Friday, January 20, 2012

Almond Tea Cakes - For the Recipe Box

Do you remember eating a slice of your grandmother's pie or a couple of her fresh homemade cookies?  Most of us, especially as we get older, have experienced this.  Unfortunately, there are some who also wish they had grandmother's recipes.  A lot of these recipes were never written down, or if they were, thrown away or passed along to someone who didn't realize the importance of preserving our family heritage.  Both of my grandmothers passed away years ago and those dishes that were fondly remembered by family members were never written down. Over the past year, I have been compiling recipes that are used by myself and my mother so my children will have them.  Now I'm not talking about all those recipes
we clip out and say we are going to try but never do.  We all have a big stash of these.  I only want those tried and true recipes, that real down home cooking.  I fondly remember the teacakes that my grandmother use to make. They were huge and I can still taste the nutmeg. 
Before the holidays, I purchased a bottle of Adam's butter extract and on the side of the box there was a tea cake recipe. I've tried other recipes and they were no where near my grandmother's but this recipe had promise.  The only thing lacking was the nutmeg but that was easily remedied.  After making them, I realized they were not the same as my grandmothers, but they were still great!  This recipe is a keeper....maybe one day I'll come across grandma's recipe....

Adam's Almond Tea Cakes

1 cup margarine, softened
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 ½ tbsp almond extract
2 tsp butter extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 350.  Combine margarine, oil, sugar and eggs in a large mixing bowl.  Beat at medium speed until well blended.  Add extracts, mix well.  Sift together flour, salt and baking soda.  Add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl slowly.  Blend.  Drop by spoonfuls onto a non-stick cookie sheet.  Bake 8-10 minutes or until bottoms start to brown.

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  1. My grandmothers never wrote anything down either, but I do have quite a few of my mother's recipes and I cherish them. I've written a few down here and there for my daughter, but I really need to set aside a little time to get more of them down in one place for her.

    Your tea cakes look lovely. I'm not sure that I've ever seen a butter extract in my local stores, so I appreciate that you provided a link to the Adams website.

    Newly following from Foodie Friday. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe and for the little nudge that I needed to get that recipe book started!

  2. Thank you, Mary, for the the lovely comment. I recently tried to get some recipes that belonged to my husband's grandmother. She had so many but they were a lot of clippings and I don't know if she ever used them. It is such a shame not to have those "tried and true" recipes written down.


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