There are few things that remind me of home more than my mama’s Southern Tea Cakes. Unless, it’s her fried pies or her fresh apple cake or her wonderful chicken and dressing. Growing up, I would come home from school to the wonderful smell of something baking in the oven. There might be a large platter of cupcakes with chocolate frosting. Sometimes, there were sweet potatoes with an extra one for an after school snack with drizzles of butter. My favorite were the days I’d come home to find she had made tea cakes. I especially liked them iced with chocolate. Mama was an amazing cook. She occasionally used a recipe, but as I recall, most of it was from memory. Every now and then, I can recreate her biscuits. It’s then I wish she were here to have one hot from the oven with butter and pear preserves…her pear preserves. But, then, it has been years since I’ve had those. I’m living proof you are never too old to miss your mama.
Doug and I have been on a healthy eating program for the past eight weeks or so. We have done well, but for days now I have had such a yearning for my mama’s Southern Tea Cakes. I could almost taste them. So, today I decided I would make them. I reasoned that I could use all the ingredients the recipe called for but substitute King Arthur’s Baking Sugar Substitute for the sugar. It should taste the same. Right? Well, it did not. What I ended up was by no means Southern Tea Cakes! They are golden and fluffy but definitely not the same. Not sweet at all. Next time, I will use the real thing. Sugar.
Southern Tea Cakes I made a few years ago…with sugar!