Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Gluten Free Bisquick Review and Prize Pack Giveaway

I was recently given the opportunity to sample the new Bisquick Gluten-Free Baking Mix.

 I received a “Prize Pack” from General Mills through MyBlogSpark that included one box of the new Bisquick Gluten-Free Baking Mix, a cute little griddle with silver-dollar sized wells for making mini-pancakes, a pancake batter “pen” to make designs or initials on the pancakes, and a spatula. What fun!



First I made half a batch of pancakes using a non-stick skillet, since this is what I use when making pancakes for my family. I followed the directions on the box, which required adding egg, oil and milk.



The pancakes were evaluated by my family with the conclusion that they were OK. Not great, and not as good as the gluten free pancakes I usually make, but OK. They looked good, but were kind of stiff and didn’t have much flavor. On to the biscuits.

I made a full batch of biscuits with the remaining mix and served them with our evening meal. The biscuits required that I cut in shortening, then mix in eggs and milk. They were deemed OK by my family. These biscuits were kind of crumbly, but overall were better than the pancakes. These would be an OK addition to our meals, not great, but OK.


Would I purchase this product as-is? Probably not.

The main reason I would not buy this product is that, unlike the regular Bisquick, the shortening isn’t already in the mix. For me, this is part of why Bisquick is so convenient. If I’m going to measure and cut in shortening, I might as well just make biscuits from scratch. If the shortening were already in the mix, I probably would buy this mix for the convenience of being able to whip up a quick batch of gluten free biscuits.

I would also prefer that it contained some whole grain flour for increased nutrition and flavor. And a bigger box would be good too. Gluten free flours tend to be more expensive than regular wheat flour, so they might have been targeting a particular “price point” when determining package size, but I’m cooking for a family and that little box doesn’t go very far.

Still, it was worth trying, and I appreciate General Mills adding some gluten-free products to their line of mixes. OK, and the fun gifts in the pack from MyBlogSpark helped make it worth my while.



Would you like to receive a prize pack like mine? If so, please leave a comment here on my blog telling me what you would make with this Bisquick Gluten-Free Baking Mix, or what you like to make with regular Bisquick Baking Mix. For additional chances to win the Prize Pack Giveaway, “Follow” my blog (or add me to your RSS Reader), or follow me on Twitter.

So, there are three ways to enter, and you can have three entries by doing all of them!

1. Leave a comment here.

2. Follow my blog (and tell me that you are following or already follow)

3. Follow me on Twitter @CindyTabacchi (and tell me that you are following or already follow)

That’s it! Easy Peasy.

And if you want to buy some Bisquick Gluten Free Baking Mix at the store, here’s a coupon.

UPDATE:  October 23, 2010

Congratulations, Meaghan!  You've won the prize pack.

Thank you to everyone for your comments, and for following my blog and following me on Twitter!

24 comments:

  1. Pancakes are always a favorite at our house, so I'd give this a try!

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  2. And I'm a follower of the blog! :)

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  3. And now a follower of your twitter!

    meaghangrable (at) gmail (dot) com

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  4. I've been missing biscuits lately . . .

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  5. Oh! I'd love to try to make pancakes with it!

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  6. I'd like to make blueberry pancake!

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  7. @tcarolinep twitter follower

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  8. I am very new to the gluten-free lifestyle (within the last couple of weeks), due to being diagnosed with a Gluten sensitivity. I desperately miss pancakes, as I used to make them ALL the time!

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  9. I was just diagnosed with celiac, and I'm looking for products like this!

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  10. I made the pizza crust from the recipe on the side of the box. It was great!!!!

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  11. Publicly following Wheatless Foodie with Google Friend Connect [Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug}]
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  12. I've been wanting to try to make GF biscuits:)

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  13. I'm a brand new to the GF life so I would try a bunch of different things with this.

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  14. I'm following your blog now too!!

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  15. Using a random number generator, response number 3 was chosen. Congratulations, Meaghan! Please e-mail me your address so I can have a prize pack sent to you.

    Cindy

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  16. My mother is trying a gluten free diet so I would like to make her pancakes!

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  17. I am also following your blog now! Thanks for checking mine out!

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  18. I like the GF Bisquick and use it often. I never make "plain" pancakes now that I have to do them GF but with mini-chocolate chips these are a hit in my house!

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  19. I have used this mix to make waffles and my son loves them. I've never made pancakes or biscuits with this mix, and I don't think I would after reading your review. Waffles come out perfectly, nice and crispy. I think letting the mixed batter sit awhile helps.

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    1. Good to know the mix makes good waffles. I've been thinking about getting a waffle iron.

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