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Chapter 30

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stay to tea?”

“Well, seeing you’re so pressing, perhaps I might as well stay,” said Mrs. Rachel, who had not the slightest intention of doing anything else.

Mrs. Rachel and Marilla sat comfortingly in the parlor while Anne got the tea and made hot biscuits that were light and white enough to defy even Mrs. Rachel’s criticism.

“I must say Anne has turned out a real smart girl,” admitted Mrs. Rachel, as Marilla accompanied her to the end of the lane at sunset. “She must be a great help to you.”

“She is,” said Marilla, “and she’s real steady and reliable now. I used to be afraid she’d never get over her feather-brained ways but she has and I wouldn’t be afraid to trust her in anything else now.”

“I never would have thought she’d


"made hot biscuits":
Montgomery's recipe for "Baking Powder Biscuits"

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons shortening
3/4 cup milk

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Rub into it, with a fork, the butter and shortening. Still using a fork, mix to a dough with 3/4 cup milk, plus 1 or 2 Tablespoons more milk as required to clear the bowl. Toss on floured board and roll lightly to 1 inch thick.
Cut with a floured 2-inch cutter. Place on ungreased pan and bake in a hot oven (450 F) for 12 to 15 minutes.
Serve hot. Makes a dozen 2-inch biscuits."
From Aunt Maud's Recipe Book, edited by Elaine Crawford and Kelly Crawford, Moulin Publishing, 1996 (p. 42).