Recently I was challenged to make my own BISQUICK mix. I've never purchased BISQUICK from a store, but I did know what it is. And truth be told, I'm always looking for very simple recipes that I can re-purpose into different things.
This BISQUICK recipe was perfect for that! By making my own ready-to-go mix, I can use organic, quality ingredients that will be a bigger blessing to my family than the pre-packaged, boxed "stuff" that is located on supermarket shelves. (And it costs less. YAY!)
So here is this very simple recipe:
6 cups all purpose flour (I have not tried a whole wheat blend....yet.)
3 Tbsp baking powder
1 Tbsp salt
1 cup vegetable shortening (I used organic, non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening found at my local Fred Meyer store. It was under $6.)
Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
Cut in shortening with a pastry blender.
Store in an airtight container for up to 4 months.
I used my food processor and did one cup of the flour mixture with a third cup of shortening. I did this several times until it was the consistency I wanted. I ended up tripling the recipe overall, and next time I will quadruple it.
So far I have made biscuits which everyone loved, and pancakes this morning which my kids thought were great. It was incredibly easy and quick to make both.
2 1/4 cups of mix
2/3 cups of milk
Stir together with a big wooden spoon, "knead" dough about 10 times, roll out dough and use a round cutter.
But I didn't do that.
I did not knead the dough and instead pinched off a bit into a ball, rolled it gently and then squished it between my hands. It made "drop biscuits." They were delicious!
Bake at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
This morning I used the mix to make pancakes. They turned out very well and were perfectly golden and fluffy.
3 cups mix3 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
Mix together, cook on a griddle at about 325 degrees until golden.
*Cut pancakes for kids with a pizza cutter.
Bisquick mix can be used for all sorts of things; pie crusts, pizza crusts, and all sorts of biscuits. I will be trying more recipes as time goes by!
So if you're a busy mom, on a tight budget, or someone who just needs a short-cut now and then, this mix might just be perfect for you.