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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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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10 Responses to “Panzanella – Barefoot Bloggers”

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    Prudy — August 14, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Beautiful photos. We loved it too.

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    Joelen — August 14, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    This is such a great dish and so colorful too!

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    Veronica — August 14, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Looks beautiful! I agree it comes together pretty fast.

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    Cat's — August 14, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Glad you loved it!
    ~The Cat’s Pajamas

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    Kirsten — August 14, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Your salad looks great! Glad to see a fellow Boston girl (well, we left the city 2 years ago but still work here) on the Bloggers!

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    Melissa — August 14, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Looks great!

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    Courtney — August 14, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Wow your salad looks so good. I think I am going to try making this again after a trip to the market this weekend.

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    webbie — August 14, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Great picture! I’ve been thinking that this would be great for Shakespear in the Park. Cool and refreshing!

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    Cate — August 15, 2008 at 2:16 am

    I love Panzanella, but haven’t had Ina’s version yet (Tyler’s is delish!) – perfect recipe for summertime.

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    giz — August 17, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Good tip on the croutons – this one looks like a total winner.

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