Welcome back to Fabulously Frugal Friday!
And oh, do I have something this week that you are going to cheer and hug me for.
For those of you who have been with me for quite a while,
you know all about how big I am on Master Mixes for your kitchen.
Â They save time,
they save you money,
and you look like an amazing cook all at the same time.
Personally, it doesn’t get much better than that around here. 🙂
Well… I have been playing around with mixes for a couple months, trying to decide which new ones I want to put up in the E-Book I am preparing for release this fall that contains ALL my Master Mixes for my readers. If you have been poking around in the archives, you know all about my series
Â Making DO Without Missing A Thing
, and know all about the numerous master mixes I shared on there in an effort to help you get your grocery budget under control and putting more money back into your pocket. I feed my family of five for right around $200 a month, even with the increase in grocery prices, and I wrote that series to help others do the same thing.
It would be hard for me to choose which one of my Master Mixes is my favorite, but this one is quickly moving its way to the top of the list if my family can vote.
Have I tortured you enough?
Well, all right then, the new Master Mix is for
~Fabulously Frugal Muffin Breads~
as in a wonderful recipe that you can use both as a quick bread in a pan,
and also as a muffin if you choose, with endless varieties!
Are you interested yet?
Well, feast your eyes on the three latest varieties that I made up today just for your viewing pleasure!
From left to right: Cinnamon Walnut Banana Bread,
Sweet Cream Mulberry Bread,
and Chocolate Coconut Muffin Bread
Do you have a favorite fruit? flavor? then you can work it into this recipe. Do you have a women’s function coming up and want to bring a variety of sweet breads, but don’t want to mess with a bunch of different recipes? Want to have one baking day every couple of weeks, but a freezer full of snacks you just have to thaw out for the family?
Then this one is for you.
I am dreaming of variations like Peaches and Cream, Honey Almond Chia, and Harvest Pumpkin.
You are limited only by your imagination.
For those of you who have never even heard of a Master Mix, NO, it is not some crazy type of music.
(I know that caught some of you who Googled it.)
It is a large batch of a basic recipe that you can use to make many different types of one item, and is much faster and easier to use than making one batch after another of something. Most people are familiar with things like Bisquick, Pancake Mix, Bagged Cookie or Brownie Mix…etc. Those are all Master Mixes. But if you make your own, and learn how easy it is to start using them, you can really start shaving money off your grocery bill, provide a healthy and filling snack or meal for your family, and pay that money right back into something else you can use it on.
I store all my Master Mixes in Large coffee cans that have already been cleaned, with the recipe written on the outside. That makes it easy for me to replace it when a jar wears out, and also to make another batch without having to find the recipe card.
The recipe is right below this so that those of you who copy and paste to save it to your binders don’t have to cut out a bunch of stuff.
Have a WONDERFUL weekend,
And Many Blessings to You and Yours,
Fabulously Frugal Muffin Bread Master Mix: (makes 4 batches)
10 cups flour (I use half wheat and half white for a hearty, but not heavy, loaf)
2 cups dark brown sugar
2 cups white sugar (I use all dark, but this is for all of you getting started)
4 TBS baking powder
4 tsp salt
1 cup dry powdered milk (or omit this and use 1 c. milk when making up a batch)
Mix these ingredients really well with a whisk and then put into a cleaned jar or can with these instructions on the side:
FOR ONE BATCH OF MUFFIN BREAD:
To 3 cups of mix add the following: 3 TBS oil, 1 cup milk (or water if you added powdered milk), 2 eggs, and 1/2 cup wet ingredient and/or 1 cup dry ingredients.
*(In other words, if you are making the Banana mix above, you would take 3 cups mix and add: 1 cup milk, 3 tbs oil, 2 mashed bananas, and 1 cup broken walnut pieces, as well as 2 tsp cinnamon.)
*(Sweet Cream Mulberry uses half and half as well as milk, plus 1/2 cup fresh mulberries)
*(Chocolate Coconut was 2 Tbs baking cocoa plus 1/2 cup coconut added in to the recipe)
**For each batch you can add up to one cup of dry additions, and 1/2 cup of wet without changing the ingredients listed. I use dried fruit often, such as in the Mulberry bread, and I make sure to soak the berries for 10 minutes in boiling water from my teapot before adding them to the mix, but then nothing changes.
If you have any questions, please ask! 🙂
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