|Posted by Angela Diaz on January 9, 2014 at 6:05 PM|
Bisquick is another one of my guilty pleasures that I knew I had to remove from my pantry (well, sort of). I need to figure out how to make this stuff on my own. We kinda love Bisquick here. It makes perfect, hassle-free biscuits and fluffy, flavorful pancakes. We go through a lot of Bisquick here and that stuff isn't cheap! I scoured the Internet and browsed different DIY Bisquick recipes and tried one out yesterday.
6 Cups Flour
3 Tablespoons Baking Powder
1 Tablespoon Salt
1 Cup Vegetable Shortening
I went with this recipe because it came from a very reputable site and received five star ratings from a large amount of reviews.
This recipe is easy. Basically you sift the dry ingredients all together three times. Using a food processor or pastry mixer, cut in the shortening and keep mixing until the mixture resembles a slightly crumbly texture. I don't have a food processor and don't know what a pastry mixer is, so I used my good old-fashioned hand mixer and mixed it up until it looked somewhat crumbly. This recipe keeps in the fridge for 6 months (wouldn't last that long in my house).
So anyways, I made garlic cheddar biscuits using this mixture the same as if I were using Bisquick (the garlic cheddar biscuit recipe is on the Bisquick web site). I have to say that I did not notice any difference between using this mixture for the recipe versus using Bisquick. Yay Win! The true test though, and we all agree here, is pancakes. Good thing I have evening plans after work today and don't have time to cook a full dinner so it's breakfast for dinner day at my house and pancakes is on the menu!
The results were great! These pancakes were flavorful and fluffy! This gets the thumbs up from everyone here! The only thing I noticed was when pouring out the pancake batter, I noticed small clumps. Turns out those small clumps are little pieces of vegetable shortening. Maybe a food proccessor or pastry mixer would have prevented this, but this made no difference in the texture and taste of these pancakes. YAY ME!! No more buying Biquick! I can make tons of it for a fraction of the price and I won't have to suck up the guilt of the cardboard box and plastic inside bag that the Bisquick is packaged in. Woot Woot!!!
***I've seen recipes where you could make this with regular butter or margarine as well. Vegetable shortening is not an item I ever keep in my pantry, but used this recipe because of the high ratings. I will use this as a stepping stone to experiment with other versions without vegetable shortening now that I know that making your own Bisquick is indeed possible!