You don't have to wake up extra-early to bake something from scratch for breakfast -- even on weekday mornings. With a batch of this versatile baking mix in the refrigerator or freezer, you'll never be more than minutes away from tender, tasty, fresh-from-the-oven biscuits, scones, and muffins. Get started with Cheddar-Pepper Drop Biscuits, Lemon-Raisin Scones, and Banana Bread Muffins.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Whisk together sugar, baking powder, salt, and flour. Stir in butter.

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Cook's Notes

The secret to the flakiest baked goods? The butter needs to be distributed in small pieces throughout the flour. It's much faster to stir in grated frozen butter (use the large holes of a box grater) than to cut in cold butter with a pastry blender or to use your fingers.

Variations

For a whole-wheat version, replace 2 cups of the all-purpose flour with whole-wheat flour.

Reviews (5)

96 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 22
  • 4 star values: 37
  • 3 star values: 25
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2018
Awesome to have the baking mix on hand - I put in the freezer and pull out to make during the week after work. I love the cheddar biscuits minus the pepper!
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10/11/2015
Although I haven't made this recipe, someone said it was terribly salty when they tried it. I have a different recipe that uses only one tablespoon of salt to 9 cups of flour. So if Martha's ratio seems overly salty to you, I'd suggest using a scant tablespoon* instead of the measure given in the recipe, especially if you're using regular table salt vice the coarse salt called for. You can always add more if it's not enough. *That's 2 1/2 teaspoons for those who like exact measurements. ;-)
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01/22/2015
Three recipes are associated with the Homemade Baking Mix: Cheddar-Pepper Drop Biscuits http://www.marthastewart.com/1087655/cheddar-pepper-drop-biscuits Lemon-Raisin Scones http://www.marthastewart.com/1087656/lemon-raisin-scones Banana Muffins http://www.marthastewart.com/1087654/banana-muffins Enjoy!
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01/22/2015
Don't mean to sound like a dummy, but the Baking Mix make ahead and store recipe fails to tell you what liquids and how much to use. I would appreciate someone telling me the secret to this. Do you recommend milk, buttermilk, water or what? Thanks!
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10/26/2014
Que - How long will this last? I see that I can store it in the fridge - What is the shelf life for this?