When I was a little girl one of the things I would look forward to was Saturday mornings. Not because I knew I could watch cartoons all day, but because I knew that Saturday meant one of two things: pancakes or waffles. During the week it was always cereal. Rice crispies, corn flakes, or raisin bran. Gag me with spoon. They got soggy too fast.
But Saturday, no one had to work and we could spend time on breakfast. No rushing, no missing the bus, no fighting for the bathroom, just homemade breakfast.
Pancakes or waffles with a healthy side of bacon is what my aunt made for us. She started by grabbing a big yellow box of baking mix and had waffles hot off the iron one after another, like a country club Sunday brunch pro.
Yes, you can go out and buy a big yellow box of baking mix, but you can also make it yourself. It's only four ingredients and a great thing to have in your pantry. When you make this diy baking mix yourself, you know exactly what is going into it. You can use shortening or lard. I have seen some recipes that use butter. Do what you like. I use palm shortening from tropical traditions, but if you want to use baking sticks that will work just fine too.
- 9 cups all purpose Flour
- 1/3 cup baking powder
- 4 teaspoons salt
- 1 3/4 cups palm shortening
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in the shortening using a pastry blender or a fork. The mixture should resemble coarse corn meal once all the fat is incorporated.
- Store the baking mix in a tightly covered container in a cool dry place. Be sure to lighten the mix with the fork before measuring. It has a tendency to settle and compact.
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