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Tea Biscuits
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Tea Biscuits

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"A quick tea time treat. Serve warm, buttered, and with jam or honey."

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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut shortening in until mixture has a fine crumb texture. Stir in milk with a fork to make a soft dough. Knead 8 to 10 times, and then roll out to a thickness of at least 1/2 inch. Cut into rounds with a cookie or biscuit cutter. Place on cookie sheet, and allow to rest for a few minutes.
  3. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Serve warm.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 19, 2003

GREAT!!! The taste and texture were quite wonderful. I left the butter in slightly larger pieces, which I think adds to flakiness, and I got eleven 3-inch biscuits out of this recipe. The first person who tried them said they were much better than his wife's, and he asked for the recipe! I've tried several other popular biscuit recipes from this site, and I like this one the best.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 16, 2009

WAY WAY WAY TOO MUCH BAKING POWDER!! They were completely inedible, and I followed the recipe exactly.

Oct 12, 2003

YUMMY!!! Wonderful -used butter flavored crisco and turned out perfect. Should have made them bigger so it would look like I only ate 2 when I really ate 4.

Feb 13, 2009

I lost my grandmother's recipe for tea biscuits and now that she's gone I thought I'd never have them again. This comes pretty close! I'm used to English tea biscuits that are sweeter or more like scones so here's my modifications: I used 1/2 c. of butter instead of shortening, added 1/2 c. of sugar, 1/2 c. of raisns, and 1/4 tsp. of active dry yeast. I didn't knead the dough or cut it. I just dropped it onto the cookie sheet by tablespoons. They baked up nice and brown. If you add the raisins just butter them, if not just add butter and jelly and serve with tea!

Dec 18, 2005

This recipe really is quick and easy. I just made these biscuits for the second time this week and added approx. 2 cups of grated marble cheese before adding the milk. They turned out great. Next time I plan on sprinkling some extra cheese on top before popping them in the oven for an even cheesier taste.

Apr 14, 2003

These are very nice biscuits and the dough isn't a horrible mess to work with. I often think bread recipes don't call for enough salt, so I added a little more salt. I don't recommend doing that. These are salty enough with the called for amount.

Feb 26, 2008

These biscuits were GREAT, especially drizzled with organic agave! Per reviewers' suggestions I used 1/4c. butter and 1/4c. shortening. Also cut back on the salt. A great reviewers' suggestion I tried was to use saran wrap on a dampened countertop to roll the dough out on. This really cut down on the flour mess. Will not buy store bought biscuits again.

Apr 04, 2006

These were very good, best when fresh out of the oven. I made 8 larger biscuits and didn't roll out the dough but patted it down with my fingertips. Followed the recipe exactly and they were done in 12 minutes. Defintily don't over-bake these are they'll be too dry. We ate these with soft butter and strawberries preserves but I think that honey would be devine! They were a bit flaky on the outside and very tender on the inside. A bit bland alone but a very good base for something sweet on top. I also bet they'd be good with sausage gravy.


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  • Calories
  • 96 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 10.2 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 5.4 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 1.6 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 218 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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