Sunday, September 27, 2015

Old-Fashioned Tea Cakes #BookClubCookbookCC

My second recipe for the Book Club Cookbook Club is inspired by the book A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines.

First, if you are wondering what this club is all about and how you can join us, here is all the info you need:

We are a group of bloggers organized by Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla.  Every month we draw inspiration from a book and recipes we find in The Book Club Cookbook. One of the bloggers will choose a book from this cookbook and invite the rest of us, and anyone else that would like to join in, to draw inspiration from the book and/or the cookbook and create a recipe.  There is an announcement post that will come out at the beginning of the month and a recipe roundup at the end of the month.  That gives everyone who wants to join in a month to create a delicious book inspired recipe.  Did I mention at the end of the month a giveaway will take place and you can win this awesome cookbook?

This months book choice is A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines. This months book was chosen by Renee from Tortillas and Honey.  You should stop by her blog and read why she chose this particular book - as well as the great recipe she created for this months book choice.  I had every intention of reading this one (and every book this club chooses) but I wasn't able to get to it.  The reviews sound great and I have added this book to my reading list - I will get to it.  For now though, I am going to cook from it.  I chose the recipe that was featured in the The Book Club Cookbook for Old-Fashioned Tea Cakes. According to the cookbook, 

"Tea Cakes have significance in Ernest Gaines novel - and in his life.  when Gaines left Louisiana in 1948 to attend school in California, he said good-bye to the aunt who raised him and profoundly influenced his life...His aunt packed tea cakes, 'wrapped in brown paper' for Gaines's journey west."

This recipe makes 5 dozen cookies - I am going to be wrapping them up and sending the kids to neighbors houses to give these away (otherwise I am sure I would eat them all.)  These cookies are not as sweet as I expected and they are a bit drier than a regular cookie but that is not a bad thing.  Well maybe it is, I don't feel like I am eating a sweet dessert so I tend to eat more of these than I would if it was a regular cookie.  The lemon zest in these tea cakes adds great flavor and these would be the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea....enjoy!!

recipe from The Book Club Cookbook
1 stick of butter, softened
2 cups of sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup buttermilk, at room temp
1 tablespoon lemon zest
4 cups AP flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
sugar for sprinkling

Adjust oven rack to middle of the oven and preheat to 400.
In a mixer, cream the butter and sugar until well blended.  Add in the eggs a little at a time.  Continue to mix and add in the buttermilk gradually and the zest.
Ina separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.  Add this mixture, by cupfuls, to the wet ingredients.
Divide dough into four portions.  Roll out each portion on a floured surface to 1/8  inch thickness.  Use a 2 1/2 inch cookie cutter to cut the dough.  Place the cookies on a lined cookie sheet about 1/2 inch a part and sprinkle with sugar.  Bake at 400 degrees 8-10 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden.
Immediately transfer to a cooling rack.

Here are the other bloggers participating in this great year long adventure:
Cheese Curd In Paradise               
Life on Food       
The Pajama Chef              
The Spiffy Cookie             
Things I Make (for Dinner)           
Tortillas and Honey         


This month Renee at Tortillas and Honey, this month's host, is giving away a copy of the book.* Enter to win a copy of the cookbook so you can join us in future months, if you wish!

One of our lucky readers - US and Canada only! - can enter to win a copy ofThe Book Club Cookbook, Revised Edition: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club's Favorite Books and Authors by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp, courtesy of Tarcher-Penguin. Giveaway runs from September 1st till September 30th at 6 o'clock PM, Pacific time. Please see terms and conditions in the rafflecopter widget below. Many thanks to Tarcher Books. You may find Tarcher: on the web, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Pinterest.

*Disclosure: Renee received a complimentary copy of The Book Club Cookbook, Revised Edition: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club's Favorite Books and Authors by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp to use in this year-long project plus the opportunity to give a copy away. Opinions are our own. We received no further compensation for our posts.

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  1. I prefer cookies that are not real sweet. Good idea to ship them off to the neighbors otherwise they just seem to hop into your hand each time you pass them.

  2. This seems as it would be pefect to have the ladies over for an old fashioned tea.

  3. I love to make cookies that are no too sugary. I love the recipe calling for lemon zest..I bet they taste delicious!! Pinned

  4. So glad someone made the tea cakes, Danielle. Thanks!


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