Betty Crocker, a major food brand, has joined in on the gluten-free market. Bisquick Gluten-Free Pancake and Baking Mix is here. Lucky for us! With the familiar name of Bisquick on the box, I had to try it. Besides, I had to find something to satisfy that occasional pancake craving.
Rice flour is the main ingredient, and it’s made in a gluten-free processing facility. It’s definitely not the healthiest gluten-free pancake mix out there (sugar is the second ingredient on the list), but these are the best gluten-free pancakes I have tasted. Use a tad less milk than called for on the box recipe, and they come out light, fluffy, and thick. Just like the pancakes you remember having before going gluten-free. In fact, I have several friends (who are not gluten-free) who tried the Bisquick gluten-free pancakes and reported that they couldn’t really tell the difference from regular pancakes.
I’ve tried just a few brands that taste good, like the Bob’s Red Mill pancake mix, but they all end up flat and thin with a bit of a grainy texture. So the Bisquick pancakes were such a nice surprise. They’re the complete pancake package: light, fluffy, thick, and great taste. I’m going to try a few other brands out there in the future to compare, but for right now Bisquick is a great option.
Bisquick has a lot of good specific information and FAQ on their website about cooking with the gluten-free mix. For instance, the gluten-free pancake mix can’t be substituted in other Bisquick recipes. However, they offer lots of specific gluten-free recipes on the Bisquick website. There’s even a product locator to help you find a local store that carries it. Another interesting little detail; it’s supposed to be refrigerated after the package has been opened.
Now I’m certainly not an advocate of processed foods; in fact, I try to stay away from them for the most part. But I’ve been learning that sometimes you have to cut yourself a break and allow a little indulgence now and again.