Easy Recipe Idea: How to Make Your Own Pancake Mix
Making your own convenience mixes is surprisingly easy. Many frugal shoppers choose to save money by making their own mixes rather than purchasing more expensive pre-packaged options.
Making your own mixes from bulk ingredients allows you to control the contents of the foods that your family eats. You can significantly reduce your family's consumption of preservatives by choosing to make your own food mixes. Making your own mixes can also have a positive impact on the environment by reducing your use of small, individually packaged items.
Easy Homemade Pancake Mix Recipe
Equipment Needed: Food processor
- 8 cups of whole wheat flour
- 4 ½ cups of white flour (not self rising)
- 2 ½ cups of dry milk powder (nonfat)
- 1 ½ cups of sugar
- ¾ of a cup of wheat germ (toasted)
- 1/3 of a cup of baking powder
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- 2 cups of shortening
Place all ingredients in your food processor. Pulse until well combined and mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Place in an airtight canister or other container and store in a cool and dry location. Mix will keep for up to six months if stored properly
Making Pancakes with Your Homemade Mix:
The above recipe for pancake mix will make approximately eight batches of prepared pancakes using the following recipe:
- 2 ¾ cups of pancake mix (recipe above)
- 1 egg
- 1 ½ cups of water
Note: Homemade mixes are likely to prone during storage. Be sure to spoon homemade mix into a measuring cup to measure rather than scooping it out of the container.
Heat your electric pancake griddle, or allow a non-stick skillet to heat over medium heat on the stove. Combine all ingredients, mixing well with a whisk. Use a soup ladle or measuring cup to drop approximately ¼ cups of mix at a time on cooking surface to form circles. Cook until first side is brown, and flip with a spatula to cook the second side. Serve immediately with butter and syrup, or your other favorite pancake toppings.
Pancake Topping Suggestions:
The following pancake toppings are great variations for pancake meals. When you want something a little more adventurous than pancakes and syrup, consider trying one of the following:
- Fresh apples sautéed in butter and cinnamon
- Canned apple pie filling
- Canned cherry pie filling
- Fresh blueberries and whipped cream
- Fresh strawberries and whipped cream
Another great way to vary the flavor of your pancakes is by stirring in additional ingredients prior to cooking. Try adding the following items to pancake batter for an interesting take on pancakes:
- Chopped pecans
- Fresh blueberries (do not use frozen, the pancakes will be too soggy)
- Cooked chopped ham
- Crumbled cooked sausage
Waffle Recipe Variation:
You may also use this mix to make waffles. Simply pour prepared recipe into a preheated waffle iron instead of using a pancake griddle or cooking on the stovetop.
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