Monday, March 29, 2010

Fun In The Kitchen

Today I developed an all purpose baking mix that I am quite pleased with! Here is the recipe to make it in bulk. I included the recipe for the biscuits pictured above. I hope to post more recipes using this mix, as I experiment with it. If you grind your own flour, You could store the mix in your freezer! Here it is:

All Purpose Baking Mix:

Combine in a large bowl: 5 Cups all purpose-unbleached flour, 5 Cups whole wheat pastry flour(the pastry flour makes a much lighter dough for baking than regular whole wheat), 1 1/2 tsp baking soda, 4 Tablespoons (aluminum free) baking powder, and 2 tsp sea salt. Whisk together and store in an airtight container.

Buttermilk Biscuits (using mix):

Cut 6 Tablespoons cold, unsalted butter into 2 2/3 cups mix. Mix lightly until mixture is crumbly. Stir in (very gently) 1 1/3 C buttermilk or a yogurt/milk mixture totalling 1 1/3 cups (this works well when you don't have buttermilk on hand). DO NOT OVERMIX! With your hands, pat out dough lightly onto a floured surface. Using the top of a floured glass or biscuit cutter, cut the biscuits out and place close together on a baking tray(I spray mine with oil). Bake at 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes. YUM! Another variation would be to substitue 3 TBSPs Olive Oil for the butter and add your favorite herbs(Rosemary would work well here). Enjoy!