Biscuits make for a tasty breakfast and are relatively simple to bake. However, if you prefer to use fresher ingredients, you can substitute boxed biscuit mix with a made-from-scratch recipe. Whether you are looking to lose weight, stick to a raw or gluten-free diet, or you simply enjoy the baking process, plenty of biscuit mix substitutes are available.
While using store-bought biscuit mix is the least time-consuming way to make biscuits, you may prefer to use fresh ingredients and make biscuits from scratch. In this case, simply mix 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1 tbsp. vegetable shortening to create a substitute for biscuit mix. Follow your recipe to add any additional ingredients to create a tasty biscuit without the boxed biscuit mix.
If you have a gluten allergy, you definitely want to stay away from biscuit mix. Instead, make your own gluten-free mixture from scratch by combining 1 cup brown rice flour, 1 cup sorghum flour, 1 cup white rice flour, 1 cup sweet rice flour, 1/2 cup corn starch, 1/2 cup potato starch, 1/4 cup millet flour, 5 tbsp. potato flour per cup and 5 tbsp. xanthan gum. With your substitute mixture, combine the rest of the usual biscuit ingredients.
Food can lose some nutrients when heated, which is why some people choose to eat a raw diet to take advantage of nutrients found in uncooked food. Eating raw often involves a food processor, but can also save you time from baking. One substitute for biscuit mix is to make raw biscuits using 1 cup raw almonds, 1 cup shredded coconut, 3/4 cup of dates, 1 tbsp. sea salt and a 1`-inch piece of grated ginger. Combine the mixture in the food processor, roll into balls and refrigerate for several hours before eating.
Baby biscuits, or teething biscuits, work well for babies who are teething. However, if you don't want to feed your baby an average biscuit made with biscuit mix, make a healthier alternative by combining 1 cup flour, 1 cup dry infant rice cereal, bananas, ice water and 3 tbsp. cooking oil. Form little biscuits with your hands and bake for 10 to 12 minutes on a cooking sheet.
- Serious Eats; "Is Making Biscuits From A Mix Any Easier Than Making From Scratch?"; Allison Hemler; November 2008
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