Friday, August 20, 2010
Lorraine's British Baking Powder Blueberry Tea Biscuits
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I sometimes have problems with my iron levels so my mother-in-law Lorraine suggested I make her tea biscuits and have them with molasses which are high in iron. Well you know what is also high in iron? Blueberries! So I compromised and made her fantastic tea biscuits but added some tiny wild blueberries to them. Lorraine said she was happy for me to share this special recipe with all my foodie friends, aren't you lucky?!
Preheat oven to 400F. Sift 2 1/4 cups of flour, 1/4 cup of sugar, 2 tbsp of baking powder and 1/2 tsp of salt together. Cut in 1/2 cup of cold margarine (I used butter). I used a pastry blender to blend it together until the butter was the size of peas.
Break an egg into a 1 cup measuring cup and then fill with milk until it measures one cup. Beat together. (Oops! I forgot.) Make a well in the middle of the flour and butter mixture and add the egg and milk. Stir to combine. For once my dough was too wet so I added some flour to bring it together with my hands.
I washed and cleaned approximately 1/2 a cup of wild blueberries and added about 1 tbsp of flour to them to coat them so they would be distributed evenly in the dough.
Very carefully fold them in to the dough, try not to burst them. Make this recipe with wild blueberries, they are much smaller than regular blueberries which will probably just break and give you purple dough!
On a floured surface carefully flatten dough with your hands so it is around 1" thick. Use a small glass to make the small biscuits.
Lorraine suggested using a cake pan but I used a baking sheet. However you decide to bake them, just make sure the bottom of the pan is lined with parchment paper or a silpat and that the biscuits are snuggled up against each other. Mine should probably have been closer together.
Bake at 400F for around 20 minutes or until golden. These are a little dark for me but still very good!
Teapot compliments of my Auntie Laima, teacup and saucer are compliments of my mom and modern white plate compliments of my dear friend Michelle, thank you everyone!
Served with my Nova Scotia Wild Blueberry Freezer Jam, a very pretty and lovely way to get some iron into my diet. I love watching the jam ooze out of the tea biscuit!