Baking powder substitutes-5 best choices
A list of the most common (and best) ingredients you can use as a substitute for baking powder to help baking.
For more resources, check out: Common Baking Alternatives and How to Make Buttermilk.
What is it and why is it important?
We can see it in most baking recipes, but– What is baking powder?
Baking powder is a mixture of baking soda (alkali) and some kind of acid. Some commonly used acids include tartar, aluminum sulfate, or acid calcium phosphate.
Why is it so important? Baking powder is used to expand and grow whatever you are baking. This is what makes the biscuits swell and the bread rises quickly. Once the baking powder is mixed with water, a chemical reaction occurs. This reaction causes few air pockets to form in the food. As the food is roasted and steam is produced, more pockets are created. As the steam expands, so does the baked goods.
maturity: Although the baking powder can be used after the expiration date on the package, it will eventually expire. If you have a jar hovering behind the cabinet for a while, you can easily test whether it is still usable. Add ½ teaspoon of baking powder to a small bowl, then add ⅓ cup of hot water. It should start bubbling immediately and strongly. If not, throw away the bottle and look for a new can.
What can I use instead of baking powder?
substitute: I found myself in the process of making a recipe, only to find that I did not have a certain ingredient. I don’t always have the ability to go to the grocery store. Thankfully, I have a neighbor who is always willing to lend me things. The other route I took was to see if I could replace it with an ingredient I had on hand. Baking powder can be replaced with several different things.
- Cream of tartar: Mix your own baking powder with baking soda and cream of tartar. Mix 1 teaspoon tartar powder + ½ teaspoon baking soda + ½ teaspoon cornstarch. Once you have made the mixture, you can substitute 1 teaspoon of the mixture for 1 teaspoon of baking powder.
- Home-grown flour: Self-raising flour is a mixture of all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt. Use self-raising flour instead of all-purpose flour. Omit the baking soda and salt added in the recipe.
- Plain yogurt or buttermilk: Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl, add the baking soda mixture, and then add plain yogurt or buttermilk. The acid in dairy products activates baking soda. You may need to reduce the amount of added liquid ingredients to compensate for the liquid in dairy products.
- 1 teaspoon baking powder = 1 teaspoon baking soda + ½ c plain yogurt/buttermilk
- lemon: Depending on the type of baked goods, you may want to try mixing baking soda with lemon juice. Used in recipes with lemon flavors. Also, use it in recipes that require 1 teaspoon or less of baking powder.
- 1 teaspoon baking powder = ½ teaspoon lemon juice + ¼ teaspoon baking soda.
- White vinegar: Just like lemon, you want to use white vinegar in recipes that require 1 teaspoon or less of baking powder.
- 1 teaspoon baking powder = ½ teaspoon lemon juice + ¼ teaspoon baking soda
Recipes that require baking powder:
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