Old Southern Beaten Biscuits
|All purpose flour||2 Cup (32 tbs)|
|Baking powder||1⁄4 Teaspoon|
|Cream of tartar||1⁄8 Teaspoon|
|Lard||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Ice water||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
In a small mixing bowl thoroughly stir together the all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and cream of tartar.
Cut in the lard till mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Make a well in center of dry mixture.
Add 3/4 cup of the ice water all at once; stir well.
Stir in enough additional ice water to make a stiff dough.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.
Beat vigorously with the flat side of a wooden or metal mallet for 15 minutes, turning and folding the dough constantly.
Roll or pat the dough to 14-inch thickness.
Cut the dough with floured 2-inch biscuit cutter; dip the cutter in flour between cuts to prevent sticking.
Place the biscuits on ungreased baking sheet.
Prick the tops of each biscuit 3 times with a fork.
Bake at 400° till crisp and lightly browned, about 20 minutes.