Prize Winning Tea Biscuits

These fluffy and filling tea biscuits are great for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as a snack between meals. I have used numerous variations of this recipe to great success and have included some of them for you here.

But don’t let that limit you – you can add other items (like chopped ham or bacon for breakfast biscuits) to this recipe and create your very own special treats!

Prize Winning Tea Biscuits

prize winning tea biscuits


  • 2 cups of flour
  • 4 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup of shortening
  • 1 cup of milk


  1. Mix together flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. Cut in shortening with 2 knives or a pastry blender, until mixture is the consistency of course corn meal.
  3. Make a well in the centre of these ingredients; add liquid slowly.
  4. When all the liquid has been added, stir dough rather vigorously until it comes freely from the side of the bowl.
  5. Turn dough onto the lightly floured board and knead lightly for a few minutes.
  6. Roll or pat out to desired thickness – about 1/2 inch.
  7. Cut dough with a knife or biscuit cutter, place on greased baking sheet.
  8. Bake in a hot oven (450F) for 12 – 15 minutes.

Tea biscuit variations:

Cheese – Decrease shortening to 3 tablespoons and salt to 3/4 teaspoon. Cut in 1/2 cup of grated cheddar cheese with shortening.

Buttermilk – Decrease baking powder to 2 teaspoons; add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Substitute 1 cup of buttermilk for milk

Fruit or Nuts – Add 1/4 cups of granulated sugar and decrease milk to 3/4 cup. Add 3/4 cup of raisins, currants or nuts with milk.

Whole Wheat – use 1 cup of whole wheat flour and 1 cup of all-purpose flour

If you enjoyed this recipe, you may want to check out my Top Ten Biscuit Recipes by following this link:

Top Ten tea Biscuit Recipes



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Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

Cristine - April 17, 2015

Came across this recipe last night. Needed something for breakfast because fridge is low until I shop later today. I baked these this morning and they turned out FANTASTIC! I’ve added this recipe to my favourites and will be later on printing and adding to my recipe box that is how good they were… Thanks for the great recipe!