What’s For Lunch?

Cheese biscuits, soup, and apples

The Biscuit recipe comes from The More-With-Less cookbook by Doris Janczen Longacre.

You can omit the powdered milk, but if you add powdered milk to the mix, then you only need to use water for the liquid in the recipes.

10 cups all purpose flour
6 T baking powder
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 T teaspoons salt
4 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar (it works without it)
2 cups dry milk powder
2 cups shortening, lard, or fat that does not require refrigeration (ie, not butter or margarine)
Makes 12.5 cups of mix

Biscuits: Place 2 cups Homemade Biscuit Mix in a bowl; make a well in center. Add 1/2 cup milk. Stir with fork just till dough follows fork around bowl. On lightly floured surface, knead dough 10 to 12 strokes. Roll or pat to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut dough with floured 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter. Bake on baking sheet in 450 degree oven 10 to 12 minutes. Makes 10.

Or… add extra liquid and make drop biscuits

OR…. use hands to mix/knead dough, then roll into a roll the size of your wrist and slice- like refrigerated cookie dough.

OR- roll as above, but use a pizza or pastry cutter to cut square biscuits instead of round- you have no scraps to reroll this way.

Scroll down for other suggestions as to what to do with this mix.

As I type this I am nibbling on a batch of cheesy garlic biscuits made using a recipe in Jonni McCoy’s Miserly Meals:

2 cups biscuit mix
2/3 cup water or milk
1/2 cup grated cheese (I only had presliced swiss for sandwiches, so I cut that in strips using my indispensable kitchen shears– a must have tool for all of us who find it hurts our hands to cut things using a knife)
2 Tablespoons melted butter
1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic (or more)

Combine, roll, slice into biscuits and place on baking sheet and bake at 450 for 10 minutes.

We had some leftover sliced onions from sandwiches Sunday afternoon, so I set each biscuit on an onion slice. Mmmmm.

Canned tomato or creamy bean- the bean is based on a recipe from the Country Beans cookbook:
Run four cups cooked white beans (navy) or two cans of prepared white beans through the blender- adding enough liquid to puree it and keep it a ‘soup’ consistency. Pour into saucepan and reheat, adding 2-4 Tablespoons bouillon (or cook the dried beans in chicken stock), salt, pepper, and odds and ends of your choice.
snipped green onions or leeks
chopped ham or turkey ham
tuna (add a splash of lemon juice)
diced carrot

Other uses for biscuit mix:

Muffins: Combine 3 cups Homemade Biscuit Mix and 3 tablespoons sugar. Mix 1 beaten egg and 1 cup milk; add all at once to dry ingredients. Stir till moistened. Fill greased muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake in 400 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes or till golden. Makes 12 muffins.

Pancakes: Place 2 cups Homemade Biscuit Mix in a bowl. Add 2 beaten eggs and 1 cup milk all at once to biscuit mix, stirring till blended but still slightly lumpy. Pour about 1/4 cup batter onto hot, lightly greased griddle. Cook till golden brown, turning to cook other side. Makes 10.

Coffee Cake: preheat oven to 375
Beat together in a bowl:
1/3 cup milk
1 egg

1/4 cup sugar
2 1/3 cups biscuit mix

Stir until well mixed. pour into greased 8 inch baking pah.

Combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, 3 Tablespoons margarine, 1/2 t. cinnamon, and an optional 1/4 cups nuts- sprinkle over the top,
Bake 25 minutes

(add raisins or chopped fruit to mix if desired)

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