When we go camping and even at home, I have a batch of homemade biscuit mix in a container in the cupboard. We have waffles, pancakes, muffins, or biscuits at least a couple of times a week and I found having a mix on hand makes the morning’s chores go more quickly. My general mix is for the buttermilk variety. If you want to make the recipe with sweet milk, then leave out the baking soda.
For the batch I make for the RV, I use powdered buttermilk in the mix so all I have to add is water, oil, and for all but the biscuits, eggs. If you want to make scones, add a little sugar. If you don’t have buttermilk, you can use a cup of milk with a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice added and let it set for a few minutes before adding.
6 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
Shake all these together in an air-tight container and you are ready to go.
If you are camping you can add 1 cup powdered buttermilk to the mix, in which case, you just add water for the liquid. Remember buttermilk needs the soda. Regular sweet milk only needs the baking powder, not the baking soda.
When you are ready to make biscuits, take 2 cups of the mix. Add 1/4 cup vegetable oil and 1/2 to 3/4 cup buttermilk (if you are using the camping mix, just add waterand oil). Variations: You can add grated cheese, herbs, red pepper flakes, bacon bits or whatever inspires. If you want to make scones, increase the oil to 1/3 c or substitute butter and add 3 tablespoons of sugar. I like to add white chocolate chips and dried cranberries. Any nuts are good, try hazelnuts and when you are ready to eat spread with Nutella. Yum!
For waffles or pancakes, use the same proportions as above, but add a little more liquid (about a cup)to achieve the correct consistency. We like to add nuts to the waffles or bacon bits. Pancakes can have sliced bananas added (if served with peanut butter, Elvis would be happy). Ricotta cheese added to pancakes with a goodly amount of lemon zest shavings makes a great pancake, but plain is good too.
For muffins, line the tins with greased muffin papers or just grease the pan. Mix 2 cups of mix with 1/3 C white or brown sugar, 1/4C vegetable oil, and 1 cup buttermilk mixed with one egg. I like to add dates, cranberries, craisins, nuts, bacon bits, pieces of dried fruit, blueberries, orange zest, lemon zest, vanilla or almond extract, just about anything. I sprinkle them with coarse raw sugar and bake at 400 degrees about 15 minutes. Any of the additions make for great muffins. Serve with lots of butter and jam.
Hopefully you will find this is a great mix to keep for camping or just making your mornings easier. You can make almost any recipe you find on a biscuit mix box, but you need to add oil as the commercial stuff has shortening added. If you add it to your homemade mix, then it needs to be refrigerated. I usually skip that and add it when I am making breakfast.