Wednesday, June 20, 2007
WFMW - Quick & Delicious Tea Biscuits
This is a recipe for tea biscuits that has been a favourite of our family's for years. It is from the book "Company's Coming - Muffins & More" by Jean Pare. For those of you unfamiliar with Mrs. Pare, she is a Canadian caterer who has written an extensive collection of cookbooks. The link to her website is here.

This recipe goes together well each and every time and it is so versatile. You can use these biscuits with jams, egg salad, tuna or salmon filling, cheese, etc. You can also use this recipe as the base for a pizza as I did tonight. It is always a hit and is ready in 20 minutes from start to finish.
Perfect for unexpected company!


Always a last minute favourite. So speedy to make. Fat content may be cut in half if desired for any of the following. Be sure to try them all.

All-purpose flour 2 cups 450 mL
Granulated sugar 2 tbsp 30 mL
Salt 1 tsp 5 mL
Baking powder 4 tsp 20 mL
Cream of tartar 1/2 tsp 2 mL

Butter or margarine, cold 1/2 cup 125 mL
Milk, cold 3/4 cup 175 mL

Combine the first 5 ingredients in bowl. Stir thoroughly.

Cut in butter until crumbly.

Pour in milk. Stir quickly to combine. Dough should be soft. Turn out on lightly floured surface. Knead gently 8 to 10 times. Roll or pat 1/2 to 3/4 inch (2 cm) thick or half the thickness you want the baked product to be. Cut with small round cookie cutter. Place on greased cookie sheet close together for soft sides or apart for crisp sides. Bake in 450F (230C) oven for 12 to 14 minutes. Brushing biscuits with milk before baking will produce a pretty brown top. Makes 10.

BISCUIT TOPPING: Place biscuits close together over hot casserole. Bake in 425F (220C) oven for 20 to 25 minutes. If casserole won't hold all of them, bake on separate pan.

BUTTERMILK BISCUITS: Reduce baking powder to 2 tsp. (10 mL), add 1/2 tsp. (2 mL) baking soda. Replace milk with buttermilk.

COCONUT ROLLS: Spread rolled rectangle of dough with a mixture of 1/3 cup (75 mL) brown sugar and 1/3 cup (75 mL) coconut. Roll and cut into 12 slices. Bake as for Rich Tea Biscuits.

GRAHAM BISCUITS: Use 1/2 cup (125 mL) butter. Reduce flour to 1 1/2 cups (375 mL). Add 1 cup (250 mL) graham cracker crumbs. A distinctive flavor.

ORANGE BISCUITS: Add 1 tbsp. (15 mL) grated orange rind. Substitute half orange juice for half milk. Dip sugar cubes in some orange juice and press in top of each biscuit before baking.

PEANUT BUTTER BISCUITS: Reduce butter to 1/4 cup (50 mL). Add 1/4 cup (50 mL) peanut butter.

PIZZA CRUST: Make dough as above. Press or roll to size of pizza pan. Proceed to make your favourite pizza.

TOMATO BISCUITS: Omit milk. Add 3/4 cup (175 mL) tomato juice. Add 1/2 cup (125 mL) grated cheese (optional).

(NOTE: I have never used the cream of tartar in this recipe and it tastes just fine. Also, instead of using a cookie cutter to cut dough I often use a drinking glass. I don't brush the biscuits with milk either as I like the golden colour they turn without the milk. This recipe will make more than 10 depending on how large you make the biscuits. I think I usually get about 15 biscuits out of the recipe.)

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posted at 12:27 AM  

At 1:30 AM, Blogger Corrie said...

I am going to have to try the coconut rolls and the oj ones too.

I can't believe you managed to leave a comment on my post - I kept trying to fix it. :)

(Blogger can be so frustrating sometimes)

At 7:02 AM, Anonymous ellen b said...

Looks like I need to drag my copy machine out of the closet cuz you are the third person to give us such great sounding recipes...

At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Amy said...

Love all the variations!

At 11:15 AM, Blogger Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry said...

Ooh, I'm gonna copy this right now! Thanks for sharing the yummy goodness.

At 7:10 PM, Blogger Ribbon Rock Star said...

mmm peanut butter biscuits!!

Thanks for sharing the easy recipe.


At 11:15 PM, Blogger Org Junkie said...

Awesome!!! I just love tea biscuits. I've added this post to my recipe folder. Thanks!!


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