Biscuit Mix Making and Using Biscuit Mix for Quick Meals
Many times we wonder whether we can save some money by preparing our own mixes ahead and storing them for a busy day, but with so many good convenience products on the market, it may not always be worth the bother to make our own. Homemade biscuit mix is very easy and quick to put together. When you're done making the mix, you can use it in the recipes that follow.
Homemade Biscuit Mix
8 cups flour
1 1/3 cups nonfat dry milk
5 Tb baking powder
1 Tb salt
1 cup vegetable shortening, butter or margarine
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well with a fork. Work shortening with a pastry blender until very fine. Store in airtight container in a cool dry place
Deep Frying With a Homemade Batter—Using homemade biscuit mix
Chicken, fish and onion rings dipped in a homemade batter can make even ordinary meals special. The batter not only gives the fried food a special flavor, but also gives the meal a “personal touch.”
Deep Fried Chicken With a Homemade Batter—In preparing the batter for deep fried chicken, follow these procedures:
- 3 cups milk
- ¾ cup biscuit mix
- 1 egg
- dash of salt
- 1 (3 lb) chicken, cut up—or equivalent in separate pieces
- 2 Tb cooking oil
- dash of pepper
- Precook the chicken for about 1 hour. While the chicken is cooking, prepare the batter. Mix the egg, biscuit mix, milk and cooking oil together in a medium size bowl.
- Beat the batter until all the lumps are removed, then add a dash of salt, pepper and seasoning. Set the mixture aside until the chicken has been cooked thoroughly. Pour three cups of vegetable oil into a two-quart saucepan or deep fryer and heat to 350 degrees. Drain the chicken, reserving the juices for making chicken soup.
- Dip the drained chicken into the batter with cooking tongs. Allow about 30 seconds frying per piece of chicken; when you remove the chicken from the oil, place it on a platter. Place the chicken in a warmed oven until it is ready to serve.
Deep Fried Onion Rings
- 4 large white onions
- 1 cup biscuit mix
- 1 egg
- Dash of pepper
- 1 Tb cooking oil
- 1 ½ cups milk
- Dash of salt
- Preheat oil in deep fryer to 350 degrees. It is very important to have the oil at the peak of heat. We want it to fry the rings, not have the rings absorb the oil.
- Mix the biscuit mix, salt, pepper, milk and tablespoon of cooking oil in a medium size bowl. Slice the onions about ¼ inch thick with a sharp knife. Then separate the rings and set them aside until you are ready to use them.
- When the oil has reached 350 degrees, drop a few onion rings into the batter. Let them soak for a few seconds. Remove from the batter and drop onion rings into the hot oil for about 30 seconds. Remove the rings from the oil and place them on a platter.
- Repeat process until all rings are fried. Place fried onions in a warmed onion while preparing next batch.
Batter Fried Fish
- 6 medium sized fish-washed, skinned, de-boned and cut into 4-inch chunks
- 2 cups biscuit mix
- 2 Tb shortening
- Dash of salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 ½ cups water
- ¼ cup beer
- Dash of pepper
- Mix batter ingredients together in a medium size bowl, blending them thoroughly with a fork. Pour three cups cooking oil into a deep fryer or medium size saucepan. The cooking temperature should be 350 degrees. Then, with cooking prongs, dip the fish squares into the batter.
- Remove the fish from the batter and dip them into the hot grease for about one minute, turning the fish frequently. This allows the fish to cook evenly on both sides.
- Remove the fish from the fryer and drain in a basket lined with paper towel. This helps keep the fish from getting soggy and keeps the batter crisp.
In the event you are undecided in preparing your next meal, try using homemade batter; your family's smiles will make your efforts worth it.
Biscuits-using homemade biscuit mix
- 2 ¾ cups biscuit mix
- ¾ cup cold water
- Place mix in a bowl and, with a fork, stir in water. (A little more water may be added if needed to form a soft dough). Turn out on lightly floured surface and knead lightly. Roll or pat to about ½ inch thickness.
- Cut with floured 2 inch round cutter and put biscuits on a baking sheet.
- Bake in preheated oven at 425 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly browned.
- 4 cups Homemade Biscuit Mix
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 eggs, well beaten
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup softened butter
- Put mix in a bowl and add sugar. Stir, then add eggs and water. Mix lightly to form a soft dough.
- Divide in half and press half in greased deep 9-inch layer cake pan. Spread with half the butter.
- Spread remaining dough evenly over bottom layer, leaving top rough.
- Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 30 minutes. Separate layers and brush with remaining butter.
- Stack with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or sliced peaches between halves and on top.
- Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream
- For individual shortcake biscuits; knead dough slightly on floured surface.
- Roll dough ½ inch thick and cut with floured 3-inch cutter or a water glass.
- Bake on ungreased baking sheet about 10 minutes.
- Split and spread with butter before adding fruit and cream.