I am one of those people who walks into a grocery with their kids with the promise of being fast. Unfortunately, sometimes I don’t keep my promise. Sorry kids. I try to take less than a few hours to shop. Honestly, I can’t help it, I confess. I am a label reader. Every item I get my hands on in the store I read the label, checking for ingredients. I can never pronounce what is on the side of the box. I love the science of food, but food shouldn’t be complicated. You are also saving money making your own. That is why I changed my family’s way of eating, cooking, and began this blog. Oh, and I love food! Real Food=Recipe of Simple Homemade Baking Mix! Made from scratch with stuff we can pronounce and have been around forever.
Making this recipe is so simple. I feel like I have discovered gold when I find recipes like this and get to share it with you. I get giddy. I must be a food nerd or something. 🙂 It literally takes no more than 10 minutes to prepare. If you have a food processor or mixer: 10 minutes tops. But if you are preparing without plugging in a single appliance and using your hands as a tool, then add on an extra 5 minutes. It really depends on how fast you are. This mix only has four ingredients!
Some of the baking mix recipes I have read have added sugar. This recipe has no sugar added. It is your preference and if you care to add some. Two tablespoons would be a good start if you want just a hint of sweetness.
Food Processor Method:
Add to your food processor bowl 4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled. Followed by baking soda, and salt. I have an 11-cup size food processor, but I would not use anything smaller than an 8-cup. This recipe can yield quite a lot, especially if you double the recipe.
Cut the shortening into cubes and put in food processor bowl. One stick of shortening=1 cup. Then pulse processor 2 to 4 times until the mix resembles soft crumbs. Put in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 months. Recommended containers are Tupperware, oxo products or just use an airtight jar like I did. This works just as well. This recipe is so simple and convenient, it might not last that long in the refrigerator!
Simple by hand Method:
Grab a large bowl and add to it the 4 cups of all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine. Then slice into cubes the 1 cup of shortening and add to the bowl. You can buy shortening by the stick or can. I prefer the stick for baking and I use the can for steps like greasing baking pans and dishes. Don’t have shortening, use butter! If you have a pastry blender, use one to combine the shortening with the mix until it resembles soft crumbs. Don’t have a pastry blender use your hands and with your fingertips cream together the mixture. Storing the mix is the same is the same for both methods.
You can use it to make pancakes, waffles, biscuits, casseroles or anything else you can think of! I found a really good Gluten-Free Bisquick Recipe at GlutenFreeBaking.com if you need a really good Gluten-Free Bisquick Mix.
Simple Homemade Baking Mix
Yield 5-6 Cups
An alternative to Bisquick mix. Make your own with only 4 ingredients! Use it for pancakes, biscuits, waffles, and anything else you can think of.
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 cup shortening, cut into cubes
- Add to a food processor or stand mixer, flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Pulse mixture for about 10 seconds, or whisk to combine
- Add cut up cubes of shortening to food processor bowl. If mixing by hand cream together shortening and flour mixture. Use a pastry blender or knife scissor method to combine.
- Using a Food Processor? Pulse for 15 to 20 seconds until mixture resembles soft crumbs.
- Put mix in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
The recipe can be doubled.
Gluten-Free Option: I use Bob Red Mill
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