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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!
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.)