I rarely make pancakes at home, but for some reason I always crave them during the long, leisurely mornings of a vacation. And I like to keep those mornings leisurely by bringing along my own DIY pancake mix.
I simply mix together the dry ingredients for my favorite pancake recipe and write the wet ingredients needed on the outside of the bag. I don't have to bother separately packing ingredients like flour, baking soda or baking powder and, even better, making from-scratch morning pancakes is almost as easy as using a boxed mix, but a lot tastier.
Of course, as reader keltrue mentioned in the comments of my post on 10 Things to Pack That Make Cooking on Vacation Easier, you don't have to stop with pancake mix. If you plan on making a certain cake, cobbler or other baking recipe while you're out of town, you can mix together the dry ingredients beforehand and pack them with instructions for mixing in the wet ingredients.
And if you want to make pancake mix in bulk, Alton Brown has a recipe with easy-to-measure proportions — perfect for all those leisurely mornings ahead.
→ Get the recipe: "Instant" Pancake Mix at Food Network
Do you ever make your own baking mixes?
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