If you're the type of person who likes to save money on groceries, but hates sacrificing taste to do so, you're just like me. In addition to the lack of flavor, I also despise the added chemicals that are a part of most convenience foods. That being said, there are days when I don't feel well, I've got plans that require me to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible, and/or I'm just too danged
lazy tired to spend a lot of time preparing meals. Those types of days are the ones where I love reaching for a convenience mix or meal.
So in my effort to save a few dollars and some cooking time, but still have a grasp on what my family is eating, I've started making some of my own pantry staples. Items like homemade self-rising flour and cake mix have been huge kitchen time savers for me. This baking mix is no exception.
Aside of the time and money savings, I love that this recipe only requires FIVE ingredients! If you're trying to watch your sugar intake, it's made up with FOUR. If that's not something to shout IT'S YUMMILICIOUS about, I don't know what is. Plus, it's easy peasy to make a batch. If you have a food processor, it can be made up in less than 3 minutes. It's as simple as combining the dry ingredients and pulsing in the shortening. If you're using your own sweet hands to make this up, it'll probably take you a minute or two longer. That's FAR less time than it would take me in the check-out lane at the grocery store.
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- 8 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup baking powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 Tablespoons sugar (optional)
- 1 cup all-vegetable shortening
- Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl or the bowl of a food processor.
- If using a food processor, pulse to combine dry ingredients, then add shortening and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Otherwise, use a pastry cutter or your fingers to incorporate the shortening into the dry ingredients.
- Store tightly covered in a pantry or the refrigerator. Can also be frozen.