Some days simply adding oil and a few xgfx substitutes to create something wonderfully tasty is the ultimate way to go. There are a bahbillion reasons why store-bought mixes and flour blends can be your best friend in a pinch. Sometimes the convenience more than makes up for the fact that they can be a little pricy. Just remember to tread carefully, dear friends – not all blends and mixes are intended to be baked into vegan goodies. Many of these mixes call for the use of eggs and other ickies, so sussing out which xgfx substitutes work best with each mix is something you’ve gotta play around with. It might be a bit frustrating at first, but fear not – the xgfx review squadron is here to help!
Tested: Gluten Free Flour, Pizza Crust, Cookies, Brownies, Chocolate Cake, Muffins, Pancakes, and Bread Mixes
Even the experienced baker occasionally loves a bit of convenience. When I received a huge box from King Arthur Flour I was beyond excited just thinking about the prospect of easy baking. The company has 8 new gluten-free mixes on the market: pizza crust, cookies, brownies, chocolate cake, gluten free flour, muffins, pancakes, and bread. Each one is made with their special flour blend, which seems to be a combination of tapioca starch and brown rice flour.
I decided to try out the bread and cookies first. I immediately noticed that the packaging boasted of being processed in an allergen-free facility, but almost every single mix called for eggs and dairy with no suggested substitute. This was a real bummer because I had to decide on my own which egg replacer would work best for each mix. I went with Ener-G egg replacer for the bread and ground flax for the brownies. The bread turned out great! Nice, crisp crust and a tender inside. It was perfect for sandwiches, toasting, and even French toast. The brownies, on the other hand, were a pile of goo! It was seriously disheartening because the batter had tasted so good before it went into the oven. It even looked perfect when I took it out, but it liquified as it cooled. From that point, I scratched flax from the egg replacer list.
Next, I went with the cookies and muffins. The great thing about these mixes is that they can definitely be personalized. There is an option for mix-ins listed on the back of each box. When it came to egg replacers, I used Ener-G for the cookies and a yogurt/cornstarch combo for the muffins. The cookies were extremely delicate straight out of the oven, so I waited 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling sheet. They were perfectly fine when refrigerated, but went back to a delicate texture when left at room temperature. The flavor was a tad on the salty side, which I gather had to do with salt in the mix, egg replacer, and margarine I used. The muffins were really good, but maybe just a touch too moist and delicate. After this baking day, I decided to stick with yogurt or Ener-G for the mixes.
Next up was pizza! The crust was really quick and easy to make. I used Ener-G, and it came out perfectly. Crisp and hearty. Perfect for piling on the toppings. I would definitely buy this mix again.
After pizza, I was craving some dessert. The chocolate cake was something I wanted to love, but the combo of using yogurt as the egg replacer and following the mixing instructions (overmixing much) made the gummiest cake I’ve ever eaten. I tried to fix it up, but it was too much for me to handle. I could only get one piece down. Seriously, the mixing instructions for this seemed ridiculous. Way too long for cake.
As for the gluten free flour mix, I substituted it in my favorite pancake recipe. It was splendid! The pancakes came out a little flatter, but they were crisp on the outside and still very fluffy! In a side by side comparison, I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. This flour mix would work great as a substitution for regular flour in recipes, but steer clear of using this in yeast breads.
My final thoughts on this product: purchase at your own risk. The egg replacer thing is a bigger deal than I thought it would be. Ener-G gave consistent results, but it resulted in a saltier taste. Non-dairy yogurt held up well but made everything extremely moist. I have a feeling that a yogurt/Ener-G combo would be perfect. It’s just a lot of trial and error with these mixes.
If you are still feeling risky, you can buy these at stores that sell King Arthur Flour products or online. The mixes run between $7-8.
- Pizza crust and bread are super good.
- Brownie, cookie, and muffin mixes allow for personalization with mix-ins.
- Quick and easy.
- Expensive for boxed mixes.
- Calls for eggs and dairy with no suggested substitution for vegans or people with allergies.
- Pretty inconsistent results if you don’t use the right kind of egg replacer.