Thursday, January 21, 2010

Biscuit mix..

For a while there, my family was calling me the "Mix queen" because everything I made came from a homemade mix. I bought the Make-a-Mix cookbook (around 13?) years ago, and it changed my life. Suddenly everything that was homemade had a convenience factor.

And it wasn't long before I discovered the beauty of designing my own mixes. In fact, some times I even sell them. But usually we just give them away or eat them!

So, here's a Biscuit Mix that I made up

4 cups of whole wheat flour
2 cups of white flour
1 cup of coconut oil (in its solid form)

Cut the flours and oils together until they crumble. You can use a pastry cutter, your hands or a food processor.

Mix in:
1 1/2 t. baking soda
3T. baking powder
1T. salt
1 cup of buttermilk powder*

Mix all of these ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 3-4 months.

When you want to make biscuits:

Take 2 cups of biscuit mix and stir in (1/3 cup* of water or more if needed). Roll out the biscuit dough on a floured surface (about 1/2- 3/4" thick) and cut into circles or cool shapes.

Bake at: 400* for 10-12 minutes.

Notes: * 1/3 cup of water: We guessed on this. If it is too soggy, add more mix.

* buttermilk powder can be found in the grocery store.

Happy winter baking!


Angie said...

I've read that coconut oil is so good for you. This mix sounds really healthy!

Mommy Melback said...

I was laughing once I started reading because before I started reading i saw the yummy photo and thought to myself "hmmm I need to get the bisquick out and bake today". HA HA HA
Oh and since I never attended cooking 101 what does cut mean/?? "cut the flour and oil". On the other ingredients it says "mix in". Today understand that :)

Scottish Twins said...

Sounds good. I wonder how it would taste without the buttermilk powder? My son has a milk-allergy and I have been looking for a biscuit recipe.

Organizing Mommy said...

Cutting.. let's see.. If you attempt to STIR flour and a blob of shortening or butter, the flour is just going to dance around it. In order to really mix them together, you have to "cut" the shortening either with a utensil or your hands. You don't want blobs of shortening floating around. So, it requires something other than a spoon. I like to get my hands into it and break the stuff apart that way. The end result is a coarse flour-meal texture. This technique is used for making pie crusts and scones also. Sorry to be confusing!

Organizing Mommy said...

Without buttermilk? (Scottish twins).. probably just fine! There are baking powder biscuit recipes that do not require buttermilk.

Sabrina said...

I make my own baking mix also, but it is just white flour and shortening. I think I like your idea of using whole wheat and the coconut oil, so it's officially on my list to try! :)

Just a side note, I have saved some money with making my own mix because my kids love pancakes and waffles.

Cassie said...

I have the same book...Make a Mix. Love it, changed my life too!
Can't wait to try these buscuits.

Kathryn said...

These look yummy! I hardly ever eat bread or cookies any more (gluten-intolerant) but i do make things sometimes.

I dreampt about you last night. We were at a women's retreat together. Funny.

Have a lovely day.

sara said...

Today, I went out and found buttermilk powder. Before I went shopping I was convinced I was going to come back here and say, "Oh yeah! Well it wasn't at MY grocery store." But it was. :)

As for mixes, I have never used a store mix since owning The Complete Tightwad Gazette. Funny, huh?

Mrs. Parunak said...

Those look so beautiful! What a cool idea to use a shaped cutter for your biscuits. I bet my kids would love that. I've been hearing a lot about coconut oil, but I've never tried it. It is really shelf stable for 3-4 months? Wow. Is it expensive? A health food store purchase?

Braley Mama said...

That sounds great, and healthier then most! Thanks for sharing!

Organizing Mommy said...

Kathryn: How interesting.. I had a dream that I met some bloggers also. So, where's the retreat?
Oh, and when you have dreams about people, you are supposed to pray for them when you wake up, OK??

Mrs. Parunak: Coconut oil was a new thing to me also. The Lou Anna brand is in the grocery stores. Not every grocery store has it. Our Walmart carries it--go figure! It is like crisco. My friend orders a huge bucket of it--50 pounds and it is still fine. I just buy the little containers so far.

finding my purpose in the 2nd half said...

I just finished a chemistry class in which we learned coconut oil is absolutely the worst saturated (solid form) fat you can ingest!

Fats don't even begin to digest until they reach our small intestines and then once they are broken down into fatty acids, they are dumped straight into our hearts! This is why they are so bad for us.

I have included the following link testing 22 different oils & fats used in cooking (see coconut is #22of 22). Hopefully you can find a suitable substitute for these really delicious looking baked goods!

Erin said...

Definitely trying this one. Thanks!

Organizing Mommy said...

Finding purpose in my 2nd.. the science text books are a little behind on the latest research about coconut oil. The internet is full of articles
for example.. I was a little leary too of saturated fats because of all of the stuff from chemistry class etc., but the more recent research is proving huge health benefits. I don't claim to be an expert in these things, but I do try to keep abreast of health and health trends.

Organizing Mommy said...

ERIN: I fixed the beans and rice post.