Recipe: Tea Biscuit

  • 1 pt. of flour.
  •  1 cup milk.
  •  2-1/2 tsps. baking powder.
  •  1/2 tsp. salt.
  •  1 tbsp. lard or BUTTER.
  •  1/2 tsp. sugar.

Mix thoroughly in a sieve the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder, and rub through the sieve. Rub the BUTTER or lard into this mixture. Now add the milk, stirring quickly with a strong spoon. Sprinkle the board with flour, turn out the dough upon it. Roll to the thickness of about 1/2 inch, cut with a small cutter. Bake in a quick oven. Do not crowd the BISCUIT in the pan. They should bake from 10 to 15 minutes. (All BISCUIT doughs should be mixed as soft as it is possible to handle. Sour milk may be used in this recipe by substituting soda for the baking powder.)

The Fun of Cooking, by Caroline French Benton (Year 1915)