Remember my trip to Scotland & England this past fall? It seems like years ago. While visiting my parents in Glasgow, I also got the chance to head down to Cornwall, England to visit my grandmother in the tiny fishing village of St. Mawes. During my time there, I took the opportunity to raid her cookbooks and stockpile of personal recipes, many of which came from her days of running a successful bed and breakfast.
Tea time at my grandmother’s is not just about the tea. It is always accompanied with a ton of goodies, whether in the form of simple layer cakes, scones, jam & clotted cream, cookies, or traditional saffron cake. Regardless of whether or not my family and I are even hungry, she somehow always convinces us to grab some of everything…
While I was there, I took the time to copy down many of my grandmother’s recipes with the hope of trying several of them out at home and sharing them with you all. Apparently, I completely forgot about this plan and now, nearly 8 months later, I am just getting to it.
Unfortunately, this recipe of hers, aptly named, Cup of Tea Cake, was accompanied with very vague, if not, non-existent instructions, but with a little bit of common sense and experimentation, it came out exactly how I remember it. As is the case with many of my grandmother’s dishes, this cake involves quite a bit of butter.
My grandmother justifies her butter consumption by saying that it provides her with her daily calcium requirement. I’m not so sure about this logic—but in this case, I’ll turn a blind eye and go with it. You should too!
Though I used a combination of raisins (both golden & regular), dried apricots, and prunes, feel free to substitute these with your favorite dried fruit!
One of my favorite things to bake are quick breads. They are easy to put together, generally require few hard-to-find ingredients, and don’t require a lot of fuss. This tea cake represents just that, but yields a deliciously light, crumby cake. It has just the right amount of sweetness from the dried fruit and goes perfectly with a cup of tea! Enjoy.