What is baking powder and how to use it
One thing to come out of COVID-19 is that more of us have been looking at the baking aisle. Many thinking what the heck is …. for. Starting with baking powder and then going onto bicarbonate of soda and then cream of tartar. What are they for and how do we use them.
Baking powder is a raising agent. Normally used when making cakes. It is made from bicarbonate of soda and cream of tartar. When these ingredients are mixed, and the powder is activated by adding moisture, carbon dioxide filled bubbles are produced which makes the mixture expand.
Did you know that self-raising flour is made from plain flour combined with a small amount of baking powder?
Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Because moisture activates Baking powder it is important to keep it dry till you use it. Once you open a packet, moisture in the air starts it working and it gradually loses its “fizz”. After a few months, it no longer works
To make baking powder, combine half a teaspoon of cream of tartar and a quarter teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda. This provides the equivalent of one teaspoon of baking powder.
To make self-raising flour add two teaspoons to 150g plain flour
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