Multi-Purpose "Quick Mix" (aka Homemade Bisquick)

Sunday, September 22, 2013
This is a handy little mix to have in your pantry!  It is easy and quick to whip up, does not require refrigeration, and can be used for more things than you can imagine!

You can use this mix for breads, biscuits, cakes, cornbread, coffee cakes, brownies, cobblers, pancake/waffle batters, etc.  And you can use if for making your own Shake & Pour pancake mix!  So convenient!

To make the multi-purpose mix, combine:
  • 9 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking powder
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. nonfat dry milk
  • 4 tsp. salt
  • 1 3/4 cup shortening
Stir together first four ingredients until mixed.

 Cut in shortening into flour mixture until it resembles course cornmeal (can use a pastry cutter, fork, food processor or mixer).  I used my Bosch mixer for this latest batch, but I've also done it using a Kitchenaid mixer with great results.

Store in an tightly covered container at room temperature for up to 6 weeks.
For a full listing of all the different recipes you can use this in, download the "Mixing It Up with Mixes" publication from the USU Cooperative Extension.  Or check out this similar publication "Utah Ready-Quick Mix" (at some point apparently they changed the name, but the recipe remains the same. 
So, now that you've got your basic mix ready, you can put together some shake & pour pancake mixes!  I used the instructions at One Good Thing by Jillee's blog, and they have turned out great every time.  Very handy to have for weekend breakfasts or camping trips! 
They are super easy - to a quart mason jar, add 2 cups of the basic mix and 1 teaspoon sugar.  To make the pancakes, add 1 cup water and 1 egg, shake until mixed, and then pour onto/into your preheated cooking vessel of choice (campstove, griddle, skillet, etc.).  Then grab them fast before they are all gobbled up!  :)