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Maryland Beaten Biscuits

An Eastern Shore Tradition

Category: History

Beaten Biscuits: A History

June 11, 2018 by

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.

The Evolution of Beating Biscuits

June 6, 2018 by

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 […]

Women of Talbot County Presentation

May 19, 2018 by

A special thanks to the Talbot County Historical Society for recognizing Ruth Orrell as one of 14 influential women of Talbot County, MD.

The Individual Touch

May 19, 2018 by

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 […]

Maryland Traditions – Orrell’s Maryland Beaten Biscuits

October 22, 2016 by

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.