Yesterday I was talking with my cousin and we were discussing quick and easy dinners. She mentioned a family favorite at her house is a recipe found on a Bisquick box called Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie. I asked her more about the recipe and her reply was “just look on the box, it is on all the yellow Bisquick boxes”. I tried to recall the last time I actually even picked up a yellow box of baking mix at the grocery store. I think it has been years.
It’s not the mix, it’s what’s in it
It’s not that I have a problem with Bisquick. I have a problem buying stuff in duplicate.
Flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and shortening, that’s it. That’s all it takes to make DIY Bisquick, and I have plenty of that on hand, always.
So, why pay a premium just for the “convenience” of buying all the stuff I already have in my pantry in a pre-made mix?
Yeah, I don’t know either.
And that is exactly the thought process that got me started mixing up my own spice blends, mixes, and seasonings.
Homemade Baking Mix (DIY Bisquick) was one of my first homemade swaps for a commercial pantry staple and has become a kitchen mainstay. I mix up a batch and keep it in my pantry. I try to make sure I have some on hand all times, it really comes in handy for a quick batch of pancakes or biscuits.
When stored in an airtight container your baking mix will keep for several months in your pantry. I personally go through the amount this recipe makes in about a month. If you are wondering this recipe mixes up the equivalent of a large box of Bisquick (about 40 ounces).
Shortening Update 5/23/17
So many of you have commented that you want to make this mix, but don’t love traditional shortening, or can’t use it because of allergies. I actually have done quite a bit of research and tested out a few substitutes before I found one that will consistently produce good results regardless how you are using your baking mix, and I can very confidently say that palm oil shortening is your go to substitute for this mix, and I specifically like Spectrum Naturals Organic Shortening
I have noticed from your comments that there is a lot of interest in the use of Coconut oil as a shortening substitute in this Baking mix, maybe because a lot of us already have it sitting in the pantry? But, I found that coconut oil can make some baked goods heavy and chewy, and there is that slight coconut flavor, that made the use of coconut oil less than desirable for me.
At the risk of sounding like a commercial, I like Spectrum Naturals Organic Shortening because it’s not hydrogenated, has zero grams of trans fat, and is made from palm oil, which is naturally cholesterol-free, has a neutral flavor, and bakes up wonderfully with the texture and lightness you would expect from shortening. If allergies were a concern for you with regular shortening, Spectrum Palm Oil Shortening is gluten, casein, and soy free. It is also cultivated and pressed in an environmentally sustainable manner.
While I really, really like Spectrum Naturals Organic Shortening one of it’s biggest drawbacks is the price. I picked up my container at Wegmans for around $9, it is slightly more expensive at Amazon, a 24 oz container will cost you about $12. I don’t use a ton of shortening, so for my own needs, this seems to be a worthwhile healthier occasional purchase.
I have been using this recipe for Homemade Baking Mix (DIY Bisquick) found at King Arthur Flour forever. This is one of the best recipes for Baking Mixes around, the only changes I have ever needed to make to it was occasionally doubling it.
- 9 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- 5 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon salt
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup vegetable shortening
Putting your baking mix together:
- In a large bowl, blend together the dry ingredients. Then, with a pastry cutter, a fork or your fingertips, cut or rub in the vegetable shortening until it is evenly distributed and the resulting mixture looks like cracker crumbs.
Storage of your baking mix
- Place the mix in a large, airtight container (I had a plastic canister that was empty to store mine in, but Ziploc bags work well too) or divide it into pre-measured 2 cup portions don't pack the baking mix into the measuring cup when measuring . It will make approximately 7 batches of 12 pancakes.
- If you decide to include whole grain flours in your baking mix for a healthy spin, you are introducing the perishable oils that come from the germ of the grains that may deteriorate at room temperature. Mixes made with whole grain flours will best be stored in an airtight container in the freezer.
Have you ever made your own baking mix? What prompted you to go the homemade route? Was it for healthier foods? So you could be in control of the ingredients? I would love to hear your thoughts! In the upcoming days I will be sharing some simple recipes that use this baking mix. Make sure you check back for them!
Homemade Baking mix uses beyond biscuits and pancakes
Here are just a few recipes I have used homemade baking mix in. What are your favorite uses for homemade baking mix? Let me know in the comments below!
Coconut Impossible Pie Recipe This pie is so incredibly easy to make! It forms 3 pie like layers while baking, almost impossibly! Hence it’s name!
Double Streusel Coffee Cake This Coffee Cake made with homemade baking mix is a quick and easy coffee cake you can make anytime.