Making buttery, flaky biscuits from scratch sounds like a lot of work. Measuring tons of ingredients, mixing, kneading…why not pop open a tube of Pillsbury and just call it a day?
Enter these magical three-ingredient biscuits from Southern Living. Literally: Just. Three. Ingredients. All you need are self-rising flour, butter, and buttermilk. The secret is in the technique; follow it exactly, and you'll end up with light, flaky, moist biscuits every time.
Here are three tricks that make this recipe a success:
1. Use Frozen Grated Butter
Just freeze a stick of butter, then grate with a box grater. The cold grated butter will distribute through the dough evenly, resulting in a lighter, fluffier biscuit.
2. Stir Exactly 15 Times
Once you add the buttermilk, stir the mixture 15 times—no more, no less. Trust the Southern Living test kitchen: this is the magic number they found led to the best results.
3. Fold the Dough 4 Times
Roll out the dough, fold it in half, then roll it out again. Do this 4 times to help create those flaky layers. (This is the same technique you'd use to make croissant dough.)
Watch a quick how-to video to see how foolproof it is:
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