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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