Like many of you, I love collecting and reading old cookbooks. I came across a Bisquick cookbook from 1964, and while it's not all that old, I still enjoyed reading it cover to cover. I did some quick research on Bisquick, and found some interesting tidbits about this baking staple:
- According to General Mills, Bisquick was invented in 1930 after one of their top sales executives met an innovative train dining car chef on a business trip. After the sales executive complimented the chef on his deliciously fresh biscuits, the dining car chef shared that he used a pre-mixed biscuit batter he created consisting of lard, flour, baking powder and salt. The chef then stored his pre-mixed biscuit batter on ice in his kitchen ahead of time, enabling him to be able to bake fresh biscuits quickly on the train every day. When the sales exec returned home, he used the chef's idea to invent Bisquick.
- Bisquick has been available in grocery stores since 1931.
- Bisquick slogans: "A World of Baking in a Box" (1940s); a "12-in-1 Mix" (the 1950s).
Orange Pecan Bread has a bright, fresh flavor, and it's the color of sunshine! Sweet, without being overwhelmingly so, and it's moist and tender, even the next day.
Orange Pecan Bread
3 cups Bisquick
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 and 1/4 cups orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
3/4 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 X 5 loaf pan.
Mix all ingredients except pecans. Beat vigorously 30 seconds. Stir in pecans. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Cool completely before slicing.