Orange Rind Biscuits

Sampling from “Scotch Colony Hearts and Hearths” History/Cookbook, now available for $20, proceeds to support Scotch Colony Fest140, August 23-25, 2013.


Early 1960’s. Back L to R: Mary Smith, Bonnie Morton, Millie Girvan, Ethel Hargrove, Darlene Morton, Myrtle Matheson, Freda Clark, Amber Morton. Front L to R: Ena Clark, Katherine Warman, Mary(Jack) Clark, Jean Drum, Mrs. A.D. McCain, Ruth (John) Phillips.

Orange Rind Biscuits
Recipe by Jean Drum, submitted by Arthur Phillips
4 c flour
1/2 c vegetable oil or shortening
4 tsp cream of tartar
2 tsp soda
2 c milk
1 tsp salt
Grated rind of one orange
Mix all together quickly. Pat out into a circle 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick. Cut out biscuits. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 15 minutes at 425 degrees or until golden.
Personal Notes: Aunt Jean Drum was born in Bonaccord. She never married but was an auntie to everyone. She always whistled and hummed while she baked and cleaned. She told us many tales and stories. When you went into her small, humble home you could always smell and see orange peelings drying at the back of her shiny wood stove. The aroma was quite amazing. The rinds were always crumbled and added to many different things such as jellies, biscuits, cookies and cakes. Jean was a wonderful and amazing lady although she was known for being very upright and strict. She was very involved in church and community and held office in the Women’s Institute of the Colony.

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  1. I remember “Aunt” Jean very well. Loved her, too. She was good to everyone, and was always knitting something for someone. A role model for all of us!

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