Bisquick has been around since 1931. According to General Mills, “Bisquick remained trusted by cooks of all sorts, for all kinds of recipes: biscuits, pancakes, casseroles, pies, stews, and more.” Bisquick is truly a time saver for working moms, I can attest to that fact. A pound of lean ground beef, tomato sauce, cheese, spices, and of course, Bisquick can provide a family meal in 30 minutes or less.
The Italian Bake is a family favorite. Using the biscuit recipe on the Bisquick box, mix enough batter to cover the bottom of a 9 x 11 greased baking dish. Bake in 350 preheated oven for 8-10 minutes. Meanwhile, cook up the ground beef with tomato sauce and season with Italian spices. Top the prebaked Bisquick base with the ground beef mix and sprinkle with Parmesan, Mozzarella, or other cheeses. Bake until golden and bubbly. Serve with a fresh green salad.
Midlife has unfolded a new cooking direction for me. In the past, Bisquick was primary used for quick dinners, sweet breakfasts, or biscuits. Being a longstanding quick and easy style cook along with my love for desserts provoked experimenting with Bisquick dessert recipes. What is more, the Florida heat dictates the time of day for my baking. Hubby now calls me The Midnight Baker!
Scouring internet recipes and old cookbooks returned several outstanding and easy cake recipes to begin my experiments. These recipes were prepared numerous times with the initial baking per the original version. Subsequent trials were adjusted, and my final recipes are here!
ONE PAN COCOA APPLESAUCE CAKE
2 cups Bisquick baking mix
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 Tablespoons baking cocoa
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup applesauce
1/4 cup light vegetable oil
3 Tablespoons Flax Seed
Makes 1 (8×8 or 9×9-inch) cake
Mix all dry ingredients except seeds, in an ungreased square baking pan. Beat the eggs and then add to the dry ingredients along with the applesauce and oil. Using a large fork mix until all ingredients blend and batter is reasonably smooth. Fold in flax seeds. Bake 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
This is one of the easiest, most moist and delicious snack cakes I ever prepared. The applesauce provides a great amount of moisture and flavor. The one pan clean up is an awesome feature, especially for a Midnight Baker like myself!
The original recipe came from Recipelink.com.
Source: The Best of Bisquick from Betty Crocker, 1983
BISQUICK OATMEAL NUTELLA LOAF
2 cups Bisquick
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oats
1 large egg
2/3 cup plus 1-tablespoon low fat milk
5 tablespoons Nutella
Heat oven to 400. Grease one 9 x 2 loaf pan. Mix all ingredients with a spoon to combine then beat by hand for about 30 seconds. Spoon batter into loaf pan and bake for 20 – 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Serve warm or cold with extra Nutella for spreading.
The original recipe was written for 12 muffins, called for quick cooking oats, and had no sugar added. The muffins were dry and bland except for the oatmeal flavor. After converting to a loaf recipe and adding a bit of milk, it was still a bit dry and too crumbly. The addition of brown sugar and Nutella brought about a great flavor. The old-fashioned oats really intermingled well for both flavor and texture. To convert to muffins simply reduce the cooking time to 15 – 20 minutes.
The original Bisquick Oatmeal Muffin recipe was found at Food.com.
Do you have a favorite baking mix? Did you know Bisquick could be used for cakes? Hope you enjoy the quick desserts using Bisquick baking mix, I know I certainly do.
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