>> Saturday, April 24, 2010
There are reasons for buying pre-made mixes like Bisquick and Jiffy and there are reasons for making your own baking products. Cost is certainly a factor in most cases. In the long run you can make batches of this homemade mix for cents compared to boxes of pre-made mixes but in my opinion the self sufficiency you get from being able to make the mixes, control the products that go into your recipes and the quality is very important.
I love using a quick mix like this for so many items. My favorites include pancakes, baking powder biscuits and quick breads. There are many more yummy things to use your quick mixes for like dumplings, pizza dough, pot pies...and the list goes on.....
3 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1 cup instant nonfat dry milk
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup vegetable shortening
Combine the flour, baking powder, powdered milk and salt and stir until well mixed. Using a pastry blender or two knives cut in the vegetable shortening until coarse meal.
Put in sealed bag or container, date and refrigerate for up to six weeks. Makes 8 cups.
To make drop biscuits add 2 cups mix and 1/2 cup milk, mix and drop onto cookie sheet, bake 8-10 minutes.
Cutout Biscuits do the same as drop biscuits except turn out on a lightly floured surface and gently knead 10 times, roll and cut out.
Pancakes use 2 cups mix, 2 large eggs and 1 cup milk, mix and griddle.
Scones use 2 cups mix, 1 tablespoon sugar, 2 eggs 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla, preheat oven to 425, stir mix and sugar, beat eggs and cream into mix until dough forms, turn out on lightly floured surface and knead 6 times, roll out and cut into 1/2 inch thick scone rounds (or shape of your choice) don't knead again. bake for 10-15 mins. Try adding chocolate chips, raisins, dried fruits, cheese or whatever takes your fancy to the mix. Cinnamon would be good!
To make dumplings just make like drop biscuits and drop small spoonfuls into hot broth.
A good tip is to look up Bisquick recipes and just replace with this mix. One of my faves is to make taco meat and line the bottom of a rectangle pan with the meat. Top with the mix and gently press mix into meat, bake until done. Cut into squares and then top with cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, onions or whatever you like on your tacos. It is awesome. Happy baking.