Maryland Beaten Biscuits
During my recent Holiday in Iowa I had the opportunity to read a very interesting book entitled "Frederick Douglas for Kids." This American Hero lived from February 1818 to February 20, 1895. The book contained many Children's Activities, which would give them first hand experience to see how people lived during the period of his life. One activity was baking "Maryland Beaten Biscuits" much like were baked by slaves in Maryland. Here is a series of pictures as I adhered to the recipe to bake these Biscuits. The recipe will be included at the end of this post.
|This is a hands on procedure|
|I had never baked biscuits in my life to this was a|
totally new experience
|Placing the dough on a well floured counter as|
the directions indicated
|Sprinkle flower over the dough in preparation for the|
next step in baking the Beaten Biscuits
|The recipe called for the use of the side of an|
axe to beat the biscuits. I used the bottom of a
cast iron frying pan. I placed flour on the pan to
avoid any sticking
|Take the opportunity to view the video later|
to see me beating the biscuits
|Of course some of the flour spilled on the floor.|
|Rolling the dough after it was beaten for thirty|
minutes in 1 1/2 inch balls to place on the baking
|Prior to baking puncture each biscuit with a folk|
|The recipe stated that the yield should be 18. I|
had 16 on the baking sheet
|Placing some of the baked biscuits in a pan to transport|
to My Bride's Mother. We enjoyed the biscuits with a slice
of salt ham.
The Recipe for Maryland Beaten Biscuits
4 cups flour
Dash of Salt
1 1/2 tablespoons of lard or vegetable shortening
1 3/4 cup of water
Large Cutting Board
Meat tenderizer or mallet
Place the flour and salt in the mixing bowl and stir together. Cut in the Lard by pressing it into the flour with the fork. Pour in the water and mix together by hand.
Put the lump of dough on a lightly floured cutting board. Be sure to work on a sturdy surface such as a picnic table or sturdy countertop. Hit the dough repeatedly with the flat side of the meat tenderizer for half an hour, folding it over when it gets thin. Take turns with your family or friends.
When you are finished, roll small pieces of dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and place them on a cookie sheet. Prick the top of each ball with a fork. Bake at 425 degrees for 26 minutes. Makes 18 biscuits.
Note: The dough was placed on a clean tree stump and pounded with the flat side of an ax for half an hour. The more it was pounded, the lighter the biscuits would be.
Blog Post Editor Comments: The biscuits tasted good. We placed a slice of smoked and salted ham in each Biscuit. My Bride, My Mother-in-Law and I enjoyed them the evening of March 28, 2013 for our Supper.