Do you use biscuit mix? I like having it on hand for biscuits in a hurry and also use it as an ingredient in several recipes. I have a couple of Bisquick cookbooks from years gone by which contain some good casseroles and desserts.
Over the years I have tried several recipes for making my own biscuit mix and have finally settled upon a very easy one that works well in every recipe I have tried.
To make this biscuit mix you need just two ingredients:
1. Self-rising flour (self-rising flour has baking powder and salt added to it and is a Southern pantry staple)
I usually combine the following:
8 cups self-rising flour
1 cup shortening
Cut in shortening with a pastry blender.
Store in a cool, dry place. I store mine in a Tupperware container in my baking cabinet. Use as you would any biscuit mix.
You can actually make this in any size batch you desire by combining 2 Tablespoons shortening per cup of self-rising flour. This is handy to know if you don't normally use biscuit mix, but need a small amount for a recipe you would like to try.
For a batch of about eight biscuits I normally use about 3 cups of the mix with a cup of buttermilk. Stir together the dough with a spatula. It should be pretty moist. If your buttermilk is very fresh and thick you may need more. A sticky dough will produce the best biscuits. Scrape out the dough onto a very well floured cloth. I flip half of the cloth over onto the dough and knead it about eight times through the cloth and then pat it out into a circle of dough about 3/4 inch thick. I then cut out the biscuits with my trusty biscuit cutter made from an old soup can.
Pat out the dough scraps and cut or form into a couple more biscuits. Bake at 450 degrees for 12-15 mins. These add a bit of flair to an otherwise hum drum meal.
This makes really good biscuits and is a handy mix to keep in your pantry. I hope you will give it a try.
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