Myrtle Walker’s Lemon Biscuits

Myrtle Flett grew up near Bury’s Green, and like many rural kids, married one of her neighbours, Henry Walker. As an adult she took an interest in the neighbourhood’s St. John’s United Church, and the local Women’s Institute, helping to compile their Tweedsmuir History. The church and WI hosted a large proportion of the community’s social events, and Myrtle often brought lemon biscuits to these gatherings. The baking ammonia has a noticeable odour while baking.


  • ½ pound butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 pint milk
  • 1 ½ ounce baking ammonia
  • 2 drams oil of lemon
  • 6 cups flour
  • Salt


  • Sift the ammonia several times in the flour.
  • If not stiff enough add more flour.
  • The dough should be quite stiff.
  • Mix with hand and add the oil of lemon last.
  • Cut in oblong shape about ¼ inch thick.
  • Bake in the hot oven.

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