Not Your Traditional Tea Biscuit

by Joanne on November 27, 2009

When I was looking through one of my cook books, I came across a Tea Biscuit recipe.  It reminded me of one I tried years ago which spurred an aggressive hunt through all my personally concocted recipes.  I found it although there were no notes whether it was a success or failure.  Oh what the hey…let’s give it a go.


Preheat the oven to 475 F.

  • 2 1/4 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup COLD butter
  • 1 cup Sour cream
  • 1 TBS molasses

Mix together the flour, baking powder, soda, salt and sugar.  Cut in the cold butter and use a fork or pastry blender to gently mix it up. It won’t form a crumb, it will be dry.  Now add the sour cream, again using the fork or pastry blender until a dry dough forms. Finish forming the dough with your hands in a kneading fashion. 


Not too much. Spend about 2 minutes doing this.

Roll out the dough (sprinkle the rolling surface with flour if necessary) into about a 12 x 11 shape.


Drizzle on the molasses.  Fold the dough over 2 x. 


Sprinkle with flour and roll out to about a 7 1/2 x 14 rectangle.  Cut circles with a water glass


and place on a foil lined baking sheet. Ungreased. 


Bake for 12 minutes or until light brown. 


The result:  A drier biscuit with some sweetness. It is a good pairing with a spicy meal or a savory stew.  It would make a great brunch item paired with all the bacon, sausage, eggs, hash browns and other favorites.  As a dessert, separate the two halves and place on a plate. Now add some strawberries and whip cream.  This is an all around biscuit.


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  • At 2009.11.27 22:52, Elina said:

    I love biscuits but have never made them. These looks delicious and sound very versatile 🙂

    • At 2009.11.28 08:54, Hannah said:

      How interesting, I’ve never seen a biscuit made with molasses drizzled over and folded in! I’ll definitely have to give that a go some time soon. 🙂

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