copyright Bettina Network, inc. 2016 for Marceline Donaldson
Tea time is one of my favorite times of the day. And what helps it to be favorite is what is served.
Not all tea times are equal. Some are fantastic and some are so bad you just want to forget they happened.
One of my favorite foods, to go along with Organic Tulsi Tea, or organic peppermint tea, or organic hibiscus tea are these English Biscuits. They take about five minutes to put together and about 15 minutes in the oven. Hot and fresh – there is nothing like them. Pastries are great, but home baked is far better, especially when you know what went into those pretty pastries and so called ‘tea cakes’. I keep trying to eat them because folks keep bringing, sending, having them for tea when I join them, but I’ve just given up. I enjoy looking at them because they are beautiful and that has to suffice. I’ve had to make some ridiculous excuses for not eating those lovely confections when I have been invited for tea, but today I just look, don’t touch and don’t try to justify not eating them. They are works of art, not food for the stomach. Those who serve them should know better so I will not justify their bad taste anymore – neither the bad taste of those serving them nor the equally bad taste of the pastries. They taste sweet and little else.
*Please remember: American-style biscuits are savory. English Biscuits are sweet – what we would call cookies in America. Although this is not a cookie recipe that looks anything like chocolate chip cookies. It is a sweet made especially for tea time.
One cup organic whole wheat flour
One cup organic pastry flour
1 teaspoon himalayan salt
1 tablespoon baking powder (no aluminum, please)
1 stick organic butter
1/2 cup or to your taste of organic raisins
One cup (or to your taste) organic turbinado sugar
One cup organic heavy cream (or if you are squeamish – one cup organic whole milk)
One or two tablespoons Organic Hazelnut Oil or whatever taste you want to add – Organic Vanilla Oil – Organic chocolate, etc.
Put the two kinds of flour, salt, baking powder in the food processor and process for a few seconds
Add the organic butter to the mixture in a food processor and process until they are one. The mixture will look basically the same, except a little as though it is wet
add the raisins and sugar and process again for a few seconds
add the milk and process until this mixture seems to hold together. The longer you process the more gluten develops – so judge your time as to how you like your biscuits. More bread like and rubbery or more crispy and flaky.
Smear a cookie sheet with butter wherever you are going to put one of these biscuits. This recipe makes about 12 English biscuits
Take lumps of the mixture, roll it around in the palms of your hands until you have a nice ball
Each ball makes a biscuit and put the balls on the cookie sheet (no aluminum cookie sheets, please)
Bake at 350 degrees until done – about 15 minutes.
If you like ‘stuff’ on top of your biscuits – use 3/4 cup organic turbinado sugar in the biscuit mixture and sprinkle the rest on top of these biscuits before baking.
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