The transition to a gluten-free diet can be challenging for even the most accomplished home cooks. Many products and mixes we've come to rely on contain, or may be cross-contaminated with, gluten. All-purpose baking mix Bisquick is a staple in many homes, but one of its main ingredients is wheat flour. Fortunately, there are options available to replace this popular mix.
Bisquick is an all-purpose baking mix produced by Betty Crocker. Developed in 1931 as a convenience product, Bisquick combines the flour, fat, leavening, sugar and salt required in most simple baked goods. To make most Bisquick recipes, all the cook must add is liquid and eggs. The mix is used to create a wide variety of quick breads quickly and easily.
Gluten-Free Bisquick Mix
In the summer of 2010, Betty Crocker introduced Gluten-Free Bisquick. Instead of wheat flour, the gluten-free mix uses a combination of rice flour, potato starch and xanthan gum to replicate the texture of wheat flour. Also included are leavening agents, sugar and salt. Because gluten-containing flours perform differently than other flours, traditional Bisquick recipes must be modified to use the gluten-free mix. Common modifications include additional eggs, increased or reduced liquid and added fat.
Other Pre-Made Mixes
There are several other prepackaged gluten-free baking mixes available. While some mixes are all-purpose in nature, others are created for more specific purposes like pancakes, biscuits or quick bread doughs. Most mixes feature usage ideas and recipes printed on the package. This can help you determine which mix is best suited for your needs
If you prefer to make your own gluten-free mix, there are a variety of recipes available online. Each combines the same essential ingredients that make Bisquick so convenient: a flour, a fat, leavening agents, sugar and salt. Most mixes also call for some added starch or binding agents like xanthan gum to help baked goods hold together. While Gluten-Free Bisquick and other pre-made mixes can be stored at room temperature, some homemade mixes contain fats that require refrigeration, so keep that in mind when choosing a recipe.