Copycat KFC Biscuits w/ Chocolate Gravy
Say "I love you" on Valentine's Day with delicious chocolate gravy on scratch recipe heart-shaped biscuits for breakfast or brunch. Your hunny will be speechless! Happy Valentine's Day!
- For the Biscuits:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons very cold lard, vegetable shortening, or unsalted butter (I used 3T shortening and 3T butter)
- 3/4 to 1 cup cold buttermilk (I used 1 cup)
- Melted butter for brushing tops of biscuits
- For the Chocolate Gravy:
- Scant 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- Pinch of salt
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 3 drops vanilla extract
- 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
For best results, it's important that the biscuit dough be as cold as possible when ready to work with, so I put the flour, butter, shortening, and buttermilk in the freezer while I got the other ingredients out, prepared a lightly floured work surface, and lined a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Ok, Let's make some Biscuits:
Sift the first 4 ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
Cut in the fat of choice with a pastry cutter or with two knives until it resembles the size of peas.
Pouring in a thin stream, add the buttermilk slowly with one hand while stirring it with the other hand, until it comes together in a ball. (Start with 3/4 c buttermilk, then increase if needed. Mine was a bit dry, so I added the additional 1/4 c) Knead dough in the bowl with your hand or a spoon for 1 minute.
Preheat oven to 450 F.
Roll or pat out the dough into a 1/2-inch thick rectangle on the floured surface; then fold it over itself a couple of times like you're folding a letter, pressing dough together. Flatten it back out to 1/2-inch thickness then cut biscuits out with a 2 to 2 1/2-inch biscuit cutter, or a glass. (I used a heart-shaped cookie cutter here).
Place biscuits on the lined baking sheet and bake until golden brown, 10-12 minutes. (Mine took 11 mins.)
Remove from oven and brush tops with melted butter and serve immediately. Makes 8-10 biscuits.
Make the Chocolate Gravy:
In a medium size, heavy non-stick saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cocoa, flour, and salt. Gradually whisk in the milk. Bring to a boil over medium/medium-high heat, whisking constantly so it doesn't scorch. Cook until thickened like soft pudding. Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla and butter.
Serve immediately over hot, buttered biscuits. Keep gravy covered to keep warm and prevent a skin from forming on top. Store (cooled) gravy in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat slightly in the microwave.