Aug 16, 2013

Homemade Baking Mix (Bisquick)


Baking mix, such as Bisquick, can be convenient to use now and then, but you may not always have it on hand. Or you may not want some of those extra chemicals that are found in a commercial mix. Also, some of my friends have told me that baking mix is not available in their area. Here's an easy way to make your own.

[After I first published this, I have done a little more experimenting. In response to readers' questions, I have tried this recipe using butter instead of shortening, and it worked great. I used very cold butter; I even put it in the freezer for 5 minutes before using. Also in response to questions, I tried using a combination of all purpose and whole wheat flour: half AP and half WW. I sifted the whole wheat flour before measuring. Again, this combination worked beautifully, and it made delicious biscuits. I also tried adding some baking soda to the recipe, and I think I prefer the texture of the baked products when using the baking soda. It works fine without it, I just kind of like it better "with". I have adjusted the recipe to reflect these changes].


Homemade Baking Mix
Makes 1 cup of baking mix equivalent
Can double or triple recipe

1 cup all-purpose flour (or 1/2 cup all purpose and 1/2 cup whole wheat)
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon sugar (optional)
1 tablespoon vegetable shortening (such as Crisco) or cold butter

1. Whisk or sift dry ingredients together in a bowl. 
2. Cut in shortening or cold butter with a pastry blender until you get a fairly uniform mixture with lumps the size of small peas.

If not using immediately, refrigerate in an airtight container.



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Recipe adapted from Food.com



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75 comments:

  1. I make a similar mix! Haven't bought a pre-made mix in years. I'll have to try your recipe next time I make my mix. ~ Ashlee @ thecrunchymoose.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Ashlee! I love your crunchy mama blog! :)

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  2. Although I have a sweet love affair with Bisquick, I am pinning this! I love that it has no chemicals and I pretty much have all of these ingredients on hand .... and did I mention it's soooo much cheaper too? :)

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    1. It’s convenient to know the recipe in case of a Bisquick Emergency! ;) Thank you so much for pinning, Jamie!

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    2. what about the buttermilk -

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    3. Mix with buttermilk or add powdered buttermilk (my personal preference)

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  3. Really?? That's all there is too it? I'd never have known!

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    1. Yep, that's it, Melissa- easy peasy! :) Thank you for coming by!

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  4. Thanks for this, Joy! I wonder if it would work to use butter or oil instead of Crisco and to use whole wheat flour. Hmmm. Any thoughts on this? I could always TRY substitutes. : )

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    1. Linda, I have read that people use butter or vegetable oil, but I haven't tried it. I would think that cold butter would work really well; I'm not so sure about the oil, but who knows? :) I love, love the idea of using whole wheat flour....if I were going to try it, I might start with whole wheat pasty flour, OR use half (sifted) whole wheat and half regular flour, just to see...now you've got me interested in trying it! :) If you try it, please let me know how it turns out!

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    2. I don't have as much luck when I use oil. The butter or Crisco seems to make things rise better & fluffier.

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    3. Even in bread, you wouldn't want to use all whole wheat flour. Best is 50-50 wheat and white flour. To use all wheat would be way too dense and as heavy as a brick and feel like it in your tummy, too. I'd go with 1/2 wheat flour and 1/2 regular flour in this mix, Linda P.

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    4. I think you’re right, Linda. That would be delicious.

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  5. Joy, you have made my day!! I simply don't have the cupboard space to keep all the mixes out there on hand, so I usually just skip "bisquick" recipes. No longer! Shared on my facebook page too :)

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    1. Kris, I am so happy you can use this! You are awesome- thanks for coming by and for sharing! :)

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  6. This is great! I like how you can prepare this mix beforehand and store in the refrigerator. A time saver as well as a money saver. Not to mention all natural ingredients. Thank you for sharing.
    Will be pinning this and sharing :)
    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Bismah, thank you for visiting, for sharing, and for pinning! You are awesome! :)

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  7. I'm going to have to give this a try!

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    1. Thank you for coming by, Tree's Kitchen- if you try it I hope you like it! :) I appreciate the visit!

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  8. G'day and big thanks for this recipe...great hint and tip for me!
    I don't do a lot with Crisco, but love it in a recipe!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of Swap N Share Sunday week 19

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    1. Thank you, Joanne, and thanks for coming by! :)

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  9. Say what? I didn't know about this! But I totally thought of Jamie the minute I started reading this post :-)

    Really handy, Joy!

    Thank you for linking this week and for always spreading the word about See Ya in the Gumbo. I appreciate it!

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    1. I'm going to dedicate the post to Jamie! :)

      I am always happy to let people know about your fun party, Michelle- thanks for hosting it!

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  10. Great to have on hand...I never have Bisquick when I need it. Thanks for posting! Linking you today.

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    1. Thanks, Danita, and thank you for the visit and link! :)

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  11. Good Morning! I'm a new follower on pinterest, Facebook, G+ and twitter :)
    Have a great week.

    Liz

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    1. Liz, I'm so glad to meet you, and I am following you back in all those ways! Thanks for coming by! :)

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  12. This is great! I love making usually store-bought items at home.

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    1. Thanks, Melanie- it is fun to make your own, isn't it? Thank you for stopping by!

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  13. Can you substitute for margarine?

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    1. I haven't tried using margarine in this recipe, but I'm thinking it should work. If you try it, please let me know how it turned out! :) Thank you for coming by!

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  14. Joy, I totally love this!!! (I'm sure you are not surprised, given we are kindred food spirits!) Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend! Pinning to our party board and will be sharing in FB! Hope you have a fabulous weekend! xoxo

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    1. Cindy, thank you so much, and a double thanks for Best of the Weekend Party- you ladies go to a lot of trouble, and it shows! :)

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  15. You always have the BEST recipes. Thanks for sharing and thanks for linking up with us at the TGIF link up.

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    1. Alesha, you are awesome to come by and visit, my Texas sister! Thank you, and thanks for the great party! :)

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  16. I see so many Pinterest recipes call for Bisqik and I had no idea what it was, we have nothing like it here, I will try this so I can make some of the things I've been wanting to try. Pinning this and thanks for sharing.

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    1. Mel, I was hoping that someone might find it useful- thank you for coming by, and thank you for the party! :)

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    1. Thank you, Debra, and I appreciate the visit! :)

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  18. Great to keep on file thanks for sharing this recipe with us on foodie friday.

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    1. Thank you, Diane, and thanks for hosting such a great party! :)

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  19. Wow that was super. I use Bisquick but being diabetic I would do better to make my own and use what I am allowed. Thanks. So glad I stopped by today. Have a great week.

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    1. You know, I hadn't thought about that, but you're right- this makes it a little more adjustable for individual needs! I so glad you stopped by today, too- thanks! :)

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  20. Thank you for sharing this I hardly ever use Bisquick so I don't buy it. But it's nice to know if I need to use this for a recipe that calls for Bisquick I have all the ingredients available in my cupboard. I will be following you from now on. I'm from Texas and was excited to find other bloggers from our great state. <3

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    1. Kim, I do buy Bisquick (well, truthfully, Pioneer brand!), but I keep this recipe handy for when I run out. You and your blog are just cute as a bug's ear! :) I am always happy to meet a Texas sister- thank you for dropping by!

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  21. This is such a good idea! I often don't have any on hand when I want to use it. You are today's Dare to Share Feature of the Day. Thanks so much for linking up. You can see your feature here. http://www.pamspartyandpracticaltips.com/2013/08/how-to-make-your-own-baking-mix-feature.html

    Pam

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    1. Oh, thank you so much, Pam! I appreciate the feature, and the great party! :)

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  22. Joy I have been looking for a bisquick mix that really works! I have made three or four different ones and have been less than happy with the results, but I know this one will be a winner! Your post is being featured @ Great Idea Thursday's! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

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    1. Thank you for the feature, Krista! I always have a great time at Great Idea Thursdays! If you try this mix, I hope you like it and that you'll let me know how it works for you! :)

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  23. This is a thrify trick as well as a practical one. I am wondering if this will work as a gluten-free mix. I guess, I will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing with My Meatless Mondays. Have a wonderful week.

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    1. Chaya, if you try to develop one, let me know how it turns out! Thank you for coming by, and thanks for hosting My Meatless Mondays! :)

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  24. I love, LoVe, LOVE these types of posts! Why buy it when you can make it at home? Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #27!

    ~Amber @ DessertNowDinnerLater.com

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    1. Thank you, Amber, and thanks for hosting! :)

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  25. Great post!! Your mix is perfect for so many recipes.
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    1. Sande, thank you, and thanks for the invitation to your Blog Strut. I will check it out!

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  26. Congratulations :) you were most pinned at the Show Stopper Saturday and you will be featured tomorrow morning!

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  28. I removed my first post because I mentioned using the pastry blender before I read through your recipe. Back in the late 70s I got a small paperback book that was all make your own mixes and recipes to use for them. The all purpose was the first one in the book. I made it all the time. It was great having those mixes on hand. Anything baked there was a mix for it. Also seasoning mixes, salad dressings, etc. I havent made any in a while, I should get back to doing it again. But today I wouldnt used the pastry blender, I would use my food processor to cut the ingredients into the flour, would be much easier.

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    1. Beth, I agree- using the food processor would be easier! Unfortunately, mine is old and tired, and it's ultimately easier to just do it by hand! Maybe Santa will bring me a new food processor this year. ;) I would love, love to get a look at your cookbook- it sounds so interesting and helpful! Thank you for coming by- I appreciate the visit! :)

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  29. So I totally used this for a recipe the other day & it worked great! Thanks Joy!

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    1. Oh, yay! I'm so glad you tried it and liked it! You are such a sweetie to come by and let me know- thanks!!

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  30. HI this is frist time to your site but my mother use to make this years ago but then we used lard and mon put it in the freezer to store because when she made it it was a lot do you have a receip for stacked apple cake? thank you Jan Columbu8s Ohio

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    1. Jan, I'm so glad you came by and shared the memory of how your mom made this! :) I don't have a recipe for stacked apple cake, but I will see if I can locate a good one for you. Thank you for visiting from Ohio- hope to see you again soon! :)

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  31. I wonder if this would work with a Gluten free all purpose flour mix? I will have to give it a try

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    1. Judie, I've never tried it, but it's such a great idea! If you try it, would you let me know? Lots of people would be very interested! :) Thank you so much for coming by!

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  32. Hi Joy, This may be an oldie you shared at my party but, it's perfect for sharing. I am featuring it tomorrow @DearCreatives. Everyone should keep this for when they run out or need to have a good baking mix on hand. Happy New Year! Theresa @DearCreatives

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    1. Oh, thank you so much- it was one of my Top 10 Recipes of 2013! I will look forward to the party, Theresa! :)

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  33. You can actually buy powdered shortening, which would be perfect for making mixes like this and they would have a very long shelf life.

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    1. I've never heard of it- I'll have to do some research! Thanks for the tip! :)

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  34. I do use Bisquick for pancakes, biscuits and such, but I have most of these ingredients, too on hand and have to admit I now want to try this and have pinned to possibly make pancakes this weekend for my gang. Thanks :)

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  35. Joy,

    I also use Bisquick for quick pancakes and for my Red Lobster biscuits. I am glad to know I could make my own and IT WORKS. YEAH!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Diane

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  36. I LOVE this Joy and want to make it asap. I have a question (maybe it's answered here, but I didn't see it). What increments of buttermilk to the mix for biscuits? THANK YOU for sharing this! Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

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    1. Hi, Carrie, I guess everyone has a different recipe they use, but Betty Crocker (owner of Bisquick) recommends about 2 1/4 cups Bisquick to about 2/3 cup buttermilk. :) Hope this helps!

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  37. Love mixes revamped to be made with real ingredients!

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