Baking Tip – Homemade Baking Powder

Homemade Baking Powder - Want to improve your baking? Make homemade baking powder. Three ingredients, five minutes and no metallic aftertaste. It's worth it!|http://jenniferfeasts.com

This is really worth doing! I love to bake and I do it often enough that it’s worth it to mix up a small batch of homemade baking powder.

So why bother? Because you really can taste the difference. Commercial baking powders contain a preservative called aluminum-sulfate, which lends a metallic taste that is not very appetizing. I can’t imagine that it does your body any good either. This is especially prevalent in baked goods like scones, muffins and quick breads (angel biscuits, anyone?). I find it so much more gratifying to serve up baked goods that don’t contain this metallic aftertaste!

Homemade Baking Powder - Want to improve your baking? Make homemade baking powder. Three ingredients, five minutes and no metallic aftertaste. It's worth it!|http://jenniferfeasts.com

Homemade baking powder contains just three ingredients: Cream of tartar, baking soda (bi-carbonate of soda) and corn starch (corn flour).  All you need is some measuring spoons, a couple of bowls and a small sifter.

The main raising agent is the baking soda. Cream of tartar is very acidic, so it helps the baking soda react well when mixed with a wet batter. This ensures a good rise. The corn starch prevents the mixture from absorbing too much moisture so it stores well.

By the way, do you know what cream of tartar is? I realized I’ve been using it for years and didn’t have a clue. The not knowing began to drive me crazy, so…..baking nerd alert! It comes from grapes and it’s a by-product of the winemaking process. There you go!

Homemade Baking Powder - Want to improve your baking? Make homemade baking powder. Three ingredients, five minutes and no metallic aftertaste. It's worth it!|http://jenniferfeasts.com

Here’s how you make it: Measure out 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar, 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of corn starch into a small bowl. Sift the mixture back and forth between the two bowls until the ingredients are very well incorporated.

Homemade Baking Powder - Want to improve your baking? Make homemade baking powder. Three ingredients, five minutes and no metallic aftertaste. It's worth it!|http://jenniferfeasts.com

Store the sifted mixture in an airtight container or well-sealed jar. The baking powder will keep in a dark pantry or cupboard for about 6 weeks. This recipe will yield 3 tablespoons (or 6 teaspoons) of baking powder, but you can easily double or halve the quantities in the recipe to get the amount you need.

Homemade Baking Powder - Want to improve your baking? Make homemade baking powder. Three ingredients, five minutes and no metallic aftertaste. It's worth it!|http://jenniferfeasts.com

Homemade Baking Powder
 
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Ingredients
  • Cream of tartar: 2 tablespoons
  • Baking soda (bi-carbonate of soda): 1 tablespoon
  • Corn starch (corn flour): 1 teaspoon
Instructions
  1. Combine the ingredients in a small bowl, then sift back and forth between two bowls three times, or whisk vigorously for at least 30 seconds.
  2. Store the baking powder in an air tight container. The baking powder will keep for about 6 weeks in a dark cupboard.

 

2 thoughts on “Baking Tip – Homemade Baking Powder

  1. Hi Jennifer, I enjoyed reading your info. and recipe for homemade baking powder. Who ever knew we were eating ALUMINUM sulfate all those years!! I recently re-started a home-based baking business and sell my products at a very large regional farmer’s market here in the Syracuse, NY area. Currently I make grainy, very natural cookies. Was doing gluten-free, but have stopped as one really needs a separate facility for that. However, I do vegan and 100% whole grain/whole wheat with natural ingredients, trying to avoid any preservatives. I did switch to alum.-free/gluten-free baking powder recently, but will either go back to baking soda or use your recipe. Thankx!! Linda.

    1. Hi Linda,
      Thanks so much for your comment – glad this has helped you! I find my baked goods always taste better when I use this recipe for baking powder. Best of luck with your business! Great that you are sticking to natural ingredients!

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