Tuesday, August 18, 2009

In the Mix

From the bean of Green Bean.

My eyes flicker open.

I hear voices, muffled by closed doors and 6 year old effort. Footsteps run back and forth from bedroom to bedroom, no doubt dragging a blanket full of stuffed animals or the fireman costume behind them.

Summer draws to a close and soon, mornings will be filled with frantically packed lunch boxes, congealed cereal that didn't get eaten before the carpool arrived, and mismatched socks that are "close enough." Until then, though, I've got a week's worth of mornings. Of dutch baby pancakes and clafouti for breakfast. Of trying new recipes and fiddling with eggs and flour and a smidge of honey. After that, it's all about mixes.

Oh, not Bisquick or some fancy Whole Foods brand that costs $6 to make four pancakes. My own mix. Made from ingredients I've chosen, purchased for a fair price and ready at my convenience without a shred of packaging. Convenience without the inconvenience.

Here's the recipe for a DIY pancake/waffle mix that I love (adapted from Country Living):

7 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
8 teaspoons baking powder
4 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons salt

Place ingredients in a large bowl and whisk thoroughly. Transfer to air tight canister and store for up to 3 months.

For pancakes: Put 2 cups of mix in a medium mixing bowl and add 2 egg, 2 tablespoons melted butter, 1 cup milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Stir until just combined. Make pancakes on a medium hot griddle.

For waffles: Put 2 cups mix in a medium mixing bowl and add 2 eggs, 2 tablespoons melted butter, 1 1/2 cup milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Stir until just combined. Make waffles on preheated waffle iron.


Turns out I'm not the only one thinking of saving time, money and packaging. Check out Small Notebook for a Simple Home for DIY bread mixes. Do you have any DIY mixes you love?


Farmer's Daughter said...

That's a good idea for busy mornings. Though I must confess that for the first month or so of school, my breakfast consists of an apple eaten in the car, and the core is carefully thrown into a cow pasture along the way. I don't get up in time to cook!

alisha said...

thanks for sharing this! i've been wondering how to make a pancake/waffle batter, but none of my recipes every broke it down so that i would have the choice to do one or the other.

Tammy James said...

I have done this before with cookie ingredients, its also a great idea to make up a batch and give pretty jar, containing the mix with instructions for making it up, as a gift : )

Daisy said...

Great idea! I might try it with a 2 to 1 ratio of white to wheat. I'm working on my family, moving them to better whole grains. They fight me on it, so I'm doing it gradually and sneaking it into my usual cooking and baking.

utahlawyer said...

Great post. I have a quick and easy pancake and waffle recipe. But, making a mix is even quicker and easier.

Green Bean said...

Abbie: We certainly have mornings that consist of cereal or toast but having a mix on hand increases the likelihood of something else.

Alisha: I looked and looked for one and turns out my mom's been using this one for a few years.

Tammy: Oh yes, I've seen people give cookie mixes before. Never gotten, or given, one but now I just might. :)

Daisy: I'm doing that too! We're up to about half and half and the locally grown wheat from our farmers' market is wheat so it is even more of an encouragement to get the whole grains in there. Besides, with a little syrup, who can tell the difference!

Utah: Excellent! Hope you enjoy it.


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