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Maryland Beaten Biscuits

An Eastern Shore Tradition

No Orrell’s beaten biscuits on Thanksgiving tables this year

The Baltimore Sun · Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Orrell’s Maryland beaten biscuits won’t be making their annual appearance on Thanksgiving tables this year.

The Beaten Biscuit Mystery

MyEasternShoreMD · Saturday, October 26, 2013

I ate my first beaten biscuit so long ago I haven’t a clue when it was – I was a mere child at the time. Now, I have to hope I haven’t eaten my last.

Wye Mills native son Dick Orrell dies at 83

MyEasternShoreMD · Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The town of Wye Mills has lost one of its most ardent supporters and a true native son.

A biscuit that can’t be beat

The Star Democrat · Sunday, January 23, 2011

Not long ago, the dough for a Maryland beaten biscuit was pounded with an ax handle or baseball bat against the top of a tree stump to get the air bubbles out.

The biscuit beating goes on

The Baltimore Sun · Wednesday, November 26, 2003

In a yellow house in this tiny Eastern Shore town, six women gather around a long, rectangular table to make biscuits the old-fashioned way.

Ham Biscuits, Plain and Simple

The Washington Post · Wednesday, October 10, 2001

At a church social in Wye Mills, Md., country ham is far more likely to be served on a firm, “beaten” biscuit.

Hard-to-beat Biscuits

The Baltimore Sun · Sunday, October 30, 1994

Before eating Orrell’s Maryland beaten biscuits, I had not been a fan of the genre. Most of the beaten biscuits I had tried to bite into had been tough enough to crack a molar.


The New York Times · Wednesday, August 9, 1989

IF anyone can be called Maryland’s beaten-biscuit maven, it is Ruth Orrell. Mrs. Orrell has been making the hard, dense southern specialty for most of her 87 years, and selling them for more than 50.


The Congressional Record · Friday, October 17, 1986

Mr. President, one of the great cultural contributions of Maryland to the culinary arts is the beaten biscuit, one of the great favorites of the present occupant of the Chair.

Beaten Biscuits

The Washington Post · Saturday, February 4, 1984

The potential of the Maryland beaten biscuit has somehow been overlooked in the current national furor over the perils of nuclear war.