Thursday, August 7, 2014

Homemade Baking Mix (Bisquick)

Impossibly Easy Pies, Vegetable Fritters, & Fried Green Tomatoes

Sometimes convenience makes all the difference in the world. I always liked having a ready-to-use baking mix in the pantry, especially during the summer. It’s a major ingredient in my favorite zucchini pancake recipe. And although “Impossible” pies don’t really make a crust, they’re a good vehicle for summer vegetables. But most grocery store baking mixes are too high in sodium to actually use.

I thought back to my early years of marriage and motherhood and remembered that I made a whole wheat baking mix with oil. So I figured I should try it once again. But this time using sodium free baking powder and not adding any salt. I used a couple of recipes I found at different sites but finally settled on the one from King Arthur Flour. I’ve made it several times now and am quite happy with it.

Usually, I halve the recipe, just because I don’t use it that quickly. I also use half whole wheat and half all purpose flour. Actually part white whole wheat and part whole wheat pastry flour. Some recipes call for oil and other use butter. I’ve done both but now use Spectrum Organic non-hydrogenated shortening.

So what do I use it for? Well, zucchini or summer squash patties. My absolute favorite way to eat summer squash. Zucchini Impossibly Easy Pie and Spinach Impossibly Easy Pie. Corn fritters. Dredging fried foods. Quick and easy Banana Bread. I even made peanut butter cookies. Basically, I just look up Bisquick recipes and substitute my homemade baking mix.

Here’s the full King Arthur Flour recipe:

9 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
5 tablespoons baking powder
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable shortening

Here’s the halved recipe that I use:

4 1/2 Cups flour (I use 2 Cups AP, 1 cup white whole wheat, and 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry)
2 1/2 tablespoons baking powder (I use Hain’s Featherweight Sodium Free baking powder)
1/8 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegetable shortening (I use Spectrum Organic Shortening)
(For a low sodium baking mix, use no more than 1/2 teaspoon salt or omit altogether)

Because I’m making only half a recipe, I mix it all up in my food processor. Some use their hand or stand mixers. And because of the whole wheat, I store the mixture in my refrigerator. I keep it in a plastic container with a tight fitting lid.

The King Arthur recipe includes directions for biscuits, dumplings, scones, muffins, coffee cake, pancakes, and waffles. It also has variations that include other whole grain flours and even whole grain flakes.

I’m really glad I started making this again. I have convenience but without the sodium content. And it’s 50% whole wheat flour too.

2 comments:

Sarah M said...

Thanks! This is a handy recipe to have and I like to addition of the WW flours. And the pictures of fried foods! I could eat my weight in your zucchini patties.

shambo said...

I'm with you. I, too, could eat my weight in squash patties. My absolute favorite!