Beaten Biscuits Board

This beaten biscuits board was given to my mother by Hugh Wood of eastern Kentucky in 1972.

My mom made a few cookbooks and shared her recipe for beaten biscuits in those cookbooks. It is the recipe my sisters and I grew up with and what my dad remembers from his youth. Mom passed away a long time ago, so we continue her recipes. I am the one who makes the beaten biscuits for the family. I have made YouTube videos explaining how to make them, and I’ve shown different beaten biscuit boards. (We have always used he word “board,” although some people call it a “break”). The beaten biscuits we make are supposed to be soft and not hard. They have a distinctive look from the fork holes that let the air escape. If you look online, you will notice different looks. For this reason, I have named our type Western Kentucky Beaten Biscuits, as my father is from Hopkinsville.

Growing up, our parents bought a beaten biscuits board for all of us and had them motorized with a sewing machine pedal. I have bought one for each of my kids as well.

My mom and older sisters would do demonstrations with a board on the Belvedere in the 1970s.  I try to keep the art of beaten biscuits alive! I am so attached to my board that it has moved with me out west, even though it is very heavy. I have two old beaten biscuit cutters that I keep in very safe places. I treasure the memories of beaten biscuits in our life like waking to the sound of the machine’s whir when I was little, and running downstairs wanting to watch and help my mom as she made them.

I also love their taste! They are time consuming to make, but worth it!

Frances Lussky

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