I was looking for a Russian tea cake recipe.
What I discovered was that these tea cakes started life in Russia in the 18th century.
They were used as a confection in a tea-sharing ceremony. This ceremony was introduced to Russia also in the 18th century.
The popularity of the cake increased by the 20th century. It spread to homes across the United States.
It also became a favorite food to eat at Christmas.
They are also known as “Mexican wedding cookies” due to their popularity at being served at Mexican weddings.
Made Of Jumble - What's That!
They are made of something called “jumble”. This is a type of pastry very common in England during the Middle Ages. These cakes consist of flour, water, butter and ground nuts.
The better the quality of the ingredients, the tastier the cake.
They are shaped into a knot or small ball before baking. After baked, covered with powdered sugar.
I can imagine sitting in front of the fireplace, drinking my tea made with a Russian Samovar, and eating these powered cakes.
(If only I had a fireplace:)
Try this Russian Tea Cake Recipe:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine all ingredients except confectioners' sugar and mix well.
3. Refrigerate dough until cooled.
4. Shape dough into 1" balls and bake for 15 minutes.
5. Remove from oven and roll (while still hot) in confectioners' sugar until coated. Let cool completely.
6. Lightly dust with more confectioners' sugar for decoration.