For years, I purchased pancake mixes or Bisquick from the grocery store until I rediscovered this recipe for baking mix. This is easy to make and will store in your refrigerator for a long time even without the artificial preservatives you see in the ready-made mixes. I've adapted this recipe from the original found in La Leche League's Whole Foods for the Whole Family cookbook, which can be found at LLLI or at any of the major bookstores. I'm also including a few of my family's favorite recipes incorporating the baking mix.
Combine 4 cups flour (white or whole wheat or a combo) with 3 Tablespoons baking powder, 1/2 Tablespoon salt, and 1 cup dry milk powder. Cut in 3/4 cup vegetable oil or softened butter until the mix is crumbly. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Recipe 1: Drop Biscuits
Stir 1 cup milk or water into 3 cups Baking Mix until moistened. Add some shredded cheddar cheese and Italian herbs and mix together. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet and bake at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
Recipe 2: Waffles
Beat together 3 cups Baking Mix with 2 cups milk or water and 2 eggs. I use an old-fashioned hand mixer, but you could also use a blender. Pour into waffle iron. Makes 8 or 9 large waffles. This recipe also works for making pancakes.
Recipe 3: Crustless Quiche
In a blender combine 1 1/2 cups milk, 1/2 cup Baking Mix, 3 eggs, 1/4 cup melted butter, and a dash of pepper. Blend for 15 seconds. Pour into a greased pie pan. Sprinkle crumbled cooked bacon or leftover chopped ham or shredded imitation crab meat on top of egg mixture. Add 1 cup of shredded cheese (either cheddar or Swiss) and gently press the meat and cheese below the surface with a fork. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes or until knife inserted comes out clean (sometimes it takes longer than this.) Let stand for 10 minutes.
Recipe 4: Coffee Cake
Beat together 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 egg, 2/3 cup milk or water, and 3 Tablespoons melted butter. Stir into 2 cups Baking Mix just until moistened. Spread batter into greased 8" square pan. In a small bowl, mix 2 Tablespoons brown sugar, 1/4 cup Baking Mix, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 Tablespoon butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over batter. Bake at 400 degrees 20 minutes.
Since I am not a morning person until I've had a cup or two of coffee, I usually mix up the coffee cake the night before and put it in the refrigerator until the next morning. Likewise, I either do the same for the other recipes or I make them for lunch or dinner instead. I use the crustless quiche recipe quite a bit this time of year since I need a number of meatless recipes during Lent. After using this baking mix faithfully over the past few years, I can honestly say I've had no need to return to the commercial boxed mixes in the store. Just keep it replenished and in the refrigerator at all times, and you'll have it on hand whenever you need it.