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Old Southern Beaten Biscuits

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  All purpose flour 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Sugar 1 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Baking powder 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Cream of tartar 1⁄8 Teaspoon
  Lard 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Ice water 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Butter 1 Tablespoon

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.

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Old Southern Beaten Biscuits Recipe