I have to admit, growing up, I had no idea that you could make your own baking mix.

baking mix
Homemade baking mix stored in an air-tight container.

I never saw the need to because we always had a box of Bisquick in our kitchen pantry. Mom would pull it out and make the best pancakes, waffles, biscuits and even dumplings with the ingredients in that magical yellow box.

As like most children do, I followed in the footsteps of my parents and purchased and used it just like they did.

That was until I unfortunately ran out in the middle of making dinner. I was making a casserole that called for a Bisquick topping. I didn’t have time to run to the store so I turned the box over and looked at the Ingredients.

Wow! Was I shocked that there were so many ingredients listed.  I sorted through what I had on hand and with just 5 common ingredients, I had made my own baking mix!

baking mix
Adding shortening to any recipe is easy with the push style measuring cup

My first attempt I used butter instead of shortening. That required me to keep the baking mix in the refrigerator or freezer. That worked for awhile, but my space was limited.

So I switched to using shortening in this recipe so that it could be stored in my pantry instead. I put it in an air-tight container and whenever a recipe calls for ‘Bisquick’ I use my own baking mix with a 1:1 ratio. And for a healthier version – use coconut oil instead of shortening!

Best part of all is that it can be made in minutes with your food processor. Just pulse the ingredients together and you are all done!

Homemade Baking Mix

INGREDIENTS:

4 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour

2 1/2 tablespoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

2 Tablespoons granulated sugar

1 cup vegetable shortening

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. In a large bowl or food processor, blend together the dry ingredients.

2. With a pastry cutter or in your food processor, cut in the vegetable shortening until it looks like small crumbs.

Store in an air-tight container.

**For a healthier version replace shortening with Coconut Oil.

Enjoy!

Mary and Jim

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Homemade Baking Mix

Use this easy to make baking mix in recipes that call for ‘Bisquick’. Substitute in a 1:1 ratio.

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl or food processor pulse together the dry ingredients.
  2. In your food processor or with a pastry cutter, cut in the shortening until it resembles small crumbs.

Recipe Notes

For a healthier version replace shortening with Organic Shortening Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms

Homemade Baking Mix Recipe – A Substitute for ‘Bisquick’
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