As many of you might know, I've been on a mission to purge as much 'fake' food out of my family's life, without giving up on things I really enjoy, or time savings.
One of those time
savers is baking mix. You know, comes in a big yellow box. The kids
really like it, because they use it all the time to make pancakes. I
like its flexibility.
I do NOT however, like the gazillion ingredients I can't pronounce.
However, this Christmas, I got a recipe book that included a 'homemade baking mix'.
Played with it a bit (it was a very large batch!)
and this is what came of it:
4 1/2 c. all purpose flour (I use unbleached)
2 tbsp. baking powder (I slightly heap them)
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. shortening
a bowl (or if you're time-oriented like me, a kitchen aide mixer) cut
shortening into the dry ingredients until the mixture looks like coarse
crumbs. Store in an airtight container.
it! It can be stored for _8_ months on the shelf. I found a great way
to mark this. Write the 'use by' date in wet erase marker. It doesn't
wipe off, but will wash off when you put it through the dishwasher!
Tonight, I had the opportunity to try this out, and made a batch of garlic cheddar biscuits.
Oh. My. Goodness.
Incredibly light and fluffy. Tasty beyond belief.
2 c. baking mix
1 c. buttermilk (a new staple in my house!)
1/3 c. shredded cheddar
1 tsp. garlic powder.
Drop on ungreased pan and bake 8-10 minutes at 450*.
4 ingredients, no chemicals, and amazing taste.