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3-Ingredient Biscuits

Adjusted recipe inspired by a variety of online sources.

Photography by Bev Davis.

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 September 12, 2017

Earlier this year, I discovered these amazing biscuits on Pinterest.  There were multiple recipes.  I did a google search and discovered even more food bloggers featuring this recipe.  I would love to give credit to the original creator... if I knew.


I do know these biscuits, made with only three ingredients, are outstanding.  They're crusty outside with a creamy-melt-in-your-mouth texture.  Make sure the butter and cream cheese (full fat) are VERY cold.  This helps the dough stay firm while kneading. The cream cheese replaces the buttermilk and shortening traditionally used to make homemade biscuits.  Measure sifted flour  to get an accurate measurement.   Unsifted flour is heavier which leads to more than necessary.  Makes about 14 biscuits with a  two-inch (2") sized biscuit cutter.  Enjoy! 

INGREDIENTS

1 package (8 ounces) full fat cream cheese, cold

6 tablespoons unsalted butter (not margarine), cold

1-3/4 cups self-rising flour, sifted


INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Chop cold cream cheese and cold butter into small pieces.  Combine pieces with 1 cup of self-rising flour in a medium-sized bowl. 

Use a pastry cutter or fork to mix until dough resembles coarse cornmeal.  Sprinkle remaining 3/4 cup flour on kneading surface.  Place dough on floured surface.  Knead until smooth.  Place in lidded container.  Refrigerate at least 30 minutes  or until dough is chilled.  Roll to desired thickness.  The biscuits will not rise much while baking.  Cut with two-inch (2") sized biscuit cutter (or larger if desired).  Do not twist while cutting.  Press straight down.  Pull straight up.  If a darker crust is preferred, brush tops with egg whites.


SKILLET BISCUITS:  Line 10" cast iron skillet with parchment paper.  Or, spray lightly with vegetable oil cooking spray.   Arrange cut biscuits in circular pattern with sides touching.  The baked biscuits will be crusty on the top and bottom only.

COOKIE SHEET or PIZZA PAN:  Line a large cookie sheet or pizza pan with parchment paper.  Arrange cut biscuits without  sides touching.    The baked biscuits will have crispy edges all around.  Makes about 14 biscuits with a  two-inch (2") sized biscuit cutter. 


Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve hot.

FIRST Facebook Viral Recipe!

My Facebook page (216 likes) was reactivated in July 2016. Tired of the stagnation, I studied the work of successful food bloggers and did other research.  I wanted to know how to make my recipe go viral  which increases page likes and engagement.  I applied the lessons.  Two posts about Walmart reached hundreds of thousands.  My favorite food blogger, with 2 million fans, shared a recipe with great results!!!  I was thrilled and encouraged to keep trying until a recipe I created reached viral status.  I also worked hard to shoot better photos!! 


Tuesday, Sept. 12, I posted my recipe for 3-Ingredient Biscuits.  The next day, statistics showed over 100,000 people reached and hundreds of shares!! It's officially viral when the number of people reached is 10 times more than page likes or page follows.  As of Friday, Sept. 15 (4:00am), my page has 6,595 likes and

6,700  follows.  The recipe has reached 111,494 people with 745 shares (see photo). The recipe is VIRAL!!!  My goal is 100,000 page likes soon to secure sponsors who've already expressed interest.  Stay tuned!