Great American Taste Test – KFC biscuits

Have you ever seen those copy-cat recipes where you can make your favorite restaurant treats at home? The Red Lobster cheddar biscuits is a common copy-cat recipe out there. I was contacted to participate in the Great American Taste Test by testing out a recipe from America’s Most Wanted Recipes by Ron Douglas (you can also check out his website). They offered to send me a free copy of the cookbook if I agreed to blog about a recipe comparison. I looked through the table of contents and decided to make the KFC Biscuits. I love KFC biscuits and I’ve never made biscuits at home.

While I was baking the biscuits, I sent Hubby off to KFC to grab a pair of their biscuits so we could compare the copy-cat recipe side-by-side with the real thing. We made these biscuits into breakfast sandwiches. Even though this isn’t a typical way to eat a KFC biscuit, we love to eat a big late breakfast on the weekends.

Size – My biscuits were a bit on the small side. I had to use a medium sized biscuit cutter to get the 9 biscuits the recipe says it makes. I would much rather have fewer thicker and bigger biscuits than more small ones. As you can also see from the picture, my biscuits didn’t rise as much as the KFC ones did.

Taste – The biscuits I made are definitely flaky and soft. They were great and we both really enjoyed them. The taste is spot on when compared to the KFC biscuits. The texture was a bit different mostly because the KFC biscuit was more hard on the outside, but had the same flaky inside. I think I liked the texture of the biscuits I made better than the KFC biscuit. I’ll definitely use this recipe again if I need to make biscuits.

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KFC Buttermilk Biscuits

Yield: 9 biscuits


1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable shortening
2/3 cup buttermilk


Preheat oven to 425.

Sift together dry ingredients into a large bowl. Cut in the shortening.

Make a nest in the flour mixture and add the buttermilk. Knead the mixture with hands until thoroughly combined and a soft dough forms.

On a floured cutting board, pat the dough into a 1/2-inch thick disc and cut with biscuit cutter or the rim of a glass. Place biscuits on a cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown.

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35 Responses to “It’s a Pizza Pie!”

  1. #
    Josie — July 30, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    that looks soooo good – I will most definitely be making this soon

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    Jade — July 30, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    This is such a great idea. I will have to try it one weekend for breakfast.

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    oneordinaryday — July 30, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Looks great. Very clever take on pie and I think I’ll be giving it a try myself. Thanks for the idea!

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    biz319 — July 30, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Holy yum – I am making this for my breakfast tomorrow!

    OMG, you need to make your own dough – google Artisan Bread in 5 minutes for the recipe.

    It takes 5 minutes to make, 2 hours to rise and its enough dough for four 14 inch pizzas, four loaves of bread – and the best part is you can keep the dough in the fridge for up to 2 weeks – just pull out what you need and let it come to room temp.

    I don’t like runny eggs either – but my husband loves dipping bread into it – gross! 😀

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    Jen — July 30, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    I might just have to try homemade pizza dough. I think I could handle 5 minutes… Thanks for the info.

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    Katie — July 30, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    That is a gorgeous pizza! I love all the colors and it looks so rustic! 🙂

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    jenn — July 30, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    I don’t know why I have never made one of those either!!

    I don’t like runny either, it grosses me out.

    I can’t wait to try this over the weekend!


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    Ingrid — July 30, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Yay, for “pie” I participated too and didn’t make a traditional pie! Oh, geesh, pizza dough is super easy. The ONLY thing with yeast I can do! 🙂 My 9 yr old actually makes it but we use the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes recipe. Breakfast pizza is a brillant idea can’t wait to give it a try. Psst, I have store bought dough in the fridge too. 🙂

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    Michelle — July 30, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    I’ve seen bacon and pizzas pop up a few times, and yours looks so delicious! I really need to give this a try!

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    SK — July 30, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Wow that looks delicious!! Good idea with the cookie cutter!

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    JennyMac — July 30, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    I have made a breakfast pizza before with scrambled eggs, bacon and cheese….but I LOVE the runny egg on it. Good tip with the biscuit cutter making a place for the yolk to nestle. I am gonna try this one. Yummers!

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    bec — July 30, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    well now i just feel dumb that i didn’t think of this myself! it looks amazing. maybe i will make it and not tell neil that i stole the idea from you…..bwa ha ha ha ha…..

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    Stephanie Wagner — July 31, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Awesome idea! Love the eggs cooked that way, I don’t do runny either… I made a breakfast pizza for a baby shower brunch, but it wasn’t nearly as healthy, I used gravy for sauce and scrambled the eggs with sausage. Hopefully, we’ll be giving this a try Sunday morning!

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    tara — July 31, 2009 at 1:02 am

    What a smart idea to use the cookie cutters; definitely something to try. This looks delicious.

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    Jennifer — July 31, 2009 at 1:28 am

    This is one thing I have wanted to try forever!! thanks for the reminder to do this!!! I love the cookie cutter idea to keep the whites in place!

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    nutmegnanny — July 31, 2009 at 2:06 am

    Of course pizza is a pie:) It’s a savory pie. When I first moved to NY from OH I called to order a pizza and said “one large pizza” and the pizza guy said “one large pie” and I got all confused and said “ummm no a pizza” and then I’m pretty sure I heard him a sigh and he said “yes a pie is a pizza”…what a nerd I was.

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    Amy — July 31, 2009 at 4:42 am

    I was JUST talking to someone about veggie pizza the other day. I love this and your version sounds so good. Can’t wait to try it!

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    Jen — July 31, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Just to clarify, the whites still ran some, but the yolks definitely stayed in place by using the cookie cutter. Except for the yolk I broke when I was cracking the shell.

    Love all the stories about the pizza vs pie thing.

    And yes Bec, go ahead and tell Neil you made it up. He’ll love you even more 🙂 I’m wishing I hadn’t told Hubby about it and just surprised him with it this weekend. He’s going to love it (I made it on a day I worked from home).

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    Bridget — July 31, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    This looks so delicious…and your pictures are gorgeous! 🙂 I’m SO hungry right now!!!

    Thanks so much for participating! I left you instructions for the linky in my blog comments.

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    ttfn300 — July 31, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    holy cow that looks fantastic!!!

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    Page — July 31, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    That looks awesome!

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    La Pixie — July 31, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    this looks good, and I know my husband would like it. I might try it tomorrow morning for him. thanks for the idea!!

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    Dorci — July 31, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Those look great! Another way to get my son to eat breakfast. Yay!

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    chocolatecup — July 31, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    this looks omgggg yummmmmmyyyyy

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    Michelle — July 31, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Wow that looks so good and what a great idea to serve for a brunch or breakfast for dinner meal! I am going to try this soon.

  26. #
    Heidi — July 31, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    OMG!! That looks so good, I might have to make that one morning.

  27. #
    Jessica — July 31, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Fabulous! I am a lover of breakfast food and I love this new twist. I even have most of those ingredients at home right now. I think this will be breakfast tomorrow!

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    Nicole Feliciano — August 2, 2009 at 12:36 am

    What a fun treat before the kids go back to school a n elaborate breakfast. This week I did sangria for recipe sharing. I hope you’ll stop by my site and share this tasty post:

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    thecookieshopinenglish — August 2, 2009 at 4:40 am

    What a great idea! It looks really good and perfect for a weekend breakfast!

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    UnfinishedMom — August 5, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    What a great idea! I love this.

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    ~Amber~ — August 8, 2009 at 1:38 am

    Wow, this sounds amazing!

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    christenandjames — August 9, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    After finding this recipe yesterday on your blog, I made it for breakfast today. Holy Moly it’s fantastic! I added some sautee’d onions and it was so great. I added it to my blog at
    Thanks for the recipe!

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    liza — August 17, 2009 at 11:27 am

    woww!! this looks delicious, its such a great idea.
    Bellacino’s Pizza and Grinder offers Buy One Get One Pizza Free.

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    Sweet and Savory — October 15, 2009 at 5:57 am

    I am glad I found your blog. You have wonderful ideas and activities. I am thrilled you are doing the PINK theme.

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    From FAT to FIT — August 25, 2012 at 3:20 am

    I make little “wells” in the cheese to hold my eggs in place 🙂

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