Or what every child should be taught to make!
I was in grade 7 taking Home Ec for the first time.
Our curriculum for the first half of the school year included learning how to make “tea biscuits” and muffins.
This turned out to be a very good thing. My Mom was pregnant with my brother. When I came home from school after the biscuit baking class I asked if I could make some for the family. Given the go ahead, I baked up a batch and she loved them. Thereafter, especially during that pregnancy, she often requested I make “tea biscuits”.
They are wonderfully light and yummy fresh from the oven with a bit of butter or cheese or jam or honey. They take no time at all to make and are a great addition to a “budding cook’s” repertoire. Just think, with a bit of flour, butter, buttermilk or milk and baking powder you have light (that’s the goal), biscuits to enjoy and show off to your friends and family.
Biscuits are a welcome little morsel with soups, salads, stews and whatever else you might want to eat them with. Delicious. A bonus of being able to create this dough are cinnamon rolls. Who doesn’t want to have a warm cinnamon roll? Another little treat to include in your repertoire are scones. You just can’t beat them with clotted cream and a bit of jam. Bet you could use mascarpone if you can’t find clotted cream!
I have, over the years collected many variations on the theme, however, the basic recipe from the Five Roses cookbook I bought in the late 60’s is the go to when I am wanting a simple biscuit. I use the buttermilk version because I think using buttermilk in baking makes things especially light & tasty. I also like to use it for my pancakes.
My sister claims she is unable to make biscuits; guess it’s time for big sister to share the secret! She says hers are like hockey pucks and so resorts to using liquid cooking oil instead of cold butter. When you use cold fat in pastry making the butter melts during the baking creating light layers of pastry. Same with biscuits.
**If you would like to make your own yummy biscuits, please go to Making Biscuits.