The late Lola Mae Autry, from Whippoorwill Valley in Hickory Flat, Mississippi, favored a biscuit style known as “beaten,” which are rolled out thinner than softer, fluffy “catheads,” and are often served filled with razor-thin slivers of country ham. To make self-rising flour at home, follow King Arthur Baking Company’s suggested formula: For every 1 cup of all-purpose flour, whisk in 1½ teaspoons baking powder and ¼ teaspoon salt. Find all of our favorite Southern food here.
- 3 cups self-rising flour, plus more for dusting
- 6 tbsp. vegetable shortening, cold
- 1½ cups buttermilk