MINE: I put an exclamation point after the title of this post because I'm so excited about baking mixes right now!!!
If you ask anyone who knows me well, they'll tell you that I get really "into" something once I get started. I could name countless things that some believe I've become "obsessed" over, but I'll spare you the boring details. Suffice it to say I'm currently completely engrossed in making everything I currently bake into a convenient mixes, for me, and.... for you!
It's so, so easy to do. Simply quadruple the dry stuff in any baked goods recipe, mix the dry ingredients together, cut in the butter, if so called for, then divide into 4 parts and place into jars or ziploc bags. If there's butter in your mix, it must be refrigerated or frozen, otherwise it will keep on the shelf for months, even years. Make sure to label your mix, and write down which wet ingredients to add and the baking directions, and you're set!
I plan on blogging tons of mixes in the coming days and weeks, but I thought the best one to start off with would be one of my favorites... Crispy Creamy Doughnuts! If you'll remember, I found the original recipe HERE, at allrecipes.com, but to make the Crispy Creamy Doughnut mix, I had to mix things up a bit by making a couple of substitutions. And don't worry. I tried out this mix this evening, and these doughnuts were just as delightful as they always are. So here you go.... and you're welcome! :)
20 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons yeast (8 envelopes)
3/4 cup powdered milk
2 cups sugar
4 teaspoons salt
1 1/3 cup butter
Doughnut mix directions:
1. Whisk together all dry ingredients, then cut in butter until small crumbs form.
2. Divide mix into four parts, about 6 cups each, and place into Ziploc bags in the fridge or freezer. Mix will keep for about a month in the fridge and about 3 months in the freezer.
8 cups powdered sugar
1 1/3 cups butter
Icing mix directions:
1. Cut butter into powdered sugar until mix resembles small crumbs. Divide into four parts, and place in Ziploc bags. Store in fridge or freezer.
To make doughnuts and icing:
For the doughnuts:
1 package Crispy Creamy Doughnut mix
1 3/4 cup warm water (so warm that you can barely hold your hand under it as it comes out of the faucet)
1. In a mixing bowl, combine mix and water, then stir until water cools down. Add eggs. Knead mixture by hand, or in a Kitchen-aid with a dough hook for about 5 minutes. If mix is too sticky, add flour. If it's too firm, add water.
2. Let rise in a greased bowl until doubled in bulk, about an hour.
3. Roll out onto a counter about 1/2 inch thick and cut into desired shapes. For instructions on how to make the shapes pictured above, go HERE. Place doughnuts on greased cookie sheets to rise until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes.
4. Fry in hot oil until lightly browned on both sides, then let cool slightly for 5 minutes on a paper-towel-covered cookie sheet. While still warm, dip doughnuts in Crispy Creamy icing, then let cool on racks.
For the icing:
1 package Crispy Creamy icing mix
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 cup hot water
1. Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan until butter is melted and mixture is smooth. Turn off heat when icing begins to simmer.
Please let me know if these directions are confusing. It's late, and I'm tired, but I am willing to make the sacrifice and post this just for you! :) Love ya!
OURS: Okay, let's see what homemaking tips, recipes and how-tos you have to link up today. Can't wait and thank you so much. Have a great Homemaker Monday!
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P.S. My sister and I are finally getting skinnier!
See how we're doing it HERE! :)
See how we're doing it HERE! :)