Raisin Tea Biscuits

Raisin Tea Biscuits

What's for dinner, mom? 333

"Moist, lightly sweet biscuits are just perfect for breakfast or a cup of tea in the afternoon. This is as close as I could get to the store bakery version. My husband and kids loved these just as much as the store bought biscuits. We make a lactose free version with vanilla soy milk and margarine, but have made the milk variety for others. Recipe works perfectly in both options."

Ingredients 30 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 416 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 416 kcal
  • 21%
  • Fat:
  • 19 g
  • 29%
  • Carbs:
  • 55g
  • 18%
  • Protein:
  • 7.5 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 69 mg
  • 23%
  • Sodium:
  • 474 mg
  • 19%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Soak raisins in water for 10 minutes; drain and set aside. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl. Cut in the butter with a knife or pastry cutter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir milk into the flour mixture until moistened. Add the drained raisins. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat or roll the dough out into a 3/4 to 1-inch thick round. Cut dough with a biscuit cutter and place onto the prepared baking sheet. Beat the egg with 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl. Brush egg mixture on each biscuit.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
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  1. 36 Ratings


Oh my, these are some of the best tea biscuits ever and being half English I know my tea biscuits! I am so happy to be the first to rate this recipe. These come very close to my Grandmother's! I used a full cup of raisins and doubled the amount of sugar because I like my tea biscuits a little on the sweet side. I also used half and half vs. milk. After I cut the biscuits, I let them set for 30 minutes to let the baking powder "react" in order to get them big and fluffy. After I did the egg wash, I topped them with a bit of turbinado sugar before popping them in the oven. These came out moist, light, fluffy, and simply delicious - perfect with a cup of tea! I have also made these substituting the raisins with miniature chocolate chips or dried cranberries. Thanks What's for dinner, mom? for a great recipe - my Mom (Nancy) requested these while she was in the hospital and I was so happy to have been able to make them for her one last time....

What's for dinner, mom?

The original recipe was for lactose free biscuits. In order to do this I used vanilla soy milk or almond milk. I also use Fleishmann's margarine as it is parve. I also used dried cranberries in place of the raisins for this batch. YUM! On the days where lactose is not an issue - I have also tried using buttermilk and found it to work very, very well! **********8/15/10 -Made these in my new biscuit cast iron pan - really easy! I preheated the pan and when the dough was ready I skipped the rolling stage and simply scooped about 1/2 cup of batter into each of the little pans. They baked nicely and in a uniform size AND without all the extra work of rolling them out, getting a biscuit cutter, re-rolling scraps and lessened the clean up which was a big bonus. I did pat the dough down to make the tops smoother and topped with cinnamon sugar - no egg wash this time. I am very happy with the results so if you have a scone pan, large capacity muffin pan or a cast iron biscuit pan - give it a try! ****Please note- this recipe is intended to be "lightly" sweet. It is to compliment your favorite toppings such as lemon curd, cinnamon sugar or jam. If you want them sweet, then you will need to add about 1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar. This will also make the biscuit heavier in texture.


Wow. I reviewed these yesterday but my review is gone. I will try again. I made these with the extra raisins and sugar mentioned in Jillian's review and they were delicious! I used half butter and half 'smart balance' cuz it has some health benefits and I could not be more pleased with the results. Will definitely make again and this was so easy I am inspired to try making plain biscuits too. Highly recommend!