Bake the Bag, Week 9

Happy 2019 everyone – and happy one year blogiversary for me!

To start off this year I’m finishing off King Arthur Flour’s Bake the Bag challenge with Homemade Whole-Grain Pancake Mix. I must admit that I was pretty disappointed to see the final 4 cups of this expensive White Whole Wheat flour being used in this way, but because that is the set challenge, I decided to go with it anyway.

The method is really simple, it’s just a matter of grinding oats down and then stirring it together with white whole wheat flour, normal white flour, salt, sugar, baking powder and bicarb soda, and then slowly incorporating 1 cup of vegetable oil. The recipe says it makes 10 cups of dry mix, but this yielded about 8 cups for us and fit perfectly into one of my favorite Kmart plastic containers.

The mix has a 2 week shelf life, longer if you put it in the fridge, but seriously, who has the fridge space?! I wrote the ingredients for turning it into pancakes on top of the container with a white board marker and then set Aaron with the task of using it to make my favorite blueberry pancakes.

The result was pretty good but really took on that vegetable oil flavor. This kind of put me off and given the oil also makes them that much fattier than our go to pancake recipe, it’s not going to be a repeat in our house after we get through the mixture. I asked Aaron what he thought of them as he cooked them and he said it took him longer and they didn’t hold together as well as his normal recipe. That right there is a nail in the coffin.

So how do I rate the Bake the Bag challenge? I’d say it’s somewhere just above the middle, like a 6/10. There were really only 2 recipes I would make again to see how they fair with regular wholemeal flour, those being the brownies and the carrot cake. And while I think the White Whole Wheat Flour is a good product, I’ll leave my rating to one side until I get that chance.

This recipe can also be found in King Arthur Flour’s Whole Grain Baking, Food52 Baking Club‘s book of the year for 2019.