Recipes For My Boys: Homemade Biscuit Mix

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Homemade Biscuit Mix

I sometimes use packaged biscuit mix in  my recipes, don't you?  Since I have been sharing them, it has come to my attention that not all of my friends, that follow Recipes For My Boys, have access to items like Bisquick.  I shared my Cheddar Garlic Biscuits this morning on facebook and one of my friends, from the UK, commented she was all excited about making them, until she read ... biscuit mix.  That was all it took to get me in the kitchen to make my own.  I think it turned out great and so did hubby.  At least by all the biscuits he ate, I would say so.  I don't think I'll be buying the packaged biscuit mix again.

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Homemade Biscuit Mix

11 cups all purpose flour
4 Tablespoons baking powder
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3 to 4 teaspoons salt, I used 4 teaspoons but you can cut down if you wish
1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar, I use 1/2 cup
1  1/2 cups solid shortening

Mix all together with a pastry blender or forks until it resembles coarse sand.  Seal in air tight container up to six months.  Use as recipe requires of packaged biscuit mix.

Buttermilk Biscuits
8 2" Biscuits

2 1/4 cups Homemade Biscuit Mix
1/2 to 1 cup buttermilk or *sour milk

*To make buttermilk or sour milk:  Put 1 to 1 1/2 Tablespoons vinegar in a measuring cup and add enough milk to make 1 cup.  I usually use 1 1/2 Tablespoons to make mine.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  Mix biscuit mix and 1/2 cup buttermilk, adding more if needed, until a soft dough forms.  Put on a lightly floured surface. Pat and fold over 3 or 4 times.  Pat to 1/2 to 1" thick.  Cut with 2" biscuit cutter, I use the top of a small mouth canning jar, to make 8 biscuits.  Put on ungreased baking sheet.  Cook in preheated oven 7 to 9 minutes or until tops are lightly browned and biscuits are done.  Enjoy!

Shared on:  The Better Baker Weekend Potluck #122

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