Baking Classics: Beaten Biscuits

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The Technique

Beaten Biscuits

Beaten Biscuits are a Kentucky Derby classic with a procedure that dates back to the late 1700’s & they are quite different from traditional southern biscuits. A simple dough is manually fed through a hand cranked biscuit brake or roller attached to a table until the surface blisters & pops indicating it’s ready for cutting & baking. The two most important features a Kentucky-style beaten biscuit offers are fluted edges produced by using the proper cutter & pierced tops which are made by the tines of a fork over the surface precisely in three rows just before baking them. Some say they keep the biscuits from exploding in the oven due to the air beaten in the dough during the preparations while others insist it’s simply ornamental but necessary all the same. Beaten Biscuits are pale in color with a neutral flavor similar to that of a water cracker but it should be noted that they are never to be dry. When slicing them, expect a few crumbs to fall away however the interior should be firm but soft & the dough thoroughly cooked throughout. Beaten Biscuits are best when filled with country ham & it’s important to place it between the two halves at least an hour before serving so the flavors meld on the interior of them. Learn how to make a southern classic ideal for Derby parties & brunch gatherings in your own kitchen using a few updated, straightforward techniques.

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makes 3 dozen

Although original preparations relied solely on the procedure of beating or running the dough through a biscuit brake to create air in order for the biscuits to rise, many modern recipes have a little leavening in them for additional lift.

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup cold lard or vegetable shortening
1/2 cup water

Whisk together the flour, the salt & the baking powder in the bowl of a heavy duty electric stand mixer. Cut in the lard or the shortening using a pastry blender until finely & evenly dispersed throughout the mixture. Add the water. Blend the dough using the flat beater attachment on Low speed 5 minutes. It should begin as a shaggy mixture then become a mass by the end of the procedure. It will feel very firm & heavy for it’s size. 

Place the dough onto a cutting board. No additional flour will be necessary. Beat & roll the dough flat to an 11 x 7-inch rectangle in 5 minute intervals using a pastry pin. Fold one side of the dough 1/3 of the way over itself to the center. Repeat with the remaining side folding it over the first piece to create 3 layers of dough. Repeat the procedure 5 to 6 times. The entire process should take approximately 30 minutes. Expect the dough to begin blistering halfway through the procedure.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Beat & roll the dough to a 1/4-inch thickness. Cut shapes using a 1 1/2-inch fluted cutter. The dough will be firm. Turn the cutter back & forth to make a clean, crisp edge. Place on a lightly greased half sheet pan. Gather the dough. Beat & reroll the dough scraps as needed until all of it has been cut. The tops will not be as smooth as the dough that was cut first. Pierce each piece of dough 3 times with a fork being certain it goes completely through to the pan. Bake 30 minutes. The biscuits will be pale in color. Cool completely. Use a serrated knife to slice the biscuits. 

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Beaten Biscuits can be prepared by using a rolling pin to mimic the original method of preparation when a biscuit brake is unavailable. The process does create a bit of noise but you will gain a quality upper body workout during the process which takes approximately 30 minutes or so.
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When baking a batch of beaten biscuits, it comes down to technique as the ratio doesn’t stray too much recipe to recipe. You will need a few essential tools to complete the task. Read through the recipe before getting started. Here’s what you should know.

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The Blending Procedure

Whisk together the flour, the salt & the baking powder in the bowl of a heavy duty electric stand mixer. Top the mixture with the fat you will be using.

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Cut in the lard or the shortening using a pastry blender until finely & evenly dispersed throughout the mixture.

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You should be able to pick up portions of the mixture in your hand. When pressed, the imprint from the pressure should hold shape once released back into the bowl.

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Add the water. After about 1 minute, the dough will begin to piece itself together. 

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Blend the dough using the flat beater attachment on Low speed 5 minutes. It should begin as a shaggy mixture then become a mass by the end of the procedure. It will feel very firm & heavy for it’s size. 

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Place the dough onto a cutting board. 

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No. 2

The Beating Procedure

No additional flour will be necessary. Begin shaping the dough into a smooth mass. Use the pin to beat it flat then fold the dough into a neat rectangle. This will give you a good starting point for the procedure.

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Beat & roll the dough flat to an 11 x 7-inch rectangle in 5 minute intervals using a pastry pin. 
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Fold one side of the dough 1/3 of the way over itself to the center. 

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Repeat with the remaining side folding it over the first piece. 

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The process will create 3 layers of dough. Turn the dough over & repeat the procedure 5 to 6 times. The entire process should take approximately 30 minutes. Expect the dough to begin blistering halfway through the procedure. 

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The Preparations For Baking

Notice the blistering over the surface of the dough. This is normal.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Beat & roll the dough to a 1/4-inch thickness. Cut shapes using a 1 1/2-inch fluted cutter. The dough will be firm. Turn the cutter back & forth to make a clean, crisp edge. Gather the dough. Beat & reroll the dough scraps as needed until all of it has been cut. The tops will not be as smooth as the dough that was cut first. 

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Pierce each piece of dough 3 times with a fork being certain it goes completely through to the pan. 

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The Baking

 Place the cut dough on a lightly greased half sheet pan. Bake 30 minutes. 

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 The biscuits will be pale in color. Cool completely.

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The Beaten Biscuits

Prepare the biscuits up to a day ahead of time. Use a serrated knife to slice the biscuits just before you are ready to fill the with country ham or for serving with jam preserves & conserves. 

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