“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
“I don’t much care where –”
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”
Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite Disney movies. It is a classic, beautiful story about he loss of childhood innocence and how life is an eternal puzzle. Both of these themes are universal, which makes this story as valuable today as it was when I watched it as a child.
The movie (and, of course, the book) is so full of meaning and symbols that every time you watch it, you learn something new. I could probably create various different types of recipes inspired just by this one movie, but today the scene that inspired me is the ‘Mad Tea Party’ scene.
I like to think that Alice and the Mad Hatter’s crew would appreciate these little Earl Grey Tea Cakes. I mean, how couldn’t they? They are British and we all know the British love their tea. So nothing more appropriate than tea cakes, right? Unless the Mad Hatter hates it and throws it at my face or something. As we could see in the video above, manners are not his strength!
I’d never had a tea cake until recently, when I tried one at a brunch while in Florida. It was seriously love at first bite. Cliche, I know, but nevertheless true!
I mean, how can a cake TASTE fragrant? I have no clue, but they do. They are also incredibly moist and not too sweet, my favorite kind!
And, as a bonus, this cake will fill your home with the most amazing aroma while it’s baking in the oven. The day I made this I was actually in a pretty bad mood. The bad mood was immediately gone as this contagious uplifting perfume took over my apartment and made me feel happy again.
As you can see, I decided not to make any icing to go with my tea cakes. I wanted the cakes to be the kind of baked goods that you can enjoy while sipping some tea, or coffee. So they couldn’t be overly sweet.
You can, however, serve them with some butter and different kinds of jam and marmalade on the side, so your guests can customize their cakes according to their tastes.
I hope you guys enjoy these tea cakes like I did. And “a very very unbirthday to you!”. Unless today is your actual birthday. In that case, Happy Birthday! ;-)
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- 2 Earl Grey tea bags
- 1/4 cup boiling water
- 1/3 cup milk
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 stick (4oz) unsalted butter (8 Tbsp) plus more to grease muffin tin
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/4 cups self raising flour
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/8 tsp Kosher salt
- Zest of 1 lemon