Have you ever been to Church’s Chicken? I didn’t for years, because, well, fried chicken is not something my family goes to eat for, and the bright yellow restaurants are small and a little sketchy sometimes. I mean, one of them in Kansas City got robbed by a guy with a SAMURAI SWORD. I can’t say that a fear of being robbed at sword-point was what kept me away, because that was pretty recent, but yeah, I never had been until about 3 years ago.
It was a total mistake.
And not because of the chicken – although it’s good – but for the BISCUITS. Church’s biscuits are the best biscuits I’ve ever had, and at 99 cents for two, they’re a steal. I used to live around the corner from one for a few summers, and they are deeply entrenched in my memories of those Kansas City summers. I lived with a bunch of other interns, and we would go there fairly often for late-night meals.
Want to hear a story about how I was a huge hypocrite one time? During on of those late-night runs, I straight up brought my change jar to pay for my meal at Church’s. (I have no shame.) A homeless man was sitting outside and asked for change, and I said I didn’t have any, even though I had a WHOLE JAR of it in my hands. AND I was currently working for a homeless shelter. Have you ever stood there with a giant jar of change in your hands and told a homeless person you didn’t have any to give them? No? You are a better person than I. Share your funniest hypocritical story in the comments to make me feel better?
So anyway, now that I’m in Springfield, MO for the majority of my time, I do not have access to Church’s and their glorious biscuits. It was a sad predicament, until I realized that there had to be a copycat recipe somewhere on the internet.
I was right. And, considering the amount of butter in this recipe, it is dangerous knowledge. You just have to expect large amounts of butter in delicious biscuits though, it’s a trick of the trade. These are very very close to the originals. I mean, obviously, I still feel the need to get Church’s when I’m in Kansas City. But until then, this are an excellent stand-in.
Church’s Honey Butter Biscuits
2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup butter, very cold and cut into small pieces.
2/3 cup milk
3 tbsp butter, melted
2 tbsp honey
A pinch or two of salt
Preheat oven to 450°F. Whisk together all dry ingredients – flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cream of tartar. Using either a pastry cutter or your clean hands, work the butter into the dry ingredients until the chunks of butter are no larger than a pea. It is very important that your butter be cold for the recipe to work well and the biscuits to stay intact. It would not hurt to stick your cubed butter into the freezer for about 5 minutes to insure optimal temperature.
Make a well in the center of the mix, and pour in the milk. Stir until the dough sticks together in a cohesive ball, using your hands to knead if necessary. Roll dough into approximately 1 1/2 inch balls, and place 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. Melt remaining 3 tbsp of butter in the microwave, add honey, and microwave for another 15-30 seconds. Add a pinch of salt if desired, and brush onto the biscuits. Bake at 450°F for 10-11 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush the honey butter mixture on each biscuit one last time, and enjoy thoroughly.
Variation: To make garlic cheddar biscuits, omit the sugar in the dough and add 3/4 cup cheddar cheese and 1-2 cloves minced garlic. Brush melted butter without honey on the biscuits as directed above.
*This post is not sponsored by Church’s but I’d like it to be. CALL ME, CHURCH’S.