The title may be a bit ambitious. I’m not going to take you through the production of one of these tea cakes (the waiting list to see them made is years long), but we will unwrap one.
I had never heard of a Tunnocks Teacake before we moved. This tea cake has more in common with a s’more than the flour-and-fruit cake you may be imagining. They’re a Scottish icon and seemed suitable for a Jubilee week post — I wonder how many folks in the UK have had a tea cake this week?
There’s a whole class division over cakes and biscuits eaten with tea. Frankly, I can’t unravel it all. I can’t even quite understand the many forms of tea — morning, afternoon, evening — forget about what one would eat at different times of day. So forget all that, and let’s unwrap.
We’ve tried other brands, but Tunnock’s is the best. Is there a secret source of these in the US? I think I’ll need to bring a stash with me when we visit home, along with a box of Yorkshire Gold — for a proper brew.