How to Make Your Own Baking Mix

You see about four or five different brands of baking mix in the stores. More if you count the pancake and waffle mixes. They are all pretty much the same: flour, leavening, shortening. Imagine if you could have this on hand all the time, and never have to think about going to the store to buy it? Imagine, too, if you could have it for about a quarter of the cost!

You will need one very large bowl to do this, and clean hands. No other tools are required other than some jars or bags for storage.

5 pounds of all purpose flour
– 2/3 cup baking powder
– 2 cups powdered (dry) milk
– 2 tbsp salt
– 2 pounds shortening. DO NOT USE BUTTER OR MARGERINE. Butter flavored shortening would work though.


Directions:

1. Mix together the dry ingredients.

2. Add the shortening, and begin to mix and squeeze with your hands until it is well mixed and the shortening pieces are no larger than peas. Do not over mix though, or it will turn into a giant wad.

3. Store in airtight jars or bags until needed. So long as it is kept at room temperature or below, it will pretty much keep forever. However, if you do not have air conditioning, it may be advisable to keep it in the refrigerator in summer.

This mix is good for almost everything! Here are some quick and easy recipes:

Biscuits

Ingredients

– 2 cups of your own baking mix (see above)
– 2/3 of a cup of water mixed with a tablespoon of lemon juice
– 2 cups of Master Mix.

Directions: Knead lightly and cut out. Bake at 400°F / 205°C for about 20 minutes.

Cookies

For chocolate chip, use the following ingredients:

– 2 cups baking mix
– 2/3 cup brown sugar
– 1 cup chocolate chips
– 1 egg.

Directions:

1. Mix it up together and drop by spoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet.

2. Bake at 350° / 176°C for 10 to 15 minutes.

The same standard goes for any other cookies. For sugar cookies, use granulated sugar. You can add half a cup of peanut butter, or use one cup Master Mix and one cup rolled oats for oatmeal cookies. Have fun with it.

Because this mix already contains milk, there is no need to add extra. You can make waffles, pancakes or dumplings by adding water and an egg.

Southern recipe for fruit dumplings

It is sort of like a cobbler, but made on top of the stove. This is a great dessert to make when Blackberries come in.

Ingredients:

– One quart of blackberries or strawberries; you can use fresh or canned fruit, depending on what you have at hand.
– 1 1/2 cup sugar
– 2 cups Master Mix
– 2/3 cup water
– 1 egg

Directions:

1. Put the berries and 1 cup of sugar in a large pot with a tight fitting lid place; alternatively, you can substitute a large can of sliced peaches in syrup for the berries and sugar.

2. Let set for about half an hour, or until the berries begin to make juice.

3. Turn the heat on low and allow them to cook. If there is insufficient juice to fully cover the fruit, add a little water. Once you are certain that they won’t burn, increase the heat no higher than medium and let it come barely to a boil.

4. Meanwhile, mix together:

– 2 cups Master Mix
– 2/3 cup water
– ½ cup sugar
– 1 egg

5. Once the fruit is boiling, drop the dumpling batter by spoonfuls over the top.

6. When all the dough is in the pot, put on the lid. Reduce the heat to medium low. Set the timer for 20 minutes and walk away.

7. After 20 minutes have elapsed, remove from the heat. Remove the lid and sprinkle a little sugar over the tops of the dumplings and put the lid back on.

8. Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream. Yum!

One Reply to “How to Make Your Own Baking Mix”

  1. I just noticed a typo, for which I apologize. In the biscuit recipe, I listed the baking mix 2X.

    The correct proportions are:

    2 Cups baking mix
    2/3 cup water with lemon

    Sorry for the inconvenience.

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