This recipe for Tea Biscuits is from an old Purity
cookbook that I happened to set on a hot element on the stove. I couldn't bear
to through it away - even with the brown circles on many pages and holes in
others - I use what recipes I can read. I should also mention that Purity came
out with a new version a few years ago. These tea biscuits are one of the
reasons I couldn't part with my original copy. These biscuits eaten hot from the
oven with honey drizzled over them. . . great comfort food!
Barb in Calgary.
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup shortening
3/4 cup + 2 tbsps buttermilk
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Blend or sift together the flour, baking powder,
baking soda and salt; cut in shortening. Add the buttermilk, stirring with a
fork, to make a soft dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Knead gently 8
to 10 times.
Roll or pat to desired thickness. Cut with a 'floured' cutter - straight down
without twisting. Bake on an ungreased baking sheet 12 to 15 minutes.
Powdered buttermilk does not have to be mixed
separately. I just add the powder with my flour and the water with the my other
liquids and let it mix in the batter.