HOMEMADE BISCUIT MIX AND HOW TO USE IT (Gloria Pitzer)
1 1/4 c. self rising flour
1/4 c. solid Crisco
Put the ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Cut the Crisco into the flour til crumbly (it will resemble a coarse gravel like texture). Store covered at room temperature to use within several months. Recipe can be doubled or tripled etc..
(makes about 1 2/3 cups)
BISCUITS FROM THE MIX ROLLED AND CUT:
2 c. Biscuit Mix
2/3 c. milk or 7-UP
Mix together to a soft dough. Knead in bowl 12 times. Roll out. Cut into 2 1/2 inch circles each 1 inch thick. Arrange close together on greased baking pans. Brush tops with 1/2 t. soft margarine. Bake at 450° for 8-10 minutes or til golden brown.
(makes 1 dozen)
This works with the recipe for imitating Red Lobster's Cheese Biscuits. (See Free Recipe 1)
2 c. Biscuit Mix
1 c. milk or 7-UP or club soda
Mix together well or use portable electric mixer to combine thoroughly. If batter is the right texture it will drop from spoon and hold its shape without being too stiff, nor too soft. To achieve that texture add more biscuit mix, a little at a time, while mixing or if too soft, work in a little more milk or club soda or 7-UP to achieve right texture.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonsful about 1/2 inch apart on lightly greased baking sheet. Spray tops of each biscuit lightly with Pam before baking. Bake at 450° about 8-10 minutes or til golden brown. To keep soft after removing from oven, spray each biscuit again very lightly with Pam.
Drain a 1 lb. can of blueberries and rinse in cold water. Drain and dust lightly but evenly in plain flour. Fold into the completed dough for the DROP BISCUITS (but do not use in the rolled and cut biscuits).
PANCAKES FROM BISCUIT MIX:
Beat together 2 c. biscuit mix, 2 beaten eggs and 1 c. either club soda or 7-UP til completely combined. Allow batter to stand at least 5 minutes before using. Allow 1/4 c. batter for each 5 inch round pancake. Prepare on hot, lightly oiled griddle, turning once to brown each side.
(makes 1 dozen pancakes)
Follow directions for preparing blueberries (as given in blueberry biscuits above), folding into batter as last ingredient.
COFFEE CAKE FROM BISCUIT MIX:
2 c. biscuit mix
2 T. sugar
1 beaten egg
2/3 c. milk
Combine ingredients as given, using electric mixer on low speed, just to dissolve the dry ingredients completely. Pour into a greased (9 inch) layer pan. Top batter with about HALF of the streusel topping mix (recipe to follow). Bake at 400° about 25 minutes or til toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack few minutes before spooning over it some canned, ready to use, vanilla frosting; use just enough to barely cover top and be sure not to disturb streusel in doing so. Cut into wedges.
STREUSEL TOPPING MIX:
1 c. biscuit mix
1 c. packed light brown sugar
2 T. cinnamon sugar mix (to follow)
6 T. margarine, sliced in bits
Combine it all til crumbly. Refrigerate in covered container to use up within a few months.
(makes 2 1/2 cups mix)
CINNAMON SUGAR MIX:
1/4 c. granulated sugar
1/4 c. powdered sugar
1 t. cornstarch
3 T. ground cinnamon
Mix well together and store in covered container, at room temperature, to use up within few months.
(makes 3/4 cup mix)
IMPOSSIBLE CHEESEBURGER PIE:
1 lb. ground beef
1 c. chopped onion
1/2 t. salt (optional)
1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 c. biscuit mix
1 c. milk
Grease a (9 inch) pie plate. Brown the beef in just enough oil to cover bottom of skillet, stirring with fork to crumble well. Add onion and cook and stir only til onion appears tender. Remove from heat. Spread in pie plate evenly. Sprinkle with salt. Sprinkle cheese over beef mixture. Stir remaining ingredients together with fork or wire whisk and pour over beef mixture. Bake at 400° about 25 minutes or til knife inserted into center comes out clean. Cut into wedges.
VELVET CRUMB CAKE FROM BISCUIT MIX:
1 1/2 c. biscuit mix
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. milk
2 T. cooking oil
1 t. vanilla
1 recipe broiled topping (to follow)
Beat all ingredients (except topping) in large mixing bowl, on low speed of mixer, til smooth. Scrape bottom and sides of bowl often. Pour batter into greased (8 inch square) baking pan. Bake at 350° for about 30-35 minutes or til tester inserted into center comes out clean. Immediately spread topping over cake.
Mix 2 c. flaked coconut and 1/3 c. packed light brown sugar with 4 c. chopped walnuts, 3 T. butter or margarine (sliced in bits) and 2 T. milk. When thoroughly combined, use as directed in above recipe, as topping.
TO BROIL TOPPING: Place topped caked 3 inches from broiler heat for 3 minutes or til browned. IF YOU DON'T HAVE A BROILER: Use the red handled igniter for charcoal fires. Ignite flame close to topping repeatedly until it begins to sizzle. When topping appears to be golden, remove to cool on wire rack about 10 minutes before cutting into 8 pieces to serve.
Homemade Biscuit Mix recipe is published in our May, 2001 Menu Minder.