October 14, 2015
Save Time : Make-Ahead Baking Mixes
I love baking but sometimes I like things to come together a little more quickly so I will pre-mix baking mixes that I can throw together in a hurry. I find that the key to making baking mixes WORK for me is to mix up a couple ahead of time so I have a handful of baking options ready to go. Make-ahead baking mixes are perfect for this time of the year – get a jump on your holiday ‘baking’ by pre-mixing some ingredients now.
Baked Goods that work well for Make-Ahead Mixes:
- quick breads
TURN ANY BAKED GOOD RECIPE INTO A MIX
Curious how you can turn just about any baked good recipe into a baking mix? It’s so easy!
- Simply choose your favorite recipe and read it over to make sure it can be broken down into dry and wet ingredients.
- LABEL a zip top bag with the recipe title, the date, the wet ingredients you’ll need to add later – put specifics on it so you don’t need to grab the cookbook to bake the mix. Add baking instructions like bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.
- Gather the DRY ingredients and portion them into the zip top bag. As long as you are mixing up the mix, portion out 2-3 bags of the recipe so you can make the baked good more than once.
- Press out the air and seal the bag. Just about any dry baking mix will easily keep in your freezer for up to 6 months.
- Ready to bake? Let the mix come to room temperature on a kitchen counter.
- Use a whisk to blend/fluff up the dry ingredients.
- Mix in the wet ingredients and bake as the recipe directs.
ALL-PURPOSE BAKING MIX
You can take the baking mix to a different level and mix up a large batch of an all-purpose baking mix (think Bisquick) and keep that in your pantry or freezer to use for pancakes, biscuits, waffles, scones, etc.
I like this mix from King Arthur Flour – there are so many variations, you can really make this fit just about any diet or taste.
If you like this post, you’ll love the make-ahead cookie tip in this post!