At our house we refer to it as “Quickie Chickie”, that famous drive through chicken that comes home to you in the iconic red and white box.¬† Did you know that the very first Kentucky Fried Chicken was opened here in Utah?¬† Yup.¬† Biscuits and all.
Speaking of biscuits, that was one of my most favorite aspects of the entire KFC experience.
Well, it was until I learned that it takes over 50 ingredients to create a Kentucky Fried Chicken Biscuit.¬† Yes, you did read that right.
Enriched Flour Bleached (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamin Mononitrate
, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Partially Hydrogenated Palm Kernel, Soybean and Cottonseed Oil, Buttermilk, Sugar, Baking Soda, Salt, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate,Nonfat Milk, Sodium Caseinate, DATEM, Whey Protein Concentrate, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Whey, Wheat Protein Isolate,Natural Flavor.Liquid and Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Salt, Soybean Lecithin, Natural and Artificial Flavor, TBHO and Citric AcidAdded to Protect Flavor, Beta Carotene (Color), Dimethylpolysidoxane, an Anti-foaming Agent Added.Contains Milk, Wheat and Soy.
Yum.¬† I love me some anti-foaming agents in my food, don’t you?
Today I am going to share a biscuit recipe that is not only tastes Better Than KFC, it’s super easy to make and because it uses yeast, you can mix up the flours you use.¬† This recipe calls for butter (organic if you like) instead of shortening.
While you aren’t going to want to eat these everyday, when you do eat them you know you are consuming actual food, rather something filled with artificial flavors.
My Easy Biscuit Recipe
2 Tablespoons luckwarm water (105 to 115 degrees)
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1 Tablespoon sugar
21/2 cups flour ( I used half white flour and half oat flour.¬† You can use what you would like!)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup chilled butter, cut into Tablespoons
1 cup butter milk or 1 cup milk with 1 Tablespoon vinegar added
The Method for my Easy Biscuit Recipe
Place the water in a small bowl and sprinkle the yeast over it.¬† Add a pinch of the sugar and let stand until the yeast begins to foam.
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, remaining sugar, baking soda and salt.¬† Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut the butter until the mixture resembles course meal.¬† My Granny just used her really clean hands to do this.¬† But if you’d like to use a pastry blender here’s how
Add the buttermilk and then the yeast mixture and stir just until a soft dough forms.¬† Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth…..about 2 minutes.¬† Form the dough into a ball and place it in a large, greased bowl.¬† cover the bowl with a slightly dampened kitchen towel and sit aside in warm, draft free place and let it rise it until double in bulk, about 45 minutes to an hour.
Punch the dough down, then transfer it to a floured surface.¬† Using a lightly floured rolling pin, gently roll out the dough to a 1/2 thickness.¬† Gather and re-roll any scraps.
Place the biscuits on an ungreased jelly roll pan and set aside, uncovered, in a warm draft free place to rise until almost doubled in bulk.
Biscuits without shortening rising on the pan
Place in a 400 degree oven.¬† Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.¬† I start checking mine around 8 minutes.
I have to tell you, half way through this process I received a text reminding me that I was a hour late picking up my Zaycon chicken.¬† *faint*¬† I had it on my calendar for the next day. So I dropped everything, called for the Blue Eyed girl to help me get Parker onto his smaller oxygen bottle and drove like a bat out of Hades down to pick up my chicken.
80 pounds of chicken is more than you think.¬† I was up all night getting it vacuum sealed and in the freezer.¬† But boy is it nice to know I have chicken, purchased at a killer price in my freezer.
Anyway, my biscuits usually look a little nicer.¬† But that disruption meant that I had to punch them down and re-roll them.¬† They still tasted fantastic though.
PS: When you make your own easy biscuit recipe, you can also use your own real butter on them AND your own real honey instead of the colored high frutose corn syrup KFC hands out.
PSS: Want to know more about what KFC puts in their food? Check out this graphic at What’s That Smell?