Baker’s Corner All-Purpose Baking Mix

There’s something satisfying about making things from scratch. Not only is there a sense of accomplishment from making it all yourself, but there’s also the positive of having fewer additives, preservatives, and other strange-sounding ingredients. Made-from-scratch food often tastes better, too.

There’s a reason, though, why people don’t always make everything from scratch. There’s more planning and labor involved, which can be a problem if you’re busy or if you happen to be missing one of the ingredients. There’s also the risk of more things going wrong, especially if you make a mistake putting your recipe together. At the end of a hectic day, there’s nothing worse than botching dinner because you forgot a cooking step.

In some instances, one solution to this dilemma is to find a middle ground: finding products that offer shortcuts to parts of the cooking process while still letting the cook assemble parts of the recipe from scratch. You get good taste and somewhat fewer ingredients while also getting a little less hassle.

All-purpose baking mix is one solution. Now, you can make your own, and with fewer ingredients than store-bought mix. But virtually all grocery stores also sell baking mix in a box, Aldi included.

Baker’s Corner All-Purpose Baking Mix is a Regular Buy, meaning you can find it in stores all the time. A 40-ounce box costs, at the time of this post, $1.95, which is cheaper than baking mix that I’ve seen in any other store. The mix comes in a bag inside the box, and the box can be sealed with a tab. The bag isn’t too hard to open, and the box is narrow enough that I can usually pour what I need into whatever measuring container I’m using.

The back of the box has a nice collection of recipes, including pancakes, chicken fingers, biscuits, banana bread, and strawberry shortcakes. My guess is that most people use baking mix for biscuits or pancakes, although there are plenty of recipes out there beyond what’s on the box.

Baker's Corner All Purpose Baking Mix

The recipes on the back of the box. (Click to enlarge.)

I tested the mix on pancakes, following the box recipe. It wasn’t hard to put together, and the pancakes themselves were fantastic. They cooked up easily and the family devoured them. We’ve made pancakes from scratch before that were thick and hard to cook both on the inside and out, but these were thinner and cooked up evenly, bubbling when it was time to turn them over.

After our success with pancakes, we tried the drop biscuit recipe.

Biscuits and gravy

Drop biscuits made with the baking mix.

We served the biscuits topped with homemade sausage gravy. The biscuits were on the crumbly side and soaked up the gravy more than the canned biscuits we usually make do, but they were perfectly fine with our sausage gravy.

Biscuits and gravy

Drop biscuits with sausage gravy.

We also made banana bread with this mix, and it turned out good as well. The bread was soft and moist, and it didn’t last long in our house.

Baker's Corner All Purpose Baking Mix

Banana bread made with the Aldi baking mix.

Baker's Corner All Purpose Baking Mix

The banana bread didn’t last long in our house.

We haven’t tested the other recipes yet, but given how the pancakes, biscuits, and banana bread turned out, the baking mix appears to do what it’s advertised to do.

In terms of ingredients, there are some. This isn’t a made-from-scratch mix. It’s also not a processed food from a grocer’s freezer either.

Baker's Corner All Purpose Baking Mix

Nutrition and ingredients. (Click to enlarge.)

The Verdict:

Aldi sells a cheap, flexible, all-purpose baking mix that can help shorten the preparation process for a variety of foods. If you’d rather not make biscuits out of a can or pancakes out of a freezer, this might be what you’re looking for.

About Joshua

Joshua is the Co-founder of Aldi Reviewer. He is also a writer and novelist. You can learn more about him at www.joshuaajohnston.com.

4 Comments

  1. I mad biscuits with this mix and they were very bitter. Initially we thought the cranberry juice we were drinking was bad, but the orange and apple juices we had also tasted terrible. Turns out, it was the biscuits. Why?

  2. As of today 7-23-2021 the price is now $2.35. This was in West Palm Beach, Florida. Just some info so you can update the price. June.

    • Yes ,even in Montgomery County, Texas all our items at aldis plus all stores r Sky rockets in price .
      3 weeks ago I could get 2 beef steak tomatoes for 99 cents they were e $2.39 today ..
      Everything eggs use to be 79 cents are now 1.98 a dozen .
      This baking mix was for a 40oz box was 1.89 now is $3.19 .
      They r seriously over pricing everything even in our regular grocery stores ..I dont know if because all these parents thst got half price or free lunch for there kids during c .
      But omgish – people r not buying like cheap items in past…I tell u what if it was still b raising 3 kids ….id still buy items reasonable not OVER PRICED ITEMS …THESE BIG FS WILL B GONE IN NO TIME AN WHERE THRY COULD OF STOCKED UP 4 THE CHILDREN …IM GARDENING & FREEZING ALL I CAN AN VACUME PACKSGING ITEMS B4 WE CAN AFFORD IT OR CANT GET IT .
      LIKE YEAST √ĎAST YR .FLOUR, SUGAR AN MY SONS & I R GOING IN ON A 1/2 PIH & COW… THE WAY TO GO SOLAR GENERATOR …..KROGER GROCERY STORE R OUT OF VEGGOES IN CANS ….ALL KINDS ..THRY SHOULD OF PUT LIMITS B4 THIS FS RELEASE ….JUST SAD HOW THIS YOUNGER GENERATION DOESNTVTHINK ANOUT 4-6 MONTHS FROM NOWC
      IM GARDENING FREEZING, VACUME PACKA

  3. Hello Josette, Your prices are much worse than here. Just like this baking mix is $2.35 and yours is now $3.19. I feel sorry for you out there in Texas. Yes I agree so many of the prices have just skyrocketed, I try to garden a lot of food and one of the easiest is Bush Beans, BUT, I had a nice small crop growing and was so looking forward to picking them in possible two or three weeks time once they were just a little bit larger and I went out to find they had all been eaten. Same with my zucchini a crookneck squash. I have now discovered an IQUANA has been eating all my wonderful fresh veggies. I could cry. These IQUANA are very difficult to trap and it cost $50.00 per trap for them to come out and try to catch them. Plus I have no idea how many traps they would have to put out to make sure they get this animal. I thought it was bad with the squirrels, but these creatures just eat the whole crop in one go. Still all I can do is pray it goes away. We do not have Kroger here in Florida to my knowledge, I could be wrong. As far as veggies I go to local Green Markets and do the best I can but many of their prices have risen. I was bought up in the war years and am lucky because of this I know how to economize and make do with very little. I taught my children this and they are thankful to their Mum teaching them this way. My daughter has her whole garden as a Veggie garden with raised beds and she keeps many people supplied. She loves to garden but lives alone and when she gets a good crop she puts out a table in her front yard and has a sign “FREE FOOD” and before she knows it it has all disappeared and I am so proud of her doing this. It was good talking to you Josette, take care and keep a tight reign on those purse strings. Be safe. June.

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