I had seen the new Bisquick Gluten Free Pancake and Baking Mix at the grocery stores, but didn’t buy a box. I checked the price ($4.49 at my grocery store), the size of the box (16 oz.), and decided to wait until I needed a gluten-free baking mix. (I usually keep my pantry stocked with Pamela’s Baking and Pancake Mix.) Then, I received an email offering me a free sample of the Gluten-Free Bisquick mailed to me with a fun prize pack from Bisquick. I was happy to try the baking mix, but was impressed with the prize pack that came with it, too.The cast iron Swedish pancake pan looked interesting, but I haven’t actually tried it yet.
Instead we had fun making a variety of fun shapes with the Tovolo Pancake Pen. This is a great kitchen gadget for letting the kids join in on the fun. It really makes it so easy to create any shape you want. Since it was close to Halloween, we decided to make fun jack-o-lanterns. We used chocolate chips on some and cut bacon pieces for others. It was an instant hit! My husband got in on the act, too, and made ghosts, spiders, letters, etc. I can’t tell you how many pancakes it made because they were all so oddly sized and shaped. I made a double batch using 2 cups of the mix, and it was enough to feed my family of four.
The Bisquick is certainly different from the usual mix we use, as you would expect just by looking at the ingredients [Rice Flour, Sugar, Leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, monocalcium phosphate), Modified Potato Starch, Salt, Xanthan Gum. May Contain Soy Ingredients.]. The Bisquick is sweeter and has a finer texture. My kids were so excited about the shapes, they didn’t even seem to notice a difference in taste. The one drawback of the Bisquick pancakes is that it didn’t seem to brown very easily. We increased the temperature on our electric skillet to 400° F and it still took a while for it to turn golden brown. My husband did find that using butter to grease the skillet helped with the taste and browning.
Would I buy the product? Probably on occasion. Bisquick is easy to use and tastes good. My only hesitation is the price. I might overlook the price if I felt that it had better nutritional quality or better taste than other options. No matter what, it’s nice to know there are numerous options for gluten-free baking mixes. I’ll probably buy some more so I can try some of the recipes they have on the Bisquick Gluten Free website. I found a couple that would be nice for the holidays: Mushroom-Pecan appetizers and Russian Tea Cakes for dessert.
Giveaway. So how about you? Have you tried the new Bisquick Gluten Free? Would you like to try it? Bisquick has offered to give away the same sample prize pack I received to one eligible CeliacFamily.com reader (legal residents of the US who are 18 years or older). The prize pack includes a 16 oz. box of Bisquick Gluten Free, a Pancake Pen, a cast iron Swedish pancake pan, and a silicone spatula.
How to Enter.
- Leave a comment letting me know what you’d like to try making with the gluten-free Bisquick. Check out the recipes on their website, if you need ideas.
- You can receive bonus entries for letting your friends know about the giveaway on Twitter, Facebook, or your blog. Just be sure to come back and leave an additional comment below letting us know where you mentioned it.
- Make sure when you’re leaving a comment, that you put your email address in the appropriate box so that I can contact you if you win.
The giveaway will run from now until Nov. 10, 2010; 10 pm EST. The winner will be chosen using Random.org. The winner should respond within 48 hours after being contacted by email. If I’m unable to contact the winner, another winner will be chosen. We’d love for the winner to receive the prize before Thanksgiving, so it can be used to make breakfast for guests, appetizers, or biscuits for Thanksgiving dinner.
Find more product reviews of Bisquick Gluten Free online:
- Linda at The Gluten-Free Homemaker tried out the pancakes on the cast iron skillet.
- Kim at Gluten Free Is Life made delicious-looking Blueberry Scones with the Bisquick, yogurt and blueberries.
- Heidi at Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom modified the mix by adding shortening and made a variety of exciting recipes, including Strawberry Shortcake, Coffee Cake, and Chicken Nuggets.