What my degree in IPE didn't teach me about baking, DIY, fitness, and life…
I’m not really a fast food person. Even as a kid I had trouble with food that tasted more like cardboard and chemicals than, say food. But there was one fast food side that always had my heart. For our family, KFC meant Summer picnics, most often at the beach. We’d get a family sized bucket (there were 6 of us) plus some cole slaw (which I avoided like the plague – ick), and biscuits. Each box contained only 6 – one for each of us (but you had to act fast before someone grabbed two =p)
Coming from New England, KFC was my only exposure to these bits of wonderful buttery flaky goodness. That is until I went to University in Virginia. There I could have one every morning, cover it in honey butter, and call it breakfast. It was pretty wonderful. When I did my year abroad in France, my friend Ciara and I took a trip to Barcelona. Yes there was lovely culture and art and architecture, like this…
…but mainly we went for a taste of home. Barcelona had Starbucks, Ben & Jerry’s, Pizza Hut, Dunkin Doughnuts, and you guessed it KFC. Well, we hit Starbucks for coffee, Dunkin Doughnuts for breakfast, Pizza Hut for lunch, and Ben & Jerry’s for dessert. Finally it was time to get one last snack before hitting the train – biscuits. And then I discovered the sad truth: KFC in Europe doesn’t sell biscuits =( Now that I live in Belgium, I’ve had to learn to make my own. There are loads of biscuit recipes out there on the web. Here are two of my favourites. Check it out:
Fluffy Biscuits (source Cook’s Illustrated)
Best Drop Biscuits (source Cook’s Illustrated)
The second recipe is definitely less fuss, less mess and beautifully soft and doughy. The other is more traditional. It holds better to my memory of those wonderful KFC beach picnics of yore =) Tip – biscuits are best just out of the oven. They get stale very quickly. Also you can sub margarine for butter or use 1/2 fat butter without changing the taste too much.