Time-Saving Homemade Biscuit-Mix (With Variations)

Total Time
30mins
Prep
20 mins
Cook
10 mins

From The Atlanta Journal newspaper, February 2, 1972 edition -- If your family loves hot biscuits, you can treat them to their favorites more often if you keep Time-Saving Homemade Biscuit-Mix on hand. Note: directions included below for baking biscuits, dumplings, waffles, or pancakes!

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Ingredients

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Directions

  1. To a 2-lb bag (8 cups) of self rising flour, cut in 1 cup shortening or butter on low speed of electric mixer, or by hand with a pastry blender, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Biscuit mix made with shortening should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 6 months. Biscuit mix made with butter should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 months, or in the freezer for up to 6 months ~ bring mix to room temperature before using.
  3. TO MAKE 6-12 BISCUITS:.
  4. 2 cups homemade biscuit-mix.
  5. 1/2-2/3 cup milk (buttermilk optional) ~ you may not need but about 1/2 cup milk to bring together as a dough!
  6. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  7. Measure 2 cups homemade biscuit-mix into bowl.
  8. Blend in enough milk (1/2-2/3 cup) to make a soft dough. Add just enough milk to bring together as a dough ~ you may not need but about 1/2 cup!
  9. Chilling dough in refrigerator for 15-20 minutes will make dough easier to handle!
  10. Turn out onto lightly floured surface ~ Roll or pat out dough to 3/4-inch thickness ~ I PAT THE DOUGH!
  11. Cut out biscuits with a floured 2-inch cutter (makes 12 biscuits), or use a 3-inch cutter for approximately 6-7 biscuits.
  12. (NOTE: My biscuits pictured in the basket were made with 2 cups biscuit mix and 1/2 cup milk; were patted to 3/4-inch thickness, and cut with a 3-inch cutter, which resulted in only 6 biscuits! Those biscuits were baked for 12 minutes).
  13. Place biscuits on un-greased baking sheet.
  14. Bake in preheated 450 degree oven for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  15. ALERT! For a neater appearance, slice biscuits that have cooled for a few minutes with a bread knife, instead of ripping their tops off when piping hot!
  16. For biscuit-mix variations:.
  17. ASIAGO-PEPPER biscuits PICTURED WITH HAM, ON THE WHITE PLATE: Use 2 cups biscuit mix, and add 1/4 cup freshly shredded Asiago cheese, 1 teaspoon sugar, several grinds of black pepper, and 2/3 cup milk. Mix just until combined ~ Pat out dough to 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch thickness. Makes six (6) 3-inch biscuits. Bake at 450F for 10 minutes. Brush biscuit tops with melted butter.
  18. CHEDDAR biscuits: Use 2 cups biscuit mix, and add 1/3 cup freshly shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, a pinch of sugar, several grinds of black pepper (OPTIONAL), and 2/3 cup milk. Mix just until combined ~ Pat out dough to 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch thickness. Makes six (6) 3-inch biscuits. Bake at 450F for 10 minutes. Brush biscuit tops with melted butter.
  19. 10 FLUFFY DUMPLINGS: Use 2 cups biscuit mix, and add 2/3 cup milk. Combine until blended. Drop spoonfuls of dough into gently bubbling stew; cook uncovered for 8 minutes, then cover and reduce heat and continue cooking for about 10 minutes more.
  20. 7" ROUND WAFFLES: 2 cups biscuit mix, 1 1/4 cups milk, 2 eggs beaten, 2 tablespoons melted shortening. Heat waffle iron. Beat all ingredients until blended. Bake on hot waffle iron per manufacturer's instructions. Makes 7 round waffles.
  21. PANCAKES: 2 cups biscuit mix, 1 1/4 cups milk, 1 egg beaten, 2 tablespoons melted butter. Beat ingredients until blended; bake on hot griddle. Makes approximately 12 pancakes.