Mereope's Beaten Biscuit
Southern Speciality food of love.
4 Cup Flour
1 Tsp Salt
1 Tbsp Lard
3 oz Water
3 oz Milk
Sift flour with salt. Work in lard. Have at the ready a glass with equal parts sweet milk and water. Add it gradually, kneading all the while. Stop as soon as the flour holds together and the dough is very stiff. The classic texture is obtained by beating the dough for 30 to 45 minutes until it becomes blistered, elastic and smooth. The beating may be done with a mallet, rolling pin, ax, the flat side of a cleaver . . . any heavy object that will pound the dough into submission.
This is a dish that just screams LOVE
After the dough is beaten, it is rolled out, cut into small circles and pricked with the tines of a fork before being baked.
This biscuit is firm compared with the more typical fluffy biscuit, more like a thick cracker, and it marries beautifully with a savory slice of Smithfield Ham.
I'll also bring the Smithfield Ham.
Which MUST be sliced thinly and served with the biscuit, or my Mom says it will kill you. But you'll die happy.
Two folks have made comments
The recipe sounds like many much beloved of goooood Southern cooks, and will most likely gladden those at many a festive groaning board. There's only one small problem:
IT'S NOT KOSHER.
Lard is rendered(, usually hydrogenated [like Crisco],) pig fat.
Pig fat is as nearly treif (absolutely forbidden with a very strong overtone of BLEEEEEECHHHHH!!!) as they come when you're talking Jewish dietary laws.
This lovely biscuit recipe deserves to have a place of pride in the Tuckerite Cookbook, just not in the *kosher* section.
-- can't you just imagine Momma Tucker teaching him food science and life lessons as she THWAPPPPP!s the sass out of that dough and illustrates thermodynamics with the sweet slow melt of butter and jelly?
"Grandma Tucker may look frail, son, but never mess with an eighty-five-year-old woman who can still beat the blisters into a pan of biscuits!"
So sorry about that! I totally overlooked the lard :( My recipe uses shortening and I just stuck them in the same category... I'll change that.