Saturday, July 17, 2010

Step Away From the Box Part Two

In a lot articles I have read recently about eating on a budget many have recommended making your own pancake and biscuit mix. I know on two separate Food Network shows; Nigella Express and Sandra Lee's Money Saving Meals they both gave recipes for their own mix. So a couple of weeks ago I went about doing it. I swear if Molly could eat pancakes every meal she would, this is one thing that she eats a lot of every time I make it and I wonder how she can pack it all away (I mean for a two year old she consistently eats like three pancakes!) I used Nigella's recipe, which is specifically for pancakes, however I did use it to make my strawberry shortcake scones, so it works for everything. The only thing is that it does call for a small amount of sugar, so if you were going to use the mix for something savory, like baked "fried" chicken for example you would just have to keep in mind it has a small sweet component. I have been very pleased with this mix and so I thought I would share it. I used an ikea plastic container and with a sharpie wrote some of the recipes out on it (pancake instructions, mix instructions, biscuits instructions, and chicken instructions). Overall I am very pleased, it couldn't be simpler to mix together and you are saving so much money, I mean really it is probably only 50 cents or less versus a $3 box that doesn't last very long.
So here is the recipe for the mix:
4 cups all purpose flour
3 tbsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp plus 2 tsp sugar

To make pancakes:
1 cup pancake mix
1 egg
1 cup milk
 1 tbsp melted butter
**It also makes wonderful waffles!

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