Monday, May 23, 2011

Better ‘Bisquick’

I might have mentioned before that my grandparents were bakers. Bakery bakers. So I blame my love of all carby things that come out of an oven squarely on them. Biscuits, for example.
As much as I enjoy biting into a hot, fresh biscuit, sometimes there just isn’t time to whip up a batch from scratch. Enter Bisquick. Nah, too many chemicals. Enter homemade Bisquick. Simple, delicious, and convenient.
baked biscuit
Here’s how to make it:
Gather your ingredients: flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, and shortening (or butter!). See? Simple.
bisquick dry ingredients
Whisk dry ingredients
Add shortening with a pastry blender. (I used a split of half butter and half shortening). Mmm, butter.
See the coarse crumb look to the mix? That’s what you want. Now you’re done! Easy peasy. Store in an airtight container until you’re ready to make biscuits. Since I added butter to the shortening, I’ll store mine in the fridge, but if you use just shortening, it can go in the pantry. Scoop out some mix and add milk to make biscuits, and milk and eggs to make pancakes.
baked biscuit
These are amazing with butter. Or honey. Or butter and honey. My husband likes to dunk them in stew. And we’ve made cheesy versions, too, with sharp cheddar and herbs.
Homemade ‘Bisquick’
9 ¾ cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp salt
½ cup baking powder
¼ cup white sugar (can be omitted, but we like it)
2 cups shortening (can substitute butter, which tastes fantastic, but must be kept in fridge/freezer)
In very large bowl, whisk dry ingredients. Using a pastry blender (or two forks), cut in shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Just like making pie crust! Store in airtight container.
You can use this mix just as you would store-bought Bisquick…for biscuits, pancakes, pot pie topping, dumplings, etc. Delicious!
Biscuits: 2 ¼ cups of mix plus ¾ cup milk or buttermilk. Roll about ½ inch thick, cut, and bake at 450F about 10 minutes. I’m actually a bit lazy with this part, and I just use my hands to roll 2-inch diameter balls of dough, and smooch them down a bit on the baking sheet.
Pancakes: 2 cups mix plus one cup milk plus 2 eggs. Mix and pour into heated pan. Flip pancake when it starts to show bubbles.

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  1. We are guilty of buying bisquick. Having lived in the southern US, we absolutely love homemade biscuits. I am definitely going to try your method.

  2. Homemade biscuit mix is a great idea. Homemade stuff is always so much better (amd healthier) than the store bought version. Thanks for showing off your helpful recipe mix at These Chicks Cook :) I hope you can come by with another great recipe Wednesday. Have a fantastic weekend!

  3. Hey Tanya!
    I make a Impossible Quiche with "home made bisquick".... super easy... and it's not sissy food either!
    Add 1 cup bisquick to 2 cups milk, 4 eggs. Throw this mixture into a blender for about 30 seconds.
    Then brown up 4-6 pieces of bacon, crumble. Grate about 1-1/2 cups of cheese (any type you want). Also dice up around 1/2 medium onion.
    Grease or spray a deep pie dish. Heat oven to 400 degree's. Then put bacon, cheese and onion into pie dish, and pour egg mixture over the top.
    cook for 25-30 minutes or until knife comes out clean in center. Let set up for about 5 minutes.
    Oh, and it's great to use left over ham, sausage, also sometimes I throw in either roma tomatoes or asparagus or cooked broccoli.
    Take care!