Gluten Free Bisquick Baking Mix giveaway winner.

Congratulations Cheryl!!

Using a random number generator you were selected as the winner. Thanks to Bisquick and MyBlogSpark for providing this wonderful opportunity.

Apple Crisp

I've made many many crisps over the years. They aren't difficult, the recipes are all fairly similar to each other. This makes crisps a really quick and easy dessert to put together. 5 cups of fruit, some sugar and spice and a buttery, brown sugary topping. Yum.

Well, since going gluten free I've been trying to incorporate oats in my topping, something I always used to do with Quaker quick oats and can no longer do with my gluten free oats. Every time I tried to use my steel cut oats straight out of the package the topping would come out... gummy almost slimy, kind of like, well... oatmeal. So I decided to try something out this time around, I toasted my oats in the oven before adding them to my crumble topping mix. I put the recipe together, hopeful that I would get the results I was looking for. Not only did it work perfectly this time around but my family managed to put away this 9x9 pan of apple crisp in record time (and my husband asked me to make another the next day.)

Gluten Free Apple Crisp

5 cups apples (use what you like, I leave the peels on.)
1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon sugar
dash of cinnamon
dash of nutmeg

1/3 cup gluten free flour (your choice all purpose)
1/3 cup toasted gluten free oats
2/3 cup brown sugar (packed if you like it sweet)
4 tablespoons butter
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
dash of ground ginger

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Mix together apples, lemon juice, granulated sugar and spices and pour into a 9x9 baking dish.

Mix up the crumble topping and spread evenly over the top of your apples.

Bake 40 to 45 minutes (apples should be bubbling away and some of that goodness should be leaking through your topping)

Remove from oven, let cool a bit. Serve it up with a bowl, a big scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and a shovel. Enjoy.

Bisquick Gluten Free Baking Mix - A review and giveaway.

Bisquick, a staple in my pre-gluten free pantry, I haven’t missed it for the last 8 years or so. When I feel like having something sweet and fluffy for breakfast I’ll whip it up from scratch with my well stocked gluten free pantry, something I’ve gotten fond of over the years. One thing going gluten free has done for me is help me appreciate taking things slow in the kitchen. Feeding myself shouldn’t be about convenience. It should be about love, quality and appreciation for the chance to cook for and eat with my family and friends.

This of course doesn’t mean I’m not up for trying a new product when it comes out. So when Bisquick offered their gluten free baking mix through MyBlogSpark I thought, what the heck, once in a while it is nice to have a quick and easy to turn to, or to recommend to family or friends less industrious in the kitchen than I. Here are my thoughts after trying the product.

I decided to try the mix out in the most classic form first, pancakes. Mostly because I wanted to try out the pancake pen, I’ve never used one. Bisquick Gluten free baking mix proved easy to use in this application which is exactly what you would expect from a Bisquick product. The batter acted like normal pancake batter and had a nice consistency. The pancakes themselves came out nice and fluffy and one recipe provided more than enough for my family of three. I was a little disappointed in flavor, however that is probably due to the fact that these pancakes taste like what they are mostly made of… rice flour, sugar, and leavening. I have recipes I’m more fond of than this so will continue to use those but I would recommend this to a newly gluten free or short on time person for the ease of use.

I also tried the oven baked chicken recipe provided on the box. It was a fairly quick and easy recipe to follow and put together, the majority of time from prep to table being in the oven. The chicken came out crispy, which is the main thing I was looking for. It could have used a little more flavor in the crust, but that I can adjust easily as it is just a recipe and I like to take liberty with seasonings. I didn’t care for the tongue feel, again coming back to the rice flour which I try not to use in excess in my kitchen for that reason. Would I make it again, probably, if I had the mix on hand.

Overall Bisquick’s Gluten Free Baking Mix was easy to use and very convenient. I’d recommend at least trying it out if you get the chance. If there is one thing I’ve learned, its to try a thing before you form an opinion of it, this is one of those things you should try for yourself. If you need a quick and easy alternative on occasion or aren’t much of a baker this product is probably right up your alley.

In that vein I have the opportunity to offer one of my readers this fun little pack of goodies, thanks to Bisquick and MyBlogSpark. If you’d like a chance to win simply leave a comment below and include your e-mail address (if I can’t contact you, I can’t get the prize to you). This giveaway will run through Friday, November 19th at midnight PST and I’ll announce the winner Saturday. I also have this handy little link that will provide you with a printable $1.00 coupon for Bisquick Gluten Free Baking Mix.