Saturday, October 8, 2011

Frugal Biscuit Mix with Recipes

We have all been to the grocery store and are keenly aware of higher food prices and our eroding dollar. We really need to stretch our food dollar and be making more food at home. Here is a Master Mix Biscuit Mix with many variations that you can make with it. It is cheap and versatile. From biscuits, coffee cake and cookies, to taco pie and lasagne, this is a handy mix to have on hand. I have made many of the recipes, but am not fond of using biscuit dough for cinnamon rolls. I got these recipes when I was first married from the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Master Mix Biscuit Mix

9 C flour
¼ C baking powder
1 TBSP salt
1 ½ C non-fat dry milk
1 C + 2 TBSP shortening
Blend all ingredients with a pastry blender or in food processor. Store in airtight container for up to 9 months. I store mine in a large coffee can.

Master Mix Biscuit Mix Recipes

2 C. mix
2/3 C. water
Knead 15 times on floured board. Roll ½ in. thick, fold in half. Cut with biscuit cutter. Place on greased baking sheet. Bake at 450 for 10-12 min. Option, add more water and make drop biscuits.

Coffee Cake
2 C. mix Topping: ½ C. flour
½ C. sugar ¼ C. brown sugar
¾ C. water ½ tsp. cinnamon
1 egg 21/2 TBSP butter, cut into bits
½ tsp vanilla extract
2/3 C. blueberries or chopped apples with dash cinnamon (optional)
Mix batter just until blended. Pour into a greased 8 in. square pan. Mix topping and sprinkle over batter. Bake at 350 for 30-35 min.

Shortcake (preheat oven to 475)
2 C. mix
2 TBSP sugar
1/3 C. heavy cream
1/3 C. milk
1 TBSP melted butter
Mix dry ingredients. Mix in wet ingredients. Turn onto floured board and pat into a ½ in. rectangle. Cut with a biscuit cutter and put onto greased baking sheet. Turn oven down to 425 and bake for 12-15 min. until light brown. Split, butter and serve with fruit, cream etc.

English Muffins

2 C. mix
2/3 C. water
Knead 15 times on floured board. Roll ½ in. thick, fold in half. Cut with biscuit cutter. Dust with cornmeal. Cook in frying pan over low heat, turn and cook other side. Split and toast.

2 C. mix
1 C water
1 egg
Mix together. Fry on greased griddle, flip when craters form.

2 C mix
1 ½ C water
4 eggs
Combine in blender. Pour ½ C batter in buttered 8” fry pan until dry on top. For crepes, flip and cook other side. Remove and place between sheets of wax paper. Fill as desired.

2 C mix
2 TBSP melted butter or vegetable oil
1 egg
1 1/3 C water
Combine all ingredients. Bake in waffle iron until done.

Cinnamon Rolls

3 C. mix
½-2/3 C. water
2 TBSP sugar
Knead 15 times on floured board. Roll to ¼ in thickness. Spread with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon (raisins optional). Roll up, cut into ¾ in. thick slices and bake at 400 for 10-15 min.

Pizza Crust
3 C mix
¾ C water
Mix together to make dough, roll or press out. Put on pizza wheel dusted with corn flour, or press into a greased pan. Add your favorite toppings and bake at 450 for 10-15 min.

Meat Roll Ups

3 C. mix
½ -2/3 C. water
Mix ingredients. Knead 15 times on floured board. Roll into a rectangle to ¼ in thickness. 1 C leftover meat, chicken or fish. Chopped onion & celery (optional). Spread over dough. Cut into ¾ in. slices and place on greased baking sheet. Bake at 400 for 12-15 min. Serve with cheese sauce, white sauce or gravy over top.

Pizza Pockets or Pasties

3 C mix
½-2/3 C water
Meat, cheese, vegetable, and white or tomato sauce of choice.
Blend mix and water. Roll out onto floured board. Cut into 8x8 rectangles. Spread with meat, vegetable and sauce of choice on one ½, fold over and seal edges. Prick with fork. Bake at 375 for 12-15 min.

Peanut Butter Cookies

3 C mix, 1 C sugar
1/3 C water, 2 eggs
1 C peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla.
Mix ingredients, drop by teaspoon onto greased baking sheet, flatten with fork. Bake at 375 10-15 min.

Oatmeal Cookies
3 C mix
1 C sugar
1/3 C water
2 eggs
1 C rolled oats
½ tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
Mix ingredients until blended. Drop by teaspoons onto greased baking sheet and bake at 375 for 10-15 min.

2 C mix
¼ C sugar
½ C water
2 eggs
½ C molasses
½ tsp cinnamon,
½ tsp ginger
Mix ingredients until well blended. Pour into 8x8 in greased pan. Bake at 375 for 35-40 min.

Basic Muffin Recipe
3 C mix
½ C sugar
1 C water
2 eggs
1 add-in (3/4 C diced apple & dash cinnamon, or ¾ C blueberries, or 1/3 C cooked, crumbled bacon, 3/4 C chocolate chips + 1/2 C cocoa powder, or 3/4 C mashed banana & dash nutmeg)
Blend ingredients until just moistened. Use liners or grease 12 muffin tins. Bake at 400 for 20 min.

Flip Flop Pizza
1 ½ C mix ½ tsp basil
1 # ground meat 1 ½ C grated cheese
½ onion, chopped ½ tsp salt
1 clove garlic, minced ¼ tsp pepper
1- 15 oz can tomato sauce 6 TBSP water
½ tsp oregano
In oven proof skillet, brown meat, add onion & garlic and sauté. Drain off oil, Add tomato sauce, herbs, 1 C cheese, salt and pepper. Simmer 10 min. In bowl, add 6 TBSP water to master mix, shape into a ball and knead 5-6 times on floured board. Roll into circle the size of the skillet. Place on top of meat mixture and bake at 450 for 12-15 min. Let rest 5 min. Flip skillet over onto baking sheet and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Or, serve from skillet and sprinkle cheese on top.

Layered Tostada Bake
1 C mix ½ C cornmeal
1 # ground meat
½ C chopped onion ¼ C milk
1 pkg. taco seasoning 2 eggs
1- 8 oz can tomato sauce 2 TBSP oil
½ C sliced olives 2 C grated cheese
1- 16 oz can refried beans 1 cup sour cream
1- 4 oz can green chiles
Brown meat and sauté onion, drain. Combine taco mix, tomato sauce, olives, beans and chilies; stir into meat & set aside. Stir master mix, corn meal, milk, 1 egg and oil, beat until moist. Spread into greased dish, spoon meat mixture over top. Combine cheese, 1 egg and sour cream, spread over meat. Bake at 375 for 30-35 min.

Taco Pie
1 1/3 C mix 1 ½ C milk
1 # ground meat 3 eggs
½ C onion, chopped 1 C grated cheese
1-4 oz can green chilies chopped lettuce and tomatoes
1 pkg. taco seasoning
Brown meat and drain. Combine meat, onion, chilies, and taco mix. Sprinkle into pie pan. Blend together eggs, and master mix. Pour over meat mixture and bake at 350 for 50 min. Top with cheese, lettuce and tomatoes.


2/3 C master mix ½ tsp salt
½ C cottage cheese ¼ tsp pepper
¼ C grated parmesan 1- 6 oz can tomato paste
¼ C cheddar 1 C grated M. Jack cheese
1 #b cooked ground meat 2 eggs
1 tsp basil 1 C milk
1 tsp oregano
Grease pan. Mix cottage cheese, parmesan, and cheddar and spread in dish. Combine meat, herbs, salt and pepper, tomato paste, and ½ C jack cheese- spoon onto cottage cheese mixture. Top with remaining jack cheese. Blend master mix, eggs and milk. Pour over ingredients in pan. Bake at 400 for 30-35 min.

1 C mix ½ C mayonnaise
12 slices bacon, cooked, crumbled 1/8 tsp salt
1 C grated swiss cheese 1/8 tsp pepper
3 eggs lettuce and tomatoes
1 ½ C milk
Place bacon and cheese in a baking dish. Blend master mix, eggs, milk, mayonnaise, salt and pepper and pour over bacon and cheese. Bake at 400 for 30-35 min. Top with lettuce and tomatoes.


  1. Hey Rose,

    Do you store your mix in the pantry or refrigerator? I would love to make some of this up as a gift and print a little recipe book with it.

  2. Mamma Bear,

    I store the mix in my pantry in a large coffee can, and it keeps very well. I love how it is so versatile. My daughters use it all the time to make pancakes. The shortening gets broken up better if you use the food processor.


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