Homemade Biscuits Easy with Pioneer

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Homemade biscuits with Pioneer

Today, I am excited – doubly excited. Triply excited, even.  For one, I get to show you all how to make homemade biscuits a whole lot quicker (this is how I make them on school mornings when we all seem to be running behind). For another, I get to tell you about a great company and the icing on the cake is, I get to bring you a giveaway!!

Since starting Southern Plate, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with people from several prominent companies. There is nothing I love more than finding out that the people behind a product I love are just downright nice folks. I tend to like products better when I know they are made by “people oriented” companies who haven’t lost touch with their consumer. If you’ll look at my sponsors: Hamilton Beach, Wilton, Southern Beauty, and Pioneer Brand, every one of these companies is just plain made up of nice people. I have personal contacts with each one of them and they are all just tickled with the amazing people who read Southern Plate!

Pioneer Brand is a company I have been wanting to work with for a while because I have a few recipes involving their products that I just dearly love for their taste, ease, and time saving help. I also love how very in tune they are with their consumer – as is clearly shown by the convenience of the packaging in their baking mix! Once I discovered Pioneer Brand Baking mix several  years ago, I would never want to use other brands.

Today I am going to bring you Homemade Biscuits with Pioneer. They are super easy, require only two ingredients, and allow you to turn out homemade biscuits with no fuss and little muss. I have a recipe on here for truly, made from scratch, buttermilk biscuits but I have to be honest with y’all – I am no different from you in that I just don’t have time for those very often! These are my “go to” biscuits on busy mornings or when I just need a good biscuit and don’t want to put all of the effort (or time) into it.

Instructions on how to enter are at the bottom of this post!

Homemade biscuits with Pioneer ingredients

To make Perfect Pioneer Biscuits, you need Milk and Pioneer Brand Baking Mix.

That’s it.

No really, I’m serious.

Pioneer packaging

The first thing that attracted me to this product was the packaging. Instead of that silly, messy, nonsensical box we have a nice canister style packaging here. Take our plastic lid off and you have this seal.

Pioneer packaging

Now just cut the end piece of the seal and we have a pourable canister :). There is also a piece of hard plastic that goes across inside the canister right beneath that dotted line to help reinforce this.

Homemade biscuits with Pioneer

Place three cups of baking mix into a bowl and add one cup of milk.

Homemade biscuits with Pioneer

Stir that up a bit until it is all moistened.

Homemade biscuits with Pioneer

I like to lay out a sheet of waxed paper to work with my biscuit dough on so I can just wad it up and toss it when I am done. Sprinkle a bit of pioneer or flour onto the paper.

Homemade biscuits with Pioneer

And spread it around well so your dough won’t stick when you pour it out. I am not actually spreading mine well enough so my dough is going to stick a little in the next few pics but I just did that on purpose so y’all wouldn’t feel bad if you did the same thing. ~grins and tries to sound convincing~

Homemade biscuits with Pioneer

Dump out your biscuit dough and sprinkle a little baking mix or powder onto the top.

Homemade biscuits with Pioneer

Now we have to knead it three or four times. In biscuits, as in life, it is important not to be overly “Kneady”. If you knead your biscuits too much, they will come out flat and hard.

I just pat my dough down and apply light pressure to spread it out a bit.

Homemade biscuits with Pioneer

Then I fold it over and pat it out again. At this point, I need to add some more baking mix or flour to that paper because that is why there is dough stuck to it so I’ll do that before I pat it out again.

My point is, pat it out, then fold it over and pat it out again and repeat that two more times and you have some nicely kneaded biscuit dough. 🙂

As far as not flouring my waxed paper enough, I’m gonna invoke the golden rule of parenting here : Do as I say, don’t do as I do. I don’t remember the last time I was able to do a tutorial without kids distracting me. They were fighting over who got to use the laundry basket as their personal boat as I did these.

Mental note: Buy two more laundry baskets so I can actually use one for laundry.

Homemade biscuits with Pioneer

Then I just kinda pat mine out like this. You can use a rolling pin but patting it out works fine.

I’m about to show you two ways to cut these. One is more traditional and the other is more streamlined, less wasteful, and easier – but it just feels odd to Southerners.

Homemade biscuits with Pioneer

This is a pizza cutter. I roll it a bit in some flour and then…

Homemade biscuits with Pioneer


But let me tell ya something, as neat as this is and as quick and easy, to a Southerner, there’s just something unnatural about a square biscuit :).

Homemade biscuits with Pioneer

Oh yeah, that’s more like it!!!

Homemade biscuits with Pioneer

Place these on a greased baking pan and I like to top mine off with just a light spraying of cooking spray to get them all prettified on the top when they are done. You can use melted butter for this or even a bit of cooking oil brushed on if you like. You can also omit this step entirely.

They bake at 450 for ten to twelve minutes.

Want to make these for yourself? Many Wal Marts carry Pioneer Brand baking mix and tons of grocery stores have it as well. My Wal Mart stopped carrying it ~sighs and shakes her head at Wal Mart~ so I get mine at the Piggly Wiggly!

If you’d like to have a case of Pioneer Brand Baking mix free, delivered straight to your door, leave a comment on this post and I’ll choose 3 winners next Monday!





Wanna really bowl ’em over?

Serve these with Crock Pot Apple Butter, Super Easy Peach Preserves, or Chocolate Gravy! (you can make Chocolate Gravy with Splenda, too!)

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  1. I have never tried to make homemade biscuits When I saw your recipe I could not resist trying to make. Great news Great biscuits Great recipe …

  2. Found pioneer At Food Lion years ago and was impressed with the packageing I decided to try it. My kids new wife and step kids all love it when I make Pioneer biscuits and pancakes. Am cobblers and dumplings too. Oh and goes good with BBQ (biscuits that is).

  3. We Pioneer Baking Mix! I let my granddaughter pick what she wants to add to pancakes, waffles or biscuits; add liquid of choice and every time, we have a winner. 🙂 Sometimes it is apple juice, oats and peanut butter to pancakes. To waffles, she likes bacon and maple syrup. To biscuits, she favors; sharp cheddar cheese, garlic, green onions and butter. She prefers drop biscuits so she can do it herself. The mix is completely versatile and lets us be creative in little time with little effort. The flavor is not over salty and leaves a lot of room for flavor exploration.

    1. Oooh…and try instant potatoes in drop biscuits. It’s great.

      Also, I have used Pioneer’s drop biscuit recipe for years for my chicken and dumplings. I add a pinch of salt to the dough but I also make a big batch in my dutch oven. 😉

  4. I love Pioneer Baking Mix and have found something nice about Pioneer brands. Pioneer Brown Gravy Mix gives you 2 (TWO) cups of gravy while more major and store brands only give you 1 cup of gravy.

  5. Oh my gosh, I LOVE those biscuits! They are so simple and so good! The problem is, I can’t find Pioneer Baking Mix up here in southern New Jersey. I originally found it at a Kroger supermarket in Harrisonburg Virginia while on vacation at Massanutten. Everybody in my house loved biscuits made with this mix. I went to a Kroger in Savannah Georgia this past summer, and got a few boxes, but I am out now and have no idea where to get more, and there are no Krogers or Publix in NJ. I would be very grateful if you or anyone can tell me where I can find this mix. I tried the Pioneer website, but they didn’t have an option to buy online. Thanks!

      1. Yeah, I tried Amazon….if I am willing to pay $16.99 for ONE box, or $25.99 for two boxes, I am in luck…Since I am a little too cheap to pay that much for a 40-ounce box of baking mix, I am up the proverbial creek without a paddle. I tried Walmart .com on multiple occasions, but every time I tried to enter my zip code, I got a vague “we are having difficulty with your request, please wait a few ,minutes and try again” So, no luck with Walmart either. All the Pioneer site offers is a generic list of stores for each state, that MAY carry the mix, but for New Jersey, all it lists is “Walmart”, and I have already been there, done that! I am not sure where else to try at this point.

        1. Oh my word!!!!!! They LIKE their baking mix a lot don’t they? The only other suggestion I have is to ask your local grocery store manager if they can get it for you. I have had mine get a couple of things that I requested that they didn’t normally carry. I am not sure what stores you have and if they do that there, I know that here you just have to ask at the customer service desk.

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