Cheddar Tea Biscuits {A Virtual Thanksgiving Dinner}

Today, I have teamed up with several of my awesome blogging buddies to bring you a virtual thanksgiving day feast – ahh, the joys of technology, right?  Now if only they would develop a computer that let you taste test…
My part in this whole dinner was to bring the buns/bread/rolls… whatever you call it.  It actually sparked a mini debate, because we are always coming across words that mean different things in Canada and the US.  I said I would write a post about my mother in laws tea biscuits.  “I’ve never heard of tea biscuits, are they like regular biscuits?” was the response.  “Well, no, I said.  Biscuits are what babies eat when they are teething,” said I.  “No, those are teething biscuits,” my darling American friends responded.  So I showed them a picture of a tea biscuit (which I also had to do for a duotang and Gravol), and they said “Oh, that’s just a biscuit to us.”
Sigh.  So today, I bring you a recipe for some delicious (tea) biscuits.  Tea biscuits are usually a little sweet and often eaten with your after-meal tea, but with the addition of cheddar, they are a little more savoury and a great substitute for dinner rolls.

Cheddar (Tea) Biscuits

2 cups All Purpose Flour
4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 cup shortening
1 cup full fat milk
Preheat oven to 400F.  Combine the first four ingredients, and then cut in shortening with two knives or a pastry cutter until it is the consistency of coarse cornmeal.  If you can, get a cutie like this one to help out!
Make a well in the centre and add the liquid all at once.  Stir vigorously until batter comes off the sides of the bowl easily.  Transfer to a floured board, and knead gently.  (We forgot to add our cheese at the beginning, so we just plopped it in and added it as we rolled… or as we ate, in Boo’s case.)
Roll out to 1/2″ thickness and cut with a 2″ pastry cutter. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake until golden, about 12 minutes. 
The biscuits are best hot, but you can wrap them in foil and place in the oven to reheat them.
Bon Appétit!

Be sure to check out the other courses at our virtual Thanksgiving Table today – my awesome friends have every course covered!

Leaf Placecard Tutorial at One Artsy Mama
Cheeseball Appetizer at Create.Craft.Love (left)
and Hot Cheese Dip and Cracker Tray at Jessie Street Designs (right)
Tips For Cooking a Perfect Turkey at Ladybird Ln. (right)
and Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes at Artsy Fartsy Mama (left)

Save oven space with Repeat Crafter Me’s Crock Pot Green Bean Casserole (left)
Cranberry Marshmallow Salad at Happy Hour Projects (center)
Cheddar Tea Biscuits at Becoming Martha (right)
Classic Warm Apple Crisp at Chase the Star (left)
Seven Alive’s Favorite Pumpkin Pie (right)
Turkey Cookies at Bear Rabbit Bear Crafts (left)
Pilgrim Hat Cookies at Wait Til Your Father Gets Home (right)

I hope you enjoyed this recipe round up, and you check out my friends’ favourites today too!  What’s your favourite Thanksgiving recipe?

About Sarah

Sarah Desjardins is a mother of two girls, a wife, an elementary school teacher, and a self proclaimed glitter addict. Becoming Martha is a place for anyone who wants to make their domestic life more beautiful and creative. Sarah started Becoming Martha as a place to find bliss between the diapers and the dishes, and invites you to do the same.


  1. Holy goodness, this is the perfect idea! I will 100% go check all your other bloggers. I’m so in love!

  2. Bwahahaha!! I love that you added the language barrier conversation to the post! Me thinks your tea biscuits look delish!

  3. Hahahaha… LOVE this! The (tea) biscuits look delicious and I am laughing just reading about the conversation. Awesome. Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Love cheddar biscuits!! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Those look soooo delicious! And it cracks me up that you quoted our little discussion. :) Ah, good times, good times. But where are the corn dogs?

  6. Oooh, these look super yummy. I might have to make those this week, just because. Mmmmm.

  7. I honestly don’t think I have ever made biscuits. We always just buy the ones that come in the can, LOL! But you make it look so easy and much better than the pre-packaged kind :) Thanks for the recipe and tutorial!!

  8. Haha, I love that you included our convo about what a “biscuit” exactly is! And it looks like you had a big helper in the kitchen too :o) Pinning to make this holiday season!!

  9. Love you, your tea biscuits, and your baby girl/sous chef my Canadian friend! I’m thankful that despite the fact that Thanksgiving for you was a month ago, you are celebrating once again with your bloggy family! XO! You KNOW I’m pinning this!
    Barbara at Chase the Star

  10. I asbolutely love this recipe! Thank you so much for sharing! :)


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