Tuesday, March 1, 2011

DIY baking mixes

I've been wanting to make some of my own baking mixes for a while now and finally got around to it this past weekend. Super easy and a $ saver, too! 

Biscuit Mix {via allrecipes.com}
You'll Need...
10 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup baking powder
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
Directions: Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl. Add oil and mix with a fork or pastry blender; you should have small lumps throughout the mixture. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 3 months.

To make Buttermilk Biscuits: 
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Lightly grease two baking sheets, or line the sheets with parchment paper. Combine 2 1/2 cups biscuit mix, 2/3 cup buttermilk**, and a pinch of salt. Stir together to form a soft dough. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly, about 10 times. Cut dough into 12 equal pieces and place on prepared baking sheets. Brush tops of biscuits with milk or egg wash, if desired. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown.

**The first time I made this recipe, I was less than impressed...the biscuits seemed dry and tough. Betting that the problem was with the baker rather than the mix, I tried making them a second time, and they turned out much, much better.  The key: add a bit more buttermilk than it calls for (but be sure not to get the dough too sticky!) and do NOT over-knead, 10x is plenty!

Pancake Mix {via Taste of Home} (yay! for whole wheat flour)
You'll Need...
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
Directions: In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.  
Yield: 6-7 batches of pancakes (about 6-3/4 cups total).

To make Pancakes...
You'll Need:
1 egg & 3/4 cup milk
Directions:In a small bowl, whisk egg and milk. Whisk in 1 cup pancake mix. Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto a lightly greased hot griddle; turn when bubbles form on top of pancakes. Cook until second side is golden brown. Yield: about 6 pancakes per batch.

I have yet to try the following two recipes, but they got rave reviews.  I plan to try them once my current supply runs out.  Let me know how it turns out if you give either a go! 

Whole Wheat Biscuit Mix {via Grocery Shrink}
You'll need:
3 cups whole wheat flour
3 cups unbleached flour
6 tablespoon baking powder
3 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup of cold butter
Directions: Mix all the dry ingredients together well and cut in the butter until it is in pea sized amounts.  For lighter, more layered style biscuits, it’s best not to cut the butter too small.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

*If you want to skip kneading and rolling out your dough...
Homemade Bisquick Mix {via Kitchen Simplicity}
You'll Need:
5 cups flour
1/4 cup baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
Directions: Mix together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 weeks or in the freezer for longer storage.
Yield: 6 cups

To Make Biscuits:
Mix together 1/3 cup of milk for every 1 cup of mix. Drop onto an un-greased cookie sheet and bake at 450 degree for 10-12 min.
*Add any additional ingredients you wish such as cheese or herbs before adding the milk.
*1 cup of mix yields about 6 biscuits.

To Make Pancakes:
Mix 2 cups of mix with 1 cup of milk and 2 eggs. Cook on hot griddle.

happy biscuit and pancake making :)


  1. That's a real closeup shot of the oven. Did you really take that?

  2. I took that shot *after* they came out of the oven. I'm not brave enough to attempt a close up in a 450 degree oven! :)


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