Today, I have teamed up with several of my awesome blogging buddies to bring you a virtual thanksgiving day feast - ahh, the joys of technology, right? Now if only they would develop a computer that let you taste test...
My part in this whole dinner was to bring the buns/bread/rolls... whatever you call it. It actually sparked a mini debate, because we are always coming across words that mean different things in Canada and the US. I said I would write a post about my mother in laws tea biscuits. "I've never heard of tea biscuits, are they like regular biscuits?" was the response. "Well, no, I said. Biscuits are what babies eat when they are teething," said I. "No, those are teething biscuits," my darling American friends responded. So I showed them a picture of a tea biscuit (which I also had to do for a duotang and Gravol), and they said "Oh, that's just a biscuit to us."
Sigh. So today, I bring you a recipe for some delicious (tea) biscuits. Tea biscuits are usually a little sweet and often eaten with your after-meal tea, but with the addition of cheddar, they are a little more savoury and a great substitute for dinner rolls.
Cheddar (Tea) Biscuits
2 cups All Purpose Flour
4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 cup shortening
1 cup full fat milk
Preheat oven to 400F. Combine the first four ingredients, and then cut in shortening with two knives or a pastry cutter until it is the consistency of coarse cornmeal. If you can, get a cutie like this one to help out!
Make a well in the centre and add the liquid all at once. Stir vigorously until batter comes off the sides of the bowl easily. Transfer to a floured board, and knead gently. (We forgot to add our cheese at the beginning, so we just plopped it in and added it as we rolled... or as we ate, in Boo's case.)
Roll out to 1/2" thickness and cut with a 2" pastry cutter. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake until golden, about 12 minutes.
The biscuits are best hot, but you can wrap them in foil and place in the oven to reheat them.
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