Southern Beaten Biscuit Recipe

These are traditional Southern beaten biscuits. They do require extra work, but the smooth-textured results are well worth the effort!... They accompany well with all manner of syrup, marmalade or preserves.


3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons cold butter
3 tablespoons cold lard
1/2 cup cold milk
1/2 cup cold water


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet and set aside.

In a large bowl sift together flour, sugar and salt. Cut in the butter and lard until flour mixture resembles course cornmeal. With a fork, add milk and water, tossing mixture slightly as you go.

Knead the mixture for 15 minutes in the bowl. Then on a lightly floured surface, beat the dough with a rolling pin for 20 minutes, or until biscuit dough is blistered. When ready to roll, the biscuit dough is smooth and glossy.

Turn sunshine biscuit dough onto a lightly floured board. Gently gather dough into a rounded ball. Roll out to 1/3" thickness. Cut with 2" cutter. Place biscuits about 1" apart on prepared baking sheet. Bake beaten biscuits in oven until golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes.