As many of you know, Gluten-Free Bisquick is now out in stores. I had an opportunity to try it for the first time thanks to My Blog Spark and General Mills. Not only did they send a box of GF Bisquick, but I also received a cast iron pancake pan, a spatula, and a bottle for squeezing pancake batter in fun designs.
Bisquick Gluten Free vs. Original Bisquick
When you hear “Bisquick” you can’t help but compare it to the original, gluten-filled Bisquick. Obviously, it uses different flour (rice flour and potato starch), but there are two other differences that might surprise you. First is the size of the box. It is not as large as regular Bisquick and is about the size of a Betty Crocker gluten-free cake mix box. It’s not too surprising since gluten-free is always more expensive. A small box keeps the price down. Just don’t expect to make a lot from one box.
Second, it does not contain any fat. Regular Bisquick basically has shortening mixed in; the GF Bisquick does not. I don’t necessarily see this as a bad thing, because it gives you the option of choosing what fat you want to use. For example, if I use shortening, it is Spectrum brand which is not hydrogenated. However, this difference does mean that you can’t use an old recipe that called for regular Bisquick without making adjustments for the fat.
Trying it Out
I stuck with the recipes on the box and make half a batch of pancakes and a full batch of biscuits, and that used the whole box. I was anxious to try the cast iron pancake pan. The circles on the pan are very small and I thought it would take forever to make a batch of pancakes. I was wrong, though. While the pancakes turn out small, they are thick because the batter is held in place and doesn’t run. I used the pan for Bisquick pancakes and my butternut squash pancakes and found the small size to be fun. The pancakes in the picture are on a small plate, making it more difficult for you to tell the size.
The pancakes and biscuits were good. They weren’t great. I’ve had better and I’ve had worse. The rice flour makes them a bit heavy, but my kids liked them and no one complained. My only criticism would be the lack of whole grain flour. If I’m feeding pancakes or biscuits to my family as part of a meal, I would like them to have more nutrition. I also think other flours give it a nicer texture. But as I said, they weren’t bad, just not great.
For someone new to the gluten-free diet, or someone who doesn’t do much baking and prefers not to have lots of gluten-free flours and ingredients in their cupboards, or for someone who likes to have a quick and easy back-up mix, this is a reasonable choice.
If you would like to try Gluten-Free Bisquick, you can enter the giveaway below. You can also print a $1 coupon.
Note: The General Mills line of gluten-free products including the Bisquick, Betty Crocker mixes, and Chex cereals are made in a gluten-free processing facility. However, I don’t believe they are part of any gluten-free certification program. That is something I would like to see happen. I am glad to know that they are a proud sponsor of the Celiac Disease Foundation.
Through My Blog Spark, Bisquick is providing a prize pack giveaway like the one I received. To enter, leave a comment on this post. You must leave separate comments for each entry. Please make sure I have a way to contact you. Up to four entries per person:
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The giveaway will end on Tuesday, October 12th at 11:00 p.m. eastern time. After the winner is contacted, I will announce the winner on my Facebook page.