Whenever I have seen gluten-free mixes I am always a bit sceptical. Having developed into a bit of a “knit-your-own-muesli” type, mixes are to be viewed with suspicion, right? The protestant work ethic inherent in my upbringing looks down upon convenience foods as a sign of laziness and self-indulgence. Hey, I knew one day my Master’s degree would come in useful!
But I’ve been ill, and coughing my lungs out, so I decided to give myself permission to take a break from the perpetual self-flagellation and try something new. Enter Hale & Hearty’s pancake mix.
Weirdly enough, I’ve never been able to make really GOOD pancakes. I’ve made ok ones with the Dove’s Farm mix and some with buckwheat flour, but they’ve never been springy and fluffy. If anything, they’ve been a bit stodgy.
The main flours in this mix are: rice, tapioca, quinoa, buckwheat and teff. The more I experiment with gluten-free flours, the bigger fan I become of obscure grains like quinoa and teff. They are expensive, true, but seem to give a much better quality to the products that I make with them.
You add egg, milk (or dairy-free substitute) and a tablespoon of oil to this mix, mix it all together and bash it in the pan. Very easy, very stress free. But is it any good?
The simple answer is yes. They are light, fluffy, and the flavour is almost nicer than wheat-based pancakes. They cook up really nicely as well, and have a lovely golden colour. I’ve made some pancakes in the past that have been a little too “beige” for my liking!
At £2.99 a box, you might be able to make your own mix with the same ingredients for a marginally lower price, but really, some days you just want to revel in being lazy.
These are great with syrup, but they would also make a great savoury piece in a cooked breakfast alongside bacon and eggs. They are low in sugar, so they can be as healthy or unhealthy as you like!