In the last few months Stonewall Kitchen has rolled out some gluten-free products and they are absolutely delicious. I have always been a fan of Stonewall Kitchens products, especially before being diagnosed with celiac disease. They have always had the best jams, sauces, dips and mixes so when I heard that they were coming out with gluten-free mixes I got very excited. I wasn’t sure how they would taste compared to their regular mixes but they exceeded my expectations.
I was sent some complimentary gluten-free mixes form Stonewall Kitchen to try. They sent me their Chocolate Brownie Mix, Chocolate Cupcakes and Pancake/Waffle Mix. Of course I started with the cupcake mix which comes with a chocolate frosting mix in the box. The cupcakes mix has a hint of coffee too it, which balanced very well with the chocolate flavor, not too over powering. The cupcakes were very flavorful and moist and the frosting was just perfect, not too sweet and the perfect amount to cover all of the cupcakes. These cupcakes were so good you couldn’t tell that they were gluten-free – no one could!
(this photo is from stonewall kitchen’s website – sadly I lost my photos when my phone died. Don’t these look amazing?)
Next up were the brownies (not in the same day!) and I have said many times before I’m not a huge brownie fan but slowly I am becoming one. I decided to make some peanut butter brownies with this mix. I made the brownies according to the package and poured the mix into a prepared pan. I then I took about 1/4 – 1/2 cup peanut butter and softened it a bit in the microwave, then dropped tablespoons of peanut butter onto the prepared brownie mix and using a sharp knife made figure eights to incorporate the peanut butter into the brownie mix and baked according to the package instructions. Absolutely delicious. I love chocolate and peanut butter together and these brownies came out perfect. I had to give most of them away so I wouldn’t eat them all
(this photo is from stonewall kitchen’s website – sadly I lost my photos when my phone died. Imagine them with peanut butter, little squares of heaven)
When we had our great friends Warren and Joyce up one weekend I thought instead of going out to eat for breakfast we would have them over, I would make a big meal and then we would be off on our little adventure. Perfect time to try the pancake mix…most people wouldn’t want to try a new product when you are having guests over especially if they aren’t gluten-free. But, seeing as we both enjoyed the cupcakes and brownies so much I had confidence in the pancakes as well. Talk about delicious and fluffy pancakes, wow are these good. Bryan who absolutely loves the pancakes I make with the gluten-free Bisquick loved these even more. They have a slight hint of sweetness also. I can’t wait to make some waffles next with this mix. Everyone loved these and we didn’t have any left overs.
(this photo is from stonewall kitchen’s website – sadly I lost my photos when my phone died. Perfect pancakes, delicious, fluffy and a little bit of sweetness so less syrup)
If you haven’t tried Stonewall Kitchen’s new gluten-free mixes you really should. You can order them online and also check your local stores for them. I honestly don’t think you will be disappointed. In addition to the three mixes I reviewed above they also have a chocolate chip cookie mix and a vanilla cupcake/frosting mix. Stonewall kitchen got it right with these mixes. I’ll be sure to let you know if they come out with anything else that is gluten-free. Well done Stonewall Kitchen – fantastic job on making these mixes and keeping the prices reasonable to your normal mixes.
This morning I was really craving some pancakes – I really wanted something other than eggs for breakfast. I had a bit of the Betty Crocker Bisquick left in the box, so I thought I would try the recipe on the box for pancakes. The pancakes turned out great – even Bryan thought so. The recipe is very simple and makes about ten pancakes.
My dad would always make ups pancakes with chocolate chips in them and when I remembered that we had some gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free chocolate chips my sister sent us from Australia I thought I would give them a try with the gluten-free bisquick pancake mix this morning.
Pancakes using Betty Crocker’s Gluten Free Bisquick (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free)
1 cup Betty Crocker Gluten Free Bisquick Mix
1 cup soy or rice milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large egg
Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl until well combined and there are no lumps. Heat a skillet or griddle to medium heat. Use just under 1/4 cup of mixture for each pancake. Cook until edges have hardened and the tops start to bubble (if you are using chocolate chips, add them before the bubble appear). Flip and cook until golden brown. Makes about 10 pancakes.
Like I said above, these came out great. They have almost a crunchy crust to them with the insides soft and fluffy. The GF, DF, NF chocolate chips were fantastic too! They taste just like regular chocolate chips and melt perfectly. I think I will have to ask my sister to send us some more of them. So far all of the products she has sent me from Australia have been awesome. Although these were really good, I am very sad that we now have used the last of our bisquick!
And a quick apology to Bryan – I am sorry for making you wait to eat every single meal we have until I get pictures of it. I know you are starving, but you are truly amazing for putting up with my little obsessions, eating all the food I make, even if it isn’t all that great and for being my non-gluten-free food tester-I truly value your opinions! You are my best friend, and I truly appreciate you and all that you do more than I could ever express with words.
The past few days here have been abnormally hot….about in the 90′s which is pretty rare around here. Except yesterday that is…it was slightly chilly, very over cast and almost fall type weather. I wanted something filling for breakfast, not cereal. I was going to try and make a flour blend that I could use for pancakes but realized I needed to order some more flours to do that and saw that I had half a package of Trader Joe’s GF Pancake mix left so I decided to make those.
I am not one for plain pancakes. I love chocolate chips in mine. I didn’t have any yesterday so I looked around to see what I had and could incorporate into my pancakes. I found some cinnamon, some nutmeg, some pumpkin pie spice and some walnuts.
1/2 package of Trader Joe’s GF Pancake mix (follow directions on the back of package)
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (Trader Joe’s)
1/4 cup chopped walnut pieces (Trader Joe’s)
Prepare Pancake mix as the package says. Stir in the pumpkin pie spice. In a large pre-heated skillet with a little bit of non-stick spray drop in about 3 pancakes (about 1/4 cup each of batter…or however large/small you like them). Then they start to bubble add walnuts and then flip over to cook on the other side.
Pancakes should only be flipped once. When you see the bubbles start to form you know that is almost time to flip. The bottom should then be a nice golden brown.
You can make all of the pancakes at once and either refrigerate or freeze them. Or you can make what you would like and then save the batter for a day or two in the refrigerator. I made all of mine at once and just put them in the toaster this morning to have again. Very tasty.