Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Strawberry Tea Biscuits

My Best Girl and Daughter, Dylan and I decided to have a tea party this morning due to the following: She doesn't have school all week for kindergarten end-of-year assessments; Owen was going to preschool, and we could therefore have a pleasant tea party without requesting anyone to step off of the table; and it was another depressing cozy rainy morning. 

A little introduction to Dyllie, for those who don't know her:

At age 5 (6 this August), she is my oldest. Interests include: playing with friends; bossing Owen; taking gymnastics (we are trying to convince Dad that the many thousands of dollars and hours training would be completely reasonable for her to qualify for the Utah Ute's gymnastics team someday); playing with friends; discovering ever higher decibels using her "whining voice"; playing soccer; maintaining an excitement for entering the 1st grade, even though this means she will no longer eat lunch with her mother and I will miss her desperately; changing her clothes 5 times a day; playing with friends; making giant messes in her bedroom that typically consist of clothes and tiny cut-up pieces of paper ("they're my special CRAFTS, mom!"); inventing songs whose title and sole lyrics are everyday sentences, such as: "We Need a Pink Hair Tie for My Hair", or the classic: "Two Special Band-aids on a Hill"; and playing with friends.

I thought about how I would make these all the way home from Owen's preschool, and I thought they turned out super yummy. Dyllie agreed. And then she asked if she could call a friend.

Strawberry Tea Biscuits

Makes 6 large biscuits

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 stick butter, cold, cut into small pieces
1 cup buttermilk, plus more for brushing
1 cup strawberries, chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until texture resembles coarse crumbs with a few larger clumps remaining (if you don't have a pastry blender, just use your fingers to rub in the butter).
Pour in buttermilk; using a rubber spatula, fold buttermilk into the dough, working in all directions and incorporating crumbs at the bottom of the bowl, until the dough just comes together. Fold in strawberries. The dough will be slightly sticky.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface. With floured fingers, gently pat the dough into a round about 1 inch thick, pressing in any loose bits. Using a biscuit cutter (or cookie cutter, or the top of a drinking glass), cut out biscuits as close together as possible.
Place biscuits about 1 1/2 inches apart on an unlined baking sheet. Generously brush the tops with buttermilk. Bake until biscuits are golden and flecked with brown spots, 18-20 minutes.

For the Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
milk as needed

Add milk 1 Tablespoon at a time, stirring, until you reach desired consistency. Drizzle with spoon over the hot biscuits.

 A special treat for those who scrolled down through the whole recipe:


  1. That is a precious picture! You're a fun mom. Those sound so yummy too!

  2. those looks so good. i love owen in his leotard!!!

  3. They grow up so fast. My daughter is 23 and I wish I could turn back the clock. Thank you for this. Love the dinosaur shot. lol!! When my daughter comes home from college for Xmas I think I'll show her this page, reminisce, and make some Strawberry Tea Biscuits. :)