Beaten Biscuits: A History
The history of the Maryland beaten biscuit has largely been lost to time. No information on their origins exists and what little is known is based on colloquial accounts passed down through local families.
If you don’t know by now, the “beaten” in beaten biscuits is literal. You can read our FAQ page for more details, but the short explanation is that the biscuit dough must be beaten with some sort of blunt instrument for 30 minutes (for family) to 45 minutes (for company) to incorporate air into the […]
Have you ever reached into a bag of biscuits, mouth watering, ready for a flaky chewy biscuit only to find they have become irreversably hard? What do you do now? You can’t just toss them out; there has to be something you can do? Pancakes!!! Yes, it’s true. Biscuits make some of the best pancakes […]
Each part of the country has its own take on the beaten biscuit with a slightly different way of beating the dough or a tweak to the recipe. But the characteristic that makes the Maryland beaten biscuit unique is its shape. Maryland beaten biscuits have a small spherical shape that has led more than one […]
The Maryland State Arts Council produced this video in 2011 to record the history of this Eastern Shore tradition. The video features Dick Orrell, son of the founder of Orrell’s Maryland Beaten Biscuits, Ruth Orrell. He explains the history of the business and how they are made.