Basic Tea Biscuit Recipe - Never Fails!

by Susan

This is the basic tea biscuit recipe I use for all my tea biscuits. It never fails me.

You can use this to make sweet tea biscuits or any other type of tea biscuit by adding ingredients like cheese, ham, raspberries, strawberries etc.

As a rule of thumb if I am adding berries, I use fresh and about 1/2 cup to the recipe below along with a tablespoon or more of sugar, depending on how sweet I want the tea biscuit. You can also use honey instead of sugar.

I have also used 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 white flour and these are terrific too. (My family prefers the whole wheat).

Here is my basic recipe - no substitues other than flours.

2 cups of flour

4 teaspoons of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/4 cup of shortening - cubbed

1 cup of milk - with a touch of lemon juice

Mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender, until mixture is the consistency of course cornmeal. Make a well in the centre of these ingredients; add milk and splash of lemon juice slowly. When all the liquid has been added, stir dough rather vigorously until it comes freely from the side of the bowl. Turn dough onto lightly floured board and kneed lightly for a few minutes. Roll or pat out to desired thickness - about 1/2 inch or more. If you make them too skinny - your tea biscuits wont turn out nice and tall.

Make shapes with a biscuit cutter or glass - remix remaing dough and cut more until all dough is used up, place on greased baking sheet. Bake in a hot oven (450F) for 12 - 15 minutes. (my oven they are done in 10 minutes so keep an eye on them)

I hope this helps,


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