I love tea biscuits. Most everyone in my family does. Perhaps it’s genetic. It’s dreadfully cold here and I thought Sunday would be improved greatly if we had a slow-cooked dinner with tea biscuits. Prior to rolling up my sleeves, I called Mom to inquire about some of the finer points of biscuit-making since this was new territory for me.
“Now hunni, it’s a very wet batter. And if it doesn’t work out, don’t get discouraged.”
“That sounds ominous. Are these really tricky?”
“No… just… don’t get discouraged, that’s all.”
With that fateful prediction in mind I got to work.
Time required: 1 hour
Yields: 9 (supposed to be 12)
Total cost if you have none of the ingredients: $24
Cost per biscuit: $2
Kitchen implements I used:
- Nemo the KitchenAid
- baking trays lined with parchment paper
- 2 C flour
- 1 TBSP white sugar
- 4 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ C white shortening
- 1 egg
- 1 C milk
1. Pre-heat oven to 400° F / 204°C and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Combine the dry stuff. Now, if you have never run a stand mixer with only dry ingredients: DON’T. I forgot this crucial information.
3. Beat in the shortening until coarse crumbs form.
4. Add beaten egg and milk, stir in with a fork.
5. Turn batter onto floured surface. Get caught in the act of making mildly sorcerous hand gestures. WARNING. WARNING. Do not set wax paper on the surface. Put the flour right onto the cutting board or the counter top. Or you will be sorry.
Puzzle over next part of the instructions.
6. Knead 20 times. Knead?
“Boyfriend, what does knead mean here? What do I do?”
“Um… it’s what the cat does when he sits on your lap, just try that.”
Cut out biscuits with a roundish shape. I didn’t want another dish to clean so I didn’t do that, and tore off pieces by hand, and plopped them onto the trays.
8. Bake 10-14 minutes. I checked at 10, not done. Gave it 2 more minutes, 2 more, 2 more, and at 16 they finally had that golden edge.
9. Remove from oven and immediately take off tray and transfer to cooling rack. Wait 5 min before eating.
Very nice with a cup of tea. Or with dinner.
Verdict: Success! Thank you Aunt Lucy.
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