Oh that lazy Saturday morning when Mom makes stacks of pancakes dripping with fresh creamy butter and warm maple syrup. What could be better, but if you or someone in your family is now gluten free, you might think these days are long behind you. It does not have to be with a good replacement pancake mix. Finding one you like and that serves enough for the family is the first issue.
As a rule, I am a “from scratch” gal, mostly because I grind my own flours and create tried and true mixes that work for us. Like most people, I also like to keep a few ready to make mixes on hand for lazy days. Recently I tried and tested King Arthur Flour Gluten Free Pancake Mix. I was pleasantly surprised and well pleased with the results.
I chose to make a complete box, rather than half the product for this testing. The full box makes about 16 four inch pancakes. I used 2 large eggs, 6 tablespoons of melted butter, cooled before hand, and 2 scant (as a rule I always fill just under the cup line, rather than go a tad over) cups of milk. As many people I know have allergies issues with some of these ingredients, I do think this product would hold up to using replacement eggs, almond or rice milk and you do have the option of using 4 tablespoons of oil rather than melted butter. Do keep in mind when replacing, this review was written using the products called for on the back of the box, no changes were made.
I generally cook only on cast iron, but for this test used a non-stick griddle that has a temperature control. I did this to insure my cooking temperature was the required 350 degrees. I also chose to make half the mix into waffles, but used a cast iron waffle iron, using the temperature and timing on my stove that I normally use for home made waffles.
Mixing is simple enough, but make sure you follow the directions exactly. Milk, eggs and oil is to be whisked together, and then the mix added in. Make sure you let the mix stand for the required 10 minutes to thicken; I could tell a change in thickness after 10 minutes. This keeps the mix from being runny.
For pancakes, I used the required ¼ cup of batter on the hot griddle. Pancakes required only one minute per side for me. When I flipped the first pancake I was pleased to see that traditional rise as the pancake baked. Pancakes were light, fluffy, and rivaled any wheat version on the market. Texture was firm as you cut into them, then they bounced back against the fork as you would expect a quality pancake to do. My only taste issue was that I noticed they seemed a bit bland, and then I realized, they were made without sugar and sugar is a staple I add to the homemade ones I make. I do not think it would change the mix if you too like to add sugar and you added a tablespoon full when making these pancakes.
The waffles where perfect. I don’t add sugar in waffles, so the taste was what I expected. Light and crisp these waffles would be great used in other ways rather than just for breakfast. Top with cold chicken salad or use to serve ice cream on for a dessert. These waffles were good with just hot dripping butter.
Over all I was very pleased with this mix and pleasantly surprised at the quality. Next time I am going to use buttermilk and adding sugar for a more custom taste. This is a definite five star mix, sure to please everyone in your family.
This review is provided by Cheryl Bailey.
A complimentary mix was received from King Arthur Flour for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received. Photo provided by King Arthur Flour.