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Food Processor Beaten Biscuits Recipe

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The food processor helps with the work for these baking powder beaten biscuits. Plan ahead because this recipe has a minimum 3-hour chilling step or you can do most of the work a day in advance.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


  • 3-1/2 cups sifted, all-purpose, low-protein flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup chilled lard
  • 3/4 cup chilled half and half


Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar into a bowl. With your fingertips, work in the lard until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Add the cold half and half and knead into the dry ingredients until dough clings together.

Gather up dough into a ball, place in a resealable plastic bag and close bag. Place on counter in a cool kitchen several hours or overnight. (If kitchen is warm, place in refrigerator, but let stand at room temperature about 30 minutes before continuing.)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Divide dough into 2 parts. Using food processor with plastic dough blade, spin each portion in food processor for 2 minutes. Gather both portions together and place on a floured work surface. With a rolling pin, roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick. Fold over and roll out again. Continue folding and rolling until dough is silky smooth, about 4 to 6 times. After folding the last time, do not roll out.

Using a very small (1-1/2-inch across) floured cutter, cut into circles. Place on ungreased baking sheet. With a fork, prick each biscuit. Bake 5 minutes on lower rack of oven; move to center rack and bake 20 to 25 minutes, until very pale brown and inside of biscuit is dry and flaky. Serve the same day or place in a tightly covered tin up to 1 week.

Yield: 18 to 20 small biscuits

Recipe Source: The Country Ham Book by Jeanne Voltz and Elaine J. Harvell (UNC Press)
Reprinted with permission.

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 5 out of 5
Brought back memories, Member towncommon

I grew up in Kentucky eating store-bought beaten biscuit, made by either Berea College or Merritt's in Alabama, and wanted to recover that old flavor and texture to go with some Scott's country ham. These came out just about as I remembered, even though the baking powder is ""cheating"" a bit. . Comments: . (1) My son raises pigs, and had rendered lard this fall, so I was all set there. Butter would make a reasonable substitute though. (2) I had to add 2 T of cold water to each half of the dough to form a ball (perhaps because I had made a thicker ""half and half"" out of cream and milk). (3) I used a stand mixer for beating. (4) I baked about 10 minutes longer than instructed to get the 'blush' that beaten biscuit should have. That may have been because I crowded my biscuits too much though.

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