Trisha Yearwood’s Soft Teacakes Remind Her of The ‘People I Love’ And Will ‘Always’ be Part of Thanksgiving

Trisha Yearwood will always include recipes passed down from family members during Thanksgiving as a way to keep their memories close. One of these special treats honors a woman who was like a grandmother to Yearwood and her sister Beth growing up. “Mamie” made delicious teacakes that Yearwood said remind her of the “people I love,” and they will “always” be a part of her family’s Thanksgiving table.

Trisha Yearwood on the set of her Food Network Show Trisha's Southern Kitchen.
Trisha Yearwood | Discovery Press Web/Food Network

Who is ‘Mamie’ to the Yearwood family?

Yearwood explained the connection to a woman named Mamie, who she and her sister called Granny, to her family in an interview for Yahoo! News.

“When my mom and dad first married, they lived in an apartment, and their landlady — her name was Mary, but we called her Mamie — she became like a grandmother to us,” Yearwood recalled.

“And she made these soft teacakes that were just unbelievable,” she continued.

Yearwood explained that while she does not have the original recipe, she and her sister found a similar one from a family friend.

“It will forever be on our Thanksgiving table,” she says. “It’s such a memory, and that’s kind of what Thanksgiving is all about — is making things that remind you of people that you love and also sharing those with your family.”

Mamie’s Tea Cakes are a Trisha Yearwood Thanksgiving tradition

Trisha Yearwood on the set of her Food Network Show Trisha's Southern Kitchen.
Trisha Yearwood | Discovery Press/Food Network

The ingredients for Mamie’s Tea Cakes are simple but produce a spectacular result once combined.

Yearwood honors both her parents and the woman who introduced her to this delicious dessert each time she prepares them.

These include vegetable shortening, all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, one stick room temperature butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and sour cream.

Yearwood will serve these delicious treats to her family and friends this year. She is thrilled to host once again a “misfit Thanksgiving,” where they invite people they know who don’t have a place to go for the holiday.

“We didn’t get to do that last year because of the pandemic,” she says. “So we’re excited about that this year,” Yearwood said to Yahoo! News.

How to make Mamie’s Tea Cakes

A screenshot of Mamie's teacakes.
Mamie’s Teacakes | YouTube/Trisha’s Southern Kitchen

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Grease two cookie sheets with shortening.

Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt.

Cream the butter and sugar together. Add eggs and vanilla to the mixture, followed by the sour cream. Mix well.

Following, add the flour mixture until just blended.

Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and place it onto a lightly floured board.

Pat with hands until the dough is about 1/4-inch thick.

Cut into 2-inch rounds and place one inch apart on the cookie sheets.

Bake until the cakes are lightly browned. This process will take about 10 to 12 minutes.

When they come out of the oven, sprinkle the teacakes with sugar.

Remove the cookies to a rack to cool.

Trisha’s Southern Kitchen airs Saturdays at noon EST on the Food Network.

The full recipe and video are available on the Food Network website.

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