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.
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.)