Probably 78% of all (modern-written) novels set in the Georgian or Regency periods mention ratafia cakes (biscuits) at some point. I mean, it's not like they didn't have other sweets. But they get mentioned again and again for some reason. Where's the love for lemon ices? Or Banbury buns? Or even the lowly jam tart? Nope. It's ratafia cakes all the way down.
Today I realized that I'd never bothered to really research them, and it turns out they're a lot like macarons without filling. They're also gluten-free, and I'm going to make some for my next tea party.
Gotta get my hands on some orange flower water first, though. I would go for rosewater, but I'm the only one who likes it around here. Too many palates spoiled by the decadence of modern vanilla!