Pancake Mix – Not Just for Pancakes!

They might as well call it all-purpose mix. Oh wait they do… Bisquick or Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Pancake Mix can be used for probably hundreds of different recipes. Things from fried chicken, to brownies, pizza, and even French pastries can all be made using pancake mix. Definitely a good ingredient to stock up on. Check out my list of other ingredients!

Pre-made mixes for baking have probably been around for centuries. The idea is not hard to conceive. But, all-purpose baking mixes that we are used to seeing, brands like Jiffy, Betty Croaker, or Bisquick, all sprung up in the 20s and 30s.

Fried Chicken

Ingredients: All purpose baking mix, chicken thighs, one egg, milk, spices, vegetable oil

Directions: In one bowl, mix your egg with about a cup of milk. In another, mix about two cups of the mix with spices. Make sure to use A LOT of spices, nothing is sadder than bland fried chicken. Use pepper, salt, paprika and garlic powder. Dip the chicken in the dry mix first, then the wet mix, then the dry again. I suggest using one hand as your “wet mix” hand, and the other as your “dry mix” hand. This will prevent clumps of batter from forming on your finger. Nobody likes that. Fry the coated chicken in about a quart of vegetable oil heated over medium-high, until crispy. About 8 minutes.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Now, this is pretty straight forward. Just make you usual cookie recipe, but substitute the dry ingredients for pancake mix. However for demonstration purposes, I’m going to take the original Tollhouse recipe, and modify it for your reading convenience.

Ingredients: 2 and a half cups of pancake mix, 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened, 3/4 cup  granulated sugar, 3/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1 teaspoon  vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon  vanilla extract, 2  large eggs, 2 cups (12-ounce package)  of chocolate chips.

Directions: Preheat your oven to 375. Cream the butter, sugar and brown sugar in a bowl. Add your eggs one at a time, beating in-between additions. Gradually beat in the pancake mix. Stir in the chocolate chips, and bake on a sheet for about 10 minutes. Easy!

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