Make a homemade baking mix -
from YOUR favorite recipe

Making a homemade baking mix is not exactly rocket science, but it does take a little time and planning. So why should you consider making your own baking mix? A homemade baking mix:

  • is cost effective. You probably have everything you need.
  • doesn't need preservatives. Check out the expiration date on a commercial mix.
  • can save you time. Make a mix for several batches at one time - then use them with a minimum of time needed when you are ready to bake.
  • can make a great gift when paired with directions on how to use the mix.

So how do you make a mix from a recipe that you like?

  • Simply measure out your dry ingredients and mix well.
  • You can either add the shortening or margarine and blend well with a pastry cutter, or you can add the shortening when you use the mix.
  • Store in an airtight container.
  • When you want to use the mix, add the wet ingredients (milk, eggs, water, vanilla) and the shortening if you haven't blended into the mix already. Mix and bake according to your usual directions.

If you want to make multiple batches of a homemade baking mix, you need to do a little arithmetic. Let's say your have an absolutely wonderful recipe for Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins, and you want to make enough mix for three batches of muffins. You start with your basic recipe:

Dry ingredients:.............For three batches:

2 cups all purpose flour........2 x 3= 6 cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder..........1 x 3= 3 tbsps baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda............1/2 x 3= 1 1/2 tsps baking soda
1/2 tsp salt.......................1/2 x 3= 1 1/2 tsps salt
1 1/2 tbsp poppy seeds.......1 1/2 x 3= 4 1/2 tbsps poppy seeds
1/4 cup buttermilk powder...1/4 x 3= 3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup sugar....................1/2 x 3= 1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup shortening.............1/4 x 3= 3/4 cup shortening

Wet ingredients:

2 large eggs
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest

Now we have to figure out how much of the homemade baking mix to use for a single batch. We do this by adding together the amount of dry ingredients in a single batch.

  • cups: 2 cups flour + 1/4 cup buttermilk + 1/4 cup shortening + 1/2 cup sugar =3 cups
  • tablespoons:1 tbsp baking powder + 1 1/2 tbsp poppy seeds =2 1/2 tbsps
  • teaspoons: 1/2 tsp baking soda +1/2 tsp salt = 1 tsp

So, we need 3 cups + 2 1/2 tbsps + 1 tsp. We can measure it out this way or we can simplify it to 3 cups + 3 tbsps because 1 tsp is about 1/3 tbsp.

To make the muffins, we would measure 3 cups +3 tbsps of the mix into a bowl. Combine the eggs, water, vanilla, and lemon zest in another bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix only until the dry ingredients are wet. Do not overmix! There may be lumps in the batter. Place muffins in a greased standard 12 muffin pan, and bake in a 400F preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes.

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