I looked at the store today and compared the two boxes when it came to making the biscuits. I am going to call Bisquick tomorrow and talk to them. I have looked at their web site and they do have a lot of good recipes. I am going to try the crumble that they use on an apple pie to make an apple crisp.
I have used the GF Bisquik mix - I made a batch of pancakes and a batch of biscuits. I followed the recipes as written and they came out with similar results to the regular version (the biscuits were a little more crumbly). The reason I suspect for there not being shortening in the GF mix is the flours work so differently that a standard amount would not give you the right textures. Another possibility is many people are not just GF but have other food allergies/sensitivities such as corn, casein(cow dairy), egg, and soy. So depending on what else you need to use to make a recipe will change how much and what type of fat source you would use. Many of the standard Bisquik baking mixes do not use eggs in their recipes - however most of the GF ones do - for its binding properties and the yolk provides some of the fat in addition to the vegetable shortening/butter/oil to get the right mouth feel.
In order to get the desired mouth feel and texture in baking of any kind, Chemistry is the name of the game. Doubly so with GF/CF baking...eggs, tapioca flour and xantham gum have become my friends in places I would have never thought of before I started experimenting.
Check out the Bisquik website for some interesting recipes that have had the bugs worked out of them.
I'd buy it again- especially in a pinch to make the old standards.
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Yes, you do add shortening to the mix when making a recipe, but what I am asking is, if one were to add shortening to the mix if you mix shortening in before hand. Am I as clear as mud. What I copied was from a persons blog that I found on line how she said to make the GF bisquick like the regular one she added shortening but didn't say anything about when she made a recipe. I am going to the store today so I will look at a box of wheat bisquick and see what the difference is. Sorry I am not too clear in what I am asking.
Have not found the GF Bisquick yet but still looking for it.
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Kathy, no you don't have to add the shortening to the mix, I had just read a comment when I was looking for recipe ideas and the person said that the GF mix didn't contain the shortening. She said she mixed the shortening and got a better result. I don't understand why the company makes regular Bisquick with the shortening and the GF no. I am tempted to call them.
I found this for the GF bisquick".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)." Store in a tight container. It said it took 3 boxes to get 8 cups of mix. I noticed on the box though that to make biscuits you add 1/3 cup of crisco. Would one still add that much?
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