I know this sounds like a really boring post, but once you have this, you can make a lot of really wonderful things in a very short period of time. My grandmother always has this on hand, and a couple of years ago she gave me the recipe. I didn’t really think I would use it, but after a couple of last minute breakfast guests, or deciding too late I needed a bread to serve with a soup/stew/chili, I had used up the container she gave me along with the recipe and decided that this stuff was worth having around. I think you will too.
7 cups flour (any kind you like, but I would cut it with some all-purpose or your biscuits will be too heavy)
4 Tbsp baking powder
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp sugar
Sift the above together in a large bowl, then cut in with a pastry cutter:
1 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter
I store mine in the fridge in a sealed container, but Grandma has always kept hers in a canister on the counter.
1 cup of the mix will make 3 good sized biscuits when mixed with 1/4 cup of milk or add an egg in there as well and you have scones, then bake at 425 for 12-15 minutes. I often add fresh herbs and grated cheese for a savory biscuit or some frozen berries and sugar for breakfast scones. The possibilities are only limited by your brain. Here is my family’s favourite combination.