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KFC Biscuits

The Secrets to Buttery Bliss: Mastering KFC-Style Biscuits

Who can resist a warm, flaky biscuit? Especially when it tastes like it came straight from KFC! This recipe unlocks the secrets to achieving those golden, melt-in-your-mouth biscuits at home, perfect for enjoying alongside your favorite fried chicken or savoring on their own.

Ingredients:

  • The Dry Foundation (makes about 8 biscuits):

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour (the base for the biscuit structure)
    • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt (for flavor and stability)
    • 1 tablespoon sugar (a hint of sweetness for balance)
    • 4 teaspoons baking powder (essential for lift and flakiness)
    • ¼ teaspoon baking soda (adds to the rise and tenderness)
  • The Fat Factor (for Flavor and Texture):

    • 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening (adds richness and flakiness)
    • 4 teaspoons Butter Flavor Crisco (contributes to the buttery taste and crumb)
  • The Wet Binding Agent:

    • 1 cup buttermilk (adds tang, moisture, and tenderness)
  • The Finishing Touches:

    • Whole milk (for brushing before baking – creates a golden brown crust)
    • Margarine or butter (for brushing after baking – adds a touch of sheen and extra richness)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat for Perfection: Before you begin, preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). This ensures the biscuits bake evenly and rise properly.

  2. Dry Ingredients Unite: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. This creates the base for your biscuit dough.

  3. Cutting in the Fat: Using a pastry cutter or your fingertips, cut the vegetable shortening and Butter Flavor Crisco into the dry ingredients. Work the fat into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. This creates air pockets in the dough, which leads to flaky layers in the finished biscuits.

  4. Introducing the Buttermilk: Pour in the buttermilk all at once and stir gently with a fork or spatula just until a soft dough forms. The dough will be very loose and sticky at this point – that's okay! Avoid overmixing, as this can toughen the biscuits.

  5. A Gentle Knead: Lightly flour a large wooden board or clean work surface. Turn the dough out onto the floured surface. Knead the dough gently 10 to 12 times, or just until it comes together and is no longer sticky. Be careful not to overwork the dough, as this can develop the gluten too much, resulting in dense biscuits. Re-flour the board as needed while kneading to prevent sticking.

  6. Shaping and Cutting: Divide the dough in half. Gently pat or roll each half into an 8-inch circle about ½-inch thick. Use a 2-inch biscuit cutter to cut out biscuit shapes, pressing straight down for clean edges. Re-form any dough scraps gently, working the dough as little as possible to maintain flakiness. Cut out additional biscuits from the reformed dough.

  7. Preparing to Bake: Place the cut biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet, positioning them with the edges barely touching. This allows for slight spreading during baking. Brush the tops of the biscuits with whole milk. The milk wash helps create a beautiful golden brown crust.

  8. Baking to Buttery Bliss: Bake the biscuits in your preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Keep an eye on them to ensure they don't overbake.

  9. The Finishing Touch: Immediately after removing the biscuits from the oven, brush the tops with melted margarine or butter. This adds a touch of sheen and extra richness to the biscuits, making them even more irresistible.

  10. Enjoy Warm! Serve your homemade KFC-style biscuits warm and enjoy them on their own or with your favorite gravy, jam, or honey.

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