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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Baking Powder

by roger o

Hi Everyone! Most of us who bake, (or want to learn to bake!), realize that one of the staples of baking is the use of baking powder as a leavening agent. Baking powder when mixed with wet ingredients causes a chemical reaction to start that produces CO2 gas bubbles which makes the mix lighter.

What most don't know is that baking powder does not store very well, and loses it's leavening power quickly.

What I have found is that it is very easy to make your own baking powder, and use it as you need it. The 2 ingredients that make it up last indefinitely when stored separately.

For each teaspoon of fresh baking powder, mix 1/4 tsp baking soda (sodium bicarb), and 1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter (http://spicebarn.com/cream_of_tartar.htm.

Try it, it's easy, less expensive than the commercial product, and you will always have a fresh supply of baking powder!

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