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Came out watery and made me ill, stomach is still in pain and I feel sick!
My first review of anything. Only because this is beyond uselessness. Home made mix fine in my non stick pan but this even when made with care sticks, tastes good and took three goes before managed to make one to the plate and despite looking vaguely ok it was yuk and stodgy in the middle. Avoid.
Purchased 3 of these for shrove Tuesday - very disappointing complete stodge would not recommend - we ending up making our own mix
I followed the instructions to the letter and all I got was a manky gooey mess. Gross!I sent an email to BC about it and haven't even received an acknowledgement.I'll stick to making my own.Don't waste your money.
I would typically prefer to make my own pancakes, but for this year's Shrove Tuesday, I was simply too busy and decided to give these Shake to Make Pancakes by Betty Crocker a try. It turned out to be quite a good purchase and it's definitely something that I could resort to if I needed to make pancakes fast.
These shake to Make Pancakes come in a kind of bottle that reminds me of the detergent that you used to clean your floor. It did seem quite strange to me at first but I later, upon using it, realised why! It's absolutely ingenious in my opinion. Inside these strange bottles you have about 155 g of pancake mix, and you're meant to actually add milk (that's why there's so much space in the bottle) and shake the bottle. That's really where the bottle construction comes in - you can just hold the bottle by the handle and shake to your heart's delight! I would expect that this should be quite fun for kids to play as well.
The idea is to add milk (I can't remember offhand) into these bottles, and shake. But be careful with over-shaking the pancakes as you would want your pancakes to remain light and fluffy! When the mixture looks sufficiently mixed it is then ready for you to prepare on a hot pan.
What I would usually do is to turn on the heat on my pan for a short while so that it will be warm, add some oil (not olive oil, but some sort of sunflower oil) to sufficiently grease the base of my pan, and then pour the mixture in. My pan is kind of like a "wok" so there's only a small portion (about 4 inches I'm guessing) that is flat, and that's the portion that I use to make the pancakes. With that size of pancakes I find that a bottle can make about 6 pancakes.
It does take quite some skill to get the pancake cooked through but not burnt. I pretty much wait till the part touching the pan is "set" enough before turning so that the pancake won't break midway while I'm trying to flip. You should get slightly golden brown pancakes in the end!
TASTE AND RECIPES
The pancakes are not overtly sweet in my opinion and it's just right for the taste. Nothing to wow about but they're definitely yummy enough. The texture is also just right - if you manage to prepare the shaking step well. They're fluffy and pretty light and exactly what you would expect of pancakes. There are two main types - one is the American style and the other is the Traditional style. To me, the traditional style one seems 'lighter' in taste but also a little more bland, so I prefer the American one for some wholesome dessert treat!
Some good toppings you can add include maple syrup, berries (sometimes I even add blueberries into the mix and pour that blueberry-pancake mix onto the pan- makes a good variation to the usual!. You can also pour some melted chocolate over. Or for a simple treat - just add a scoop or two of your favourite ice-cream!
Let's just say that, at the end of the day, you probably have these as part of a treat so it should not come to your surprise that a serving (which probably amounts to about 1 pancake) comprises 16.6 g of carbohydrates and 2.3 g of fat (for the American-style). Considering that no one really actually eats only one pancake, a dessert-treat of these pancakes can amount to quite a fair bit of your daily intake (not forgetting all the syrup/fruit/ice cream toppings!).
I remember seeing these for as cheap as 19 p before in Tesco, but I remembered that when I bought it close to Shrove Tuesday it costed as much as 80 p. I think this is one item that does vary quite a lot in price (do correct me if I'm wrong) and I would probably stock up for the next Shrove Tuesday if I do see it sold cheaply in stores again.
They're a brilliant, fuss-free alternative to making your own pancakes. I would definitely recommend that you try these if you would like to have some simple pancakes every now and then without going to the hassle. Yay for Betty Crockers!
I thought that I'd review the Betty Crocker traditional 'shake to make' pancake mix as Shrove Tuesday, pancake day is fast approching.
I've bought this a number of times now, and I've been more than happy with it each time. Yes I know that it is easy enough to make your own pancakes as they are just flour, egg and milk, but this is handy to have in the cupboard. Maybe you fancy pancakes but have ran out of eggs or milk.
At the moment these are currently on offer in Sainsburys, there is 33% off, reduced from £1.69 down to £1.12. I must admit that I do only buy the Betty Crocker pancake mix when it is on offer, because as much as I like it, I do feel that it's very expensive for what it is.
The shake to make pancake mix does exactly what it says on the bottle - you shake to make them! This makes pancakes in no time, with no mess ie the bowls and utensils, and no clean-up - apart from the frying pan you cooked the pancakes in.
The only added extra you will need is 290ml cold water, so you can have this mix in the cupboard and make pancakes anytime.
The instructions are really quite simple. Shake the bottle to loosen the dry pancake mix. Pour 290ml cold water into the bottle up to the marked fill line, replace the lid, turn the bottle upside down and bang it sharply on a hard surface (this loosens the dry pancake mix properly and ensures a smooth batter). Shake well for 60 seconds or until the pancake batter is smooth.
You then pour the pancake batter directly from the bottle into the frying pan to make your pancakes. The bottle states that it makes 6 pancakes, this will obviously depend upon the size of your frying pan, you may get more or less out of the batter. Whatever size you end up making though there is enough batter to make pancakes for two adults.
The pancakes taste exactly like homemade, and they always turn out perfectly. In fact my husband can't tell the difference between the Betty Crocker mox and homemade.
I occasionally wash one of the bottles out and then hold on to it to make my own pancakes in at a later date. I will then just add the pancake ingredients to the clean bottle and give it a really vigorous shake untill the batter is smooth. Again this cuts down on mess and clean up, and the bottle is perfect for pouring your batter into the frying pan.
I picked up a couple of these last week in Sainsburys, and so will be using these on pancake day.
Now how could I forget it was pancake day, well my kids was not too happy, so we had to trail to the corner shop and was expecting to have to pay a silly price. They had two of these left on the shop counter so decided to buy both.
The pancake comes in a milk like carton, with basic stickers stuck to it, with all the ingredients printed on it and instructions on how to come them. I would say the carton is about the size of 5 pints maybe a little more. It's pretty basic and cheap packaging but its all that is necessary. The lid is red and just screws off and on really easily without having to use up to much energy.
Well I was expecting to pay over the odds, like you usually do from a corner shop, but I was shocked to find this at only £1, I think it was only so cheap, as it did have a retail price on the pack. I think these were just a promotional price, so prices may be higher else where.
How to cook
This is the easiest pancake mix I have ever had to do. You have all the ingredient in the pack already so all you have to add is water. The instructions are on the label.
to start you need to bang the carton to loosen all the powder, then on the carton you have a fill line, fill the carton with water up to this line, and re4place the lid make sure the lid is screwed on tight, otherwise the mixture will go everywhere. Then grab the handle and give the carton a real good shake for around 60 seconds.
Heat up a little bit of oil, make sure the oil is got or the pancakes won't turn out right, pour some mixture in the frying pan and wait until all the mixture goes hard, get your spatula and put under the pancake to ensure it is not sticking to the frying pan, and keep checking the bottom until it is golden brown, you can then turn it over, or if your brave try and toss it, i was not brave enough to try this loll. Once both sides are golden brown serve on a plate.
How many does it make
Well the packet states that it makes 6 but in my opinion this must be for pretty small frying pans as I only managed to get 3 decent sized pancakes out of mine so just beware you may need more cartons if you need to do quite a few pancakes.
Best to serve with
Gravy (although this is one I have never tried but I have been told its nice loll)
Wheat Flour, Sugar, Raising Agents: Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Monocalcium Phosphate; Vegetable Oil, Dextrose, Egg White Powder, Egg Yolk Powder, Salt, Skimmed Milk Powder.
My overall opinion
I really liked the taste of these pancakes, and they were so easy to make. I have never made any that you don't really have to mix yourself, and for the price I paid then you can't go wrong. My kids really loved helping me make these and they sat and ate the lot, then wanted me to make more.
I would recommend buying these to anyone, I will go as far as saying they are the best and easiest pancakes to make.
So, as we probably all know, it was Shrove Tuesday last week which called for that oft-overlooked foodstuff known as pancakes. Since I was a child pancakes have been a favourite of mine, and I always bemoaned the lack of their recurrence through the year. Thankfully my girlfriend is just as partial to them, and we make them pretty regularly as they are cheap, versatile and filling. What are you doing with Betty Crocker instant mix then, I hear you cry? Our housemate had bought this on Tuesday evening and had some of this left over, so I gave it a whirl just to see how it compared. And it's all bad.
First a bit of background history is needed to fully understand one of the fundamental problems with this product. Betty Crocker products have always been marketed on their supposed labour saving, pre-packaged convenience whilst not compromising in 'great taste', and originally targeted busy housewives. In the 1940s and 1950s, the Betty Crocker corporation nearly vanished into obscurity. Initially their products were complete packages - no extra ingredients were required and it was simply 'plug and play' cooking of the day. However, sales were dire, and market research showed that housewives felt an emotional guilt at the evident lack of effort needed to create 'home made' food and the lazy image it projected. A quick bit of psychological probing by Sigmund Freud's nephew, Edward Bernays, revealed that by requiring an additional ingredient, for example an egg or milk, the public would then have their guilt massaged and their faith in their own culinary creativiy restored, whilst still tapping into the lucrative lazy streak in us all. Sales rocketed, and Betty Crocker flourished.
And lucrative it is. This was on sale in Tesco for £1.49 for 155 grams of mix, which equates to about half a dozen or so pancakes depending on how thick you make them, which is unbelievably awful value for money. When one can buy half-a-dozen free range eggs from Home Bargains for 79 pence, a pint of milk for 40~50 pence, and a huge bag of flour for about a pound, one can make all the pancakes, from the raw ingredients for a little over the asking price of this mix, that you could possibly wish for. Yet it's not even at all labour-saving, so can't even justify its inflated price by those means. Given that you add water to fill up the empty space in the plastic bottle to finish the mix, you then have to shake it constantly for at least a minute. It takes the same amount of time and effort to whisk pancake batter in a bowl, so you're not even saving yourself any lactic acid burn with the cost. This is a totally self-defeating concept.
So, how did they taste? Not great. The first one came out all lumpen and blotchy. We poured the rest in a bowl and whisked it properly, which yielded better results. Yet they still had that kind of artificial edge to them, even when smothered in jam or honey.
Making pancakes from scratch is far more fun and rewarding, and much healthier too. These contain dextrose which is more added sugar, and an unnecessary 2 grams of salt per 100g. And by making your own, you can be sure that the ingredients are all organic and free range too. It's also packaged in a horrible plastic bottle, which is recyclable if your local council provides the facilities; if not, it's yet more environmentally toxic packaging that follows the 'disposable' culture of the latter half of the 20th century.
This product is cynically wheeled out by the supermarkets just for Shrove Tuesday. I hold no religious convictions, but the original purpose of making pancakes on this day was to use up all the fatty, sugary indulgent ingredients in the larder before embarking on the frugal 40 day period of Lent. To have instant pancake batter surely undermines the whole spirit of pancake day. This is a horrible product thrust at us by the same soul-less marketing suits who bombard us with Christmas schrott as soon as September turns up, and Easter eggs as soon as Christmas is all spent (and ironically before this batter mix hits the shelves).
My recommendation: save your money, and stick it to the man with the traditional pancake flipping.
Ok, so I know it is the ultimate in lazy cooking, I mean how hard is it to mix up some pancake mix and turn it into pancakes, it's just flour and eggs, but this year I relied upon the Betty Crocker Shake to Make Pancake mix. I have actually been using it for a few years now after a disastrous year when my mix didn't turn out right and every one was expecting pancakes and I just couldn't make them correctly!
Betty Crocker call these traditional style pancakes mix and they are so so so easy to make a child could do it as they say. The pancake mix comes in a big tub, much like a plastic milk bottle. The pancake mix is dry and contains a mix of wheatflour, sugar, vegetable fat, salt, dextrose, egg white powder, egg yolk powder and skimmed milk powder. There is a line on the side of the bottle about two thirds up and this is the level to which you add the water, approximately 290ml. Then you put the cap back on the bottle, make sure it is tightly on to avoid any accidents and then you shake the mixture for about a minute until it is nice and thick and voila, you have your pancake mixture!
Then it is up to you to add the mixture to your frying pan and toss them to your hearts desire. I have to say that these taste just as good as home made pancakes. I have had both and I have to say I really cannot taste a difference between the two. Once cooked the pancakes this year were wonderful and light, darkened up well when cooked and were perfect with a little bit of lemon and sugar and were enjoyed by all the family. Each pancake had approximately 116 calories which I didn't think was too bad!. What's even better is that the bottle of mix only cost me £1 and I managed to make 5 good sized pancakes out of it so I thought it was good value too.
I bought this from my local corner shop, for £1 as I was interested to try them, and couldn't be bothered making my own, although, they are admittedly very easy to make yourself.
I found mixing them very easy, however, the dry mixture seamed to stick to the bottom, and to took some vigorous shaking to get it off. I did follow the instructions and shake the dry mixture before adding the water.
However, in the end, it took more like 3 minutes of shaking than one.
The fact that you can just pour it out the bottle into the pan is really good, it poured really nicely.
I pre-heated the pan at my usual pancake temperature, gave it a nice coating of oil, poured in the mixture, and waited for it to cook.
The pancakes seamed to rise with pockets of air in the middle, which I am not used to, and also seamed to cook in the middle, instead of cooking the edges. I waited till it looked like it was able to be flipped without falling apart, so, I slid the spatula under, and, as the pancake had been in the pan for a while, it stuck to it (the pan was non-stick and had been given a generous coating of oil). I had to take it off the heat, and scrape the pancake from the pan.
I am used to the first pancake not being as good as the rest, so I put it down to that. So, this time, I used ANOTHER, newer non-stick frying pan, with less oil. I waited, and again, they seamed to cook incorrectly, the middle looked properly cooked, and ready to turn, and the middle was still a liquid, as soon as the edges were solidifying, I again, tried to flip it, and it had stuck to the bottom. Very disappointed with this mix, I scraped it from the second pan for the second time.
This time, I put the pancake in a dry pan, with no oil. It seamed to fare better, I managed to flip it at least. The underside seamed to look very white, and unappetising, there was also a rather unpleasant plasticy smell, I am unsure whether it was the pancake or the pan. I waited, before turning it back over. This side again, was a horrible white colour. I left it for a few more minutes till it was starting to go brown, and put it on a plate with some kitchen roll on it. I placed another sheet of roll on top, and watched some oil turn it see-though, I found this unusual, considering the pan had very little oil in it to begin with.
Eager to get at least one pancake for my pound, I put a little more oil in, and another pancake. Things seamed to be looking up, the pancake was cooking evenly this time, I managed to flip it, but it was that horrid white colour again. I had to leave it in for a few minutes more than I would a normal fresh pancake, and it also had that plasticy smell about it again. I put it on the plate with the other, and put another bit of kitchen roll on top, again, the kitchen roll became see-though with the amount of oil that these pancakes were somehow producing. I didn't think I'd put this much in to start with.
This one acted the same as the fourth. I was hoping for a better result with this one, but was once again let down.
I didn't manage to make a sixth, as there was little mixture left, and I have a rather large frying pan.
I tasted a corner of the last one, and I found that it tasted of white, bleached flour, and sugar. I didn't like it. It was also very stodgy, (not thick though), I wouldn't even feed it to a dog, as I can imagine it throwing them up an hour later.
Having 3 horrible, oily pancakes, I decided to make my own mixture.
110g of plain white flour (43p for 1.5kg)
2 large eggs (28p each free range large)
200ml of milk (53p for a small 1pt bottle, organic)
If you want it to be sweet, you can add some sugar, I personally didn't.
Just mix it all up, and cook it, I found that these worked perfectly! Not stodgy, and, considering it costs £1.52 for all the ingredients put together, you probably have them already, and you will have stuff left over that you can use to make many other things with, they are much more of a bargain.
Also, if your someone who cares a bit for animal welfare, this way is also much better, as you can have peace of mind that the milk and eggs have come from happy cows and chickens. This mix I found was from India, I doubt they used animal friendly ingredients.
Don't buy Betty Crocker, as the pancakes are horrible. It is easier, cheaper, and more rewarding to make your own.
I'm not even sure why I bought these. I can MAKE pancakes easily enough -- it's only milk, eggs and flour. But, post-pancake day Tesco reduced the bottles to 30p each. I convinced myself that this was a bargain I could use after a long day and threw a bottle in my trolley.
The idea is that you just add water to the bottle, shakey-shake it up, and pour it in your nice hot pan. It SHOULD be the ultimate quick mix. I just can't figure out what I did wrong.
I added the water as instructed, I gave it a good shake as instructed -- even then I was thinking it looked a bit thin compared to my usual mix. Heated my good pancake pan up, poured it in and... yeah. It didn't make good pancakes. By the time the top was no longer liquid, the bottom was burnt. I gave it a second go, wondering if my pan was maybe too cold and.. same result.
In the end I gave up and just whisked up some regular old mix. Voila, perfect pancakes. Still not sure what I did wrong with the powder.
Me and my mate love pancakes. Staying with her at the moment we end up staying up late, chatting away and munching on things we really shouldn't rather too often! However one night we really fancied her homemade pancakes but we had no milk in as we had ran out and remembering that fact when we were out late night shopping in Asda a few nights ago when I spotted this and that you just add water to it, it made sense to get some in case we ran out of milk again and fancied being a wee bit naughty!
Frosted but quite see through tub with an integrated handle to the side of it and a red plastic screw on/off cap to the top of it. On the front of it, it has a light yellow label and I'm told that it is Betty Crocker 'Shake To Make Pancakes', Traditional Style, 'Just add water, makes 6' and that it is 155g in weight, each pancake contains 114 calories and there is a picture of one of the pancakes filled with strawberries on there too. Other information given on the back of the tub includes being told how to make them up, ingredients, allergy advice and a full nutritional rundown chart is given and contact details for the manufacturer are listed. Nice enough and informative tub this is!
These are so simple to make up it's unreal! In the tub there is white powder which is fine in texture and then you add 290ml of water to it which is so simple because you simply fill to the mark that is on the tub and clearly shown! You then basically shake it very well for a minute or so till it goes into a creamy sort of lump free paste (which does happen in that time and without too much work involved) and then heat a frying pan with a little oil, let it get hot then pour in as much mixture as you desire, swishing it about in the pan. I found these to cook in a couple of minutes on a hot heat and give me perfect looking golden pancakes. I actually made more than 6 and of course how many you make depends entirely on the amount of mixture you choose to use.
These were simply marvelous and got a huge thumbs up from me and my mate. Fuss free to make, lump free and fast to prepare, we didn't expect them to be as tasty as they were. But good?...these seriously are amazing!
They are light and fluffy on the inside and slightly crispy on the inside and of course you can decorate or fill them with anything you choose to! I like the taste of the smooth batter and find this to be lightly seasoned and not one bit sweet allowing me eat them the way I choose to! I love the fact that in minutes I have pancakes and need nothing but this mix and I genuinely recommend this highly to everybody!
Nutritional Information Per Prepared Pancake:
Energy: 114 Kcal
of which sugars: 3.1g
of which saturates: 0.4g
Available in all good supermarkets etc and expect to pay about 50p a tub.
Mmm I had regular pancakes for tea last night, and have found myself craving them for breakast this morning. Bit of a problem though, I had no flour left, but lo and behold, hiding at the back of the cupboard, a carton of Betty Crocker Shake to Make Pancake Mix - Ameican Style.
I much prefer American style pancakes to the crepe style, as they are wonderfully soft and fluffy, delicious drenched with maple syrup, they are very filling too.
Betty Crocker makes cooking pancakes really easy. The bottle is a really nifty design, it has a handle built in to make shaking really easy. The only extra you need is cold water. What you do is shake the bottle to loosen the pancake mixture, then add water up to the line printed on the lable on the bottle. Then you need to turn the container upside down and give it a sharp bang (so it says on the lable,and who am I to argue!) then shake vigorously for 60 seconds (this is where the handle comes in really helpful) to get the mixture full of air and to the right consistecy. Now you heat a little oil in a frying pan and pour in enough batte to make a 4in (10cm) round pancake shape. Cook until you can see the edges turning dry, then turn your pancake and continue to cook the other side, simple!
They are really tasty too, I've just had one with a sprinkle of sugar and cinammon, and the other with a hefty drizzle of maple syrup. But the combinations are endless, they are really tasty with banana, toffee sauce and whipped cream. My kids like them spread with Nutella.
The resulting pancake is really light and fluffy on the inside with a delicious crisp outside, very moreish, but also very filling.
The package makes roughly 6 pancakes and at 98 calories per pancake you can afford to treat yourself to a few. I purchased mine at Sainsbury's for 99p.
I would definitely recommend this product as a nice breakfast treat, or a stand by in your cupboard for a tasty tea or dessert.
Both myself and my family love the betty crocker range, ok I know we shouldnt in a world where health is at the upmost of importance but the range is truely delicious and this pancake mix cannot be faulted.
Betty crockers pancake mix comes in two different styles which is the traditional style and the american mix. Traditional style are much lighter and thinner and therefore larger pancakes can be made and the american style are a much thicker mix therefore smaller pancakes can be made and are nicer with extras such as maple syrup whereas the thinner pancakes are nicer with fillings such as lemon and sugar and chocolate. Note however though if you like to have fun with the pancakes by tossing them the traditional ones are to go for.
The mixes are incredibly easy to use and far easier than making up a batter for pancakes by using seperate ingedients such as eggs, milk and flour. There are no lumps in this mixture and no mess which is the best part of this idea. All you need to do is open the lid and pour some water in, shake it up and pour into the frying pan. It couldnt be easier and for anyone who isnt confident making a batter mix at all then you cant go wrong with this.
Each mix makes 6-8 pancakes which is substancial for any average family and for the reasonable cost of £1.49 at asda you cant go wrong. The product is also avaliable to buy in tesco and waitrose as well as morrisons.
This product is not suitable however for anyone with various food allergies as it does contain eggs, milk and wheat therefore will not suit you if you have these intolerances. It does contain basic ingredients for a pancake mix therefore there arent any hidden surprises, and taste exactly the same as a fresh mix.
I love these mixes and overall the best part of them is that you dont just have to buy them on shrove tuesday but anytime of the year for a quick, hassel free and incredibly easy pancake breakfast or supper. Have with savoury or sweet fillings, and especially a hit with kids of all ages.
I know its not Pancake day yet but I had to road test these just to make sure the kids aren't dissappointed on Tuesday !! In fact we have just finished making these and they definatly weren't.
Comes as a powder and you just add water to the level indicated on the side. Shake to activate and ensure all powder is dissolved before putting in the pan.
I bought 2 from ASDA as they were on offer at £1.00 each. It is a 155g that is supposed to serve 6, but I like bigger pancakes so it comfortably serves 4. You can also get these in American Style pancakes, these are much thicker and take a little longer to cook.
This comes in a clear plastic can with a space for the handle, where you hold and shake it. It has a red cap and shows the pancakes on the front with a serving suggestion as well. It can be recycled.
Wheat Flour, Sugar, Vegetable fat, Dextrose, Egg White Powder, Egg Yolk Powder, Salt, Skimmed Milk Powder .
Contains wheat, milk and egg.
Per 100g dry mix.
365kcal, 1546 kj
Carbohydrates - 66.3 g 12.4 g of which is sugar
fat 6.2g - 0.3 g of which is saturates
A tip I learnt - Don't flip them more than once! Repeated cooking on both sides toughens rather than browns the pancakes and also the liquid will thicken as it stands so as soon as you make it, use it.
I always add a knob of Lurpack to the frying pan and let it melt. Then pour a 3 count pour into the pan and turn to even out. Leave to settle for a few seconds then shake to loosen edges. Once you can see it is nicely browned, flip, if you can, or just turn over in the pan to cook the other side.
Depending on the filling, I would just put straight onto the plate. If I am doing bananas, I do it in the pan at the last minute then serve.
Great filling choices:
Nutella and chocolate
Sugar and Lemon
Ice cream and fruits
Lemon and Lime
Savory pancakes are great aswell:
Vegatable and cheese
Also add some black pepper to your mix as it is known to enhance the flavours of certain fruits.
Use a decent non stick frying pan to get best results.
Serve immediatly and eat hot.
I know this is cheating but they actually taste great. They are sweet enough but also can be eaten savory. There is no mess and washing up and they are simple and easy to use.
The texture of the pancakes is light and doesn't lay on your stomach all night (unless you pile on the fillings) and for a pound I think its great value and worth it.
American style pancakes!