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May 27, 2007

All Purpose Baking Mix (Like Bisquick)-Quantity Batch

"One of my very first posts here to Blogger World Cooking, if you'll recall, was EC's Apple Cobbler In it I referenced "Bisquick", which is a commercially made all-purpose baking mix. It has since dawned on me that Bisquick likely isn't available everywhere (patience, my friends, I'm a slow learner and it takes awhile for things to sink in!) Well, I have my own recipe to make a very similar product as a storable mix (below) -- but I'm not too sure if it is any more helpful as it calls for dry powdered milk - which also might not be available everywhere! In the hopes that you can use it in your area, however, I offer this all-purpose baking mix recipe. It can make a wide variety of things for you, some of which I've listed after the recipe and (over time) I hope to add those recipes here to BWC also! Enjoy!" .... EC

EC's All Purpose Baking Mix

8-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt
4 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1-1/2 cups instant dry milk, or dry buttermilk powder
2-1/4 cups vegetable shortening (a solid fat, not liquid, is best since this is a dry mix that you store and use over time; however, I have heard of folks substituting regular vegetable oil with success, altho I've not tried this myself).

Slightly Healthier Alternative:
Use 4-1/4 cups all-purpose flour + 4-1/4 cups whole-wheat flour.
Increase baking powder to 5 tablespoons.

In a very large bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients one by one, and then blend everything very, very well. With a heavy-duty mixer, or by hand with pastry blenders or forks, cut in shortening until the mixture resembles a cornmeal texture, or until you can see that all the shortening has been broken down into tiny pea size or smaller and is thoroughly coated in the dry mix and is thoroughly and evenly distributed. Nothing wet should be evident at all.

Put in an airtight container, and label with the date: this mix if properly stored will keep for up to 12 weeks. It will make about 13 cups of mix.

What commercial powdered milk might look like in your area:

Recipes that can be made with this mix:
(I'll try to remember to add live links, as I add the recipes!)
And so much more!

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