If it says anything about how much the gluten-free community has been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Gluten-Free Bisquick, I have a funny story to tell. When my local GIG group sent out a blast email saying that GF Bisquick had been “spotted” in Albuquerque, I dropped everything I was doing (including the cookies that were in the oven) and set out to find some. I went to 6 Super Walmarts over the course of 4 hours (on a Friday night no less, have you ever been to a Super Walmart on a Friday night?? Definitely not my idea of a good time!) When I finally found the GF Bisquick, it was like finding a golden ticket and I swiped the last 6 boxes (in case there is a shortage!).
I have to admit that I was a bit taken aback by how small the package was, compared to the regular Bisquick (FYI, I found the GF Bisquick right next to the regular Bisquick, and not in the gluten-free section of the store). The box is the exact same size as the Betty Crocker Gluten Free Dessert Mixes, and it contains 16-ounces of mix. One difference I would like to point out is that the GF Bisquick does not contain shortening in the mix, like the original Bisquick does.
The first thing I made were the shortcakes, and I followed the directions as written on the box, and used butter (Earth Balance in my case) and 3 eggs; the end result was rather dense. One batch of shortcakes used an entire package of GF Bisquick and that left me somewhat dismayed, because that would mean I would be buying A LOT of GF Bisquick and at $3.98 a box, that could quickly add up!
I got the idea to reformulate the GF Bisquick to be more like what I remember, with the shortening already in the mix. I found a recipe to make your own homemade Bisquick-style mix and using those proportions (omitting the baking powder, salt and sugar, since it is already in the mix), I measured out 8 cups of the mix (about 3 boxes) and cut in 1 cup of shortening (I used Spectrum, but Crisco would work just as well). It worked wonderfully! I am now storing it in an airtight container and it is very easy to measure out what I need. If you decide to do this, don’t use the recipes on the back of the GF Bisquick box, just follow the regular Bisquick recipes.
I only recently learned how to properly measure flour by scooping the flour into the dry measuring cup (instead of scooping the flour out of the container with the measuring cup, this method packs down the flour and you will end up using too much).
Mound up the mix into the measuring cup (above photo), then use a knife to level it off (below photo).
To 8 cups of GF Bisquick mix, cut in 1 cup of shortening (I used the whip attachment of my stand mixer, but a fork or food processor would work too).
I couldn’t help it, I had to keep the label!
With my reformulated mix, I have made Pancakes (I used So Delicious Original Coconut Milk to make them dairy-free).
Strawberry Shortcake (I made a dairy-free, low-sugar version, sweetening the Strawberries with SUSTA natural sweetener, the berries will macerate with SUSTA, but I helped the process along by poking the strawberries with a fork).
Ultimate Chicken Fingers (I turned them into nuggets and omitted the egg and butter called for in the recipe. I simply rinsed the chicken in water and tossed with the dry seasoned mix):
I also made a recipe I found for “Shake and Bake,” using Bisquick (I am not sure how close the recipe is to the real version, but it was REALLY good!):
All-in-all, the Gluten Free Bisquick received two thumbs up in our house.
What set me back in the beginning was simply the fact that I had a different idea in my mind of what it was going to be (a gluten-free replica of the famous yellow box). A simple modification and we have been enjoying GF versions of many of our favorite recipes from days gone by.
Thank you General Mills!
Have you had a chance to try the new Gluten Free Bisquick yet? If so, what did you make and what were your thoughts?
When I wrote this post, I had only made the above recipes (with my re-formulated Gluten Free Bisquick Mix). After posting, I continued to experiment with more recipes until the mix was gone, I had purchased 6 boxes afterall! While many recipes worked, there have been those that did not. The biggest disappointment that comes to mind were the biscuits. Even with the reformulated mix, the biscuits turned out dense and rather flat (I had rolled mine out and used biscuit cutters). Once I depleted my supply; I bade farewell to Gluten Free Bisquick.
As easy as it is to make your own gluten-free baking mix, or to buy one that consistently produces better results for about the same price (or less) as Gluten Free Bisquick (one of my personal favorites is by Better Batter, which I use for biscuits, Impossible Pies and shortcakes. Pamela’s is my go-to mix for pancakes), it doesn’t make much sense to buy the Gluten-Free Bisquick just because of the name, especially since it is not the same product as the famous yellow box (it’s not even a close replica without making your own changes first). I talked more about this here after Tia of Glügle Gluten Free shared her thoughts on GF Bisquick.
I was reading Karina’s (Gluten Free Goddess) review of the GF Bisquick tonight and I definitely encourage you to read it.
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