Sometimes you just can't get me out of the kitchen. That's how it is this week. I get in the mood to cook and there's no stopping me until I can't stand up any longer. I have been busy creating bulk mixes to save time and money, getting together buckets, (literally) of mixes that we need and enjoy. I wanted to share two of them with you. I have used these recipes for a long time but only recently started making such big batches thinking in terms of 'seasons' rather than from one shopping trip to the next.
1/2c Baking Powder
2 tsp Salt
Mix flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Cut in shortening. Store in an airtight container. (I use a white bucket with a Mylar bag)
To make the biscuits:
2 1/2c mix
1/2c milk or buttermilk
Mix well. Bake rolled or drop biscuits at 425 for 15 minutes.
While this might seem like just a basic biscuit mix, don't be fooled! I have found several ways to use this mix and have received a thumbs up from the family. This recipe makes fantastic biscuits that freeze well. I make some ahead of time and also make sausage, egg and cheese biscuits for the boys to throw in the microwave.
The biscuits themselves can be a dessert, slathered with butter and jam. Or strawberries and whip cream. I could go on and on.
To make a melt in your mouth pizza crust, add 2 tsp yeast and let rise. It won't quite double. Roll out to make individual pizzas, calzones, or homemade hot pockets.
I have also used more milk than is needed to make a sloppy dough that can't be rolled. I use this to pour onto of beef or chicken pot pie mixture. It bakes up nicely and is very filling.
Other ideas include donuts or scones. Just roll out as you would for biscuits, cut into any shape you want and deep fry. Dip scones in honey butter, top donuts with frosting.
I'm sure there are even more uses for this fantastic mix, I just need to discover them!
The second bulk mix I use is for pancakes. I will never ever buy store bought mix again. I don't think my family would let me. The secret with these, (any really) pancakes, is to fry them in a few tablespoons of oil. Healthy? Maybe not. But the crispy edges dipped in syrup make me forget all about that.
4c Instant Dry Milk
1c Baking Powder
1 TBSP Salt
To make pancakes use:
3 TBSP oil
1 cup water.
Mix well, fry, get your family together and enjoy!