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How to Make and Use Your Own Baking Mix

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Convenient Baking Mix

Since this recipe contains only dry ingredients, it lasts longer than the kind that has butter or shortening added in

  • Store it in your cupboard, and use whenever you want to whip up a quick batch of baked goods
  • Store it in an empty jar or pretty container, embellish as desired, and give to someone as a gift, complete with a recipe card
  • Double the recipe if 6 cups is not enough

Makes about 6 cups of baking mix

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups flour
  • 2 Tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together
  2. Store in an airtight container or an empty jar.
  3. Can be stored in a cupboard, or anywhere that is cool and dry

Variations for Baking Mixes

  • Any type of all-purpose white, unbleached, or wheat flour may be used
  • If desired, you may add 1/2 cup wheat germ to 5 1/2 cups flour
  • Oat flour can be substituted for 1-2 cups of the 6 cups of flour
  • For buttermilk mix, add 1/2 cup dry buttermilk powder

Moonlake has a wonderful instructional on how to make baking powder

Ingredients for the baking mix in a bowl

Ingredients for the baking mix in a bowl

Biscuit Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups baking mix
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°
  2. Lightly grease baking sheet
  3. Add baking mix to a large mixing bowl
  4. Cut in the shortening until the mixture has only pea-sized lumps in it
  5. Add milk until dry mix is absorbed
  6. Drop dough by spoonfuls onto baking sheet
  7. Bake 12-15 minutes, until golden brown

Try these delicious recipes that use a baking mix

Pancake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups baking mix
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (optional)

* Nonstick cooking spray


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Directions:

  1. Add the baking mix to a large mixing bowl
  2. Mix in the wet ingredients
  3. If fruit is involved, be careful not to mix too violently
  4. Use nonstick spray, if necessary
  5. Turn the stove to low/medium, or the electric griddle to 325 degrees or so
  6. Using a ladle or a large spoon, add a scoop of pancake batter to the pan or griddle
  7. Cook for a few short minutes. When the pancakes have bubbles all over them, it's time to flip them over
  8. Cook the other side for a few minutes, until browned

Berry-topped Waffle

Large waffle topped with berries

Large waffle topped with berries

Waffle Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of baking mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

* nonstick cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Preheat waffle iron
  2. Spray waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs until fluffy
  4. Add baking mix, and stir
  5. Add the remaining ingredients, and mix until smooth
  6. Pour mix into hot waffle iron
  7. Cook until golden brown

Note: This makes about 3 cups of batter, which can make about 3 large Belgian waffles or about 6 smaller waffles

Toppings or Fillings

Pancakes and Waffles have even more flavor with toppings:

  • Berries, cherries, mangoes
  • Banana and nut butter
  • Apples and cinnamon
  • Top with pumpkin or apple butter
  • A pat of sweet or savory flavored butter
  • To make pumpkin pancakes or waffles, reduce milk by about 1/2 cup and the oil by 2 Tb, and replace with 1 cup of pumpkin puree, 3 Tb brown sugar, and 1 tsp each of allspice, cinnamon and ginger (or 3 tsp of pumpkin pie spice). Pumpkin butter may also be used in place of the puree, sugar and spices if desired
  • Drizzle with maple or pancake syrup, or a flavored syrup such as chocolate, caramel or peanut butter
  • Top with a fruit syrup
  • Whipped cream
  • Frosting or glaze, especially for dessert-like breakfasts
  • Sprinkle with brown sugar
  • Top with a nut butter
  • Sprinkle with coconut flakes, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, or nuts


Ingredient Shelf Life Guide

Comments

Kathryn (author) from Windsor, Connecticut on July 27, 2016:

Peg, you're welcome! It is so simple to make them, and it is nice to control what is in your baked goods. I love baking, and this is such a pleasant shortcut. Thanks for checking out my post and commenting, and have a wonderful week!

~ Kathryn

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on July 27, 2016:

What a great idea to make these mixes in advance. It's a good way to avoid all the added preservatives that are in the commercial mixes. Thanks for sharing this baking secret.

Kathryn (author) from Windsor, Connecticut on November 10, 2013:

I just added my newest recipe, using the cornbread baking mix. I hope you enjoy!

~ Kathryn

Kathryn (author) from Windsor, Connecticut on September 19, 2013:

Dream On,

Great, I hope she likes this, and I hope you enjoy the results. I have used these recipes many times, and it is one of my most popular hubs so far.

~ Kathryn

DREAM ON on September 19, 2013:

I am leaving this hub for my wife she is the baker.Wonderful ideas. I can't wait till she tries.

Kathryn (author) from Windsor, Connecticut on September 03, 2013:

Crafty,

You're welcome, I'm glad you liked them! I like to keep a batch handy, so that I can whip up a batch of goodies at a moment's notice.

Have a great day!

~ Kathryn

CraftytotheCore on September 03, 2013:

These are excellent! Thank you so much for sharing these.

Kathryn (author) from Windsor, Connecticut on June 21, 2013:

Jeanie,

You're welcome! They have come in handy for me, too. And it doesn't take long to whip it up. Thanks for the votes, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

~ Kathryn

Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on June 21, 2013:

Thanks for sharing these recipes. This will save me lots of money since I will no longer have to buy baking mixes. Voted up and useful!

Kathryn (author) from Windsor, Connecticut on May 16, 2013:

DDE, you're welcome! I'm glad you have enjoyed them.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 16, 2013:

Your ideas for cooking are thoughtful and so creative thanks for sharing such helpful tips.

Kathryn (author) from Windsor, Connecticut on May 02, 2013:

Dolores,

Mix #2 would work for many muffins, because most muffins are like little "quick breads". I will put muffins on my list of recipes to post soon! That could be a fun hub to create.

I am also glad I looked at this article again, because I noticed a mistake. I forgot to add oatmeal in the ingredient list of the mix associated with oatmeal cookies! So I did a few edits on the hub.

I have already done one recipe hub on baking mix #1, the one like Bisquick, and also one on the corn bread mix. I also posted a recipe for a variety of oatmeal cookie, which has its own customized mix recipes in it. I have the links to the first two right below their respective mix recipes, and the oatmeal cookie link at the bottom of the article.

Thank you so much for reading and commenting, and I hope to get the muffin article up soon. Have a good week!

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on May 02, 2013:

Great idea. I'd like one for muffins but maybe one of those mixes would work for muffins. Looking forward to reading the recipes - you could do one hub for each mix!

Kathryn (author) from Windsor, Connecticut on April 21, 2013:

Sarcasticdomestic, great, I'm glad you have a delicious recipe that you can use one of these baking mixes for! Mmm, cheesy biscuits sound really good.

Thanks for reading and commenting, and have a wonderful night.

J. Anne on April 21, 2013:

Great tips! I'm going to try mix #1 with my cheesy biscuit recipe that normally calls for Bisquick.

Kathryn (author) from Windsor, Connecticut on April 16, 2013:

Natasha, I'm glad you like. I hope you enjoy the convenient mix!

Kathryn (author) from Windsor, Connecticut on April 16, 2013:

Rajan, thanks. I will do another hub or two to round out recipe selections for the mixes. Actually, today I will evaluate what I have and which ones I want to make, and at least get them started. They are potentially easy hubs.

Thanks for everything, Rajan. I will get caught up on reading your fantastic hubs soon. I don't like to miss any of them!

Natasha from Hawaii on April 15, 2013:

Really cool! I like the basic biscuit mix and I know I'll be trying it soon.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 15, 2013:

Very useful Recipe and I hope you do share more recipes where these can be used. Thanks and voted up, useful and shared and pinned.

Kathryn (author) from Windsor, Connecticut on April 06, 2013:

Yeah, it's kind of funny how it is possible to leave out baking soda in some of the mixes. When I bake from scratch, I usually use both, but it is not always necessary for every recipe.

Thanks for reading and commenting, CharronsChatter. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Karen Robiscoe from California on April 06, 2013:

Well, I could have used this last week! Where was I, when I made corn cakes? I think your ratio of baking powder to soda looks better-specifically none--;)

Very USEFUL !

Kathryn (author) from Windsor, Connecticut on April 04, 2013:

Thanks, Marlene, I'm glad you like, and thanks for the compliment and the shares. They have saved me time and money, both of which are valuable. You're welcome, and I hope all of you enjoy it.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on April 04, 2013:

I declare, you have a knack for finding the most interesting recipes. I'm pinning this one and sharing it with my family and friends because I know they will enjoy these. Not only are they economical, but they are time-savers, as well. Thanks!

Kathryn (author) from Windsor, Connecticut on March 24, 2013:

Travel Man,

Thanks for reading and commenting, and I am glad you like the idea. It is very convenient!

Ireno Alcala from Bicol, Philippines on March 23, 2013:

This is very useful. I didn't think about it and the convenience of preparing those different mixes whenever I am working on board ship. Next time, I'll remember your tips.

Thanks, Ms. K!

Kathryn (author) from Windsor, Connecticut on March 17, 2013:

Insightful Tiger, thanks for reading and commenting. I am so glad that you and a friend of yours will find this useful! You're welcome, and I hope you both enjoy!

Have a good weekend.

Insightful Tiger on March 16, 2013:

Very Useful article and I know just who to share it with. I have a friend who loves to bake A LOT. She will definitely be able to use this article and so will I. Thanks for sharing! Voted up, and pinned for later use.

Kathryn (author) from Windsor, Connecticut on March 16, 2013:

Thelma, thanks, I'm glad you like it. Enjoy!

I appreciate that you read and commented on this.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on March 15, 2013:

Great baking mix. I´ll be using it next time I´m baking. Thanks for sharing this very informative and useful hub. Voted up and pinned;-)

Kathryn (author) from Windsor, Connecticut on March 15, 2013:

Jim, you're welcome. I always like suggestions, and yours was a good one. I never take comments in a negative way, so feel free to say what you want in my hubs!

Kathryn (author) from Windsor, Connecticut on March 15, 2013:

Mary, I'm glad you like it! It does save some time.

I linked your recipe to this hub, so hopefully people will see it and flock to it. It looks so good! Thank you very much!

Jim Miller from Wichita Falls, Texas on March 15, 2013:

Thanks for taking my comment on the use of plastic storage bags in the spirit that it was given. I did not expect that you would edit your hub, but I am delighted that you did. Given the culture in which most of us in America live, it is way too easy to take the convenient way rather than a more environmentally healthy or sustainable way.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on March 15, 2013:

This is a wonderful idea for making baking mix. Would certainly save some time when you need it.

Voted UP, etc. and I'd like to link to my Chicken and Dumpkins recipe cause I use Bisquik in that recipe. Thanks

Kathryn (author) from Windsor, Connecticut on March 14, 2013:

Au fait, thanks for reading and commenting.

My problem is that I have so many ideas! I did just publish one, a tribute to a friend of mine that passed away just over a year ago. I will write a happier one soon. I have started many projects, I just need to focus on one and get it done! Thanks for the encouragement!

Architecture, that would be interesting. I will put that on my list of ideas, although it may be a while before I get to it. Thanks for the idea.

I will try to keep feeding you new material to read! Thanks again!

I need to check your page, and see if I missed anything. There have been a few days that I have been semi-busy part of the day.

Have a good night! It is almost the weekend, and that makes me happy.

C E Clark from North Texas on March 14, 2013:

This is a great hub and I'm sure it will appreciated by lots of people, not just myself!

You really must get busy and write more hubs. I've read all of your hubs at least once, and this is my 3rd visit to this one! ;) I see you are interested in architecture and that is my favorite art form, so write something about that. I'm looking forward to it . . .

This is an excellent hub!

Kathryn (author) from Windsor, Connecticut on March 14, 2013:

Jim,

Good, I am glad to have a recipe that is useful.

That is an extremely good point, Jim. I myself reuse a jar for this mix, I just added the suggestion of plastic bags for convenience' sake. But in this case convenience comes at a high cost. Thank you for your input. I will edit this hub to note the comment you made, since it is very important.

Thank you for reading and responding to my article.

Jim Miller from Wichita Falls, Texas on March 14, 2013:

Ah, Kathryn, AnniePie just the other day was lamenting the loss of her DIY Bisquick recipe! Quite timely, not to mention comprehensive, hub. Thanks!

I do have a bone to pick, however. Please, please, please for the sake of our environment limit or totally eliminate use of plastic storage bags. Besides, glass and/or metal canisters are actually cheaper over the long haul since they are infinitely reusable.

Kathryn (author) from Windsor, Connecticut on March 14, 2013:

Abby, I love making gifts in a jar! It is a creative gift that most people really appreciate, and it is much sweeter and cost effective than buying a mix from the holiday section. It's a great thing for kids to put together, too. I was interested in baking ever since I was 11, and my mom let me experiment in the kitchen.

Thank you for reading and commenting!

Kathryn (author) from Windsor, Connecticut on March 14, 2013:

Careermommy,

Thank you for the compliment. Mixes have come in handy, and I thought it would be a useful recipe hub to many other people.

Let me know how the pancakes come out if you try them! I hope your kids enjoy them.

Dr Abby Campbell from Charlotte, North Carolina on March 14, 2013:

Good morning, Kathryn. This brought back memories as my kids and use to make baking mix jars as gifts at Christmas time. We would decorate the lids with some Christmas or crocheted piece and tie on with a fancy ribbon. Homemade gifts like this are so much fun to give out! :-)

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on March 13, 2013:

Wow Kathryn, this is a very well-thought-out hub. You've laid out all the options. Since my kids love pancakes I will try baking option #1. It is also so easy to make. Thank you for these recipes.

Kathryn (author) from Windsor, Connecticut on March 12, 2013:

Moonlake, You're welcome. I think anyone looking for ways to make a mix from scratch might also find your baking powder hub very handy. I know I will make use of it!

They would make good gifts. I made a pancake mix for my parents one time, enclosed the directions, as well as fruit and maple syrup to use as toppings, and they loved it!

Thank you for reading and commenting on my hub, Moonlake, and have a wonderful day!

moonlake from America on March 11, 2013:

Very useful and interesting hub. Your recipes would even make nice gifts. Thank you so much for the mention of my Baking Powder hub I really appreciate it. Voted up, shared and pinned.

Kathryn (author) from Windsor, Connecticut on March 11, 2013:

Thank you, Peggy, I appreciate your kind comment, and your feedback. I agree that it would be much less wasteful to make this, rather than buying the mixes, and I hope that many people can use this. I usually bake from scratch, but once in a while I make up the dry mix to save a few minutes later on. It is convenient.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 10, 2013:

Hi Kathryn,

I have only purchased the ready made packages a few times but for those who purchase them frequently, this is wonderful information to know. It will undoubtedly save people a lot of money and also keep all of that packaging out of recycling centers or landfills. Voted up, useful and interesting. Will also share + gave this 5 stars.

Kathryn (author) from Windsor, Connecticut on March 07, 2013:

RTalloni, Thanks, I'm glad you like them. My recipes for pancakes, waffles and biscuits are already up, and I plan on posting more soon. I hope you enjoy it if you try it out! It's incredibly convenient.

RTalloni on March 07, 2013:

Thanks for this lineup of helpful baking mixes. Having them on hand would be a super addition to any pantry! I'm looking forward to seeing the hubs on how to use them. Pinning to my Ways with Food board on breads.

Kathryn (author) from Windsor, Connecticut on March 02, 2013:

Spongyollama, you're welcome. I'm glad that this will be useful to you. I like shortcuts like this. Especially when I have a lot to bake, or else when I am tired and don't feel like doing much. I oftentimes make sure I have this for pancakes, so when I want to make them on a weekend morning, it only take minutes to get them on the skillet.

Thanks for reading and commenting, and happy baking!

Jake Ed from Canada on March 02, 2013:

Thank you. This will save me a lot of time! I'm a student who spontaneously offers to bake for various occasions. It'll be nice to have a lot of the work already done and ready for when I don't have as much time as I think next time I offer up my baking services.

Kathryn (author) from Windsor, Connecticut on February 27, 2013:

Ihchan, You're welcome, and thanks for reading and commenting.

lhchan on February 27, 2013:

Very good idea, I will bookmark these useful baking mixer recipes. Thanks very much for sharing.

Kathryn (author) from Windsor, Connecticut on February 26, 2013:

Prasetio, thank you for reading and commenting. I hope your mother likes it.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on February 26, 2013:

Very informative hub. I'll share with my mom. I believe that she'll love it. Thanks for writing. Voted up!