Baking Mixes

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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Ok, so I am going to be honest.  This post has nothing to do with a freezer!  But one of the ways I make my life easier and spend less is to make my own baking mixes. Am I guilty of buying a brownie mix or two?  You betcha.  Is there anything wrong with that? No.  But when I do have the time I throw together a few baking mixes to save on cash.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Muffin Mix
6 cups flour
3 cups white sugar
2 t. salt
2 1/2 T. baking powder
1/2 cup dry egg powder {I find mine at Walmart or Sam's.}
1/2 cup dry milk powder

Combine ingredients and store in an airtight container.

2 1/4 heaping cups muffin mix
1/3 cup oil
2/3 cup water

Preheat oven to 400. Grease muffin tins. Mix all ingredients together and any add ins (berries, nuts, etc. You may need to reduce the water if adding mashed bananas or another fruit with a lot of water content).  Fill tins. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

A note about dry egg powder:  I love this stuff, but only for use in baking.  When I don't have fresh eggs I can still bake at any time because I always have the powder on hand.  However, powdered eggs are disgusting (or so I have been told) used as scrambled eggs and the like.

Buttermilk Pancake Mix
12 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups buttermilk powder
6 t. baking soda
12 t. baking powder
3 t. salt
1 cup egg powder

Mix well and store in an airtight container. To use: Mix about 3 cups of the mix with 2 cups water, 1/4 cup oil, and a teaspoon of vanilla.  Cook the pancakes on a griddle.  If you don't have egg powder you can reduce the water by about a 1/3 of a cup and add two eggs.

Brownie Mix
2 cups sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
1 cup flour
1 cup chocolate chips

Combine and store in an airtight container.  To use: Preheat the oven to 325. Grease a 9 by 13 pan. In a large bowl, cream 1 cup of softened butter.  Add 4 eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. add mix and continue to beat until smooth. Spread into pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes.

If you are interested in more mix ideas, check out Make-A-Mix.


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