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Breads from Rina's Kitchen

Beaten Biscuits 
Makes 2 dozen

2 cups low gluten white flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
1/4 cup chilled lard, cut into small pieces
1/3 cup light cream 
water, if needed
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. 
2. Sift flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar together. Use a
   fork to "cut" the lard into the flour until it looks like
   coarse meal. Using a standing mixer, or a wooden spoon, mix
   the dough as you slowly add the cream. Mix well to form the
   dough into a ball, adding water if needed. 
3. Place the dough onto a tabletop, and knead slightly. With a
   mallet or a one-piece rolling pin, beat the dough a few times
   to form it into a rough rectangle. Fold the dough over, and
   then beat it out again. Repeat this process until the dough
   becomes white and blisters form on the surface, about 15 mins. 
4. Roll out the dough to about 1/4" thick. Cut into 2" rounds, and
   prick the top a few times with the tines of a fork. Place on
   greased baking sheets.
5. Bake for 15 mins, or until golden. 

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