Monday, February 2, 2015

Teeny Strawberry Jam Teacakes

A good friend of mine sent me the first three seasons of Downton Abbey, and as a result I have become obsessed with all things tea.  Including the little cakes and such that go on the side. 

I modified a recipe from my vintage Virginia Hospitality cookbook to create a little jam teacake.  The original recipe involved pecans instead of jam, and I'm just not a huge fan of pecans.

Ingredients:
4 oz. cream cheese (light versions are fine), softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sifted flour
1 egg
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp. butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
Strawberry jam (I did half strawberry and half apricot - both are wonderful)

Mix cream cheese and butter.  Stir in flour.  Chill 1 hour.  Shape into 2 dozen 1 inch balls; place in tiny ungreased 1 3/4 inch muffin tins.  Press dough on bottom and sides of cups.

Preheat oven to 325*.  Put a teaspoon of preferred flavor of jam in each cup.  Beat together egg, sugar, butter and vanilla until smooth. Drizzle egg mixture over each cup.  Bake 25 minutes or until filling sets.  Cool before removing from pan. 

Readers - these are going to just melt in your mouth!  Do you drink tea?  Do you have a preferred flavor?

35 comments:

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Yum, yum, yum! I'd eat those cakes with any beverage! :-) I do like hot tea. There's an English breakfast tea I like and a Tazo green tea that's good. I find it interesting how the experience of a coffee break is so different from a sharing of tea.

Annette said...

They sound absolutely delicious! I love my vanilla spice (energy) Yogi tea. I'm sure they'd make a fabulous combination :)

TexWisGirl said...

i like hot green tea in the evenings in the winter. sometimes i do a cup of rooibos - not sure if i spelled that right.

Montanagirl said...

Those Tea Cakes look wonderful! If and when I drink tea, which isn't often, I like the Peppermint flavored.

EG CameraGirl said...


Green tea, Earl Grey, herbal teas.... Yep, I drink tea. :)

Enie Dub said...

Very cute and I'm sure they taste delicious.

Over here, "Afternoon Tea" is a tradition. It's where mini pastries and crustless sandwiches (cut in triangles) are served on tiered platters along with tea.

Most large hotels offer this and it is a fun thing for a group of girlfriends to do.

Linda said...

A cup of Earl Grey and a teacake, please! These look delice! Linda@Wetcreek Blog

Jacquelineand.... said...

I do love my teas, mostly herbal teas, and have a special blend I put together myself.

Bet you would love a cream tea!

Linda E said...

The tea cakes look yummy for sure. I havent watched Downton Abby, but I do like tea...any flavor really.

Ginny said...

Downton Abbey is our favorite show!!! These are adorable! Now, what will the boys drink with them? Do they like hot or iced tea? We love both, plus all kinds of coffees and we have a cabinet shelf full of teas and coffee. We love Constant Comment, mints, and chai. If you have never tried Constant Comment, buy a box. It comes in decaf too. I bet you would like it.

Karen S. said...

I'm a big tea drinker too, although coffee comes first on the list! We like that show too!

Karen S. said...

Not sure if my comment went through! We like the show too, and I'm a big fan of tea, although coffee is first on the list!

Out on the prairie said...

Used to drink it with cream and sugar, I like Earl Grey I will have a cup if you have more of these around.A little sis had High Teas where you went through a particular protocol with fixing and serving teas. I have a lot of tea pots I collected.

Sandra Morris said...

These look yummy- I love anything with cream cheese :)

Cat said...

I have never watched Downton Abbey but have lots of addicted friends. Best ever is a royal English breakfast black tea latte from Starbucks made with whole milk and NO syrup. And I make them take the tea bag out before they give it to me. If they leave it in there, it oversteeps and the tea is bitter.

Sally said...

They look so very good. Thanks for the recipe; might have to try these. :)

Michael Manning said...

Lisa: You may find this funny, but I've only heard about this popular TV show. I've never seen it. But you always come up with cool things to cook! :)

A Quiet Corner said...

Well, now this is a keeper for me...how easy are they!!!!...:)JP

M.E. Masterson said...

those look easy to make and look delish!! thanks for the recipe...love downton abbey!!

Mary said...

Addicted follower of Downton Abbey, and a tea drinker - all because I was born and raised in England I guess!!

Favorite tea - and I only drink hot tea despite living here in the south for over 30 years - is Empress Grey and Earl Grey.

I will have to try this recipe, they look delightful and delish!
Mary

Gail Dixon said...

LOVE Downton Abbey! Your teacakes look amazing. And yes, I love tea. Peach is a fave. :)

dentistvschef said...

Never had this kind of teacake before, tempting to try!!!

Endah Murniyati said...

Looks so yummy! I want to try it!

Gauri Kulkarni said...

Wow, that looks amazing Lisa :)

Harry Flashman said...

For reasons I can't define, I really like that show. I've watched every episode.

When I lived in Europe, I spent some time in England. I was always bemused by the great effort they put into tea, and all the little cakes and sweets.

I never learned to like tea, though. Still a coffee drinker.

April Lou said...

Those look really fun. I'm always looking for things my husband and daughter can bake at daddy school!

Terri B said...

These sound (and look) delicious. I am wondering if I can change this recipe up for my husband's low carb diet. I think I can do almond flour for the crust, but will have to study on what to use in place of jam.
I love Downton Abbey. I was hooked after the very first show.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

How yummy! I drool!

Small Kucing said...

Yums...I would go for strawberry

alissa apel said...

Those look so good! I'll make them someday. Nom Nom

Linda said...

Those look tasty!

SweetMarie said...

I drink green tea, white tea and oolong tea. I should drink more, I've been slacking. I have coffee every morning.

Michaele said...

One of the reasons I drink tea is so that I don't eat sweets but I have to admit - that would be a real treat. I love all decaf teas, especially from Republic of Tea. But my all time favorite is my homegrown peppermint tea. SO good!

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

Yummy! I think this looks like a fun baking activity to do with Livie.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I need to make these and have tea. Tomorrow!