Orange Marmalade Tea Biscuits

These tea biscuits are from Cybele Pascal’s The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook. My making them came about from a Pride and Prejudice marathon with my mom and sisters.

And I’m not talking Keira Knightly.

I’m talking Colin Firth.

And 5 hours.

To fortify ourselves for the long, but wonderful road ahead, and to get in the mood, we fixed these tea biscuits (complete with some Earl Grey tea). It was, if I say so myself, the perfect English opening to Jane Austen’s famous work.

Ingredients (makes 24 2-inch biscuits)

3 cups Basic Gluten-Free Flour Mix

  • (makes 6 cups – just cut in half)
  • 4 cups brown rice flour
  • 1 1/3 cups potato starch
  • 2/3 cup tapioca flour

3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum

2 tablespoons double-acting baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons dairy-free, soy-free vegetable shortening

1 1/2 teaspoons Ener-G egg replacer mixed with 2 tablespoons rice milk

1 cup orange marmalade

1/2 cup rice milk


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a bowl, combine the flour mix, xanthan gum, baking powder, and salt. Using an electric mixer, mix on medium speed for 20 seconds.

3. Add the shortening and mix on low speed until you have a coarse meal, about 1 minute.

4. With the mixer still running, add the egg replacer, then 1/2 cup of the marmalade, then the rice milk. Mix until the dough is just combined. It will still be crumbly.

5. Sprinkle your work surface, a rolling pin, and your hands with a little gluten-free flour mix. Turn out the dough onto the floured board, pat into a disk, and gently roll out the dough to about 1/2 inch thick.

6. Cut with a 2-inch floured biscuit cutter (I used a small juice glass), gathering scraps and rerolling as necessary. Place 12 biscuits on each baking sheet.

7. Top each with abut 1 teaspoon of the remaining marmalade. Bake for 15 minutes, until the biscuits are lightly golden around the edges and the marmalade is bubbling. Let cool slightly before eating.

Tip: Enjoy with a cold glass of rice milk or hot tea! We made a pot of earl grey and the biscuits went great with it.


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Categories: Dessert, Tea time


Became a voracious, unapologetic bookworm in 4th grade after reading the first three Harry Potter books. Have a thing for dystopias, young adult novels, classic literature and funny memoirs (re: Mindy Kaling / Tina Fey). English and journalism geek, media and pop culture critic, food writer and blogger, editor of an entertainment magazine. Hobbies include: my Netflix account, cooking, gardening, music, art and hiking.


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One Comment on “Orange Marmalade Tea Biscuits”

  1. Lucy
    08/25/2010 at 12:16 pm #

    these look delicious!!!

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