Cheese tea biscuits are a staple of life on the East Coast of Canada. Tea biscuits remind of of our grandparents, our parents, and our siblings. We can look back and picture ourselves gathered at the table with the people we love, with a basket of warm tea biscuits fresh out of the oven between us.
Most often we bake plain tea biscuits and serve them warm and buttered with a drizzled of thick, sticky molasses; When we’re feeling fancy we add cheese and sometimes chives. An easy tea biscuit recipe is great to keep in your back pocket in case company pops in, you’re having soup for lunch, or you want a quick snack with a cup of tea.
Versatile and simple, you just can’t beat a good tea biscuit recipe.
Nanny’s Easy Cheese Tea Biscuits Recipe
This recipe isn’t mine, it’s my Acadian French grandmother’s. Though I’ve tried my fair share of tea biscuit recipes over the years, this is the one I return to again and again. Feel free to leave out the cheese and bake the tea biscuits plain, or try adding other ingredients like raisins, coconut, nuts, or berries. Think of the dough as a blank canvas, ready to be painted with whichever flavours you like.
Ask any Maritimer and they’ll tell you – tea biscuits are a staple of life on the East Coast of Canada. This is my Acadian French grandmother’s Easy Cheese Tea Biscuits recipe,to which I return again and again.
2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (57g) shortening or butter
1 cup old cheddar, grated
3/4 cup milk
Preheat oven to 450ºF.
In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt.
With a fork, cut butter or shortening into flour until crumbly.
Add grated cheese to flour and mix.
Make a well in the center of the flour and add milk. With your hands, gather flour and milk mixture into a rough dough. Knead dough 20-25 times. With hands, pat dough to 1-inch thickness. Cut biscuits with a cutter and repeat until dough until gone.
Place on a baking sheet and bake 15-17 minutes or, until tops and bottoms are golden. Cool on rack.
You can make this recipe in a stand mixer, however, there’s just something about making them by hand that seems to make them taste better!
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