Pre-made baking mixes are popular time savers. All a busy cook has to do is add water and maybe another ingredient or two to whip up biscuits, pancakes or other baked goods in a jiffy. The problem with pre-made baking mixes is that they can be expensive. Store brands are usually less costly than popular name brands but you’re still paying an awful lot for flour combined with a few other ingredients that can be found in most kitchens.
Try this simple recipe to make your own baking mix and then whip up the goodies that follow. If you’re not completely happy with your results, don’t be afraid to adjust the recipes or baking times. Just be sure to keep track of the changes you make so that you can replicate your success once you perfect each treat to your liking.
How To Make The Mix
- 9 cups flour
- 3 Tablespoons baking powder
- 4 teaspoons salt
- 1½ cups instant powdered milk
- 3 cubes butter (or 1½ cups shortening), slightly chilled
Mix the dry ingredients. Cut the butter into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or two knives until the pieces of butter are about the size of small peas. Store the mix in an airtight container in a cool place.
How To Use The Mix
Biscuits – Pour ¾ cup water or buttermilk over 2 cups mix and stir to form a stiff dough. Pat or roll dough out ½-inch thick on a floured surface and cut into rounds with a 2-inch biscuit cutter. Bake on an ungreased baking sheet for 10-12 minutes at 425 degrees. Makes 12.
Pancakes – Mix one beaten egg with 1 1/3 cups water and pour over 2 cups mix. Stir just until moistened. Pour batter for the size pancakes desired onto a hot, greased griddle and cook until bubbles form. Turn pancakes over and brown the other side. Makes 4 servings.
Muffins – Mix one beaten egg and 2 Tablespoons sugar with 2/3 cups water and pour over 2 cups mix. Stir just until moistened. Grease a muffin tin and fill each cup about 2/3 full. Bake 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Makes 12 small or 6 large.
Fruit Cobbler – Stir ½ teaspoon baking powder into 2 cups mix. Add 1 cup water or milk and stir. Spread batter in a greased 9×13 baking pan. Spread 3 cups fruit (fresh berries, chopped apples or pears, etc) over the batter. Sprinkle ½ cup sugar over the fruit. Bake 35-40 minutes at 375 degrees. Serves 8-12.
Banana Bread – Mix two beaten eggs with ½ cup milk. Stir in 1 cup mashed banana and ½ cup sugar. Pour over 3 cups mix and stir until well blended. Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake 1 hour at 350 degrees. Serves 6-8.
There are many more uses for your homemade baking mix. Check the back of the box (or the website) of any commercial mix for additional recipe ideas. Enjoy!
Crystal Marie lives by the philosophy that needing less rather than earning more is the key to happiness and financial serenity, which allowed her to “retire” from formal employment in health education at the age of 44. She can be found making the most of the second half on her blog, The Best 50 Years.