Friday, March 11, 2011

Flashback Friday ~Family History

This week I've been doing a little family history research online and stumbled across a picture of my great great great grandmother Virginie Felicia . This had to have been taken in the 30s.

It was so exciting to find that picture out of the blue. I'm not getting anything from them in fact I'm paying them, but I have to say is worth a month or two of membership if you're interested in your family history.

Felicia Virginie's granddaughter was my MaMa Nezat, also named Felicia, who was well know for quite a few things from her Kitchen. But what you could count on being available most often were her Teacake Cookies. Crispy but tender make them different than many teacake recipes which are often cakier. I had the recipe that was supposed to be hers, but I really had to do some tweaking with the flour until I got the right texture. They aren't too sweet and not exactly pretty, but they were a favorite of her kids and grand kids and probably many a visitor. She'd make huge batches then store them for later in plastic bread wrappers she'd saved for the purpose.

Vanilla Wafers ~My MaMa Nezat's Tea Cakes

¼ cup margarine
¼ cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg, well beaten
2 tsp vanilla
¼ cup milk
2 ¼ cup flour, and more for rolling
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter, sugar, egg and vanilla. Sift flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture and milk to creamed mixture, alternating. Mix well. Form into a ball of dough. Add more flour as needed to make a stiff dough. Roll out very thickly on a floured surface – about ¼ inch. Cut out circles and transfer to greased cookie sheet. Cook for 12-14 mins or until starting to get brown. Remove from oven and leave on sheets to cool – this is my note and I think it’s what makes them harder on the outside like MaMa’s. These keep for a very long time and they only get better! To be authentic store in old Evangeline Maid plastic bread wrappers.

And just for the record...this isn't a flashback this is TODAY!

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Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Great flashback, Suzy! That was such a great find. The teacakes look so good!
So jealous, what a gorgeous bloom! Nothing here yet :(

Allison @ Alli 'n Son said...

Yum, these sounds great.

Thanks for linking up with Sweet Tooth Friday.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

That is so cool that you found a photo of your great, great grandmother! They have pictures on too?

Your grandmother's tea cakes look amazing and so does that daffodil! Jealous!

Foley said...

I think iot so cool you found that photo - will be anxious to hear what else you come up with. Are you saving your bread wrappers now??

The yellow daff looks so nice - gives me hope!

Debbie said...

My daffs have greenery so far! You give me hope ;o) Very neat that you found a photo of your great, great grandmother. The tea cakes look delicious!

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