Self-rising flour is useful in many recipes. It’s not something that everyone always has one hand, though.
It IS something that comes in very handy when you want to make something like Beer Bread or one of countless other recipes that call for self-rising flour. And if the recipe asks for it, you can’t just directly substitute self-rising flour for all-purpose flour, because there is a difference. (Namely, that self-rising flour already has rising agents like baking powder built in.)
So when you need it, you need it.
The good news is that self-rising flour can very easily be mixed up in minutes from regular, everyday ingredients any baker at any level is sure to have on hand.
Here is a quick and easy “substitute” for self-rising flour.
Substituting Self-Rising Flour: Make Your Own at Home
Very quickly, here is how to make self-rising flour if you don’t have any. Use it for quick breads, for biscuits, dumplings, muffins, or any recipe that calls for self-rising flour!
Simply sift the following ingredients together:
2 Cups white all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 Teaspoon salt
Double, triple, or more to make as much homemade self-rising flour as you want to have on hand. Store extra in an air-tight container and keep away from moisture.
Keeps as long as a normal flour or self-rising flour should!
Mason jar mixes are ideal for holiday gift-giving, especially when you have a long list of people to whom you care to show your appreciation. Gift jar mixes have the advantage of being affordable, appreciated, useful and attractive, all at the same time. They can fit the bill for a long line of gift recipients from coworkers to coaches, teachers, instructors, service providers, extended family members, and many more.
To be sure, having a variety of jar mix recipes to choose from is nice, but considering how busy and expensive the holidays can very easily get, it’s nice to have something a bit more versatile that can be worked up and packaged in short time, yet still deliver a number of excellent gift-giving options.
It’s All In How You Look At It
Take, for example, the homemade all-purpose baking mix in Make-Ahead Mix Day. This recipe requires a minimal amount of ingredients (a couple cups of shortening, a standard five-pound bag of flour, a bit of salt, sugar, and baking powder), but it yields better than five quarts; and it only takes about five minutes to do it. Cheap and easy. Exactly what the budgeting gift-giver needs. The thing is, this mix can be used in numerous ways. So while you might not really want to give someone a dressed-up jar of “all purpose baking mix”, you’ll feel good about giving a nice homemade “Country Quick Mix” or “Sunday Morning Waffle Mix” with a nice label and instructions attached.
If you take my meaning here, it’s all in the presentation and the suggestion. You’re still giving a great-tasting mix that you’ve put your own time, money, and effort into, but you’re giving it with style in a way you can afford.
You can search this site or the ‘net for different ideas and potential presentations, or go with one of your own favorite tried-and-true classics. Any recipe that uses Bisquick(R) or another biscuit or baking mix will work just fine with this recipe, so simply print the recipe to include with your festively-decorated jar mix (a nice parchment or holiday paper is a nice touch). To get the creative juices rolling, here is a list of ten great ways (in no particular order) to repackage this one simple mix and have a variety of gifting options:
Morning Pancake Mix (what busy Mom or Dad wouldn’t appreciate that?)..top it off with a half cup of chocolate chips or dehydrated fruit and now you have flavored pancakes, to boot.
The aforementioned “Sunday Morning Waffle Mix” (to which the same doctoring methods above apply)
Home Style Country Biscuit Mix
Quick & Tasty Cinnamon Roll Kit (gifted in a basket with a small jar of powdered sugar and nicely-tied baggie or small jar of cinnamon sugar)
Quick Bread Mix (with or without additions)
Cornbread Mix (just add in the 6 TBSP of corn meal – especially nice with a bean mix for soup or chile)
Tea-Time Coffee Cake Mix (throw in a sealed baggie with topping ingredients on top of the mix in the jar)
So you see with a little imagination giving a quality homemade gift does not have to be overly costly or time-consuming. You can feel good about giving gifts to everyone on your list without stressing yourself or breaking the budget.
You can find both an easy all-purpose baking mix suitable for these and many other recipes and a variety of other equally good jar mix recipes for Christmas gifts (or just healthier, more affordable pantry-stocking!) in Make-Ahead Mix Day: Complete Recipes and Instructions for On-Hand Homemade Quick Mixes. It’s available for Kindle and compatible eReader apps as well as in a downloadable PDF.
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Earlier this week I gave you a Classic Pancake Recipe to use with your homemade baking mix. Today, to continue our list of reliable stand-by recipes, I give you another necessary, a homemade Bisquick (R) biscuit recipe. You’ll come back to this recipe again and again as a side for soups and stews, a base for biscuits and gravy, a topping for pot pies, a base for shortcakes, or just to enjoy with some butter, jam, honey, maple syrup….
…Obviously the possibilities and uses for classic biscuits are endless, but it all starts with a good, solid recipe!
This year we’ve added maple sugaring to our homesteading list, and so the past weeks have been peaks and valleys of activity boiling down sap. The result is a nicely flavored rustic maple syrup. So far we’ve managed more than 4 gallons of homemade pure maple syrup; which of course has us thinking pancakes pretty steadily around here!
That brings me to today’s post–a basic homemade Bisquick(R) recipe for pancakes to begin building our recipe book to go along with our all purpose baking mix. After all, what good is a mix without something to make from it?
Homemade Bisquick Pancake Recipe
This pancake recipe is a simple yet very tasty staple that works up quickly but deliciously, and will help you send your family off ready for the day.
With the ease and affordability of your ready-made all purpose baking mix and this quick recipe, you’ll find it easy to send your crew off well-fed each and every day.
One of my family’s favorite Bisquick recipes that I make with my homemade all-purpose baking mix is this one for Beer Batter Chicken Nuggets. I made it as a weekend treat one Saturday and it’s become a fast favorite. I was actually surprised by that because my husband is no fan of fried foods, but this one he loves. So it’s got to be good, right?
This recipe can be pretty quick to prepare (although the deep frying takes some time, I won’t lie). The batter itself is extremely easy to make with the homemade bisquick mix recipe here on this site (see link above). If you buy boneless chicken breasts and cut them to size it’ll be fairly short work. Here on the homestead, though, we try to use as much of our own home-grown meat as possible. We process and freeze between 60 and 80 meat birds every year so when I make these I bone out and chunk up the meat from some of my own. When I do this I use the whole bird – light and dark meat all goes into the mix and comes out delicious.
You, of course, should use whatever you prefer. Even if you do not have your own home-grown chicken on hand, buying a roaster and boning/cutting off the meat will still save you a lot of money and will give you a big batch for much less. Don’t worry about making too much, either. I’ve never had leftovers go past the next day, they reheat easily and deliciously in the oven, and once cooked they would be great to freeze and reheat later, too…a great make-ahead convenience treat!
A sure family favorite that will leave you shunning freezer-aisle chicken nuggets.
2 to 3 pounds Chicken, cut into approx 1½ inch cubes (or approximate shapes)
1 Cup Homemade All Purpose Baking Mix or Bisquick
½ Cup Beer
¼ to ½ tsp Garlic Powder (to taste)
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Beat egg slightly, then add beer.
Add egg and beer mixture to measured baking mix.
Stir to combine, until most of the lumps are gone.
Cut chicken to desired size and add to wet batter mixture as you go.
Let chicken chunks stay in the batter until you are ready to fry.
Heat shortening, lard, or cooking oil in a deep frying pan or dutch oven.
When oil is ready, add chicken chunks and fry until golden brown, turning when the first side is browned (about 3 minutes in 365 degree fat).
I generally do a lot of nuggets when I do make these, and I usually triple or even quadruple the batch. If you are planning to bone a roaster, plan for one recipe of batter for each whole bird you bone out (so if I bone 3 of my birds, I triple the batter batch). If the chickens you bone are large, you may need a triple batch of batter for every 2 birds. (No worries, though, it’s simple to mix up a bit more batter if you think you need more–takes just a minute!).
These chicken nuggets are also an excellent base for sauces either for dipping (we like honey mustard barbecue sauce) or to coat with for things like Buffalo Chicken Nuggets or Chinese foods like Sweet and Sour Chicken or General’s Chicken (just add sauce & accompaniments & toss).
As always, I hope you do enjoy!
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Cinnamon rolls–I don’t believe I know one person who doesn’t love them, but they are probably one of the more seldom made homemade baked goods. I get it. Making cinnamon rolls is a bit of a commitment, and quite often we just don’t have the time (we are NOT counting the pop-the-can variety, here 😉 ).
Yeast cinnamon rolls, while one of my absolute favorites in the world, just don’t always fit into our schedules. But THESE cinnamon rolls certainly will and they’re a very fair substitute. We’re talking BASIC ingredients (remember that all purpose baking mix?), a few minutes to mix and roll, and 12 minutes to bake. You’ll be quite happy with the results, I promise.
Baking Mix Cinnamon Rolls
In case you didn’t take my hint, you’re going to want to go grab that homemade Bisquick we talked about a few days back. If you don’t have it, don’t worry. You probably even have all the ingredients and time to make the homemade Bisquick recipe, too! However, this recipe also works with any all-purpose baking mix or Bisquick, Jiffy mix, biscuit mix, etc. I did use the mix linked above, though.
These easy cinnamon rolls are very simple to make with minimal time and ingredients. Here’s how:
20 Minute Cinnamon Rolls
4 Cups Baking Mix (All purpose like homemade Bisquick mix)
1 1/4 Cups Milk
Soft (spreadable) butter
-Combine the baking mix, eggs, and milk and mix through.
-Dust cutting board with a bit of additional baking mix or flour and knead 6-8 times (I actually do this on a cookie sheet I keep for such things–contain the mess, save time!).
-Press (or roll) dough out to about 8 x 15, or 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness.
-Spread dough with softened butter and then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar (I like a heavy cinnamon flavor, so I often dust the sugar with more plain cinnamon).
-Roll the dough, starting with the longest edge (when finished you should have one long “tube” of cinnamon roll, about 15 inches long).
-Cut into 1-inch slices and place on lightly greased cookie sheet (or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet).
– Bake at 425 F for about 12 minutes.
-Makes about 15 cinnamon rolls.
While baking, mix a quick glaze for the top.
For the glaze:
1 Cup Confectioner’s Sugar
1 splash Vanilla Extract (1/2 teaspoon? To taste)
2 Tablespoons Milk
Simply mix ingredients together to a pourable consistency, adding more or less milk as needed. Drizzle over hot rolls when they come out of the oven.
That’s it. That’s all there is to it. Whip them up in the morning while the sleepy-heads are in bed and they’ll think you slaved for them all the wee hours. And don’t forget to come back again because I’ll have more versatile, delicious homemade Bisquick recipes for you–including a delicious Homemade Beer Batter Chicken Nugget recipe coming soon!
(Bisquick® is a registered trademark of the General Mills company.)
Call it Bisquick®, Jiffy® mix, biscuit mix, baking mix, or what have you, it all amounts to the same thing. The one thing all of these have in common is that they all represent a very basic pantry staple designed to speed dinners and baking and make our lives easier. In this harried day and age, we’re all for that, right!?
What we’re NOT all for is overpaying for our baking needs. Baking from scratch is, for sure, the cheapest and most wholesome way to go, and the easiest way to control what goes into your food. Unfortunately it’s not always the fastest or most convenient. And unfortunately we pay a lot for anything that is deemed convenient in the grocery stores. It makes it tough to balance a family budget.
So what if I told you you could make your own homemade Bisquick; you’re own all purpose baking mix that can be used for a range of recipes, meals and treats for a fraction of the cost and with an investment of only a few minutes of your time?
Honestly, once you learn how to make Bisquick on your own, you’re not likely to go back to overpaying for undersized boxes of the stuff in the store. I promise it’s not at all hard and it will not take you long. A big batch with this faked Bisquick recipe only takes about 20 minutes to make (and I’m being generous here–in 20 minutes you’ll have it mixed and packaged and be on to a nice batch of warm biscuits, ready for the honey and butter).
How To Make Bisquick ®
It’s not hard to find a baking mix recipe online or even in some cook books. I’ve been through a few goods ones but this is one I have tried, prefer, and know that it meets all my requirements for an all purpose baking mix:
It is affordable and cheaper than buying boxed mixes
It is simple to make
It requires few ingredients
It stores well
It is versatile and can be used to make many things (in future posts we’ll see just how versatile it can be–so do follow along and come back often!)
So without further ado here is my preferred recipe; print and use it well and often:
How to Make An Economical, Versatile Homemade All Purpose Baking Mix
Recipe type: Make-Ahead Baking Mix
Serves: 2 gallons of mix
Homemade Bisquick or all-purpose baking mix recipe that can be used to replace Bisquick (R), Jiffy Mix (R), pancake mix, or any other basic baking mix. Use for a variety of recipes and dishes (anywhere you would use Bisquick or anything similar!).
20 Cups All-Purpose Flour (equivalent to a 5 pound bag)
2 Tablespoons Salt
7 Tablespoons Sugar
⅔ Cup Baking Powder
2 Cups Lard or Shortening
Combine and mix through all dry ingredients in a LARGE bowl (even a roasting pan works well, or large Tupperware--just leave yourself room to work).
Add lard (or shortening) to the mix.
Cut lard into the mix until thoroughly combined and you have only about pea-sized pieces of shortening throughout.
(This is not nearly as bad as it sounds like it would be to do; using a pastry cutter or mixing with clean hands works well; you could also do 2-3 cups of dry mix and about ½ cup of lard at a time in a food processor, pulsing to combine, then mix the final batch all together and stirring well to distribute).
Store in air-tight container and use as you would a brand-name baking mix.
(*I use lard because it is stable at room temperature and I believe in using the most natural products I can, including animal fats. However, I’ve recently learned that only store-bought lard is shelf stable [because it is hydrogenated :(]. The “real thing”–lard rendered without manipulation or additives, mostly only available now if you render your own lard at home–is not shelf-stable. You can still use it and I will do so as soon as I’ve made a batch of my own homemade rendered lard [coming soon!]; but I will keep the mix in the refrigerator and freeze any extra. Vegetable shortening could also be used and will make the mix shelf-stable at room temperature. Just remember that if you use a fat/shortening that normally requires refrigeration [like butter], your mix will need refrigeration as well.)
And that, folks, is all there is to it. Once done simply store in a sealed container (I usually use half-gallon mason jars [Half Gallon Wide Mouth Canning Jar (Set of 6)]
or a large Tupperware cereal container [Rubbermaid Home 1777195 Cereal Keeper]). Store as usual and use at the same measurement for any recipe that calls for Bisquick, all purpose baking mix, biscuit mix, etc. And do keep coming back as I’ll be sharing some great recipes for this mix in the future!
(Bisquick® is, of course, a name-brand and is a registered trademark of the General Mills company.)