It’s been over 6 years since I originally posted the recipe for Grandma Himel’s Tea Cakes. About three years ago, a reader was looking for the recipe and I re-posted it and last week, another reader was having a hard time finding it so I sent her the link and then I couldn’t stop thinking about tea cakes.
Today my friend got a bit of disappointing news so I figured . . it was a good day to make tea cakes to share.
I am not sure who Grandma Himel is. My friend, Nita from Louisiana, sent me the recipe so Grandma Himel may be someone in her family but knowing those cajun folks, there’s no telling whose grandma she was/is. All I know is this . . her tea cakes are pretty darned good!
My great grandma always had tea cakes or it seemed to me she always had them. I asked my great aunt if she had the recipe and she doesn’t. She thinks that Ma just used her leftover biscuit dough every morning, added a bit more milk and sugar and that’s how she made tea cakes every day.
Just thinking about that . . she got up and made biscuits and breakfast every morning! They had to draw water from a well in a bucket. At some point, she had to build a fire in the oven . . before she got an electric or gas oven. No dishwasher. No microwave. No automatic clothes washer or dryer . . and she cooked three meals a day, fed a huge family and kept a very clean house. I feel like a slug just thinking about it.