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3 baking powder substitutes you can use in recipes

3 baking powder substitutes you can use in recipes

All home cooks know what it’s like to work on a recipe only to find out that an ingredient is out of stock in the kitchen. Baking powder is a common offender in this case, and its absence could not be ignored – as a chemical leavener, it adds lightness and volume to baked goods.

However, plenty of other ingredients can act as a substitute. So before you head out to the store, see if you can replace the baking powder with any of the following alternatives.

1. Baking soda and acid

Contrary to popular beliefs, baking powder and baking soda are not interchangeable. To create a teaspoon of substitute baking powder, mix a quarter teaspoon of baking soda with half a teaspoon of an acidic ingredient such as cream of tartar, vinegar or lemon juice.

2. Self-rising flour

Out of both baking powder and baking soda? Self-rising flour is a combination of all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt, and can thus replace all-purpose flour in recipes.

3. Club soda

Soda water contains sodium bicarbonate or baking soda. It can be used to replace any liquids in recipes such as milk and water. While it works to add extra lightness, it only has a small amount of the leavening agent, so only use it if the recipe doesn’t call for a lot of added volume.