Or maybe the title should read pretty much exactly like Bisquick pancake mix except slightly cheaper, probably. I don’t know. I’ve never actually priced it. Making my own homemade pancake mix just means I can throw it together whenever I want versus having to buy it at the store.
You see, we eat a lot of pancakes around here. And crepes, too, but more often it’s Saturday morning pre-dance pancakes, P. style. That just means they look like this:
Look, I actually don’t have anything against Bisquick. Many of my mom friends love it. I was under the impression that it was full of preservatives or whatever, until I looked at the ingredients and found that most of the unpronounceable ingredients are, in fact, leavening agents. But I’m cheapskate and we buy flour in bulk so it’s (probably) less expensive for me to whip up some homemade Bisquick using what’s already on hand than to buy the real thing. Sorry, megafoodcorp!
Here’s what you need:
- 4 cups flour
- 2 tsp. salt
- 4 tbsp. baking powder
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 2 tbsp. cornstarch
- .5 cups shortening
And here’s what you do:
Step A: Whisk the dry ingredients or, hey, sift them if you have a fancy sifter like grandma used to use. Hint: You can leave out the sugar if’n you like.
Step B: Cut in the shortening using a pastry cutter or with a plain old fork if you don’t have a fancy pastry cutter like mine.
Step the Next: Take two cups of your pancake mix, and stir in one cup of milk (in our case it’s soy), two eggs, and a couple splashes of water to thin it out as much as you like. Don’t overmix, you crazy monkey, or your homemade pancakes are going to turn out dense instead of fluffy! Food coloring? If you like. Add some chocolate chips if you want. Then fry it up in butter or oil or lard or bacon grease or Earth Balance or whatever you happen to like, making the pancakes themselves whatever size you happen to like.
That’s all there is to making homemade Bisquick pancake mix! Keep some around and you can have perfect fluffy pancakes any time… even on busy Saturdays.