bikingandbaking: Photo of homemade Russian tea biscuits (tea biscuits)
I've posted this recipe before to other journals, I'm sure, and it's basically a slight variation on the ur-Recipe that is all over the internet, but I'm still going to post it.

These are not the powdered sugar Christmas cookie that goes by various probably-inaccurate country names (Russian tea cakes/Mexican wedding cookies). Instead, they're a fist-size breakfast pastry most closely resembling a hulked-out rugelach. And they're basically a Cleveland thing -- every coffee shop had them, growing up, and most groceries had their terrible rendition. As far as I can tell, no one is quite sure how they ended up named "Russian", except perhaps that it indicated raspberry somehow.

russian tea biscuits
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bikingandbaking: close-up of strawberries and rhubarb in sugar syrup (strawberry-rhubarb)
This is both bike post and recipe post: since I didn't feel quite ready for the Boston 600k, I decided to run support. And, because it's what I do, I baked. At least two people asked about the recipe, so I figured I should post it.

The version I brought was the double-batch option (see instructions) using the vegan ingrediant choices. It tastes about the same vegan/not vegan -- mainly the topping will either taste like butter or not. :)

Blueberry Coffee Cake )

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