lid and the children had to come ask permission before they got one, so they wouldn’t ruin their supper.
This is just a simple cookie icing. Nothing fancy but it sure does taste good. You’ll need confectioner’s sugar, vanilla, margarine, and food coloring. Just use the cheap food coloring bottles, no need for the fancy stuff here.
Place two tablespoons of well softened margarine or butter in a bowl, top with 1/2 C confectioner’s sugar.
Spread it around with your spoon.
Top with sprinkles and VOILA!
This has absolutely nothing to do with cooking or Southern Plate but I thought you moms might appreciate it!!
We’ve all come down with our first good coughing cold of the season and my husband came home from Wal Mart with a real gem!!!
Now keep in mind, I am a veteran of Robotussin ~shudders~, which likely holds the record for most disgusting taste in the history of mankind. Think I’m kidding? Go buy a bottle and try it. Better yet, get some and wait until your spouse is dead asleep but coughing in the middle of the night. Now wake him/her up and say “Here honey, take this” and pour it down his or her mouth before they realize what hit them. THATS WHAT MY MOTHER USED TO DO TO US!!
Alright, I have a point here. We have discovered a Cough syrup that actually WORKS for TWELVE hours and tastes GOOD. Seriously, it tastes good! I’m not saying it “doesn’t taste bad”, but that it tastes good! Kids will actually LIKE this stuff! Lord, I’ve been using it and it works like a miracle cure! I am posting a photo of the box (that I had to look up on the internet because I gave the actual box to my mother so she could get some) so you will know just what to get. Its so hard when your kids are sick and coughing their little hearts out and then you have to try to force them to take this horrid medicine. This is just a life saver. I thought it was a little expensive (close to ten dollars for the bottle), but once I tasted it I knew it was well worth the money. I just took two teaspoons this afternoon and my cough has been completely gone (it was horrible all day today).
Anyway, I just wanted to share this with you because it really is amazing and I know those of us with little kids nee
d all the help we can get when they are sick!
It is Delsym Grape Twelve Hour for Kids, but adults just take two teaspoons of it. I’m not sure what the adult version tastes like, but I’m sticking with the good stuff!
I hope y’all had a great day today (its evening for me right now) and have a great day tomorrow as well! I’m getting ready for my Katy’s fourth birthday party this weekend and we are so excited!
Thank you so very much for taking the time to read Southern Plate!