Tea Muffins

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Our next Antique Recipe we wanted to try was Tea Muffins.  They do not have any Tea in them so I assume they are named after what you are supposed to have them with!  The recipe is signed “Ruth” and it leaves some steps to the imagination.  It does not have an oven temperature, time, pan type, and the steps seemed unusual.  I felt like I was setting myself up for disaster right from the beginning.

In the end it was not a disaster and it turned out to be a pleasant surprise.  It is also really quick.  It only took about 25 minutes start to finish.

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The recipe starts with melting shortening.  4 tablespoons I melted in a small saucepan.  Then into the bowl of mixer I put 1 3/4 cups flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon baking powder, and 4 tablespoons sugar.  I set the mixer to low to combine then added 1 egg, 3/4 cup milk and the melted shortening one after the other.  The recipe says to stir “until just mixed.”

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I gave it a couple more stirs with the spatula, preheated the oven to 350 degrees and greased a medium muffin pan.

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I believe the recipe intended for 6 large muffins.  I got 9 medium muffins filling the cups 3/4 full.  I put them in the oven and checked them every 5 minutes or so.  It took 18 minutes for me to feel like they were done.  The top does not brown very much so it was hard to tell.

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These were very tasty fresh from the oven with a little butter while still warm.  They almost tasted like cornbread (for some reason).  Next time they will get a cinnamon sugar topping to make them even better!

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Tea Muffins
Recipe Type: Snack
Author: Blogging with Apples
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 18 mins
Total time: 23 mins
Serves: 9
An quick and easy antique muffin your grandmother might have made for company!
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons melted and slightly cooled shortening
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease muffin pan (6 large or 9 medium sized)
  2. In bowl of mixer add flour, salt, baking powder and sugar and combine on low speed.
  3. Add egg, then milk, then shortening one after the other and mix 30 seconds or until just combined.
  4. Scoop mix into muffin cups filling 3/4 way full.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees 15-18 minutes until done.
  6. Slice while warm and spread with butter to enjoy!


Jeff McIntosh

About Jeff McIntosh

Jeff's family lives in his childhood home on a 1/4 acre in town lot. Despite the small space to work with, they have challenged ourselves to produce as much of our own food as possible — and cook it! They document their journey at Blogging with Apples.