VINTAGE… it’s the hipster way of saying, “old fashion” or “old timey” or just plain OLD. If I had know hipster talk back in 1989, I would have been been the hippest senior in highschool, but somehow “Hand-me-downs” never got the respect they deserved back then. It’s like squabbling over the difference in a “consignment shop” on one side of the tracks and the Goodwill on the other. Some (I may or may not be one of them) seelittle difference in hopping on a Vespa verses the guy beside you in traffic on a mopad. Did I go too far on that one? (((snicker… snicker…)))
^^^My VIDEO how to for this recipe^^^
They say everything is cyclable, and I myself have lived to see the rebirth of the manythings, even the Leg Warmer. The fact is, we attach memories to places, and things… even taste. In this weeks b/vlog we’re talking “vintage”. I have posted on social media sites many times through the years about making my great grandmother’s Tea Cakes. YES, why yes, I am one of those “food posters & pinners”. I’m sure there are some who just don’t get all this virtual food, some even who would be irritated by it. On my pages though, they are the post that according to the stats, get the largest reach, hits and likes. The feedback on these Tea Cakes, is always the same, “Please share the recipe, my (insert aged or desceded relative here), used to make those for me. I haven’t had those in years! Please let me taste my memories! OK, they don’t actually say “let me taste my memories” BUT… they might as well be. I get that.
The smell of these warm cushions of vanilla take me back to childhood everytime. I can see my Mom and us kids making them & my Dad sneaking them. Turns out my mom, can see her mom doing the same and well, I guess my grandmother always saw her mother rolling this sweet dough out too, as she made them.
Now you get my appology. You see, I always thought that one day I might have somewhere to sell these and I held on to the recipe tight. How silly, my grandmother would have stripped a switch to hear me being so selfish. The funny thing is, I think I finally do have the place to share them and I’m STILL sharing the recipe. Because, you see the Tea Cake is only half the memory, the other is the company you had while sharing it.
My husband and I have entered a business venture (I rather think it’s a labor of love) to purchase and bring back to life an old general store. This merchantile located in the small town of Buffalo Cove, North Carolina (just south of Boone) dates back to 1897. I hope to help bring the ‘ol gal back to life, keeping it’s family’s integrity and serving among other things warm Tea Cakes and other local sustainable food and wares. I’ll do my best to document this for you to follow, because I think, that they had it figured out better back then. Sustain your town and it’s people by supporting them locally.
So call me hip, call my old fashion or call me old… but please know, I will call you when they’re JUST getting out of the oven, because that’s when they are the best. We hope to open early next Summer.
I know someone out there are asking… “kimberly, is THIS your project you’ve said you could not tell us about …is this, your -next-?” NO. It’s just ‘another one’, that’s been in the works for sometime and one day, I might retire to. I will keep you in the loop though, I promise.
LINKS Mentioned in the video:
Crisco -vs- Real Butter:
Spartanburg Herald Article:
Article in the online “Recipe Haven” in Michigan:
Momee’s Tea Cakes
1 Cup of Crisco (butter flavored)… or as you saw in the video above, REAL Butter
2 Cups sugar
4 Cups flour
1 Tsp baking powder
1 Tsp baking soda
1/2 Tsp Salt
(I use course celtic sea salt, you get the reminder of it in your mouth here & there)
2 Tsp vanilla (I typicly let it pour over, lol)
6 Tblsp milk
(use one at a time and more if needed to get a good cookie consistency)
Roll out but leave thicker cut out and bake at 350 degrees for …10mins or so, watch it and get them out before they turn brown.