Tea Biscuits....what can I say about "tea biscuits". Well, I can start with the fact that I have always struggled with making tea biscuits. They always, always turned out like "hockey pucks". My grandmother made amazing tea biscuits but unfortunately, that was one skill she didn't pass along to me. I tried different recipes over the years but never found one that worked for me. I totally wrote myself off as a tea biscuit maker. My go to "recipe" became opening a tube of Pilsbury biscuits and popping them in the oven. They served the purpose, but they weren't the "real thing"......
And then last week, I asked one of my Facebook recipe/cooking groups for some ideas for a breakfast potluck. I was given a recipe for tea biscuits. I decided to try it just one more time. I followed the recipe, cut out the biscuits, gently added them to the cookie sheet and slowly slid them into the hot oven. I said a little prayer to the cooking gods....and set my timer. I wanted to peek in the oven halfway through the cooking time, but didn't want to jinx it. I draped a tea towel over the handle so I couldn't see in. Finally...the buzzer went off. I grabbed my oven mitts, opened that door and pulled out the tray...
Wow, they looked like my Grandmother's tea biscuits and they smelled amazing...but what were they going to taste like? It was killing me to wait for them to cool enough to test, but I did....well...mostly....
I picked up that biscuit and broke it in two. It looked soft and flaky, smelled good enough to eat, so I did. I ate it...then I ate another one! Oh my goodness, warm from the oven tea biscuits like my Grandmother used to make. I did it, I finally did it!
Now you can too! Give it a try!
2 cups flour
2 tbsp white sugar
4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter (chilled)
1 cup 2% milk
Note: if you want to use these as a base for strawberry shortcake or other berry dessert items, increase the sugar to taste.
***Recipe credit goes to Jil Evans. Thanks Jil for sharing this with me!***
We are having a breakfast meeting at work tomorrow via Webex. My team members are spread across the world yet we can all sit in individual rooms and enjoy a breakfast together as we have our meeting. OK, alright...I may be exaggerating a slight bit. We've got some team members in Minnesota, Texas, Australia and then there are three of us here in Toronto. So, technically...not ALL over the world, but spread far and wide.
Since I don't usually eat much of a breakfast, just some yogurt and fruit, or cereal maybe, I wasn't sure what to bring for this meeting. I was thinking scrambled eggs or omelets, but I wasn't sure if they would reheat well. Staying with the egg theme, I finally decided to try a quiche. I had all the ingredients except the pie shell. I guess I could have tried to make pie crust from scratch, but that seemed like a whole lot of work to me...hahaha. I made a quick trip to the grocery store on my lunch break and grabbed a frozen pie shell.
So....I mixed up all the ingredients, poured them in the pie shell and slid it into a hot oven to bake.
And then there was quiche!
Easy Ham & Cheese Quiche
I was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and spent the first half my life there. I became a mom just after I turned 20 and within a couple of years, decided to move from a small town to a bigger city to take advantage of better job opportunities. After a few great jobs, I finally settled in at a legal publishing company. 13 years later, I'm still there.
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