The Hobbit Menu | Walnut Tea Biscuits

A flawless accompaniment for Elevenses.

In the Shire, cakes and scones are not over-embellished. Treats are not too sweet, yet not the slightest bit bland. During Elevenses, the hobbit has a propensity to reach for a morsel to pair with a warm mug of tea fresh off the hearth. If you crave a little something to satisfy your sweet tooth, these biscuits are just what you need.

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Infused with sugar yet not sticky with the flavor, the toasty, buttery, nutty ball of baked goodness not only makes a lightly fragrant tabletop adornment in your dining room, but tastes great with your favorite black tea and especially with good company surrounding you. One batch yields enough for a small gathering, family, or for a neighborly gift. You can also leave out the sugar and eat these with a savory dinner or supper of cottage pie, or for breakfast with a ‘Tatoe and ‘Matoe Egg Scramble.

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Walnut Tea Biscuits

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups white flour
1/2 T baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 T sugar
6 T cold butter, cut into 1 T cubes
3/4 c + 1-2 T milk
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

ASSEMBLY: Preheat oven to 215 degrees Celcius (420 Fahrenheit). Line baking sheet with parchment paper or brush with butter. In a small bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar with a wooden spoon. Fold in walnuts. With your hands, cut in butter until batter is crumbly. Add 3/4 cups milk slowly and stir – if needed, add more milk one tablespoon at a time until just combined and the dough is slightly sticky but cohesive. Turn onto a floured surface and knead 3-4 times; pat into 1/2 inch round shape. Break dough into about 1/4 cup pieces and roll into a ball, then flatten slightly into a biscuit shape – you can also use a floured biscuit cutter if you’re a modern hobbit – and place onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until tops are a slight golden brown, watching carefully to avoid burning. Remove and cool 5 minutes on the baking sheet. Serve warm with butter, jam, or marmalade – and, of course, tea or coffee.

Makes 10 biscuits.


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9 thoughts on “The Hobbit Menu | Walnut Tea Biscuits

  1. Too cute an other-worldly context or land and culture. If I weren’t gluten allergic, they would be baking. Yet, my question, would they be too small, like Mexican tea cookies?

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    1. You could try using a gluten-free flour! As for size, they can be as big or as small as you’d like: I shaped mine to be about 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter, and they are puffy and bread-like, not cookie-like.

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