Tea for Two

May 16, 2011   //   by marymeals   //   Dessert  //  No Comments

I grew up believing tea was much more then a mere drink. All of my worldly problems would evaporate into that cup of piping hot tea, fresh out of the kettle. Tea was a part of every morning meal, afternoon snack, and every single family gathering. Black tea, herbal tea, sweet tea, or my daddy’s personal favorite cambric tea was the life-blood of my family. My oldest brother would probably tell you otherwise but he doesn’t like tea and therefore can’t be trusted. A strong brewed Tetley helped us process the unexpected loss of Grandma Nancy. I remember the drive, me and mom, up and down the Pennsylvania countryside in search of the Amish store carrying the only “tea fit to drink” in those parts. This was a testament to the influence of tea in our lives. A good cup of tea can get you through anything.
Today, research can prove what my family already knows. Tea can be extremely beneficial to your mental and physical well-being. Filled with antioxidants, beneficial phytochemicals, anti-aging and cancer fighting properties, a daily cup of tea can have you looking and feeling better then ever. So put the kettle on, and while your at it, fire up the oven because nothing goes better with your daily dose then a bite sized sweet and airy teacake.

Sweet Orange Teacakes

3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp orange extract
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 cups flour

Preheat oven to 350. Beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix eggs into the butter and sugar one at a time. Once incorporated add the yogurt, juice, vanilla, and orange extract. Stir in salt, baking soda, and flour until just combined. Lumps are okay and make lighter cakes. Grease a mini muffin pan or tea cake pan with a non stick spray. Spoon batter into each tin and bake for 30 to 40 minutes. A tooth pick will come out clean when they are ready to come out of the oven. You can also make this in a loaf pan that you will slice to serve.

Orange Glaze Frosting

1 cup powdered sugar
4 tbsp milk
1 tsp orange extract

Combine all ingredients and beat together until combined, the texture of the glaze should be similar to a corn syrup. If it is too thick add a bit more milk. Drizzle lightly over the top of the teacakes.

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