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How do I make real english tea-cakes? Answered

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When vacationing in Britain I had teacakes in a café. They were these round pieces of bread with raisins in them and tasted of cinnamon among other things. Does anyone have a recepie? Can't get that taste out of my mind.

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randomhatBest Answer (author)2009-02-08

Your picture shows them toasted, that's new. But in Newfoundland at least, we called them tea biscuits. 2 ½ Cups Flour 6 teaspoons Baking Powder ½ Cup Sugar 1 ¼ Cups Margarine ½ Cup of raisins (more if desired) 2 Eggs & 1-Cup Milk(beaten together). Mix Flour, Baking Powder, Sugar, Margarine (With Hand) Add Raisins, add beaten eggs and milk. Dough will be sticky, so add a tablespoon of flour until stickiness is gone. Roll out dough to ¼ inch thick . Use a round cutter to cut dough into circles(we use a small tomato paste can) Bake on the middle rack in your oven, on a buttered parchment paper at 375 for 10 - 12 minutes, or golden brown on top. Ps. You can also replace the raisins with diced dried apricots, dried currents(a different type of raisins), dried cranberries, or basically any dried berry or fruit. (including dehydrated strawberries!). Using buttermilk tastes completely different though and you might have to use extra flour.

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Joe Martin (author)randomhat2009-02-10

Sorry that's wrong for British teacakes as ours are made from a yeast based dough. I'm posting an instructable today.

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Sylvia2 (author)Joe Martin2009-07-20

Sorry I'm a novice. Where do I find the recipe for Enlish tea cakesthat you saidyou would post on Feb 10?? Thanks

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randomhat (author)Joe Martin2009-02-10

Yeah, I realized that afterwards. Our tea buns have a dozen different names and I keep getting british scones & cookies confused with teacakes.

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omnibot (author)randomhat2009-02-09

Looks like a good recepie, thanks. Any hints on spices? The ones I had tasted of cinnamon and something else.

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randomhat (author)omnibot2009-02-09

More than likely you had the raisin kind. Which was probably sultana raisins, cinnamon and possibly nutmeg. The recepie I gave was for 'tea biscuits', or 'tea buns', and it results in a kind of heavy, thick crumbly cake. The picture and the wikipedia guide sounds more like a sort of bread or bagel.

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omnibot (author)randomhat2009-02-11
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expatuk (author)2012-04-23

Just joined and saw this thread .

So right the british teacake is made with yeast ! Mmmmmmm
toasted and dripping with butter.....i'm a Brit living in Newfoundland and now I have to go make some !!!! Thanks

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