I have an affinity for a certain kind of cheese tea biscuit. One that I always post pictures of on my Instagram account (like the one to the right) that either has friends jumping into the kitchen to make their own, or people asking me for the recipe that I use.
So for those of you who have asked for the recipe, here it is!
This is a variation of the Canadian Living Cheese Tea Biscuit recipe.
2 1/4 cup of flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 cup cold butter
1 cup old cheddar (or whatever cheese your prefer)
1 cup of milk
Add ins of your choice
whatever floats your boat
Combine flour baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl. Cut in butter until crumbly.
There are a few ways to make this ‘crumbly’ that the recipe is talking about. One was is with a pastry cutter and some elbow grease and mash away. Another is to use your kitchen aid mixed with the paddle attachment and just stir in the butter until you’re crumbly. Or there is a kind of time-consuming way that I prefer which is to just rub the butter and flour mixture between your fingers until the aforementioned crumbly has happened.
Stir in cheese
Pour milk over top of flour mixture and stir with a fork until sticky and ragged.
On a lightly floured surface knead the dough about 8 to 10 times. You don’t want to knead the dough too much as we want to keep the butter cold so our biscuits are nice and flaky.
If you have add ins this is where you want to do it by gently kneading them into the dough
Pat or roll the dough until it’s about an 1″ to an 1″ 1/4 thickness. Cut your biscuits out with a circle cutter or a soup can, whatever you have on hand.
Arrange on a parchment lined baking pan about 1″ apart
Bake at 425 degrees F for 15 minutes
I usually make a double batch and depending on who is asking for biscuits I may make a few variations so everyone is happy. Or I will freeze the extras.
If you are going to make extra and freeze them, which I highly recommend, you can just toss the baked biscuits in a freezer bag and freeze them for up to 3 months.
When you’re hankering for a treat take them out of the freezer, let them thaw and toss them in the oven at 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes.
A good friend of mine told me to put a dab of butter on the top of each biscuit before putting them in the oven (Thanks Kristina). You should do it too!
Okay now your turn!
Show me your biscuits! (hee hee)
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup cold butter
- 1 cup old cheddar (or whatever cheese you prefer)
- 1 cup of milk
- Add Ins
- Combine flour, baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl.
- Cut in butter until crumbly.
- Stir in cheese
- Pour milk over top of flour mixture and stir with a fork until sticky and ragged.
- On a lightly floured surface kneed the dough about 8 to 10 times.
- If you have any add ins, this is where you would gently knead them in until incorporated.
- Pat or roll the dough until it's about an 1" to an 1" 1/4 thickness.
- Cut your biscuits out with a circle cutter or a soup can, whatever you have on hand.
- Arrange on a parchment lined baking pan.
- Bake at 425 degrees F for 15 minutes