If you've always wanted to know how to make those great tiny biscuits people serve at parties with flakes of country ham, here is your chance to learn from the master, Charles Logan of Midway.
On April 11 from 2 to 4 p.m., Logan and chef Ouita Michel of Holly Hill Inn will present a second Beaten Biscuit Workshop at Midway Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 123 East Bruen Street, Midway. Last year, almost 100 people came to see them use antique biscuit brakes. There will be samples for tasting.
Beaten biscuits have been an American staple for more than 200 years. The "beating" along with the folding of the dough helped create tender layers before the advent of baking powder. To administer the beating, a biscuit maker used the back of an ax or a rolling pin or a biscuit brake, which resembles the roller mechanism on a wringer washing machine, according to Midway native Bob Rouse.
To register, call (859) 846-4102 from 8:30 a.m. to noon weekdays. Donations appreciated for The Homeplace at Midway, a nonprofit nursing home that opens this summer.
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