Bisquick is the brand name of an all-purpose baking mix manufactured by General Mills' Betty Crocker. A simple pre-mix of flour
, baking soda
and salt, it revolutionized home baking when it was first introduced in 1930.
According to General Mills, the product was developed after one of their sales executives took a train trip and was served a plate of delicious, oven-hot biscuits
only moments after sitting down in the dining car. Curiosity led him to the train's chef who showed him an ice chest where he stored a batter of lard, flour, baking powder
and salt that he had mixed earlier.
The executive took this idea back to a chemist at General Mills, where secrecy surrounded the creation of the proper blend of ingredients. Bisquick soon became the first-ever baking mix on the market and the technologies used to make it were later used to develop cake mixes.
Originally intended to be "the perfect biscuit maker," over the years cooks and bakers have found a multitude of ways to take advantage of Bisquick's convenience. There are entire cookbooks devoted to its use, with recipes for everything from pancakes and pizza crust to chicken pot pie and beef cassoulet. If you have some on hand, try mixing it with paprika
, salt and pepper
to create a delicious coating for oven-baked chicken.
Do not sift
. Spoon into a dry-ingredient measuring cup and level with a knife.
To maintain freshness, refrigerate after opening.
1 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon shortening (Crisco) or butter
Mix dry ingredients together in a small bowl.
Cut in shortening / butter using a pastry blender.
Makes 1 cup Bisquick equivalent.
Try one of our favorite Bisquick recipes:
Beer Biscuits #1
Artichoke and Sun-Dried Tomato Scones