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Make baking easier with Missouri Mix
Tammy Roberts, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Bates County, University of Missouri Extension
Missouri Mix is University of Missouri Extension’s make-at-home version of baking mixes that you can buy at the grocery store. Having this mix helps speed up the process when you want to make anything from biscuits to muffins to banana nut bread. It’s a simple, five-ingredient recipe that you can make to have on hand when you are in a hurry.
To make eleven cups of mix you will need:
- 8 cups of flour (all purpose, whole wheat or a combination of the two)
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
- 1½ cups shortening
Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. Sift to assure even distribution of the ingredients. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening until the mix is the consistency of cornmeal.
Missouri Mix can be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry location and will stay fresh for several months. If you would like to keep it longer, store it in the refrigerator or freezer. If you use whole wheat flour, the mix must be stored in the refrigerator or freezer because there is more fat in whole wheat flour and it can become rancid at room temperature.
To make biscuits, mix two cups of Missouri Mix with 1/2 to 2/3 cups of water. Use just enough water to make soft, nonsticky dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead about 10 times. Roll or pat out dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut out with a biscuit cutter and bake at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.
To make muffins, use 2 cups of Missouri Mix, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 egg, beaten and 1 cup of water. Stir sugar into the mix. In a separate bowl, mix the water and egg. Add the liquid to dry ingredients and stir for 15 strokes or just until blended. A few lumps are OK. Bake in well-greased muffin tin at 400 degrees for 20 minutes for 10-12 medium muffins. For a variation, you can add 3/4 cup peeled, diced apples, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg for apple muffins.
To use Missouri Mix in your home recipes, use 1½ cups of Missouri Mix for each cup of flour in the recipe. Leave out the leavening, salt, milk and fat in the recipe because they are already included in the mix. A great shortcut for your favorite recipes!
You can find more Missouri Mix recipes, including gingerbread, in the MU Extension publication The New Missouri Mix.
Last update: Tuesday, December 11, 2012