Monday, January 15, 2007

Move over Bisquick...

...I got a better pancake mix.

Actually, I've been slowly banishing Bisquick from my kitchen over the past several years. My mom worked in a mill where they sell pancake mix made from flour they grind themselves. They were so good, I never wanted another Bisquick pancake again and pretty much never ate one again, even when my DH would occasionally whip up a batch. I also turn my nose up at most restaurant pancakes - ho-hum, yawn, boring! Except Whole Foods Market - we once had AWESOME whole grain pancakes in their cafe above their store in Chicago's Lincoln Park area - complete with raspberry syrup - now that's a pancake!

This recipe from King Arthur Flour's Whole Grain Baking is actually a recipe for a homemade pancake mix. You make up a big batch with all of the dry ingredients and a little oil - all you need to do is add buttermilk, egg and orange juice and fresh, whole grain pancakes are just minutes away. Since the mix uses whole grains and oil, it needs to be stored in the freezer.

Pancakes are one baked good that I actually prefer whole grain. The white versions can be very good - like this recipe that I found recently - but for me, nothing beats a the hearty whole grain variety. These particular whole grain beauties bake up lighter and fluffier than a lot of whole grain pancakes I've tried in the past, making them a good one to try on reluctant eaters. So throw out that store-bought pancake mix and give these a try - I don't think you'll be disappointed.

I can't wait to try the other pancakes in this cookbook - the Banana-Oat, the Triple Ginger, and the Buckwheat all look sooooo good. Maybe we'll even get adventurous and try the Blueberry-Corn.........


  1. I made the Blueberry-Corn ones this weekend. They were really ugly and I have terrible luck with making pancakes. Perhaps I need to just practice with a simple plain pancake until I get my technique down... ;-)

    But anyway, even if they looked awful the pancakes tasted good. I used popcorn meal, a cornmeal that I mill myself from popcorn kernels.

  2. Anonymous4:04 AM

    Why do you need a mix for your pancakes....? It is more expensive than real flour and you don't know all ingredients in there.

    All I use every sunday is 300g flour and baking soda, 500ml buttermilk, and 2 eggs. No need of oil or any preservative you find in all those mix. Add any spice you like like vanilla or cinnamon and use good quality ingredients, you'll never use a mix anymore.

  3. Jill - I'm glad the pancakes at least tasted good. Now I'm curious to see how they come out. :)

    texmex - Eh, Bisquick was just a habit. A bad habit that we broke and as you can see, we have at least two new recipes that we will use now.

    However, the mix from the mill was like eating homemade. No added ingredients and made from flour that was ground from a water-wheel powered mill. But yeah, probably more expensive...but sooo good.........

  4. Anonymous10:02 AM

    I agree that whole grain pancakes have a MUCH better flavor, texture, and color than plain ol' buttermilk.

    I can't remember the name off the top of my head, but there's the oat bran pancake mix my mom really likes that she has to order direct from the company now because no stores sell it. So it comes in cases and she always sends a couple boxes my way!

  5. Charise - Hi and thanks for stopping by. :)