Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tasty Tuesday-Irish Tea Cake

I found it charming that Irish dancers followed the Scottish tradition of dining on tea and cakes during intermission at their Ceili's, thanks to John Cullinane's book, Aspects of the History of Irish Dancing.  I think it could be a tasty switch from the hot dogs and chips sold by vendors at current Ceili's and Feisanna-don't you?  This tea cake is simple, made from on-hand ingredients.  It tastes buttery and, like a shortbread, yummy.

Irish Tea Cake

1/2 cup butter softened

1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

1 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt 

1/2 cup of milk
1/4 confectioners sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 inch round pan.  In a medium bowl cream together butter, sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs next one at a time.  Stir in vanilla.  Next combine flour, baking powder, and salt, stir into batter, alternating with the milk.  Spread the batter evenly into the pan.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes
Dust lightly with powdered sugar.


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