Edna Lewis Tea Cakes

IMA Starr

By
@imastarr2012

I am a big fan of Edna Lewis who was the granddaughter of of slaves. Her cooking reflects the food of the South and I am honored to share this recipe which is a huge success no matter the occasion.


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Serves:

4 dozen (a crowd)

Prep:

15 Min

Cook:

10 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

1/2 c
unsalted butter
2 c
pure cane sugar
2 large
eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 c
buttermilk room temperature
1 Tbsp
lemon zest
4 c
all purpose flour, sifted
4 Tbsp
baking powder
1 1/2 tsp
salt
1/4 c
sugar for sprinkling

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat oven t 400 degrees.
2
Mix together softened butter and sugar. When well blended add eggs. You can use a hand mixer or do it by hand.
3
Add the eggs one at a time then slowly add the buttermilk and lemon zest.
4
Sift together the flour baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.
5
Add the flour mixture by cupfuls into the liquid ingredients mixing well after each addition. If using an electric mixer the dough will be stiff enough to go to using your hands.
6
Divide the dough into 4 portions. Roll each portion on a lightly floured surface to the thickness of 1 inch
7
Use a biscuit or cookie cutter to cut out 2 1/2 inch rounds. Place 1/2 inch apart on parchment lined cookie sheets. Sprinkle the surface of each cookie with sugar.
8
Bake o the meddle rack of preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to turn golden brown. Remove immediately to a cooling rack to cool.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Southern
Hashtags: #tea, #cookie, #TEACAKES