Saturday, March 13, 2010

Homemade Baking Mix

Mmmm, fresh biscuits. Strawberry short cake. Impossible pie.

When working with a good baking mix, the possibilities are just about endless.

This is a recipe for your favorite baking mix. Sorry, but I am going to have to drop a brand name here. Bisquick. Shh! Don't tell anyone but you can make this at home, from scratch, for WAY less than you pay for it in the store! Ok, you can tell someone if you'd like!

5 cups white flour
4 cups wheat flour (I would guess you could substitute with white)
1 1/2 Tbsp. salt (I usually only use maybe half this)
4 Tbsp. baking powder
2 c. vegetable shortening (I have used coconut oil for a healthier option and it works just fine. I would think you could also use lard but it would have to be refrigerated.)

Get out a BIG bowl. I have also used a dish pan. Mix together the flours, salt and baking powder. Add in the shortening and use your hands to break it up into the flour till it is light and crumbly.

Do not over mix. The shortening lumps should be about the size of peas. Place in a good sealing container and store in the cabinet.

Use where ever biscuit mix or Bisquick is called for.

A simple and yet yummy recipe using your baking mix...

Drop Biscuits

2 1/4 c. baking mix
2/3 c. milk.

Mix together in a medium bowl till mostly smooth. Drop by spoon fulls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 450 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Makes approx. 10 biscuits.

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