One new innovation that’s recently been put on the market is gluten-free Bisquick. Some of you may recall using Bisquick to make waffles, biscuits or pizza dough back in the days when you could eat gluten. Of course, if you have been gluten-free all your life, you probably never had the chance to cook with this pre-mix. But, whether you are familiar with Bisquick or not, this special gluten-free kind, which just came out, is making cooking and eating even easier for Celiacs.
Instead of the gluten-filled flour mixture of the original Bisquick, this pre-mix is made up of rice flour, sugar, leavening, baking soda, modified potato starch and xanthan gum. So, besides being gluten-free, this product is dairy-free and nut-free; it may, however, contain traces of soy. The texture of the mixture, although somewhat lighter than the original kind, looks and feels like real wheat flour.
Gluten-free Bisquick is much easier to use than other gluten-free mixes. It blends smoothly and quickly with the added wet ingredients and rarely turns out lumpy. The consistency of the batter itself can be as thick as a wheat-based batter, depending on how much liquid you have added. Plus, it only takes a couple of minutes to combine all the ingredients together to form the batter.
This mix is absolutely wonderful to cook with. My favorite food to make with gluten-free Bisquick is pancakes. It is quite simple to scoop the batter onto a hot skillet and wait for it to bubble, especially since the mix doesn’t run all over the pan, like other pancake mixes do. Often, I have had my gluten-free pancakes stick incessantly to the skillet no matter how much I sprayed it; but, since I’ve started using Bisquick, I no longer have that problem.
The pancakes themselves always turn out light, fluffy and slightly browned. They look so similar to regular wheat pancakes that even my family members could not tell the difference. Not to mention, these pancakes taste just as good as the normal kind -certainly better than any other gluten-free pancakes I’ve made.
My only complaint about this new product would be that it comes in a much smaller box than the original Bisquick. If they enlarged the packaging just a little bit, than it would be just perfect.
Gluten-free Bisquick is definitely a great solution for people with Celiac or gluten sensitivity. It is not hard to locate, easy to use and makes delicious pancakes as well as, pizza dough, biscuits, cookies, chicken breading and strawberry shortcake. This new product would be a wonderful addition to any gluten-free person’s pantry.