Monday, January 8, 2018

Master Mix

I finally, after years of searching,  found my recipe for Master Mix.  Or at least one of the two recipes I know I have. 
I had one written down on a yellow legal pad, but it went missing a couple of moves ago, and I've been searching for it ever since. 
At least every time I thought about the mix, I'd look and then get side tracked by something else.

Then I found 'the recipe' and the little sneak was hiding in plain sight, right between the pages of one of my cookbooks. (I was actually looking for a 7 Minute frosting recipe at the time for this cake,
Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Cake

"The recipe"  was in the cookbook I received when I took Home Ec in high school. It's called Recipes for Young Adults and was put out by the B.C. Sugar Refining Co.   I love this cookbook, it's got just plain basic recipes and a lot of them are really good.  I've made the Lazy Daisy Cake quite a bit, it's one of those quick and easy cakes, you whip it up, it looks great and tastes wonderful. 

But this is about Master Mix.  I guess it's kinda like Bisquick, but so much better because you know what's in it.  
This is one of those very few recipes that I'll actually use shortening in.  And as it just so happened, I had some butter flavored Crisco in the pantry.  
The full recipe actually makes a lot, so I've cut it in half, and then I keep what I don't use in the freezer and pull out enough to make one of my favorite desserts from it.
And over the years I did refine this a little, cause I could.
Yield: 7 cups

Master Mix

This mix keeps well in the cupboard or in the freezer and is great to have on hand to make up a quick dessert or coffee cake.
prep time: 15 MINScook time: total time: 15 mins


  • 1/2 cup powdered milk
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup baking powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Cream of Tartar
  • 2 tsp. Sugar
  • 1 cup shortening


  1. Sift all dry ingredients together at least 3 times.
    Cut in shortening until it resembles cornmeal.
    Store in ziploc bags in freezer if not using within 1 month.  Otherwise store at room temperature in sealed container.   To measure out, pile lightly into a cup and level with a spatula. 
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So there you have it, a mix you can keep on hand and use to make not only my favorite Baked Chocolate Pudding, which I'll tell you about later on, but you can also use this mix to make Coffee Cake or Donut Muffins which are really good as well.  
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Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

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